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First Half Notes: Seahawks at Raiders
Thursday, August 31, 2017 8:41 PM PDT
OAKLAND — The Seahawks lead the Raiders 10-7 after two quarters of play. Here are a few notes from a first half that saw primarily backups play on both sides of the ball for both teams at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. Read
- On defense, Seattle opened with its backups in the game, and on the Raiders’ first drive, cornerback Neiko Thorpe forced a fumble that linebacker Terence Garvin recovered. The Seahawks quickly turned the early-game turnover into three points off a 21-yard field goal from kicker Blair Walsh.
- Seattle's offense, meanwhile, opened with backups at receiver, running back, tight end, and quarterback, where Trevone Boykin got the first go. Up front, however, the Seahawks played a variation of what has been their No. 1 offensive line throughout preseason, with Rees Odhiambo at left tackle, Oday Aboushi at left guard, Justin Britt at center, Mark Glowinski at right guard, and Germain Ifedi at right tackle. Luke Joeckel, who has been the first option at left guard the last few weeks, was away from the team this past week for a Regenokine procedure, Carroll has said, and is not expected to play tonight against the Raiders. The No. 1 offensive line played Seattle's first three series, all with Boykin under center.
- Boykin played the entire first half and finished 13-of-21 for 166 yards, with two interceptions, and a 34-yard touchdown pass to fifth-year receiver Rodney Smith. Boykin also ran four times for 42 yards.
- With starters sidelined, Boykin had plenty of opportunities to spread the ball around to several different receivers. Thirteen different players were targeted for the Seahawks in the first half. Smith led the way with two grabs for 42 yards, while rookie third-round pick Amara Darboh, who missed all of one preseason game and most of another to injury, made his first catches of preseason, finising the half with two grabs for 17 yards.
- Seattle's ground game didn't get many chances, as Seahawks running backs carried a combined eight times. Rookie Chris Carson was the most effective, carrying three times for 10 yards.
- D.J. Alexander, who the Seahawks traded for earlier this summer, saw his first action of preseason after missing the first three exhibitions to injury. Alexander, a Pro Bowl special teams player in 2016 for the Kansas City Chiefs, saw time on kickoff and punt coverage for Seattle.
- Wilson, Chancellor, and punter Jon Ryan served as team captains for the Seahawks. The club is expected to name captains for the regular season prior to next week’s game against the Packers.
- Pregame served as a reunion of sorts for several Seahawks players and longtime Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch, who exchanged high fives and hugs with his former teammates. Lynch, who came out of retirement this year to play for his hometown Raiders, did not have a carry in the first half for Oakland.
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