Raiders sacked by Monday blues

In 13 possessions, the Oakland Raiders offense managed to cross into Seattle territory three times. Eight of those drives ended in four plays or less and one was while the Seahawks were in a prevent defense.

After an opening drive touchdown, the Raiders defense would hold Seattle to nine points over the rest of the game but couldn't come up with the big stop on a six minute drive in the fourth quarter that effectively ended any chance of a comeback.

Not that the Raiders offense would have done much had they gotten the ball back.

Andrew Walter was sacked nine times and completed just 16-of-35 passes for 166 yards. While he spent as much time on the turf as standing up, his receivers, and in particular, Randy Moss, dropped several passes, including one deep ball that could have saved the squad from being shutout.

"It seemed like when we dropped back to pass, something bad happens," head coach Art Shell said.

The Raiders have lost five straight overall on Mondays, outscored 116-27 in the process and Tyler Brayton apparently took all of those to heart when he inexplicably kneed Seattle tight end Jerramy Stevens in the groin with time winding down. He was ejected as a result.

"I made a mistake," Brayton said. "I let my emotions get the best of me and that's not a good thing when you do that."

Oakland actually did run the ball effectively with a 4.9 average per run, including one 32-yard scamper by LaMont Jordan but only managed to run the ball 13 times on the evening.

Josh Brown kicked three field goals for the Seahawks, thanks to a defense that didn't wilt. Seattle entered the red zone three times and came away with a field goal each time. Deion Branch was the only crack, snaring a 22-yard touchdown reception to open the scoring.


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