Despite the Seahawks being just 4-3 on the season, it will certainly be a tough task for the Silver & Black to earn their first victory by beating the Seahawks in their nest. The Seahawks are coming off of a thrilling 13-9 victory against the Carolina Panthers last week to put them above .500.
The Raiders defense, which is dealing with lots of injuries, needs to find a way to slow down quarterback Russell Wilson who is always a threat in both the air and on the ground. Wilson has 1,490 yards and 11 touchdowns through the air to go along with 362 rushing yards on 44 carries.
As is always the case with a running quarterback, the Raiders must find a way to contain Wilson and now allow him to get to the second level. Linebackers and the defensive line must maintain their gaps for success.
The same will be the case against Marshawn “Beastmode” Lynch, as he will be a tough tackle on every carry. The Raiders will not get away with arm-tackle attempts against the powerful Lynch, who will want to go off against his hometown team. Despite rumors swirling about his tenure in Seattle, Lynch has 482 yards and three touchdowns on the season.
Somewhat surprisingly, Seattle traded away Percy Harvin out of their offense to the New York Jets. . The hole has put wide receiver Doug Baldwin into a more prominent role, who now has 29 receptions for 371 yards and one touchdown.
The Seahawks defense hasn’t been as stout as it has been over previous years, but is still ranking fifth in overall defense with just 316.1 yards per game allowed.
The Raiders running back duo of Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew will look to get the game going, but may struggle against a Seahawks run defense that is allowing just 89.6 yards per game on the ground (6th in the league).
Richard Sherman and the Seahawks secondary has looked much more vulnerable on the year than years of late. That said, they are still ranked 10th in pass defense by giving up 226.6 passing yards per game. Though both defenses will be tough, Raiders quarterback Derek Carr may need to have a big game in order to give the Raiders a chance to win.
Things don’t get much easier for the Raiders next week, as they take on the other Super Bowl team, the AFC West rival Denver Broncos.