Raiders fight but ultimately drop to Seahawks

The Raiders went into Seattle with the tough task of taking on the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks still without a win. Unfortunately for Oakland, they fell short once again as they lost 30-24 to the defending champs.

Oakland’s defense was able to give the Seahawks offense fits for much of the first half, though Seattle capitalized on Oakland turnovers to head into the locker room up 24-3.

Rookie quarterback Derek Carr and the Raiders offense got off to a solid start, but that quickly changed.

Carr got the Raiders on the board first on the game’s opening drive. The young quarterback was able to connect and convert on his first three third-down conversions, but failed to connect on the fourth as Oakland settled for a 48-yard field goal from Sebastian Janikowski to put them up 3-0.

Seattle’s Russell Wilson and the Seahawks answered on the next drive, capitalizing on a pass interference call on Raiders second-year cornerback D.J. Hayden. It would be Oakland’s own Marshawn Lynch that would top off the 8-play drive with a three-yard touchdown run where he carried four Raiders defenders into the end zone. The score put the Seahawks up 7-3.

Derek Carr was victim to an acrobatic interception by linebacker Bruce Irvin where he reached up, tipped the ball, and then came down with the interception and returned it all the way back for the touchdown. It was Carr’s first interception in the last 92 pass attempts.

Things didn’t get much better on the next drive, as Carr attempted to go after All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman and was picked off on the back-shoulder throw.

The Raiders defense stepped up to the tough task and held the Seahawks to a field goal.

It looked like things could get really ugly when rookie kickoff returner TJ Carrie fumbled the ensuing kickoff, giving the Seahawks the ball right back in Raiders territory. The defense once again held the Seahawks to a field goal attempt, but this time Steven Hauschka hooked it left, leaving the score at 17-3.

The Raiders looked at good field position with just over four minutes remaining, but were unable to capitalize. Instead, they gave the ball back to Wilson with just over three minutes remaining and needing to go 78 yards. The Seahawks did that with ease, scoring on another touchdown by Lynch.

Carr did a nice job of responding with a drive that put the Raiders in range for a field goal right before the half but Janikowski missed it wide right to bring the score to 24-3 at the half.

Oakland was able to get on the board first in the second half, despite kicking the ball off to Seattle. After forcing a fourth down, Denico Autry bursted into the backfield and blocked the punt, knocking it all the way back into the end zone where Brice Butler recovered it for the touchdown. The touchdown made the score 24-10 early in the third quarter.

With the defense still playing strong, the Raiders offense found a groove after TJ Carrie returned a punt 27 yards to the Seattle 30-yard line. Carr and the offense faced a fourth and goal from the one-yard line when he found his tight end in the back of the end zone. Mychal Rivera made an acrobatic catch to make the score 24-17.

Seattle made a drive of their own that was highlighted by a catch and run by Lynch that got the ball down to within the Raiders 10-yard line. The Raiders defense held once again, forcing another field goal though that one put the Seahawks up by 10 at 27-17.

The Raiders offense continued to stutter, while Wilson and the Seahawks tacked on another field goal to put them up 30-17.

Carr and the Raiders did put in a late run when Carr led the offense down the field for their second touchdown of the day. The young quarterback led the team down the field 64 yards in 2:22 over 9 plays, and finalized the drive with another one-yard touchdown pass to his tight end Rivera.

Janikowski put on a nice onside kick on the ensuing kickoff but the Raiders were unable to grab the loose ball as Jermaine Kearse recovered. Wilson and the Seahawks offense would go to the victory formation, running out the clock and handing the Raiders their eighth loss of the season. The loss was also their 14th in a row, dating back to last season.

Things don’t get much easier next week as they return home to take on the Denver Broncos.

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