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Steven Hauschka kicks Seahawks to 22-6 victory over Oakland Raiders
Bring on the regular season.
The Seahawks put the wraps on a second consecutive unbeaten preseason Thursday night with a 22-6 victory over the Oakland Raiders before a crowd of 67,341 at CenturyLink Field. The victory extended the Seahawks’ franchise record for consecutive preseason victories to nine, and gave back-to-back unbeaten preseasons for the first time.
The starters played only one series in this one, but did what they had to. Russell Wilson directed a game-opening touchdown drive and the defense forced a three-and-out before turning this one over to their backups.
Steven Hauschka took care of the rest, kicking five field goals – three from 50-plus yards.
The Seahawks must now trim their 75-man roster to 53 players by Saturday, and can start compiling their eight-man practice squad on Sunday. While all that is going on, the players are off Friday, Saturday and Sunday before returning on Monday to begin preparing for their September 8 regular-season opener against the Panthers in Carolina.
The Seahawks took the opening kickoff and drove 80 yards in six plays to a 3-yard touchdown run by Robert Turbin. Wilson was 3-of-3 for 68 yards, including a 50-yarder to Stephen Williams and a 20-yarder to rookie tight end Luke Willson on third-and-1, and also ran once for 11 yards.
The Seahawks defense then forced its three-and-out as Leo end O’Brien Schofield broke up a pass on third-and-3.
The Seahawks then scored again, on a 56-yard field goal by Hauschka. The drive started at the Raiders’ 42-yard line after Walter Thurmond broke a 29-yard punt return. The Raiders got on the board against the Seahawks’ No. 2 defense, driving 52 yards in 10 plays to a 45-yard field goal by Justin Medlock.
In addition to his 20-yard catch-and-run on third down on the opening drive, Willson also caught an 11-yarder from Tarvaris Jackson on third-and-6 on the drive to Hauschka’s field goal.
The 6-foot-5 Williams already had TD catches of 42, 38 and 42 yards in the first three preseason games. But the 50-yarder on the opening drive came with a price, as Williams went to the locker room with a concussion.
Hauschka extended the Seahawks’ lead to 13-3 in the second quarter with a 22-yard field goal that capped a 17-play, 77-yard drive that consumed 7:51 of the clock. Tarvaris Jackson scrambled for a first down on fourth-and-1, ran for 9 yards on third-and-4 and also was 5-of-7 for 59 yards. Hauschka then made it 16-3 when he booted a 51-yard field goal with 3:59 left in the half. The Raiders cut the lead to 16-6 on a 37-yard field goal by Medlock with 28 seconds remaining.
On the first play after the Seahawks’ first score in the second quarter, Thurmond got the ball back when he intercepted Terrelle Pryor’s deep pass at the Seattle 28-yard line. Thurmond, this time in his role as cornerback, locked on to the ball long before the intended receiver.
Hauschka supplied the only points scored in the third quarter with a 43-yard field goal that capped an 11-play, 62-yard drive.
Winston Guy had a standout series on defense, as the backup safety made three plays in a five-play series on the Raiders’ second possession of the half. He stopped Jeremy Stewart for a 2-yard gain on the first play, teamed with defensive tackle Dewayne Cherrington for a no-gain stop of Stewart on the fourth play and then stopped Jacoby Ford after a 2-yard reception on third-and-4.
On the drive to Hauschka’s three-pointer, Jermaine Kearse made a nice reaching grab of a 33-yard pass at the Raiders’ 44-yard line that Brady Quinn laid over former Seahawks cornerback Phillip Adams.
Hauschka struck again with 13:52 left in the game, this time on a 53-yard field goal – his third of more than 50 yards and fifth in the game. The field goal was set up when Benson Mayowa came up with a fumble-forcing sack and Jaye Howard recovered at the Raiders’ 32-yard line.
On back-to-back-to-back snaps, Michael Brooks, Jaye Howard and Mike Morgan unloaded on Raiders QB Tyler Wilson after he had released passes. Two of them were incomplete on a series where the Seahawks took over on downs.