Raiders at Seahawks preview

These guys used to meet twice a season as members of the old AFC Western Division. Since then, they have played only in the first year of realignment (2002) in a 31-17 Raiders victory.

Monday night, each will have considerable motivation to win – over and above that "everybody's watching," as Seahawks LB Lofa Tatupu says.

The Seahawks, tied for the NFC West lead with St. Louis, don't want to lose any ground to the Rams, who they face in Week 10. The Raiders have won their last two and definitely want to keep that up. "We're continuing to go in the right direction," says Oakland RB Zack Crockett. "We've got no room to go but up."

There will be two matchups to watch. Seahawks QB Seneca Wallace, subbing for Hasselbeck (knee) threw three TDs last week in his first NFL start. He will confront the NFL's No. 1 pass defense.

And then there will be the heavyweight matchup of Walter Jones and Derrick Burgess. LT Jones – called "the best player in the league at any position" by former NFL O-Lineman and FOX analyst Brian Baldinger -- will go against the league's 2005 sack leader, DE Burgess (16.0), who had 2.5 sacks last week against Pittsburgh.

SERIES

  RAIDERS SEAHAWKS
SERIES LEADER 27-22  
STREAKS 2 of past 3  
COACHES VS. OPP. Shell: 9-3 Holmgren: 4-4
LAST WEEK W 20-13 vs. Steelers L 35-28 at Chiefs
LAST GAME 9/8/02: Seahawks 17 at Raiders 31. Oakland QB Rich Gannon connects on 2 TD passes & RB Charlie Garner runs for 127 yds & 2 TDs on 15 carries.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/11/01: Seahawks 34, Raiders 27. Seattle RB Shaun Alexander runs for club-record 266 yards & 3 TDs, including Seahawks' record 88-yard score.
BROADCAST ESPN (5:30 PM PT): Mike Tirico, Joe Theismann, Tony Kornheiser, Suzy Kolber & Michelle Tafoya (Field reporters). Westwood One Radio: Marv Albert, Boomer Esiason, John Dockery (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 125 (Oak.), 123 (Sea.).

STATS

PASSING Walter: 70-148-925-3-9-49.0 Wallace: 30-57-338-3-4-59.0
RUSHING Jordan: 91-335-3.7-1 Morris: 65-187-2.9-0
RECEIVING Moss: 26-371-14.3-3 Jackson: 36-587 (3C)-16.3-6 (T2C)
OFFENSE 234.0 294.6
TAKE/GIVE -9 -2
DEFENSE 285.4 343.6
SACKS Burgess: 7.5 (2C) Peterson: 7.0
INTs Asomugha: 3 (T3C) Boulware, Hamlin: 2
PUNTING Lechler: 49.5 (1C) Plackemeier (R): 46.1
KICKING Janikowski: 36 (9/9 PAT; 9/10 FG) Brown: 47 (17/17 PAT; 10/14 FG)

RAIDERS:

Quarterback Andrew Walter is completing 52+ percent of his passes in his past four starts (49-of-93) with a touchdown pass in three of his first five career starts.

In the past five games, running back Justin Fargas has 55 carries for 249 yards for 4.5 yards per carry. The club is fourth in the AFC with 4.11 yards per rush.

Wide receiver Randy Moss (101) ranks third among active players in touchdown catches. Moss (46) needs one 100-yd game to tie Michael Irvin (47) for fourth most in NFL history.

Defensive end Derrick Burgess has 23.5 sacks in 23 games with the Raiders. The defense tops the NFL allowing 159.1 pass yards per game. Club has allowed 35 points and only two touchdowns in the past three games.

Punter Shane Lechler stands second in the NFL with 49.5-yard punting average. Lechler has a 50+ yard punt in nine straight games. Kicker Sebastian Janikowski (147) needs three field goals to be the fourth kicker in club history with 150 for a career (Chris Bahr, 162; George Blanda, 156; Jeff Jaeger, 152).

SEAHAWKS:

Have won six of the past nine on Monday Night Football. The club is 24-4 (.857) in past 28 at home under head coach Mike Holmgren.

Quarterback Seneca Wallace threw three touchdown passes in his first NFL start last week.

Running back Maurice Morris is averaging 5.7 yards per carry vs. the AFC (49-280). Fullback Mack Strong has one touchdown reception vs. Oakland and Seahawks have won four of the past five when Strong has touchdown catch.

Wide receiver Darrel Jackson had 102 yards and one touchdown in last meeting. Jackson has six touchdowns in past six games. Aims for fourth in a row with 40+ yard touchdown. In last meeting (9/8/05 with NE), Wide receiver Deion Branch had seven catches for 99 yards and one touchdown. Including the postseason, Branch's teams are 15-2 (.882) when he has touchdown reception. He has a touchdown in four of six career Monday Night Football games.

Linebacker Julian Peterson has a sack in five of first seven games with Seahawks (team-best 7.0). Club has won seven of past eight when defensive end Bryce Fisher has sack.


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