The Seahawks have arrived in Charlotte, and so have many of us in the media corps.
It’s a nice, sunny afternoon here — 83 it says on Weather.com, which predicts a high of 89 tomorrow.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Friday, though, that he felt the team was prepared to play in a different climate.
“Well it’s going to be a little different,” he said. “Obviously there’s going to be a little more heat and a little more humidity. But, we’ve had really good work; we’ve pushed our guys hard. We can only do what we can with the weather. But, we are ready to go. We have good rotations and all that and we are looking forward to playing Carolina.”
The main spot where you would be concerned about depth is the defensive line, where players have been in and out of practice throughout camp.
But the outlooked there seemed encouraging as the week ended, with Brandon Mebane and Tony McDaniel back full go, and Cliff Avril getting in a few practices, though officially a gametime decision.
Seattle played here about a month later in the season a year ago, but the weather didn’t seem a factor as the Seahawks stifled the Carolina offense and made enough plays of its own to escape with a 16-12 win.
So what about Sunday’s game, maybe the most-anticipated opener in Seahawks’ history?
I think it could be a pretty similar game to a year ago, though maybe with each quarterback — Russell Wilson and Cam Newton — playing a little better and passing a little more efficiently. That might make it a little more of an offensive game than a year ago, when the two teams combined for exactly 500 yards.
Ultimately, though, I think the result will be similar, with the Seahawks staving off a late Carolina drive or two to pull away and win 21-13.
How about you? I’d love to hear what Seahawks fans are thinking about the game as kickoff nears. So fire away.