The undefeated Seattle Seahawks will close out their preseason schedule when they take on an old familiar rival in the Oakland Raiders Thursday Night in Oakland. Thursday’s nights game will mark the 16th preseason meeting between the two teams with Seattle holding an 11-4 edge in the series.
With most of the projected starters having been given ample playing time in last weeks 26 to 13 win over the Kansas City Chief at CenturyLink Fied, the game in Oaktown will serve as an opportunity for players to earn a roster spot or move up on the depth chart. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll and his coaching staff are ready to give the non-starters an opportunity to show what they can do.
“It’s critical in many spots, certainly. It’s really important, we’re going to play guys hoping to get guys opportunities to do stuff so they can have a chance to show. “Carroll during Wednesday’s media press conference. ” Really that’s what we’re dedicated to as a staff is to get guys in the right position so that they can show their stuff and in this final evaluation opportunity in the end so it’s certainly going to make a difference there.”
One intriguing area to watch Thursday night will be the offensive backfield. Thomas Rawls and C.J. Prosise are expected to play Thursday night after a full week of practice. Something the duo has been unable to do during the preseason. Rawls has been hampered by an ankle injury while a groin injury has limited Prosise game time reps.
Given Eddie Lacy Alex Collins, Chris Carson, Mike Davis and J.D. McKissic have all shown they are capable, of helping the team win, Prosise and Rawls will need to impress and walk away injury free after the game. The need to impress is more urgent with Prosise than Rawls who is expected to battle Lacy for the starting position according to Carroll.
“They’re battling, just as they have been the whole time. I think when Thomas gets back on the field officially and he’s playing, it’s a great situation for us. We are really excited to have the different dimensions and different styles that the guys bring. ”