The Oakland Raiders took the field at the Oakland-Alameda Coliseum for their fourth and final preseason game on Thursday night, hosting the Seattle Seahawks.
After the winning the coin toss, the Seahawks deferred and gave the ball to the Raiders offense to start the game. But it wasn't Derek Carr manning the offense.
To little surprise, head coach Jack Del Rio decided to sit all of his starters on offense. Instead, quarterback Matt McGloin would be under center with rookie running back DeAndre Washington behind him and Andre Holmes and Seth Roberts at wide receiver.
McGloin and the offense struggled to get anything going as he finished 4-for-6 for 37 yards and a 13-yard rush. The veteran backup was in for just three drives before heading to the locker room after appearing to get banged up after getting hit hard.
Del Rio also sat his projected starting defense to begin the game against the Seahawks starting defense. That said, rookie safety Karl Joseph and defensive lineman Jihad Ward both got the start. The defense did a tremendous job, forcing a punt from the Russell Wilson-led Seahawks offense. Their only big play came on a pass to tight end Luke Willson that went for 24 yards with Shilique Calhoun in coverage.
Following McGloin's injury, the rest of the night would be in the hands of rookie quarterback Connor Cook midway though the second quarter. But it would be the Raiders defense that would start the scoring for the game.
Rookie defensive end James Cowser got into the backfield and forced an intentional grounding penalty on quarterback Trevone Boykin, putting the Raiders up 2-0 with the safety, which would remain the score heading into halftime.
Following a Seahawks field goal, it looked as if Cook would get the Raiders their first touchdown of the game when he found a wide open George Atkinson III at the five-yard line, but the young running back dropped the ball and the sure touchdown. Instead, the Raiders would settle for a 27-yard field goal from Sebastian Janikowski that put the Silver & Black up 5-0.
Atkinson's quarter wouldn't get any better as he missed a tackle on the ensuing kickoff that let the return man go all the way down the sideline 60 yards before Joseph tackled him to save the touchdown. The Raiders defense would hold again, forcing a field goal to make it 5-3.
Atkinson's rough night would continue into the fourth quarter. After a couple of nice runs back-to-back, Atkinson would cough the ball up and give it back to the Seahawks.
A few plays later, the Seahawks defense would read a screen the entire time and Cook would throw it right into the hands of defensive end Ryan Robinson who returned it for a pick-6 to give the Seahawks the 9-to-8 lead after a failed two-point conversion.
The Seahawks would extend their lead on their next drive, going 63 yards in six plays that resulted in a five-yard touchdown run by Troymaine Pope making the score 16-to-8.
Former Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook would finally get the Raiders in the end zone on his final drive of the game. At midfield, the rookie QB would scramble and extend the play before finding quarterback Jaydon Mickens down the left sideline for a 33-yard gain to put the ball at the Seahawks 17-yard line. Following a pass interference in the end zone, Atkinson III would punch it in for the Raiders first touchdown of the game.
Down 14-to-16 in the fourth preseason game, Del Rio decided to go for two with an opportunity to tie the game and possibly send it into overtime. Cook decided to keep the ball when he found nobody open, but was tackled short of the goal line to keep the Raiders behind.
The Raiders would fail on the onside kick, giving the Seahawks short field position in which they would capitalize with another touchdown putting them up 23-14.
But the game isn't over until that final whistle blows. Atkinson, looking to redeem his earlier mishaps, took the ensuing kickoff 81 yards for the touchdown to bring the score to 23-to-21. The Raiders would fail the onside kick again and the Seahawks would take a knee to end the game.
The Raiders finish 1-3 for the preseason, and will now have some tough decisions to make as they lead up to Saturday's roster cuts to the NFL mandated 53-man roster. They will open up the regular season against the New Orleans Saints on Sept. 11.