Don’t look now, but the final game of the preseason it seemed never would arrive is Friday night, when the Seahawks host the Oakland Raiders at CenturyLink Field.
Entering the game, a couple of rookie linebackers lead the club in tackles. Middle linebacker K.J. Wright, a fourth-round draft choice, has 11. Outside ’backer Malcolm Smith, a seventh-rounder, has 10 – although he has one more solo stop than Wright, 9-8.
Another rookie, sixth-round pick Byron Maxwell, leads the club in special teams tackles with four.
Rookie free agent Doug Baldwin leads the team with eight receptions, one more than tight ends Dominique Byrd and Anthony McCoy. Baldwin also leads in kickoff (40.2) and punt (11.5) return average. That 40.2-yard average on kickoff returns, stoked by his 105-yarder against the Broncos on Saturday night, also ranks fourth in the league.
As a team, the Seahawks rank 26th in total offense (18th rushing, 27th passing) and 19th in total defense (16th rushing, 22nd passing). Their plus-3 turnover ratio is tied for fifth in the league. They have four takeaways and have turned the ball over only once – the pass that went off the hands of Golden Tate and was returned for a touchdown against the Vikings.