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5 keys for Hawks vs. Packers

Good Morning. I’m headed over to Lambeau Field in a few hours, and will post some video from the Packers Hall of Fame later today.

But for now, let’s take a look at five keys for the Seattle Seahawks, as they try to stretch that preseason winning streak to eight games.

Let the Beast loose: Marshawn Lynch has two carries for just one yard so far this preseason. It’s time for Pete Carroll to let his workhorse running back get into a rhythm in order to get ready for the regular season. I think 10 to 12 carries in the first half would do the trick.

Will Avril and Irvin play? You would think at some point the Seahawks need to see what they have in Cliff Avril, and how he will fit into the team’s scheme defensively. Avril’s been nursing a nagging hamstring injury, which has limited his reps in practice. But seeing him pass rush against old NFC North rival Aaron Rodgers would be a good evaluation tool for defensive coordinator Dan Quinn. Also, Bruce Irvin is running out of time to get adjusted to his new position of SAM linebacker, with his four-game suspension looming. Both players are game-time decisions.

McDaniel’s time to shine: Defensive tackle Tony McDaniel was one of the more impressive players for Seattle during offseason work, showing an innate ability to knock down passes. But Quinn has been unable to get a good evaluation of McDaniel because a groin injury did not allow him to play in the first two games. With rookies Jordan Hill (strain bicep) and Jesse Williams (knee) nursing injures, McDaniel gets a chance to show that he can be the guy to replace Alan Branch at defensive tackle.

Play with poise: With “Fail Mary” one of the main storylines heading into this game, Seattle players no doubt will be taunted by Packers fans still upset with last year’s result at CenturyLink Field. So it will be important for Carroll to make sure his players react appropriately, and the game doesn’t turn into a personal foul flag fest. The nationally televised game should be good preparation for the type of environment the Seahawks will face on the road during the regular season.

Get out of there healthy: One of the things the Seahawks have been fortunate with is no serious injuries so far through two preseason games. And it’s one of the reasons Carroll decided not to play receiver Sidney Rice and tight end Zach Miller. He understands that those players need to be ready for the team’s Sept. 8 game at Carolina.