Seahawks-Raiders Preseason Preview

Roster spots, including the kicker position, will be on the line when the Seattle Seahawks host the Oakland Raiders in the preseason finale at Qwest Field on Thursday night.

Oakland Raiders (1-2) at Seattle Seahawks (3-0)

Time & Place:
7:00pm PT, Thursday, September 3, 2009
Qwest Field
Seattle, WA

Preseason Series: Thursday will be the 8th preseason meeting between the Seahawks and Raiders, with the Seahawks holding a 5-2 edge in the series. Seattle has won three straight in the series, all occurring in the fourth and final preseason game and all being played at Qwest Field.

Notable Newcomers

Khalif Barnes, OT (UFA, Jacksonville)
Greg Ellis, DE (UFA, Dallas)
Charlie Frye, QB (UFA, Seattle)
Jeff Garcia, QB (UFA, Tampa Bay)
Bruce Gradkowski, QB (UFA, Cleveland)
Morlon Greenwood, LB (UFA, Houston)
Samson Satele, OC (Trade, Miami)

T.J. Houshmandzadeh, WR (UFA, Cincinnati)
Colin Cole, DT (UFA, Green Bay)
John Owens, TE (UFA, Detroit)
Ken Lucas, CB (UFA, Carolina)

2009 Draft Class

Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Maryland (1st round, 7th overall)
Michael Mitchell, S, Ohio (2nd round, 47th overall)
Matthew Shaughnessy, DE, Wisconsin, (3rd round, 71st overall)
Louis Murphy, WR, Florida (4th round, 124th overall)
Slade Norris, LB, Oregon State (4th round, 126th overall)
*Stryker Sulak, DE, Missouri (6th round, 199th overall)
Brandon Myers, TE, Iowa (6th round, 202nd overall)

Aaron Curry, LB, Wake Forest (1st round, 4th overall)
Max Unger, C/G, Oregon (2nd round, 49th overall)
Deon Butler, WR, Penn State (3rd round, 91st overall)
Mike Teel, QB, Rutgers (6th round, 178th overall)
Courtney Greene, S, Rutgers (7th round, 245th overall)
Nick Reed, DE, Oregon (7th round, 247th overall)
Cameron Morrah, TE, California (7th round, 248th overall)

Stats & Rankings

Oakland (2008 regular season rankings)

Total: 29th (272.2 yards per game)
Passing: 32nd (148.1 yards per game)
Rushing: 10th (124.2 yards per game)
Scoring: 29th (16.4 points per game)

Total: 27th (360.9 yards per game)
Passing: 10th (201.2 yards per game)
Rushing: 31st (159.7 yards per game)
Scoring: 24th (24.2 points per game)

Turnover Ratio: t-15th (+1)


Total: 28th (274.0 yards per game)
Passing: 29th (163.6 yards per game)
Rushing: 19th (110.5 yards per game)
Scoring: 25th (18.4 points per game)

Total: 30th (378.0 yards per game)
Passing: 32nd (259.3 yards per game)
Rushing: 18th (118.7 yards per game)
Scoring: 25th (24.5 points per game)

Turnover Ratio: 25th (-7)


KING-5 TV has the broadcast locally and the game will also be shown live nationally on the NFL Network. For those cannot get to a television, 710 ESPN Seattle will have the radio call, with Steve Raible on the play-by-play and former Seahawks linebacker David Wyman analyzing the action.

‘Hawks to Watch

Seahawks to keep an eye on in the preseason finale:

Olindo Mare & Brandon Coutu – With questions about Mare's health and Coutu's ability to put the ball into the end zone on a consistent basis, along with the kickers combining to go 0-3 on field goal tries against Kansas City last week, this hasn't been the epic battle we expected. Tonight's the last chance for Coutu to step up and unseat Mare.

Wide Receivers – There's a chance the ‘Hawks will only keep five wide receivers, and T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Deon Butler, Nate Burleson, and Deion Branch are locks. This means that there's just one spot available for Ben Obomanu, Courtney Taylor, Jordan Kent, Logan Payne, or Mike Hass. Special teams play will go a long ways towards determining who makes the 53-man roster.

Nick Reed, Baraka Atkins, Michael Bennett – Unless a notable veteran or recent first-round pick is traded or released, only one, maybe two, of the three will be in a Seahawks uniform when the St. Louis Rams come to town. Reed has already shown enough to earn a spot on the 53-man roster, but so have Atkins and Bennett.

Joe Newton & Cameron Morrah – With John Tereshinski released on Tuesday, Morrah and Newton figure to see plenty of playing time against the Raiders. Newton has likely earned the third tight end job, especially since Morrah has practice squad eligibility remaining and committed a pair of penalties on Saturday night.  

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