While the game itself means nothing to the playoff chase, the Oakland Raiders will have some evaluating to do in their preseason finale against the Seattle Seahawks.
Subplot: Time for Dennis Allen to attest the depth
The importance of the fourth preseason game isn’t so much about winning as it is measuring out what the team has in the deepest crevices of the roster. Head coach Dennis Allen will have some tough decisions to make regarding which players will or won’t make his Oakland Raiders squad for the regular season. At the same time, this game will be important because the team will get a feel for the matchup since they play the world champion Seattle Seahawks later this season.
Look to Greg Little and Andre Holmes
Part of winning the last preseason game is about knowing where to lean on the roster depth. For the Oakland Raiders their best bet is to get the ball to the wide receivers late in games. Thanks to a series of free agent moves the second half of their depth chart has considerable playing experience with names like Andre Holmes and former Cleveland Browns veteran Greg Little. That could give the team a good enough advantage against that Seattle secondary, especially with Matt McGloin available as the third string quarterback.
Force Terrelle Pryor to throw
It seems fitting that the last game before the bullets go live is one in which the Raiders get one last look at their former experiment Terrelle Pryor, whom they traded to Seattle. On the other side it will likely be Pryor who sees the most action in that game as the third-string quarterback. That means Oakland will have to use their previous knowledge of him to their advantage. One thing about Pryor is he’s most dangerous when he runs. So what the coaches will have to do is design their schemes to keep him in the pocket and force him to throw the ball. That gives them the best chance into forcing a mistake.
Prediction: Seahawks win 24-17