Thursday, August 30, 2012
Three things: Raiders-Seahawks
By Mike Sando
Three things to watch for Thursday night in the Seattle Seahawks' final exhibition game, this one at home against Oakland (10 p.m. ET):
1. The feel on Flynn. Russell Wilson is the starting quarterback in Seattle. How will Matt Flynn respond after losing the competition? A sore elbow prevented Flynn from playing in the team's most recent game. I'll be interested in whether he appears healthy and comfortable heading into the season.
2. Irvin's impact. A rookie situational pass-rusher from the NFC West broke out with a 2.5-sack game in the exhibition finale one year ago, a sign of life before he set a franchise record with 14 sacks. That was Aldon Smith in San Francisco. Seattle's Bruce Irvin is the rookie situational rusher from the NFC West looking to make an impact this year. He has zero tackles or sacks during three preseason games. Will that change?
3. Receiver mix. The Seahawks will likely keep five or six wide receivers on their initial 53-man roster. There's competition for the last couple spots. Braylon Edwards appears to have secured one, but another positive showing wouldn't hurt. Charly Martin, Deon Butler, Kris Durham and Ricardo Lockette are among the receivers I'm interested in monitoring.