The 2011 NFL preseason kicks off on Thursday night and the Seattle Seahawks are in the spotlight. ESPN made the right decision, choosing the Seahawks and San Diego Chargers as its national game to open the exhibition slate. As a result, the entire country gets a heaping dose of Seahawks, as it rightfully should.
For Seahawks fans, Thursday game offers a chance to see some of the team's new toys, including the offense installed by new coordinator Darrell Bevell. Most importantly, though, Tarvaris Jackson, Sidney Rice, Zach Miller, Robert Gallery and many other new acquisitions will make their debuts in a Seahawks uniform, giving fans a chance to see the new-look roster. It's an exciting and scary time.
So settle in and get ready for a fun night of football, at long last. Here's what you need to know about the game:
Start time: The Seahawks and Chargers take the field at 5 p.m. PDT.
Location: Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, home of the Chargers.
TV information: The coverage can be found two places here in Seattle: ESPN and JoeTV. Check your local listings for each.
More information: Confused about the game? Wondering which players to watch and what storylines to keep an eye on? Check out the rest of our Seahawks vs. Chargers StoryStream and head over to Field Gulls for boatloads of coverage.
For the latest on Thursday's exhibition, stay with this StoryStream throughout the evening. We'll be back with more on the game as it becomes available.