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Seahawks Preview | Week 1

Week 1

Seattle Seahawks (7-9) at Arizona Cardinals (8-8), Sunday, 1:25 p.m. on FOX

Seahawks storylines:

• Running back Marshawn Lynch is in danger of missing season opener because of back spasms. He missed practice Monday and hasn’t played since the second preseason game.

Rookie Robert Turbin would start in Lynch’s place. Turbin impressed against the Chiefs in the third preseason game by rushing 14 times for 93 yards and a touchdown.

• Seattle released tight end Kellen Winslow, who many thought had a chance to lead the team in receptions this season. Expect third-year player Anthony McCoy to step up and fill some of the receiving gap left by Winslow. The team also signed Evan Moore, who was earlier released by Cleveland. McCoy and Moore are solid, but they’ve combined for just 75 career receptions - the same amount Winslow had in 2011 alone.

If the team’s offensive line can avoid the onslaught of injuries it suffered last year, starter Zach Miller could spend less time blocking and more time catching passes. Miller averaged 56.5 receptions per season in Oakland, so he can definitely fill that role.

Seattle will get to keep the conditional seventh round pick they sent to Tampa Bay in the Winslow trade.

• Wide receiver Golden Tate injured his knee in the team’s preseason finale and will likely miss at least two weeks.

• Offensive lineman James Carpenter returned to practice Monday. He started eight games at right tackle last season.

• The Seahawks added WR Jermaine Kearse, LB Korey Toomer, QB Josh Portis, WR Ricardo Lockette, T Edawn Coughman, G Rishaw Johnson and S Deshawn Shead to their practice squad.

 

Cardinals storylines:

• Arizona’s offensive line is in trouble. The team has four linemen on injured reserve, including key players Levi Brown and Jeremy Bridges.

• The Cardinals bring back nine starters on defense, plus linebacker O’Brien Schofield, who saw significant playing time last year.

• QB John Skeleton is the team’s fourth starting quarterback in the past four years. He has a strong arm, yet battles with inaccuracy.

• Running backs Beanie Wells and Ryan Williams are both healthy at the moment, but both has long injury histories. It’s uncertain how well they will be able to rush behind the team’s injury-ravaged offensive line.

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