The Oakland Raiders are set to visit the Seattle Seahawks in Week 4 of the 2015 NFL preseason on Thursday night. It’s the final exhibition game for both teams, as they get ready to start the regular season in 10 days.
Seattle is looking to reach a third consecutive Super Bowl, while the Raiders are looking to improve upon a three-win season. The deadline to make final roster cuts is on Saturday, and Thursday’s game could be the determining factor for a few players that are on the verge of getting released.
Robert Turbin has been Seattle’s No.2 running back in each of the last three years, but he might not be healthy when the season starts. He’s battling a high-ankle sprain, and the Seahawks are looking at free-agent running backs they could potentially sign. K.J. Wright hurt his shoulder in Seattle’s last game, but he seems to be fine.
Oakland lost starting right tackle Menelik Watson for the season, but the Raiders have remained generally healthy in the offseason. Linebacker Sio Moore has been hurt for much of training camp, and his future with Oakland is up in the air.
Players to Watch
With Watson done for the season, Austin Howard has taken over as the team’s starting right tackle. Howard entered the league in 2010, but he had been playing at right guard before the injury. While a strong performance in a short stint on Thursday might not mean much, the Raiders need him to be playing well at the start of the year. Oakland’s offensive line needs to open up holes for their assortment of running backs that are looking to improve the NFL’s worst rushing attack from a year ago.
Seattle has one of the best running backs in football, but they have some decisions to make regarding the backfield. But with backup Turbin’s injury, Christine Michael is looking to step up in his absence. The team met with Fred Jackson this week, but a big game by Michael could further ensure that the Seahawks need him on the roster.
Where to Watch
Oakland and Seattle will be two of the last teams to take the field this preseason, facing off at 10 p.m. ET. The game will air locally on FOX in Oakland and Seattle, though a live stream online can be seen with a free seven-day trial with NFL Game Pass.