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.
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
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
In addition to his 20-yard catch-and-run on third down on the opening drive, Willson also caught an 11-yarder from
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.
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
On back-to-back-to-back snaps,