Only one more preseason game to go against the Raiders, and if you’re anything like me you’ve been ready for the regular season to start weeks ago. Now that I’ve had time to think about the idea of an 18-game schedule I’m not sure if I’d be totally opposed to it if they took away two of the preseason game. It definitely seems like we have too many.
But maybe it’s not a bad thing for the Seahawks considering their penalty issues this preseason. If you thought the Seahawks’ offensive line was sloppy when it came to their play against the Broncos, then hopefully you didn’t watch the recent game against the Packers. Not only did were they penalized, but they allowed Russell Wilson to get sacked four times in the first 35 minutes the first-team offense was on the field.
The penalties weren’t just on the offensive side of the football as the defense was also called on a few big (though questionable) penalties. The final total was 14 penalties for 182 yards.
Another area where we can be thankful it is preseason is along the defensive front. With the number of injuries the team has on the d-line, we can be hopeful that guys like Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett and perhaps even Chris Clemons will be ready for the start of the season.
The highlight of the Packers game had to be Christine Michael’s 43-yard touchdown run to put the Seahawks up 10-3 in the 3rd quarter. A 17-yard punt return by Walter Thurmond followed by a 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty on the Packers put the Seahawks into Packers territory.
Then, after Wilson was sacked for the fourth time and a holding call pushed the Seahawks back, Robert Turbin picked up a couple yards and on the next down Michael went nearly untouched into the end zone.
I haven’t watched a lot (well . . . any) of Raiders football this preseason, but from what I’ve heard it sounds like Terrelle Pryor is challenging former Seahawks quarterback Matt Flynn for the starting job . An ESPN writer reported today that if Pryor plays well against Seattle he may just earn the starting job.
Once again, it looks like Seattle made the right call by sending Flynn packing and looking elsewhere for a backup quarterback. If he can’t even win the starting job for the Raiders, we are likely better off with either Tarvaris Jackson or Brady Quinn. They’ve both started more games than Flynn and have proven they can win games that matter.
I’ll still be rooting for Flynn to get the Raiders job. If nothing else, the Seahawks are likely to get a higher round pick from Oakland in the 2015 draft if he sees substantial playing time.
The countdown begins to the season opener in Carolina! For those of you in the Charlotte area, it looks like there is going to be a big party the night before at Tilt on Trade as well as a pregame tailgate.
Again, I want to say that you can help support the Military Sea Hawkers by mentioning account #052113953 when you sign up for DirecTV service for the first time. You’ll get $10 off your bill for 10 months, and it’ll provide $100 toward helping the club.
We’re only about a week away from the start of the NFL season!
Seahawks afn streak broken by the raiders
The Raiders probably won’t be able to break the Seahawks preseason winning streak, but they did manage to break our streak of preseason games on AFN. It doesn’t look like the game will air on DTS either.
For those of you who have been following our Sea Hawkers Podcast, we’re going to change up our schedule and record Episode 4 immediatey after the Raiders game. We’ll recap the game and discuss the conclusion of preseason football.
March along with fans against violence
The Sea Hawkers and the Raiders Fans will be coming together before the game to show our solidarity in the efforts to promote Fans Against Violence. Any fans attending a game should be able to do so free from worry of how they will be treated by the opposing fans and enjoy the football experience without violence.
To support this initiative, please meet in the Northwest Plaza Area (across from Elysian) at 5:30 pm before the Seahawks/Raiders game. The Sea Hawkers will be meeting up with the Raiders Fans and we will be marching along with Blue Thunder to the game. (Note that all fans must go through the normal entry process and security check.)
The Raiders have notified us that they will have approximately 200 participants. Let’s get as many Sea Hawkers out there tomorrow evening to join them!
-Jimbo Sabado and Bruce Bright
Brandan Schulze Military Sea Hawkers VP of Communications and Membership