Raiders at Seahawks gameday walkthrough

This is the 50th meeting between the Raiders and Seahawks. The Raiders lead series 27-22. Raiders won last game in 2002 season opener 31-17 as Charlie Garner rushed for 127 yards and Rich Gannon threw two touchdown passes.

In the last game in Seattle, Shawn Alexander rushed for 266 yards at Husky Stadium, including an 88-yard run, as the Seahawks won 34-27.

KICKOFF: Monday, 8:30 ET
GAMEDATE: 11/06/06
SURFACE: FieldTurf
TV: ESPN, Mike Tirico, Joe Theismann, Tony Kornheiser, Suzy Kolber, Michele Tafoya

*2006 RANKINGS: Raiders: offense 32nd (15th rush, 32nd pass); defense 8th (24th rush, 1st pass). Seahawks: offense 23rd (26th rush, 19th pass); defense 23rd (14th rush, 28th pass)

PREDICTION: Seahawks 20-17

KEYS TO THE GAME:

With the Seahawks still without QB Matt Hasselbeck and RB Shaun Alexander and the Raiders still -- well, inept offensively, the team that capitalizes most on its scoring opportunities should win.

Raiders QB Andrew Walter is the AFC's lowest-rated passer at 49.0 and has nine interceptions to just three touchdown passes. For Oakland to move the ball, it needs the power running game to set up the play-action pass and attack a Seattle secondary that has struggled all season with big pass plays.

Ironically, pass defense is the Raiders' greatest strength and Oakland has vaulted to the top of the league allowing just 159.1 passing yards per game.

Seattle's running game has been near non-existent with the offensive line struggling, so backup QB Seneca Wallace will likely be asked to routinely work against that stout pass defense while the Seahawks utilize a lot of three- and four-receiver sets.

FAST FACTS: Raiders: Walter is on pace to throw 338 passes for 2,114 yards, which would be the second-lowest total in franchise history among those with at least 300 passes (Cotton Davidson, 1,977 in 1962). ... WR Randy Moss has been the target on 32.8 percent of the team's pass plays (58 of 177). Seahawks: WR Darrell Jackson is averaging 16.3 yards per catch -- his career-best was 16.7 in 2003. ... WR Deion Branch's teams are 15-2 when he has at touchdown reception.

Raiders:

--LG Barry Sims missed practice for the second consecutive day with an abdominal strain that has the Raiders concerned it could be a long-term condition.

--C/G Corey Hulsey took the reps at left guard Thursday, with former starter Paul McQuistan getting some reps also.

--RB Justin Fargas missed practice with hip and shoulder injuries but is expected to be able to face Seattle.

--RG Kevin Boothe, a sixth-round draft pick who emerged as the starter in Week 3, has been penalty-free as a rookie.

--CB Tyrone Poole missed practice with an ankle injury but is listed as probable. Stanford Routt would play as a nickel back if Poole cannot play.

Seahawks:

--RT Tom Ashworth continues working with the starters this week because RT Sean Locklear is missing time with an ankle injury. Locklear was downgraded to questionable Thursday. Ashworth played well against the Chiefs last week.

--RT Sean Locklear was downgraded to questionable with an ankle injury Thursday. Tom Ashworth continues to work with the starters.

--DT Rocky Bernard was added to the injury report as probable Thursday. He practiced despite a toe injury.

--WR Darrell Jackson missed practice again Thursday. He remained probable with a sore left foot.

--C Chris Spencer was added to the injury report as questionable Thursday. He injured his left knee toward the end of practice Wednesday.

--LB D.D. Lewis remained doubtful with a toe injury. He missed practice again Thursday.

--DT Marcus Tubbs remained doubtful with a knee injury. He missed practice again Thursday.


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