When the Seattle Seahawks square off against the Oakland Raiders on Thursday night, the two teams will wrap up the 2014 preseason with a bang.
The coaching staffs on both teams will be watching this game closely as they prepare to make the final roster cut on Saturday. With players fighting for their jobs, the Week 4 battle in Oakland will be intense.
Here is all the vital viewing information for Thursday’s preseason matchup.
Where: O.co Coliseum, Oakland, California
When: Thursday, August 28
Start Time: 10 p.m. ET (7 p.m. PT)
Watch: NFL Network
Live Stream: Preseason Live
Breaking Down the Game
There are no harder games to pick than the fourth week of the preseason matchups. Seattle is a legitimate Super Bowl favorite this season, and most fans expect Oakland to miss the playoffs, but anything can happen with the starters on the bench.
All of the players looking to make the final roster will be putting their effort into Thursday’s matchup, and the resulting battle will be a much better game than most fans expect from the final week of the preseason.
For Raiders fans, there is no bigger storyline than the start for rookie Derek Carr. With starter Matt Schaub dealing with an elbow injury, this is Carr’s opportunity to make a start for the team and show the franchise why it used a second-round pick on him.
When asked by Jerry McDonald of the San Jose Mercury News about his chance to take the helm for Oakland, Carr shared his excitement and his goal for his first start: "The more that I can be out there, the happier I'll be. That's why we work so hard in the offseason. That's why you spend so many hours here before anyone's here. That's why you do all those things, because you want to go out there and help the team win, and I'm looking forward to it."
According to Mike Nicco of ABC 7, Carr will have perfect weather on Thursday:
For Seattle, the fourth game of the preseason is all about thinning the roster out and getting a chance to watch some of the skilled backups get a chance to shine. One of the Seahawks' biggest strengths was the depth on the roster, but the team will be able to find the weaknesses and look to address them.
With former Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor and running back Christine Michael getting time to play, head coach Pete Carroll will have a better understanding of the depth on his offensive unit. There will also be battles for roster spots on the defensive side of the ball, and choosing the right players could be the difference between repeating and being eliminated early in the postseason.
The biggest focus for both coaches will be the final roster cut from 75 to 53 players. No player wants to lose his job, and the battle between the Raiders and the Seahawks could be one of the most intense games of the preseason.
Hardcore and casual football fans won't want to miss this preseason finale.
Predicted Winner: Seattle 30, Oakland 17
*Stats via NFL.com.
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