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5 keys for Hawks vs. Raiders

Post by Eric Williams on Aug. 29, 2013 at 11:19 am with 24 Comments »
August 29, 2013 11:19 am
Seattle Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith, left, tackles Oakland Raiders running back Taiwan Jones in the first half of a preseason NFL football game, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)
Seattle Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith, left, tackles Oakland Raiders running back Taiwan Jones in the first half of a preseason NFL football game, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

Good morning. We’ll have our live game chat up and running later this evening for tonight’s Seahawks vs. Raiders contest.

Also, I will post my projected, 53-man roster on the blog soon after the game is over, so check back for that as well later this evening.

But for now, let’s take a look at five keys for the Seahawks as they try and win the team’s ninth straight preseason game.

Testing that D-line depth: Five projected players for Seattle’s defensive line rotation in 2013 will not play this evening because of injuries, including Brandon Mebane (groin), Tony McDaniel (groin), Michael Bennett (toe), Cliff Avril (hamstring) and Chris Clemons (knee). So younger players like O’Brien Schofield, Benson Mayowa, Mike Morgan, Jaye Howard and Sealver Siliga need to step and play well. The long injury list at defensive line might be a harbinger of what’s to come next week, as the Seahawks face a dynamic running team in Carolina for the season opener. Seattle needs as many healthy bodies up front as possible to deal with Cam Newton and Co.

Can Harper make some flash plays? I think you can pretty much pencil in the top five receivers on Seattle’s 53-man roster in Sidney Rice, Golden Tate, Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse and Stephen Williams. Chris Harper, a fourth-round pick in this year’s draft, needs to make the team’s decision a tough one on whether to keep a sixth receiver by playing well against Oakland. Harper has been coming on of late in practice, but we have not seen the same type of play-making ability in games. And with the team’s health issues at defensive line, the Seahawks might have to risk cutting Harper and passing him through waivers in order to get him on the practice squad.

Can Ware play fullback? I think sixth-round selection Spencer Ware is in the same position as Harper. Second-year pro Derrick Coleman is ahead of him on the depth chart at fullback, and will get the start there with Mike Robinson out due to illness. Ware is a better runner than Coleman, but we have not seen him at fullback for an extensive period of time during exhibition play. The Seahawks need to find out if Ware can be a lead blocker in base formation in Seattle’s physical running game.

Don’t forget about Parker and Walters: Two players who looked good early in training camp but fell down the depth chart because of injury issues are cornerback Ron Parker and receiver Bryan Walters. Both players were running with the second units before hamstring injuries sidelined them for most of the preseason. And now the two get a chance to show that they belong on the final roster. Both players are likely long shots to make the team. However, when Pete Carroll talked on Wednesday about making a tough decision between players that are better right now for the team vs. players who could be a better fit later in the season, I couldn’t help but think of Parker and Walters.

Cut down on the penalties: The Seahawks lead the league in penalties with 34 accepted penalties for 354 yards. Some cannot be helped because of Seattle’s aggressive style of play. However, with the regular season right around the corner, the Seahawks can’t afford to give away that much penalty yardage and win close games each week. So they have to play smarter beginning tonight.

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  1. Maybe these DT injuries will turn out to be a blessing in disguise if Siliga proves himself to be a force worth keeping. That’s a reach but hell, we need someone to step up.

  2. Key #1, Nobody else get hurt, i.e. Miller, Carpenter, or anyone else slated to have an impact this year or anyone on the D Line.

  3. Absolutely TruBlu. I was going to say the same thing about Miller. I’m a tad nervous for him. This team needs him very badly, so he has to come out clean today. Carp…well, yes that would be huge if he stayed healthy, but unfortunately, i just dont see it happening. I’m normally a glass half full kind of guy, but with Carp, i just wont believe until i see it. But PLEASE PLEASE stay healthy Carp!

  4. Mr Williams, can you watch this game objectively, being that SEA is playing your team tonite? I wish da raidas well, but not tonite. Guess Flynn is out?

  5. WiscCory says:

    Schofield and Mayowa have made me become a big fan of their’s this pre-season. I hope they keep it up tonight, and more importantly, the next few weeks.

  6. I agree, WiscCory. I’m partial to Mayowa simply because I’m an Idaho fan. But both have done exceptionally well.

  7. thursday says:

    Going to the game tonight…prayer circle for a dry spot on the radar right above the Clink lol

  8. montanamike2 says:

    RD wrote:
    If God is a football fan, then he most assuredly told Curry to give it up.
    Best line of the day.
    I’m hoping to see something good from Siliga.

  9. Russell’s not gonna play tonight, right?

  10. Klm008: I turned in my fan card a long time ago, although it would be nice to see the Raiders field a competitive team again.

  11. “Harper has been coming on of late in practice.”

    That’s all I need to know that he’s pretty much a lock to make the final roster although he will be inactive almost every Sunday of the regular season. Then they’ll see what they have in him next year.

    Or he’ll “all of a sudden” get an “injury” in practice that will put him on IR (Durham, Kris) and they can see how far he’s come next training camp where they decide if he’s a keeper or not.

  12. Will there be any replay of the game–at some godawful hour of the night or something? I can’t watch live and don’t have recorder.

    Does anyone know?

  13. For the people who need a live stream of the game ~ Try firstrowsports DOT eu Then click on the “AM Football” tab. (don’t install the pop app)
    They have a listing for the game at 1900 hours.

  14. r3cusant says:

    mocarob, i don’t think the stream will be picking up the NFL network game because NFL network isnt broadcasting it. They will tomorrow.

  15. You’re the best Mr Eric – GO HAWKS!

    Nice one Duke :-)

  16. from what you say moca and r3cusant, maybe I can go to firstrowsportsDOTeu tomorrow. Thanks.

  17. Or if anybody is in the Hollywood area, A friend of mine is hosting a party at Novel Bar. (right next to the Wiltern Theater)

    They are streaming it live on their TV’s. Beverly & Papa Sherman will be there.. $3 Seahawks Shots $5 Washington Apples $5 Wings

  18. Dukeshire says:

    “One of those episodes involved two off-duty Bellevue police officers who used profanity at a uniformed Seattle police officer and stadium workers and were later escorted out.”

    I would love to see folks “escorted” out in Philly, NY, Oak, etc… for profanity. The stadium would be empty.

  19. I was referred to firstrowsports. I haven’t been able to make it work quite yet so I take back what I said. I’m still trying tho. Whatever you do, Dont download any apps.

  20. Thanks, Mocarob.

  21. I got firstrowsports to work but in the process found an easier site to click thru the pop ups. feed2allDOTeu

    Click to AM Football. Select the game and which link.
    Be patient and look for the little x’s to close out the ads.
    You’ll prob have to click thru as many as 5 diff pop ups.
    I’ve already watched bits of the rams, dallas & redskins game..

  22. Wait until the stream starts & you can hear the audio before closing the ads.

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