The Seattle Seahawks leave the friendly confines of CenturyLink Field as the Oakland Raiders play host Thursday to the defending champions in the teams' final preseason matchup of 2014. Week 4 marks the final opportunity for many of Seattle's 75 roster players to make an impression and make the final 53-man squad.
Head coach Pete Carroll says there are several close matchup decisions that will be decided by the level of play in tonight's game, per the Seahawks' team page:
We’re hoping that we can really show guys and give them the chance to make a statement for their opportunity to make this club. There’s stuff that’s in the balance. There are a number of competitions where it’s one or the other. So we’re going to take all of the information in. We have not made our final decision at this point.
The Raiders are coming off a loss to the Green Bay Packers, 31-21, being dominated early but falling short in a comeback attempt by the team's reserves. The Seahawks appear to be in midseason from following two dominant performances at home.
The challenge will be for the Seahawks to remain consistent on both sides of the ball in an away game, regardless of the opponent.