The third preseason game is usually the final full dress rehearsal for starters preparing for the regular season. And coach Pete Carroll says his Seahawks first-teamers will play into the third quarter Friday night.
But this home exhibition against Kansas City that begins at 5 p.m. (for national television) won’t be the last time we’ll see starters this preseason. Not with Seattle’s offensive line still far from determined 2-plus weeks before the opener at Green Bay.
It’s likely to take past next Thursday’s preseason finale at Oakland for the Seahawks to decide on their left tackle.
All Seattle’s eyes Friday are on Rees Odhiambo, to see if he can hold his ground against five-time Pro Bowl pass rusher Tambai Hali, star sack man Justin Houston and the Chiefs that swarm the flanks on defense. They likely will play about as long Seahawks’ starters do.
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Seattle also has to see right now if Matt Tobin, who arrived only Tuesday in a trade with Philadelphia, could be the left tackle. So Tobin will play there against Kansas City, three days after first hearing the Seahawks’ plays and line calls.
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS at SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
5 p.m. Friday, CenturyLink Field, Seattle
TV: Channel 7 Radio: 710-AM, 97.3-FM
The series: Seahawks lead the all-time preseason series 6-1. Still thankful Carroll went for two after a touchdown on the final play last August got Seattle within one point at Kansas City. Troymaine Pope ran in the two-point conversion for a Seahawks preseason win.
Find a left tackle—pronto!: George Fant’s season-ending injury last week has Odhiambo starting, Tobin in a crash-course learning, and the Seahawks hoping they don’t have to push left guard Luke Joeckel out to left tackle because Odhiambo and Tobin failed. One good game against a fierce Chiefs pass rush and Odhiambo will be the starter in the opener at Green Bay. One bad game and…uh-oh, Plan C.
Glowinski or Aboushi?: That’s the question at right guard. Mark Glowinski drew coaches’ praise for his performance last week. Oday Aboushi started the game before that. It’s the other job still undetermined on the worrisome line.
Get stops early: The starting defense has allowed 13-play scoring drives in each of the first two preseason games. Pro Bowl linebacker K.J. Wright says he wants to see the D be dominant again. He didn’t play last week but will in this one. How will you know if they are getting closer to where they need to be? Getting off the field more than once on five third downs during opening preseason drives would be a (better) start.
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Year
70 Rees Odhiambo LT 6-4 315 second
Can he replace injured George Fant, after struggling so far in his Seahawks career? His chance is now.
62 Matt Tobin LT 6-6 303 fifth
Show up on Tuesday, play on Friday? No time to waste in seeing if he can handle LT
27 Eddie Lacy RB 5-11 250 fifth
10 carries, 30 yards through two exhibitions is not what SEA had in mind
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Year
91 Tamba Hali OLB 6-2 265 12th
5-time Pro Bowl guys usually don’t get excited for exhibitions. But he must be to test Odhiambo
50 Justin Houston OLB 6-3 258 seventh
33½ sacks the last 3 seasons. We’ll see if SEA RT Germain Ifedi has indeed progressed
27 Kareem Hunt RB 5-10 216 rookie
Former Toledo rocket has soared into KC’s second RB spot this month