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Danny O'Neil covers the Seahawks for The Seattle Times.

September 1, 2012 at 11:31 AM

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Three things we're still trying to figure out: Seahawks 21, Raiders 3

1) Any reason to worry after Russell Wilson's performance?
He's a starter after all, and starters barely play in the fourth exhibition game. Oakland's Carson Palmer was on the field for six plays, and he handed off every time for the Raiders on Thursday. Matt Hasselbeck didn't even play in three of his last four exhibition finales while with the Seahawks. But the one question about a rookie quarterback is going to be consistency, especially the way this Seahawks team is built. Wilson isn't in the role that Cam Newton was a year ago in Carolina when everything depended upon him. Wilson needs to play more like Ben Roethlisberger did as a Steelers rookie in 2004 or Joe Flacco in his first season as Ravens starter, which is to say Wilson needs to minimize mistakes to allow Seattle to play to its strengths, which are playing defense and running the football. Seattle doesn't need a boom-or-bust quarterback. They need -- above all else -- for the quarterback to avoid crippling mistakes because this team is built to grind out wins.

2) Will Golden Tate be available for the regular-season opener?
He was returning punts in the second half, which isn't the kind of thing a coach generally has his starting split end doing, when he suffered a twisted knee. He was not on crutches after the game, but he was limping, and while it's not an injury that will threaten his season, indications are that he'll very likely be out two to three weeks. So who starts in his place were Tate unable to play? Two options: Braylon Edwards or Ben Obomanu. Expect both to see time in that spot.

3) Who's going to start at right guard?
John Moffitt played in Thursday's game, his first appearance in an exhibition game after undergoing surgery to remove loose particles from his elbow. Rookie J.R. Sweezy started at that spot, though, and coach Pete Carroll indicated that's a spot that will be evaluated this week. Sweezy's play is the single biggest surprise of training camp. During the offseason workouts, undrafted rookie Rishaw Johnson was ahead of him in terms of the playing rotation. That wasn't a surprise. Sweezy is making the transition after playing defensive line at North Carolina State. In fact, he didn't even play offensive line in high school as he was a linebacker and a fullback. His fast adaptation to offensive line isn't all that complicated, though. He has no bad habits at the position, he's fast, tough and shown he's quick to learn.

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