Friday, August 29, 2008

Game Thread: Raiders @ Hawks



So here we are. The final dress rehearsal before the 2008 season officially begins. The most important thing in the final game has absolutely nothing to do with performance or roster spots. It's all about staying healthy. Luckily, our offensive and defensive MVPs will not be manning their positions, so we should see them in uniform in a week.

Here are the other things I'll be looking for:

- Red Bryant
It's his first action since coming back from knee surgery. The guy is supposed to be a difference maker in the interior line. I've never seen him even move before, so I'm eager to see what he might turn into. I don't expect a great showing this close to surgery, but I'd like to get an idea of his game.

- WRs
Who is our slot receiver? Will Jordan Kent continue to be the lone bright spot, even though he projects to have the fewest opportunities in the regular season? This is a stellar set of DBs from the Raiders, so it will be interesting to see if Taylor can get open against these elite, physical CBs. I would LOVE to see Logan Payne standout. I really want a blocking WR in the mix

- TEs
Will we continue to see Holmgren utilize the TE to offset the absence of Engram? Probably. Carlsen and Putzier are consistently contributing in the passing game. I'd like to see that continue.

- Rushing offense
I want to see continuing signs of a renewed rushing attack. I care less about who gets the yards, and more about the way we're getting the yards.

- Rushing defense
What does our run defense look like without Tatupu? Does DD Lewis fill in ably? I'd love to see David Hawthorne for an extended look.

- Justin Forsett vs. TJ Duckett
I think Forsett needs a big final game to make the roster. I have no love for Duckett, but I have an idea how people like Ruskell work.

- Mare
He still needs to prove he can hit a long FG. Hopefully, the snapping situation is resolved and that will remove any variables from the equation.

When and if Dalton Bell makes an appearance at QB, it's probably best to avert your eyes. It could get ugly in a hurry.

I'll be back around game time.

74 comments :

hawkblogger said...

Verne Lundquist? I thought Calabro was going to get a shot. Lundquist sucked the last game he broadcast. oh well...

hawkblogger said...

Love those deep kickoffs

hawkblogger said...

Interesting that none of the starters are playing. They usually play at least a series or so.

hawkblogger said...

nice tackle by floyd

hawkblogger said...

oh no. That sucks for forsett.

hawkblogger said...

he so clearly is not ready to be a punt returner in the NFL

hawkblogger said...

yes! Lo Jack! Nice to see that.

hawkblogger said...

I think he's 2 for 2 forcing fumbles on his sacks in the preseason. I know he's forced at least 2.

hawkblogger said...

Duckett starting...hmmm

hawkblogger said...

nice Tayor! That's what I know he's got.

hawkblogger said...

well lookie who makes a nice catch.

hawkblogger said...

obamanu hurt his knee

hawkblogger said...

suhweet. Nice looking run.

hawkblogger said...

nice block from Courtney Taylor. good to see that

hawkblogger said...

decent kick from Coutu, and very Brownesque tackle

hawkblogger said...

nice fill by DD lewis

hawkblogger said...

go!go! aww, that was sweet. I thought Wallace had a TD

Hawkgirl said...

I'm getting bummed about Forsett. Seems like he's choking a bit

Steve said...

That looked for sure like CJ Wallace had a TD. How is he so slow?!

hawkblogger said...

nice catch, ben. concentration with a hit about to come from the safety. great throw

hawkblogger said...

too bad about the fumble by payne. I want that guy to succeed

hawkblogger said...

holy crap, I've got babysitters older than Lane Kiffan

hawkblogger said...

welcome, steve, btw

hawkblogger said...

and welcome back hawkgirl

hawkblogger said...

good snap, solid kick

hawkblogger said...

what's with the bowl cut on tatupu?

hawkblogger said...

baraka atkins is playing with some fire. He made a nice play recovering on that screen pass.

Red bryant in a few plays as well

Steve said...

Maybe he can't afford a good haircut.

hawkblogger said...

whoa, and we thought we had WR problems...

hawkblogger said...

he's got to make that catch in the air, but he's not confident enough. No way can forsett be our punt returner.

hawkblogger said...

nice reverse, but I think Payne should have got the first down there. Seemed a little shy of contact there...maybe the broken rib

hawkblogger said...

nice 1st qtr

hawkblogger said...

seneca looks like a different QB this year. His throws are perfect.

hawkblogger said...

vallos in at center

hawkblogger said...

dude, forsett should have gotten in on that

hawkblogger said...

like I said, all his throws are perfect. ;D

Steve said...

Looked like Forsett dove about 3 yards too early.

hawkblogger said...

the kid looks nervous. it started last game. he seems uncomfortable with having this big chance in front of him. duckett, on the other hand, knows the paycheck he's after and has turned it on at precisely the same time

hawkblogger said...

short kick by coutu, nice hustle by payne

hawkblogger said...

what a tackle by wilson. I thought he was gone

hawkblogger said...

another nice play by atkins

hawkblogger said...

atkins pressured the QB there...bad luck on the tip

hawkblogger said...

sartz stinks. he blew the tackle on the mcfadden run as well

hawkblogger said...

it's so weird seeing 79 out there. jacob green was not quite 320 though

hawkblogger said...

is it just me, or does our offense look awesome this preseason? every single game.

Steve said...

HA! That was quite the leap by Schmitt. Didn't see that one coming.

hawkblogger said...

holy shit! did he just do that? that's mack strong-esque.

hawkblogger said...

ya gotta love that speed at QB

hawkblogger said...

nothing doing for forsett, but not a lot of holes to work with.

hawkblogger said...

Obamanu is
hurt and is doubtful to return:

hawkblogger said...

Putzier has been a pleasant surprise so far.

hawkblogger said...

great pressure from Atkins and Babin. Where has Atkins been all preseason? at least three straight games with a sack for Babin. maybe four.

hawkblogger said...

that might just seal the deal for duckett.

Steve said...

Good night for Duckett!

hawkblogger said...

tough game for Pat Murray...hold and an offside

hawkblogger said...

nice, logan

hawkblogger said...

why do we suck so bad at screen passes now? other teams still do it against us. duckett's not exactly the ideal screen back anyway

hawkblogger said...

hello mr laury

hawkblogger said...

dallas sartz again was punked.

hawkblogger said...

another good tackle from laury

hawkblogger said...

red bryant still playing. that's a good sign of his health

hawkblogger said...

babin was in there again. he could be a real asset this season

hawkblogger said...

Kirtman has had a really nice preseason, but I don't see any spot for him

hawkblogger said...

why the hell are we throwing the ball to bryan gilmore? that's a wasted preseason play to a guy that will never make the squad

hawkblogger said...

I hate that whole one-handed scrambling crap. two hands, please

hawkblogger said...

and there's babin against the run

hawkblogger said...

Hey, louis rankan, the husky is in there

hawkblogger said...

c'mon justin

hawkblogger said...

tough luck, kid

hawkblogger said...

I don't understand why Payne isn't playing unless he's already made the team. maybe the obamanu injury is bad

hawkblogger said...

this makes no sense to me. why isn't forsett getting more chances? who cares if Seneca can pass to these WRs?

hawkblogger said...

nice block by schmitt. really nice.

hawkblogger said...

schmitt OWNED a guy at the 5:55 mark. total pancake

hawkblogger said...

two crappy punts from plack