Seahawks Fall to Raiders 41-31 in Final Preseason Game

Posted Aug 28, 2014

The Seahawks conclude the final preseason game with a 41-31 loss against Oakland.

First quarter

What happened? Raiders 21, Seahawks 7. The Seahawks took the opening kickoff and needed only 1:45 to score, on Russell Wilson’s 25-yard TD pass to tight end Luke Willson. The drive started with Wilson laying a pass over cornerback T.J. Carrie for a 44-yard completion to Jermaine Kearse. Wilson was 3 of 3 for 77 yards. But the Raiders came right back and scored on Latavius Murray’s 5-yard run to cap a 12-play, 68-yard drive against the Seahawks’ No. 1 defense. Rookie QB Derek Carr was 5 of 7 for 41 yards, including a 13-yarder to Brice Butler on third-and-10 and an 11-yarder to Denarius Moore on third-and-10. The Raiders got the ball back when Keith McGill stripped the ball from Bryan Walters on the kickoff return, Jack Crawford recovered at the Seahawks’ 36 and Carr threw a TD pass to Moore, who beat Phillip Adams for the score against the Seahawks’ No. 2 defense. The tailspin continued as the Seahawks went three-and-out with Tarvaris Jackson replacing Wilson and Carrie returned Jon Ryan’s 52-yard punt 45 yards to the Seattle 20. On the Raiders’ first play, Malcolm Smith tipped Carr’s pass, but Mychal Rivera caught the deflection for a TD.  After another three-and-out by the Seahawks, Carr moved the Raiders to the Seahawks’ 15 as the quarter ended.

Player of the quarter: Carr. The Raiders insist that Matt Schaub is their starting QB, but the rookie was impressive against a defense that led the NFL in average points and yards allowed last season on the first series and then threw two TD passes against the No. 2 unit. Carr was 9 of 11 for 127 yards for a 154.4 passer rating.

Play of the quarter: Carr’s second TD pass. The one that Smith deflected. The one that Rivera caught to make it 21-7 with 4:43 to play.

Number to note: 7. Days until the Seahawks kickoff the regular season against the Green Bay Packers at CenturyLink Field, and the first 15 minutes of their preseason finale was not what coach Pete Carroll was looking for. Other than the first drive by the No. 1 offense, the Seahawks for little right – or well.

Second quarter

What happened? Raiders 35, Seahawks 21. The Raiders’ drive that started at the end of the first quarter ended with Derek Carr’s 11-yard TD pass to Denarius Moore on third-and-6. Carr was 4 of 4 for 46 yards. The Raiders went to No. 3 QB Matt McGloin on their second possession of the quarter, and also went three-and-out after scoring on their first four series. On the Seahawks’ second possession of the quarter, they went to former Raiders QB Terrelle Pryor, and also went three-and-out. Former Raiders CB Phillip Adams then made a huge play for the Seahawks, tipping McGloin’s pass that was intended for Greg Little. DeShawn Shead intercepted the deflection and returned it 54 yards for a TD that made it 28-14 with 5:17 left in the half. But the Raiders weren’t done. George Atkinson III returned Steven Hauschka’s third kickoff 45 yards and McGloin capped an eight-play, 55-yard drive with a 15-yard TD pass to Brice Butler, who was wide open in the middle of the end zone on third-and-7. The Seahawks scored with 8 seconds left on Pryor’s 33-yard TD pass to Phil Bates to cap a 10-play, 87-yard drive that consumed only 1:42. Pryor’s first third-down pass to Paul Richard was ruled incomplete, but the play was reviewed and it was determined the rookie wide receiver got both feet in along the sideline. Pryor was 6 of 7 for 73 yards and also ran for 7 yards on third-and-1.

Player of the quarter: Shead. After his 54-yard interception return for a TD, the Seahawks’ third-year cornerback tipped away a pass intended for Butler at the goal line on the Raiders’ next possession. But Butler caught his TD pass four plays later. Honorable mention to Pryor for the plays he made on the late TD drive.

Play of the quarter: Shead’s scoring return of Adams’ tipped pass, of course, but honorable mention to linebacker Malcolm Smith’s 7-yard sack of McGloin on a second-and-15 play. As the Raiders shifted before snap, Smith saw something that prompted him to step to line. At the snap, he was on McGloin before the Raiders’ QB could see him coming.

Number to note: 4. The Seahawks had that many three-and-outs in the first half as the offense sputtered between Russell Wilson leading a TD drive on the game’s first series and the Pryor-led drive to end the half.

Third quarter

What happened? Raiders 38, Seahawks 21. After a rock-’em-sock-’em first half where 56 points were scored, the first eight minutes of the third quarter proved to be pointless. The Seahawks’ defense forced a pair of three-and-outs, but the offense couldn’t convert on fourth-and-3 from the Raiders’ 33 when Terrelle Pryor’s pass to Bryan Walters was wide. The Raiders got a 47-yard field goal from Girogio Tavecchio with 1:53 left to cap a six-play, 38-yard drive that was basically George Atkinson III’s 26-yard run to the Seahawks’ 37.

Player of the quarter: Walters. On the final play of the quarter, he made a nice over-the-shoulder grab of a 33-yard pass from Pryor. Walters also got the drive started with a 34-yard kickoff return.

Play of the quarter: Walters’ catch, but honorable mention to a third-and-11 play from the Raiders’ 13 when defensive tackle Jordan Hill beat his blocker up the gut to drop Matt McGlion for a 13-yard sack.

Number to note: 19. It’s Walters’ uniform number, and he made the big plays in the quarter.

Fourth quarter

What happened? Raiders 41, Seahawks 31. Thanks to Bryan Walters’ over-the-shoulder catch of a pass from Terrelle Pryor for a 33-yard gain on the final play of the third quarter – a third-and-5 play – the Seahawks got a 27-yard field goal from Steven Hauschka to cap a 10-play, 59-yard drive that cut the Raiders’ lead to 38-24 with 11:22 left.  B.J. Daniels took over at QB for the Seahawks on their second possession and led an eight-play, 91-yard drive that was capped by his 7-yard TD pass to Bryan Walters that made it 38-31 with 4:30 left. But Girogio Tavecchio kicked a 47-yard field goal with 1:55 left to push the Raiders’ lead to 10 points.

Player of the quarter: Jordan Hill. In a three-play sequence on the Raiders’ first possession of the quarter, the second-year defensive tackle forced a fumble that the Raiders recovered, stopped Jeremy Stewart for no gain and then, along with O’Brien Schofield, pressured Matt McGloin into throwing an incompletion on third down.

Plays of the quarter: The first and last plays of the Seahawks’ 91-yard TD drive. On his first snap, Daniels ripped off a 28-yard run. On the last play, Walters took Daniels’ pass and made a nice move to get into the end zone.

Numbers to note: 5 and 2. Of the three Seahawks QBs who played after Russell Wilson, Daniels (No. 5) and Terrelle Pryor (No. 2) each led TD drives.