Seahawks-Raiders Preseason Primer

Friday night will be the 7th preseason meeting between these former AFC West rivals, with Seattle holding a 4-2 edge in the preseason series. For the third straight year, Seattle and Oakland will finish their preseason schedules against one another in Qwest Field. Seattle has won the previous two meetings. (30-7 in 2006, 19-14 in 2007)

Notable Newcomers
Oakland
Adam Archuleta, S (Bears)
Kalimba Edwards, DE (Lions)
Kwame Harris, T (49ers)
William Joseph, DT (Giants)
Javon Walker, WR (Broncos)
Gibril Wilson, S (Giants)

Seattle
Julius Jones, RB (Cowboys)
T.J. Duckett, RB (Lions)
Mike Wahle, G (Panthers)
Olindo Mare, K (Saints)

2008 Draft Class
Oakland
Darren McFadden, RB, Arkansas (1st round, 4th overall)
Tyvon Branch, S, UCONN (4th round, 100th overall)
Arman Shields, WR, Richmond (4th round, 125th overall)
Trevor Scott, DE, Buffalo (6th round, 169th overall)
Chaz Schilens, WR, San Diego State (7th round, 226th overall)

Seattle
Lawrence Jackson, DE, USC (1st round, 28th overall)
John Carlson, TE, Notre Dame (2nd round, 38th overall)
Red Bryant, DT, Texas A&M (4th round, 121st overall)
Owen Schmitt, FB, West Virginia (5th round, 163rd overall)
Tyler Schmitt, LS, San Diego State (6th round, 189th overall)
Justin Forsett, RB, California (7th round, 233rd overall)
Brandon Coutu, K, Georgia (7th round, 235th overall)

Hey, Aren't You…?

Seattle and Oakland have met 50 times during the regular season, with Oakland holding a 27-23 advantage…Raiders punter Glenn Pakulak entered the NFL with the Seahawks as an undrafted free agent in 2003…Seahawks defensive end Chris Cooper was a 6th round draft choice (184th overall) by the Raiders in 2001…Seahawks center Ben Claxton went to training camp with the Raiders in 2007…Raiders quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo quarterbacked the University of Washington to their last Rose Bowl win in 2001…Raiders undrafted rookie free agents running back Louis Rankin, wide receiver Marcel Reese and defensive end Greyson Gunheim played for the University of Washington…Raiders undrafted rookie free agent linebacker Shane Simmons is a Kent, WA native who played for Western Washington University.

Five to Watch

Here are a few things to focus on when the Seahawks face the Raiders in the 2008 preseason finale on Friday night.

Brandon Coutu – From 1998-2007, 24 kickers were drafted into the NFL. Two (Travis Dorsch, Paul Ernster) became punters while three (Owen Pochman, David Kimball, and Kurt Smith) were never expected to unseat the incumbent kicker. Of the 19 drafted kickers that remain, 17 (89.4%) entered the regular season on the active roster of the team that drafted him. Since Seattle used a 7th round draft pick on Coutu, who missed Monday night's game with a sore groin, Seattle could give him every opportunity to win the job tonight.

Jason Babin and Baraka Atkins – The Seahawks may not have room for both defensive ends, which means tonight's preseason finale is a chance for both to prove they belong on an NFL roster, even if it's not Seattle's. Babin has been making plays this summer (7 tackles, 2 sacks), while Atkins has yet to appear on the Seahawks' stat sheet. Seahawks president Tim Ruskell does have a draft choice invested in Atkins.

Logan Payne – After being the talk of the off-season workouts, Payne has taken his lumps this summer. He missed some time with a rib injury and if the Seahawks keep six wide receivers, and don't place Branch on the reserve/pup list, Payne is likely the odd man out. He can make the decision difficult tonight with a good showing against Oakland.

Justin Forsett – With co-starters Maurice Morris and Julius Jones not expected to play much, if at all, Forsett will get the bulk of the work tonight. His spot on the 53-man roster appears safe, but the 7th-rounder from Cal can cement his spot by looking more like the electrifying player that stole the show against Chicago two weeks ago than the guy who gained 9 yards on 4 carries and lost a fumble against San Diego four nights ago.

Jamar Adams – Seahawks defensive backs coach Jim Mora is high on the undrafted rookie from Michigan, and Adams figures to get a ton of playing time tonight. He could potentially push C.J. Wallace or Kevin Hobbs for the 8th and final defensive backs spot on the 53-man roster.

A sixth player worth watching tonight is Red Bryant, who was in uniform for the first time on Monday night against the Chargers. He looked massive in pads, but having just returned to practice after arthroscopic knee surgery, it was too soon to expect him to play. Tonight could be Bryant's on-field debut as a Seahawk.

Programming Notes

KING5 has the broadcast tonight, with Verne Lundquist calling the action and Warren Moon providing the commentary. KIRO (710 am) and KBSG (97.3 fm) have the radio broadcast, with Steve Raible on play-by-play, Dave Wyman providing the analysis and Akemi Takei working the sidelines.

The NFL Network will re-broadcast the game at 1am ET on Saturday, August 30.

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