Thoughts about the Seattle Seahawks Hard Fought Preseason Win over the Hard Knocks Oakland Raiders.

Preseason wins are meaningless, unless your team beats the NFL team featured on the HBO show Hard Knocks. Then, it’s pretty awesome. I will enjoy next week’s episode.

The Good

Rookie linebacker Ben Burr-Kirven was sensational in this final preseason game. He was all over the field making plays against the run and pass. He needed a game like this. For all the excitement and hype around DK Metcalf, I was most excited when the team took BBK in round five. Tonight, a healthy BBK showed why.

Second year linebacker Austin Calitro again had another strong showing, and in my opinion, the team has got to keep him. He’s too good.

I thought second year defensive end Rasheem Green had a nice overall game, and was in on a few key stops.

Veteran defensive end Brandon Jackson played well and made a case for a roster spot.

Geno Smith made some great first half throws and his opening drive deep touchdown pass was as pretty as any Russell Wilson pass. He hands down won the backup quarterback stop.

Undrafted rookie receiver Jazz Ferguson made a flashy down field catch that might have made a strong case as to why he should be on the final 53.

Running backs CJ Prosise and Travis Homer looked really good. Seattle is ridiculously deep at this position.

The Bad

Paxton Lynch filling in for Geno Smith was tough to watch. He had a nice game against Denver a few weeks ago and has looked lost ever sense. I think he might be XFL bound.

Seattle’s defense gave up a 17 yard run where it looked like Barkevious Mingo instantly gave away his containment at defensive end. That play might have sealed his fate as to whether he makes the final 53.

The Ugly

Paxton Lynch’s passing stat line once he took over for Smith towards the end of the second quarter and throughout the rest of the game: 1 completion out of 7 attempts for 4 yards.

Closing Thoughts

There is going to be some tough choices for the John Schneider and Pete Carroll to make over the next few days. They are really good depth at linebacker and somebody with a lot of talent is going to get cut.

They also have some tough decisions to make at wide receiver. Does undrafted Jazz Ferguson beat out fourth round pick Gary Jennings? Jennings has not done much and is responsible for two costly penalties in two games.

I suspect this team is going to be in on some trade activity. Maybe it is Jadeveon Clowney, maybe someone else, or even a couple players. With about twenty million dollars of cap space, they can afford a bigger veteran contract or two.  We shall see soon enough.

Go Hawks.


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