The Seattle Seahawks finally open the 2016 schedule on Saturday and will play in a tackle football game against the Kansas City Chiefs. And even though it’s the first game of the preseason, there is actually plenty worth watching for if you’re a Seahawks fan because of injuries to the backfield and uncertainty along the offensive line.
Head coach Pete Carroll said on Friday that the first string offensive line would get a longer look than you’d normally see from starters this early in the preseason. That starting o-line will have Bradley Sowell at left tackle, Garry Gilliam at right tackle, Mark Glowinski at left guard, Germain Ifedi at right guard, and Justin Britt at center. The absence of J’Marcus Webb (“twisted knee”) meant there would be a last minute shuffle at the tackle positions, but a solid game from Sowell on the left side could change the dynamic of this line significantly. Especially against a Chiefs’ front-seven that is among the best in the NFL.
Meanwhile, you may see a lot from rookie Alex Collins at the running back spot on Saturday as he tries to win a job as Thomas Rawls’ main backup this season. I’d also keep an eye on the very-recently signed Troymaine Pope, as well as George Farmer, who played receiver at USC and then was converted to being a cornerback by Carroll only to become a running back a week or so ago.
Defensively, in what order will the cornerbacks play and at what positions exactly? That should tell us a lot about what to expect moving forward. I’ll be keeping an eye out for Tyvis Powell, Ryan Robinson, Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Brandin Bryant -- some of these players who seem to be on the bubble that we haven’t heard as much from in the last few days. (I know Bryant gets talked about with some regularity, but it will be interesting to see how that position shakes out because right now it looks really deep.)
Location: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
Game time: Saturday, August 13, 1:30 p.m. (Seattle Time)
Online streaming: NFL Game Pass (free 7-day trial)
Matchup history: Chiefs lead 33-18 (all-time series)
Announcers: Curt Menefee, Brock Huard
Enemy blog: Arrowhead Pride
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Seahawks Remaining Preseason Schedule:
Seahawks @ Chiefs, Saturday, August 13, 1:30 PM PST, Q13 FOX
Vikings @ Seahawks, Thursday, August 18, 7 PM PST, Q13 FOX
Cowboys @ Seahawks, Thursday, August 25, 7 PM PST, Q13 FOX
Seahawks @ Raiders, Thursday, September 1, 7 PM PST, Q13 FOX