With the regular season nearly in sight, the Seattle Seahawks head to Minnesota to take on Brett Favre and the Vikings Saturday at Mall of America Field.
The preseason Week Three matchup pits two teams looking to establish an identity.
Favre is in his second week back with the Vikings, but the primary members in the cast of characters he throws to can’t say the same. Percy Harvin’s migraine problems of last year have continued. They’ve gotten so bad that the second-year receiver collapsed last week and had to be taken to the hospital. Reports out of Minnesota indicate a possible return to game action for Harvin as early as Saturday’s game against Seattle; however, it’s anything but set in stone.
Minnesota’s second big-play wideout will definitely not play Saturday. Sidney Rice is expected to miss at least the first half of the season while recovering from hip surgery. The injury occurred in the Vikings’ final game of their season, a 31-24 road loss to New Orleans in the NFC Championship game.
Seattle has its own injuries to deal with on offense. The team’s offensive line, a unit ravaged by injuries last season, already is starting to wear thin. Rookie left tackle Russell Okung injured an ankle in the team’s 27-24 preseason Week Two loss to Green Bay and will be out for the rest of the preseason. Joining Okung on the sideline for the immediate future is guard Ben Hamilton. A sore knee has kept Hamilton from practicing two straight days and will force him to miss Saturday’s game.
As part of SeahawksGab Editor Devon Heinen’s preseason preview, he offers some extra points regarding the preseason Week Three matchup that Seahawks fans should keep in mind.
- Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers picked apart the Seattle secondary last week. While Brett Favre isn’t Aaron Rodgers, the 20-year veteran is certainly not past his prime. Seattle will need to shut down the Vikings’ reserve wide receivers that will see larger roles.
- Against Green Bay in the second game of the preseason, rookie safety Earl Thomas showed why Seattle spent a first-round pick on him in April. He also showed that he’s a rookie. The former Texas Longhorn got beat early by wide receiver Greg Jennings for a 56-yard bomb coming from the right hand of Aaron Rodgers. Later, Thomas helped cornerback Kelly Jennings break up an attempt down the left sideline intended for Green Bay’s Jennings.
- Getting pressure on Favre and Minnesota’s reserve quarterbacks will be paramount. After forcing an interception, a poorly thrown ball and recording a sack in Seattle’s first preseason game, Chris Clemons was neutralized in Seattle’s second exhibition.
- A calf strain that’s limited kicker Olindo Mare the past two weeks could keep him out of action for a second consecutive game.
- Running back Leon Washington will start for Seattle Saturday. It’s his second game back from a season-ending broken leg injury he suffered last season with the New York Jets.
- Mike Williams’ role in the offense continues to increase. He saw time with the reserve offense against Tennessee in Seattle’s first preseason game, taking a short button-hook route near the right sideline 51-yards for a touchdown. Against Green Bay last week, Williams played with the first team. The first-year Seahawk recorded the team’s first reception of the game and had two catches of 17 yards.
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