I knew I would play going into it because of the injury situation to Cullen Jenkins and everything. I was just getting a lot more reps during the week, and it felt good to go out there and get extra reps in practice. As far as the game goes, it was just good to be out there, finally against somebody else. You actually get to tackle somebody and just get out there and play football.
I was back to game preparation, rather than knowing you weren't going to play. So it's different. You watch the film, critique the linemen, go out there and look at the formations and all that. Then you understand the night before to get your sleep. You get your music going when you're in the locker room before the game, knowing your pads were there. It's just the little things that when you walk in there, you're like, "It feels real."
During the actual game, it just gives you more feedback on how hard you've been working. And I know that I have a lot to work on as a player in a lot of different aspects of the game. But I know that I can play this game, if nothing else. That was the No. 1 offense in the league we played against, and I know I can get pressure on quarterbacks. I know I can play the run. I have to keep proving that not only to myself but to people around me so that they can trust me more.
Now we go on the road, and Seattle is a very good football team. They've got one of the best running backs in the league. They've got a great quarterback. They've got solid receivers all around. They've got a great defense.
Seattle is going to be a tough challenge for us, but we're up for it. There isn't a team that we've faced that we couldn't have beaten if we put it all together. And there's not a team that we're going to face that we can't beat if we put it all together.
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