Three things to watch:
1. Terrelle Pryor – It’s possible Pryor will need to have a good game against his former teammates for the Seahawks to be convinced he’s worth a roster spot as the third quarterback. Pryor is expected to get a significant amount of playing time in the game, but the coaches also may want to take a good look at second-year quarterback B.J. Daniels, who has been with the team since the middle of last season, when Seattle picked him up off waivers from the 49ers.
2. Bubble guys – For some players, this is the most important game of their lives because it could be the last game of their career if they don’t find a way to stand out. Possibly the most competitive position battle for the Seahawks is at wide receiver, where 10 players still are vying for five or six spots. But it really comes down to six guys competing for one or two spots. Ricardo Lockette and Bryan Walters probably have the upper hand as quality special-teams contributors who have been with the team a while. But so has Phil Bates, whom the coaches have praised all preseason. The coaches also like Chris Matthews because of his size (6-foot-5, 220 pounds), but he needs a big game to move ahead of the others.
3. Beware of O.co – Not only is this the worst stadium in the NFL, it’s also the worst field, which is saying a lot considering the problems the Seahawks had on the Redskins’ field in the playoff game two seasons ago. Part of the field in Oakland is dirt from the infield for the A’s games. It’s an injury waiting to happen, which is a good reason not to play many of the starters, or to play them as little as possible.