The Seattle Seahawks host the Oakland Raiders on Thursday night at CenturyLink Field in the final preseason game for both teams.
The Seahawks have dominated preseason, and will have guard John Moffitt and wide receiver Doug Baldwin available for the first time. Baldwin may have to prove himself against Oakland, as Golden Tate appears to be a top receiving target for Seattle.
Carson Palmer joined the Raiders via a trade with the Cincinnati Bengals.
Running back is another key area for Seattle. Marshawn Lynch is reportedly healthy after back spasms, and rookie Robert Turbin is expected to play a solid role in the 2012 season. Turbin rushed for 93 yards on 14 carries against the Kansas City Chiefs on Friday.
Pete Carroll believes pass protection is the team's biggest issue, so the offensive line will be under the microscope against the Raiders.
Taiwan Jones is a player to watch for Oakland. The 24-year-old running back has blazing speed, and is perhaps the most entertaining player on a squad that has some very fast players.
Rookies Juron Criner and Rod Streater have shined in the absence of wide outs Denarius Moore and Jacoby Ford. Against the Detroit Lions on Saturday, Criner had two receptions and both were touchdowns for a total of 115 receiving yards.
The Raiders' linebackers will also be a key to the game, as Carl Ihenachor, Chad Kilgore, and Nathan Stupar are in a fierce battle for perhaps one roster spot.
The Seahawks begin their season on the road against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, Sept. 9, while the Raiders host the San Diego Charger in a Monday night game on Sept. 10.
The Raiders-Seahawks game starts at 7:00 pm pacific time, and can be seen online here: https://preseason.nfl.com/nflpl/secure/packages?ttv=5&ttp=3
Prediction: Seattle over Oakland, 23-16
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