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NFL Team Report - Seattle Seahawks - INSIDE SLANT
But the Seattle Seahawks insist that going to Denver -- the team they were last seen walloping 43-8 in the Super Bowl -- won't be a big deal.
While there has been some chatter out of Denver that the Broncos see the game as the beginning of getting some payback -- the Broncos come to Seattle in Week 3 of the regular season, as well -- the Seahawks say it will be business as usual.
"It doesn't matter who we play," said Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman. "You know, the opponent never matters in these situations. You're working on technique; you're working on discipline and getting better as a team regardless of who you're going against."
The Seahawks have managed to usually do that, as well as win, the last few years.
Seattle has won nine straight preseason games, and coach Pete Carroll says every game is a "championship opportunity" -- even those played in August.
Still, Seattle has some larger issues at hand than getting another W in an ultimately meaningless game.
While the Seahawks are set at most spots -- a reason many consider them to have one of the better chances of repeating of any team in the last decade -- Seattle does have a few question marks.
The biggest may be at right tackle, a spot where the Seahawks last week signed veteran free agent Eric Winston -- who last year started all 16 games for Arizona --- to shore up an ailing spot. Second-year player Michael Bowie suffered a shoulder injury and was placed on waived/injured and then picked up by Cleveland. Bowie was expected to compete with rookie Justin Britt.
Now, it's Winston and Britt that will compete for a key spot on the offensive line, with each likely to get ample time against the Broncos to begin sorting things out.
The Seahawks also will want to use the game to begin solidifying a few other issues. Specifically:
--Backup running back, where Robert Turbin is listed No. 2 behind Marshawn Lynch --- who is back after ending his holdout but unlikely to play -- with Christine Michael at No. 3. Expect both to get a lot of action as Seattle will want to see exactly what it has in each player.
--The bottom of the receiving rotation. Seattle appears to have four locks at receiver -- Percy Harvin, Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse and Paul Richardson. But after that, it's a jumble for the last one or two spots, especially with rookie Kevin Norwood currently out with a foot injury. Phil Bates, Bryan Walters and Ricardo Lockette are the presumed leaders for the last spots, and game production figures to tell a lot.
--The backup linebacker spots. Seattle is still hamstrung with some injuries at linebacker, especially on the strong side where Bruce Irvin and Malcolm Smith remain out. Four-year vet Mike Morgan is running as the starter there right now but he's not necessarily considered a lock to make the roster. Middle linebacker Bobby Wagner is also out with a hamstring injury with undrafted free agent Brock Coyle likely to get the start there. A good performance could help springboard Coyle to a roster spot.
NFL Team Report - Seattle Seahawks - NOTES, QUOTES
--Seattle hasn't lost in the preseason since at 23-20 defeat at Denver in the third game of the 2011 preseason. Seattle won each of its four preseason games last year by at least a touchdown.
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