There has been some pretty good play and some not-so-good play, but overall I would say that the guys who need to make a good impression are feeling the pressure of the occasion. Justin Forsett fumbled a punt; Logan Payne dropped a ball; Jason Babin nearly jumped offsides, but then it was reversed.
T.J. Duckett has probably solidified a spot with his big first quarter, which included a 24-yard touchdown run and 40 yards on four carries. But it is going to be an interesting decision tomorrow, especially regarding Forsett.
As I said in an earlier post, I was wondering who would be the return guy if Forsett does not make the team. The answer is probably Ben Obomanu, who hurt his knee and then his shoulder. The latter apparently is more serious than the former, though we have no idea of knowing right now how serious other than he is not returning to the game and he is not on the sideline.
Never miss a local story.
As for the game, which Seattle leads 13-6 because Oakland kicked a long FG at the end of the half, Duckett's run was the extent of the scoring other than two field goals, one by Mare and one by Coutu.
That is another interesting battle, highlighted by these two plays: Mare kicks a ball 7 yards deep into the south end zone for a touchback. On the next score, Coutu kicks the ball only 2 yards deep, and Johnnie Lee Higgins returns it for 57 yards. That is the difference between a touchback and the danger of a return. Coutu, by the way, had to make the tackle on that return. (Maybe he got hurt on the tackle and the Hawks can shelve him for a while.) Kicking into the wind to the north end zone, Coutu got the ball to the 12. I have not seen Mare kick into the wind yet.
You are going to see very few entries for the rest of the game unless something every notable happens. We have very tight deadlines tonight with the 7 o'clock start and I have to start trying to get the game story out of the way before heading to the locker room.