Local and national media members predict the outcome of Sunday's Seattle Seahawks game against the Oakland Raiders at London's Wembley Stadium.
Paul Gutierrez, ESPN.com: Seahawks 27, Raiders 17
Gutierrez: Since Week 3, Seattle has run the ball better than any team (a league-high 474 rushing yards), has zero turnovers and has six takeaways on defense. That's a good reason to like the Seahawks' chances against the Raiders. Oakland is 28th in run defense, and Derek Carr has thrown the most interceptions (eight). The Seahawks shouldn't have much trouble coming home from London with a win and a 3-3 record heading into their bye.
Brady Henderson, ESPN.com: Seahawks 19, Raiders 17
Henderson: The Raiders have the fewest QB pressures in the league with Pro Football Focus crediting Oakland with 46. The Raiders are also tied for last in the NFL with the Giants with six sacks. So how do the Raiders figure to contain the ultra-elusive Russell Wilson at Wembley Stadium? It will be a long day for Oakland if Wilson runs wild, but former teammate Bruce Irvin should know a thing or two about Wilson's tendencies.
Pete Prisco, CBSSports.com: Seahawks 30, Raiders 24
Prisco: The Raiders have major issues on defense and the Seahawks haven't been the same on that side of the ball this year either. So that should mean a lot of points for the London folks. Russell Wilson threw three touchdown passes last week and will have the same type of game here. Seattle wins it.
Elliot Harrison, NFL.com: Raiders 29, Seahawks 27
Harrison: People always think of the Bo Jackson sprint for the tunnel on "Monday Night Football" when these two franchises lock up, yet there is so much more history to this matchup than that. The Seahawks were part of the old AFC West for 25 years, and they even faced the Raiders in the 1983 AFC Championship Game. Oddly enough, Seattle swept the season series that year despite only being 9-7 before falling to the then-L.A. Raiders in the Coliseum, 30-14. Their first win in Oakland over the Silver and Black came in a 17-16 thriller on a 46-yard Efren Herrera field goal in 1978. The last time these two clubs played as members of the same division, Shaun Alexander went off for 266 yards rushing on "Sunday Night Football." Guessing former Seahawk Marshawn Lynch gets a serious workload in the 2018 version of this matchup -- which takes place across the pond, by the way -- with the Seahawks suffering a letdown following an emotionally draining loss to the Rams.
Jim Moore, 710Sports.com: Seahawks 31, Raiders 27
Moore: The biggest concern for the Seahawks should be Marshawn Lynch, who is on a pace for 1,000 yards this season. The Seahawks are 29th in rush defense, so if the Raiders spring the upset, it will be thanks to Beast Mode, who ran for 120 yards against the Browns. But flip it around. The Raiders are 30th in total defense, allowing 404 yards a game. They're almost equally bad in rush defense (28th) and pass defense (23rd). Worse, they allow 30 points a game, and the Seahawks are starting to click on offense, scoring 31 against the Rams.
Michael David-Smith, ProFootballTalk.com: Raiders 20, Seahawks 17
MDS: The London games are often unpredictable, and the Raiders should pull the upset.
Mike Florio, ProFootballTalk.com: Raiders 23, Seahawks 20
Florio: This should be the easiest game plan Jon Gruden ever draws up. 1. Give it to Marshawn. 2. Give it to Marshawn. 3. Give it to Marshawn. 4. See steps one through three.
More Picks From Around The Web
- Seven of eight experts at CBSSports.com pick the Seahawks to win.
- Nine of 10 analysts at ESPN.com side with Seattle.
- Two of five writers at USA Today take the Seahawks.
- Four of five writers at the Seattle Times pick the Seahawks to win, including beat reporter Bob Condotta, who predicts a 27-21 Seattle victory: "Beating the Raiders in London figures to be easier than it would have been to beat them in Oakland. Especially if Seattle remembers to pack the running game that was so effective last week for the trip overseas. Oakland's passing game could cause problems, as will that Marshawn Lynch guy. But the Seahawks appear to be re-establishing their identity and if they play as they did last week against the Rams, that should be enough to get a win against the Raiders."