The Oakland Raiders travel to Seattle to face the Seahawks in their final game of the 2013 preseason. The roster was cut to 75-players on Tuesday, August 27th. The remaining players have one last opportunity to show the coaches and scouts what they can bring in order to make the 53-man roster.
Event: Oakland Raiders at Seattle Seahawks
Where: Century Link Field, Seattle, Washington
When: 7:00 PM Pacific Standard Time (PST)/ 10:00 Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Television: KTVU FOX 2 (Bay Area)/ KQCA 58 (Sacramento)/ CBS 47 (Fresno)/ KTLA 5 (Los Angeles)/ KBAK (Bakersfield)/ Check local listings and www.raiders.com outside of California.
Radio: Bay Area 102.1 FM, 98.5 FM KFOX/ 1140 AM (Sacramento)/ 105.9 (Fresno)/ 830 AM (Los Angeles)/ 104.1 FM (Modesto)/ 103.9 FM (Merced)/ 1280 AM (San Luis Obispo)/ 1490 AM (King City)/ 106.3 FM (Eureka)/ 1440 AM (Napa)/ 1670 AM (Redding)/ 920 AM (Palm Springs)/ 630 AM (Monterey)/ 97.7 FM (Santa Rosa)/ 1520 AM (Ventura)/ Check local listings and www.raiders.com outside of California.
Not Playing: OT-Jared Veldheer (Tricep), LB-Miles Burris (Knee-PUP), DB-Joselio Hanson (Groin-IR), and RB-Latavius Murray (Ankle-IR).
Questionable: DT-Pat Sims, OL-Lucas Nix, and OL-Mike Brisiel.
Quarterback Terrelle Pryor gets his first start of the 2013 pre-season. After an impressive performance against the Chicago Bears, the coaching staff, along with Raider Nation, is excited to see what he can do with this opportunity. Century Link Field is known to be one of the loudest stadiums in football. The Seahawks fans are a rowdy bunch, and they will try to make Pryor’s outing difficult. This is a great venue to have the final pre-season game.
First of all, it will be a very tough test for both the offensive side and defensive side of the ball. The Seahawks offense is explosive with RB-Marshawn Lynch and QB-Russell Wilson. The Seahawks defense was ranked within the top 5 in the NFL in 2012, and it has a reputation for creating turnovers. Ball security will be key in order to win against Seattle.
Coaches and personnel staff will use the last preseason game to complete their player evaluations prior to Saturday’s cut-down. “We’re going to use the fourth game as an evaluation process,” said Coach Allen. “We’re going to play these guys, and then after that game we have to get down to 53. We’ll have to make sure we pick the right 53 guys.”
The Raiders will have many key players get significant playing time against Seattle. Menelik Watson will get the start at left tackle ahead of Alex Barron. D. J. Hayden is going to see a lot more action in this game in order to prepare him for the upcoming regular season.
“I believe that when your roster isn’t completely set, when you don’t have a team full of returning starters or you have injuries that maybe force you to evaluate some players, then that does change going into the fourth preseason game,” said offensive coordinator Greg Olson. “It is what it is. Those guys that are going to be asked to play will play. They’ll get some experience, and I think it will be very good experience for our football team.”