Vikings vs Seahawks: The Seahawks return to CenturyLink Field Friday night for the first time since last season’s playoff victory over the Detroit lions. And when they host the Minnesota Vikings in the second week of the preseason, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll is hoping to see his team build off of a promising first game, last weekend’s 48-17 win over the Los Angeles Chargers.
Starters are expected to play more this game—other than the offensive line, almost all of the starters left the game after one series last week—though Carroll wouldn’t say how much. But regardless of who is on the field, Carroll wants to see his team continue to progress toward the goal of being ready for the regular season.
“We are hoping to continue to grow and see areas of emphasis and concern, and kind of get it taken care of so that we are making progress,” Carroll said. “We are looking for progress, really, and there’s a million different areas of that. We don’t want to go take a big step and take a step back and all that. We like to make steady progress, moving forward.
We are looking for really good plays on the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. We are looking for great effort. We want to see guys fly around and tackle really well and get down field and chase the football and show the kind of effort that we like to stand for.”
In addition to that overall effort, here are five things to watch in Friday night’s game: Read
1. Eddie Lacy and the rest of the running backs.
With Thomas Rawls not expected to play due to a minor ankle injury, Eddie Lacy is likely going to start at running back and see a bigger work load. And after not having as much success running the ball as they would have liked last week, the Seahawks hope to get multiple backs going in this game.
“You’re going to see a good dose of Eddie and C.J. (Prosise) and Chris (Carson) and Alex (Collins),” Carroll said. “You’re going to see all the guys. Mike Davis played really well last week, so all those guys will play and again we’re going to just keep accumulating reps as we evaluate those guys. With really high hopes. It’s a very competitive group. Hopefully we can get moving at the line of scrimmage so we can see those guys.”
With Lacy in particular, this game is important because he played in just five games last season. Game action is also a chance to show off his physical running style that might not always show up as much in practice when the team isn’t tackling.
“He didn’t play but the first five games last year so it’s been a long time,” Carroll said. “He needs to play football and come back. He did a nice job last week. He had a very good week of work. So to get him to come back this week was… I think it’s a real sign that he’s back and going. He’ll get some good reps this week.” copy source: