In the third game of the 2016 NFL preseason, the Seahawks projected regular season starters were on display. Both the offensive and defensive units look to be in regular-season form, though the offense did take a little while to warm up.
Just a few plays into the Cowboys first offensive series, Cliff Avril doubled up Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo like a cheap accordion, sending Romo to the turf clutching at his back in pain. Romo left the game after that, and it was later revealed that he has broken a bone in his back that will force him to miss the next 6-10 weeks.
Rookie quarterback Dak Prescott looked outstanding in Romo's stead. His poise on the road against one of the NFL's top defenses was impeccable and should provide hope for Cowboys fans dreading another year without Romo at the helm.
We also saw the NFL debut of the highest drafted rookie running back, Ezekiel Elliot. The young offensive figureheads showed no fear against Seattle's ferocious defense. Ultimately, it wasn't enough to earn the victory, but there is a glimmer of hope in big D.
Christine Michael continued to make a case for a serious role in Seattle's offense. The backfield behind Michael and Rawls remains uncertain. You have to assume Seattle will keep 3rd round selection, CJ Prosise, if for no other reason than his draft position and unrivaled skill set. Still, Prosise didn't display anything that clearly separates him from the rest of the backfield and he's a little behind from missing time with a hamstring earlier in camp.
Seattle will likely keep 4 running backs, which allows room for just one of the remaining backs. George Farmer, Troymaine Pope, Zac Brooks and Alex Collins will vie for that spot.
Tuesday will see the roster cut from 90 to 75 and Seattle has some difficult decisions to make. You can bet that, just like the past 3 or 4 seasons, the Seahawks leavings will be raided by the rest of the league, hoping to catch some of that Seahawks magic.