The Seattle Seahawks expect to challenge San Francisco for NFC West supremacy. The Oakland Raiders are expected to challenge Kansas City for the cellar of the AFC West. Though the Raiders played hard Thursday night, the difference in talent between the two teams was evident. The Hawks beat the Raiders 22-6 in a convincing performance at Century Link Field.
Starting quarterback Russell Wilson put a disappointing effort at Green Bay last week to bed by leading Seattle to a touchdown in his only series on the field. A three yard run by backup running back Robert Turbin was the culmination of that drive.
Defensively, the Seahawks squeezed the Raiders like a vise each time the visiting Silver and Black got into scoring range. In one of the more spectacular defensive plays of the preseason, second string corner Walter Thurmond III intercepted Raiders' quarterback Terrelle Pryor with a one handed effort late in the half. Former Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin's fumble while being sacked was the only other Raider turnover on the evening. The Hawks didn't turn the ball over, and had only two turnovers the entire preseason.
Statistics and scores during the exhibition season can be over-emphasized as many possessions are constructed against your opponent's backups. That said, the Seahawks' nine game preseason winning streak is by far the longest in franchise history, and they appear to be playing very well as the regular season comes into view.
Next up for Seattle is roster cut-down which must find the Hawks at the 53 man roster maximum by Saturday at 3:00 p.m. PDT. With the depth and talent top to bottom in Seattle, players cut here may well find work with another NFL team.
For the players on that 53 man Seahawks roster, it's go time. The Hawks open the regular season in the Queen City of Charlotte, North Carolina Sunday September, 8th. Kickoff for Seattle at Carolina is scheduled for 10:05 a.m. PDT and the game will be televised locally by Q13 Fox. Let's do this!