ReFo: Raiders @ Seahawks, Week 9
Oakland keeps coming close, but still can’t manage to find their elusive first victory, this time losing in Seattle 30-24. Early on this looked like a Seattle rout as they took a 24-3 lead into halftime, but the Raiders made it interesting with 14 unanswered points in the third quarter and another late score to come within a touchdown, forcing a tough onside kick recovery by Jermaine Kearse to ice the game.
Unfortunately, it won’t get any easier for the 0-8 Raiders with AFC West games against Denver and San Diego coming in the next two weeks. Conversely, Seattle moved to 5-3 on the season, but remains two games behind Arizona in the NFC West.
Oakland Raiders – Performances of Note
D.J Hayden, CB: -1.7
Breakdown: After logging five snaps in his season debut a week ago, Hayden played 71 snaps against Seattle with mixed results. Almost came away with two interceptions, but held onto neither as he allowed just two catches for 25 yards in seven targets. However, both catches gained first down yardage and he was out of positon on two others but benefitted from offensive errors. Further bringing down his grade was a missed tackle in run defense and a pair of penalties (pass interference and taunting).
Signature Play: 3Q, 14:07. Made a great break on the ball, but unable to catch the potential pick-six, merely forcing a punt on the play.
Derek Carr, QB: -4.9
Breakdown: Accuracy was an issue as Carr completed just three passes over 10 yards in the air (compared to two for Russell Wilson), and just couldn’t move the Oakland offense consistently. Fumbled and threw two interceptions, and almost had a third on what might have been his worst play of the game at 2:00 of the fourth when LB Kevin Pierre-Louis couldn’t haul in what would likely would have been a pick-six.
Signature Stat: Carr finished with one completion and a 2.3 YPA when blitzed.
Austin Howard and Menelik Watson, OL: -8.7
Breakdown: It also makes it difficult to play quarterback when the offensive line doesn’t provide much support, and that was the case, particularly on the right side with neither Watson nor Howard having any answers for Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett.
Signature Play: 3Q, 7:42. Howard whiffed on his attempt to block Avril as the Seahawk got inside to drop Darren McFadden for a 2-yard loss.
Seattle Seahawks – Performances of Note
K.J Wright, LB: +4.9
Breakdown: Brought down McFadden for a short gain on Oakland’s first play and it was much of the same for the rest of the game as Wright picked up 13 tackles and a massive nine defensive stops, excelling in both run defense and coverage.
Signature Play: 1Q, 9:19. Got his hand on the ball to deny Oakland a first down on a pass intended for Michael Rivera.
Marshawn Lynch, RB: +3.6
Breakdown: Lynch wasn’t bad as a rusher, forcing four missed tackles and picking up 40 of his 67 yards after contact, but this was more about his work as a receiver catching all five targets for 102 yards, including two huge screen passes. Check out 1:03 of the third quarter, when Lynch made TJ Carrie and Charles Woodson whiff with a pair of good cuts on his way to a 39-yard gain.
Signature Play: 3Q: 13:52. It might go unnoticed with Christine Michael breaking a pair of tackles on his 7-yard run, but he received some big help from his teammate as Lynch took Sio Moore completely out of the play and finished by putting the LB on the ground.
Michael Bennett, DL: +3.6
Breakdown: Had a field day against Oakland’s right side as he collected seven pressures, and that number would have been higher if not for Derek Carr’s quick release on a number of plays.
Signature Play: 4Q, 4:14. Picked up a facemask to nullify the play, but that shouldn’t take away from how quickly and easily Bennett rounded RG Austin Howard to get into the backfield.
PFF Game Ball
He didn’t get a mention here, but Richard Sherman was at his best against the Raiders, allowing just two catches for 15 yards and a 2.8 QB rating while getting his hands on a pair of passes.
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