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August 15, 2014 at 4:28 PM

Seahawks-Chargers pre-game: A video, and a few last-minute thoughts

We’re here at CenturyLink Field, where about three hours before the game it is dry and appears to be clearing a bit.

There’s a video below with some last-minute thoughts on the game.

I’ll add a few of those here, as well:

1, Really watch the second-unit defense, especially the line, after they were sort of challenged this week by coach Pete Carroll. This feels like a pretty big game for guys like Greg Scruggs, Benson Mayowa and Jordan Hill — who is again healthy — to show what they can do.

2, It will be interesting to watch the first offensive line, with the assumption that Max Unger and James Carpenter will be back, which should mean a better performance than last week, when the OL allowed three sacks and had the QBs on the run all game. Carroll hardly needed to say that better pass protection is a key for this game.

3, I’d expect Terrelle Pryor to follow Russell Wilson in the QB rotation, something the Seahawks also did last year, alternating the backup QBs to see how they perform with various receivers and offensive line groupings.

4, This also feels like a key outing for some of the second-team DBs, such as Tharold Simon and Terrance Parks, guys who were early spring and fall camp standouts. Simon, in particular, should get a lot of time this week after being tossed after just 15 snaps last week.

5, Will we see Marshawn Lynch? I wouldn’t bet on it, but I wouldn’t rule it out after he had a solid week of practice and looked to be ready to go. Lynch got all of his preseason carries last year in games two and three. But expect most of the carries to go to Robert Turbin and Christine Michael. Michael was disappointed in his play last week — the fumble and an unnecessary penalty. So we’ll see how he responds.

Also, the head referee tonight is Pete Morelli, whose last appearance in a Seahawk game that mattered was the 2013 divisional playoff win at Washington.

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