Raiders ready to embrace tough Seahawks challenge

Kristopher Nichols
October 17, 2018

Oakland Raiders coach Jon Gruden wants Marshawn Lynch to see more of the ball when the running back goes up against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. But we've got to take this bye week, look at what we can do to play better right off this bye week, what we can do to win that game. Moore punctuated his touchdown, his third in the Seahawks' past two games, by accidentally crashing into the screens set up around the field. The Raiders offense failed to find the end zone until the fourth quarter of the 26-10 loss, and quarterback Derek Carr made a few very questionable decisions.

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He has had three games with two or less catches - in last week's game against the Chargers he was targeted once - but has 18 catches in the other two games he's played in.

Cooper, the No. 4 overall pick in the 2015 draft, didn't have a catch Sunday.

Last Sunday against the Rams, Wilson threw a 3-yard touchdown pass by retreating almost to the 18-yard line and dancing around a defender before firing a dart to wide receiver David Moore in the back of the end zone.

The Raiders still have some winnable games on their schedule, but they have some serious soul searching to do during the bye. He's one of our best players, and he's been a great performer for a long time.

The Seattle defense struggled throughout the following series for Oakland, yielding 45 yards over a 15-play drive, including a missed opportunity on a Quinton Jefferson sack that was nullified as he was called for a facemask.

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But quarterback Russell Wilson is confident that isn't an issue, instead feeling the excitement of their first game in London.

Sebastian Janikowski kicked two field goals to give Seattle a 17-0 first-half lead, with the Raiders losing wide receiver Amari Cooper to concussion. Rookie Jacob Martin was there to recover the fumble, giving Seattle yet another short field and an easy shot to add to its lead.

In Week 3, Nagel advised SportsLine members that Seattle was in a strong position to pick up its first victory of the season as a slight home favorite against the Cowboys.

The Seahawks have been trying to play more to their strengths, emphasizing their running game behind Chris Carson and Mike Davis. Even so, the Seahawks had the ball back and were knocking on the door once again at the end of the quarter.

The Raiders were at least able to avoid the shutout.

The Raiders' longest drive of the game came in the fourth quarter when they went 51 yards to kick a field goal and avoid a shutout for the first time in nearly four years.

"We lost, but I've got a attractive wife I get to go home to, boy", Irvin said.

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