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The Raiders were run over like Brian Bosworth


A win over the Raiders is always a big deal in Seattle no matter if it is in the preseason or not. And when the Hawks win as handily as they did Thursday night, that's an even bigger deal.

Just ask former S-R staffer Dave Boling. The Tacoma columnist explains why the way the Seahawks won Thursday is a big deal, because they offered so many glimpses of what they can do this season.

There are other points to be made of course, and other factors to examine. Let's start with the News Tribune's Mike Sando anticipating the Hawks' upcoming cuts on his blog.

Steve Kelley voices his concerns about the Hawks after also illustrating their biggest strength.

One of those concerns is injuries and Seattle had another one Thursday.

Still, it is only a game and it is OK to laugh about it. If you're not laughing after reading Art Theil's column you need to loosen up a bit.

You want to be serious? OK, here's a serious examination of Seattle's backup defensive end Darryl Tapp.

UPDATE: ESPN is reporting Deion Branch has reached agreement with the New York Jets and the Seahawks. Now all those teams have to do is work out a trade agreement with New England in the next couple hours.

And we finish this Seattle pro sports post with an interesting piece from the P-I about the Mariners' roster turnover. They are now one of the youngest teams in baseball.

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