Wednesday, August 10, 2011

SEAHAWKS: Preseason Ready to Kick Off vs. the San Diego Chargers on ESPN

After an off season of turmoil and strife, football is finally back. Although at times it looked to be in jeopardy, we will see our first taste of NFL football since Super Bowl 45. Tomorrow at 5:00, the new look Seahawks will fly down to face the perennial underachieving San Diego Charger in their first preseason game broadcast on ESPN.

In the past, the Seahawsk have not been big players in free agency, which meant watching the same team you saw last year in a meaningless game. And while this game still counts for nothing, there is an unusual intrigue about this one. We will see many Seahawks make their debut in the blue and green.

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Tarvaris Jackson is at the helm for the Seahawks, after claiming the starting job before he even boarded the plane for Seattle. Everybody is very pessimistic about Jackson, but I have faith that Tarvaris can be a solid QB for Seattle... more to come on that later. Sidney Rice and Zach Miller will make their debut appearances as well. They bring size to the Seahawks offense, and I get the feeling Miller will become Jackson's favorite, most reliable target just like he was in Oakland to Jason Campbell.

But to the other side of the field. The San Diego Chargers, statistically, had the top offense and top defense last year. But porous special teams sunk them, including Leon Washington's memorable performance in last year's match up. But don't be fooled. San Diego will make a comeback this year... expect them to win the AFC West handily. Phillip Rivers will likely only play a series or two, but that one series will probably depress Seahawks fan. Expect him to eat Seattle's defense alive.

One more thing to be on the lookout for in Thursday's game. With there being no non-mandatory OTAs or mini camps this off season, the new additions have only had one week of practice with their new teams across the league. The level of play might not be up to the standards that we are used to. But really, after the ridiculous lockout, do we even care? I sure don't. Let's just kick back and enjoy some football!

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