Raiders defeat Seahawks 41-31

The Oakland Raiders returned home to take on the Seattle Seahawks in their fourth and final game of the 2014 Raiders preseason.

Raiders head coach Dennis Allen and the coaching staff sat a total of 18 players, including starting quarterback Matt Schaub who has battled elbow soreness recently.

Schaub sitting gave the start to rookie quarterback Derek Carr who shined and could have created a quarterback controversy with just one week until the Raiders open the regular season in New York against the Jets.

Russell Wilson and the Seahawks starting offense jumped to a quick 7-0 lead when he found his tight end Luke Wilson in the end zone for the touchdown after a four-play drive that went 80 yards in just 1:45. Linebacker Kaluka Maiava got beat pretty badly on the touchdown play.

Carr orchestrated a touchdown drive of his own on the ensuing drive, going 68 yards on 12 plays with running back Latavius Murray punching it in from five yards out to tie the game.

Carr wouldn’t need to work as hard on his next drive as the Seahawks would fumble the ensuing kickoff to give the ball to the Raiders at the 36 yard line. Carr used just one play to throw a perfect ball to a streaking Denarius Moore down the right sideline for the go-ahead touchdown.

Rookie cornerback TJ Carrie kept the Raiders momentum going after a Seahawks three and out, returning the punt 44 yards to give Carr the ball at the Seahawks 20-yard line. Again, Carr needed just one play to get the Raiders offense back into the end zone, though he needed a little bit of help this time. Carr threw a laser down the middle to have the ball tipped but then caught nicely by tight end Mychal Rivera to put the Raiders up 21-7.

But Carr still wasn’t finished with his first NFL start.

On his fourth and final drive of the game, Carr led the offense 61 yards on eight plays that culminated in a beautifully-thrown back shoulder pass to Denarius Moore from 11 yards out. The score made Carr a perfect 4 for 4 in terms of touchdown drives, and gave him a final stat line of 11 for 13 for 143 yards and three touchdowns, good enough for a passer rating of 152.1.

Carr would leave early in the second quarter after giving the Raiders a 28-7 lead.

The Seahawks would finally get back on the board in the second quarter when a Seattle cornerback picked off McGloin and returned it back for a six.

McGloin would bounce back on his next drive, leading the offense to another touchdown drive in eight plays for 55 yards. McGloin found his seemingly favorite receiver Brice Butler in the back of the end zone for a 15 yard touchdown and the 35-14 lead. It was the fourth time that the wide receiver and quarterback connected for a touchdown this preseason.

Former Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor would use the little amount of time on the clock to get his offense back into the end zone one last time before halftime. Pryor threw a nice deep ball down the right sideline to Phil Bates who beat Neiko Thorpe to bring the halftime score to 35-21.

The only score of the third quarter came when backup kicker Giorgio Tavecchio knocked a 47-yard field goal through the uprights late in the third quarter.

Pryor got the Seahawks back on the scoreboard on the ensuing drive to open up the fourth quarter. Pryor set it up with a well-thrown ball to Bryan Walters over the trailing TJ Carrie for a big gain.

The Raiders defense held, forcing a Seahawks field goal to bring the score to 38-24. Pryor’s night would end with him finishing 11 for 17 for 134 yards and one touchdown.

Third-string quarterback B.J. Daniels would get the Seahawks back into the end zone when he found Walters on a little screen for the touchdown to bring the Raiders lead to just one score at 38-31.

The Seahawks went for the onside kick but undrafted free agent Seth Roberts came up with the recovery to give the Raiders the ball with just under four minutes remaining.

The Raiders would capitalize by converting on a field goal to give them the final score of 41-31. The Raiders will head to New York later this week to open up the regular season against the Jets.

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