The fourth and final game of the preseason is often seen as a showcase for players seeking to make the final 53-man roster. Many starters played only a series (Matt Hasselbeck), some saw only two plays of action (Edgerrin James) and some didn’t play at all (T.J. Houshmandzadeh). That left plenty of minutes for rookies to show their stuff, and for players striving to make the final roster to prove themselves worthy.
Offensive coordinator Greg Knapp spoke with the quarterbacks in the locker room before the game. Rookie Mike Teel (#14) saw most of the snaps, and Jeff Rowe (#3) finished the game.
Fullback Owen Schmitt gathered his thoughts before the team took the field.
First-round draft pick Aaron Curry stood at the rear of the linebacking corp as they entered Qwest Field, but his play (four tackles, one sack and a forced fumble) brought him front and center as his continued improvement excited fans.
The Seahawks lined up to enter the field for the start of the game.
Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck wades through the smoke and fog of pregame introductions onto the field as his name is announced.
It didn’t take Aaron Curry long to make his mark, as his tackle on Oakland’s first series forced the Raiders to punt.
Michael Bennett recovered a fumble by Oakland quarterback Bruce Gradkowski, one of four fumbles forced by the Seattle defense.
On the ensuing play, Seattle receiver Ben Obamanu hauled in a 38-yard touchdown pass and stated his case for a roster spot.
Meanwhile, Aaron Curry was still disrupting Oakland’s offense, forcing a fumble.
Fellow rookie defensive end Nick Reed gathered up the fumble forced by Curry, and returned it to the Raiders’ 14-yard line.
Rookie running back Devin Moore led the Seahawks, gaining 75 yards on 22 carries, and proved his toughness by handing a stiff arm to Oakland’s John Bowie.
Moore nearly scored on a 15-yard up the right side, and was brought down at the one-yard line before scoring two plays later.
Back on the defensive side of the ball, Kevin Hobbs went high to knock away a long pass.
On the sideline, starters Julius Jones and Matt Hasselbeck chatted during a penalty ridden second half.
Aaron Curry ran off the field to cheers after a stellar game.
Head coach Jim Mora praised the team for their effort.
Curry was still smiling as Mora spoke, but he knows the regular season will bring an entire new pace and intensity to the games.