Thursday, August 29, 2013
Three Things to watch: Raiders at Seahawks
By Bill Williamson
Here are three keys for the Oakland Raiders in their game at Seattle on Thursday night. Kickoff is set for 10 p.m. ET:
Terrelle Pryor: The final preseason game is far from meaningless in Oakland. Pryor is getting the start while starter Matt Flynn rests his sore arm. If Pryor plays well, he will very likely be Oakland’s starting quarterback in the regular season. Yes, Pryor has been and will likely be facing backups again in this game. But if he shines, it will greatly benefit him. If he shows inconsistency, the coaching staff will likely decide Pryor is not ready.
Menelik Watson: The second-round pick will start at left tackle. It will be the first time he’s played there in his life. If he performs well, he will likely be the starter in Week 1 at Indianapolis.
The punters: Veteran Chris Kluwe and youngster Marquette King have been in a close battle all preseason. A tie could go to the young kid with potential. But Kluwe may have the edge because he is a better holder. This one goes down to the wire.