As the Raiders have done a couple times this season, they got out to a fast start with a score on their opening drive. A good mix of runs from Darren McFadden and passes from Derek Carr drove the Raiders for a game opening field goal and an early 3-0 lead.
What matters most is what happens after that opening score. That's when they have to go off script.
The pressure was instantly back on that Raiders offense to answer as the Seahawks drove right downfield for a score of their own. Only the Seahawks put it in the endzone. Penalties did the Raiders in on that first drive. D.J. Hayden was called for pass interference on a deep pass from Russell Wilson intended for Jermaine Kearse.
After a couple defensive stands for both teams, the Raiders offense was back on the field. But not for long. On the fourth play of the drive, Derek Carr threw over the middle and Bruce Irvin picked off the pass and returned it 35 yards for the score and a quick 14-3 Seahawks lead.
Carr came right back and threw another interception when he tested Richard Sherman who was guarding Andre Holmes up the right sideline.
The defense held the Seahawks to a field goal but on the ensuing kickoff return, TJ Carrie fumbled it right back to the Seahawks. The defense once again held the Seahawks to a field goal attempt but this time they missed it and the lead remained 17-3.
The Raiders defense continued their fine play after that but as good as the defense was, the offense equaled them in futility. That didn't last either.
With 3:50 left in the second quarter, the Seahawks got the ball at their own 22-yard line. After a holding penalty it was first and 20 from their own 12-yard line. Then the Seahawks drove 88 yards, taking 2:56 off the clock to score a touchdown.
Now down 24-3, the Raiders had :54 seconds to try and get some more points on the board. They drove into scoring position with :05 seconds on the clock and trotted out Sebastian Janikowski for a 51-yard field goal attempt... and he missed, to keep the score at 24-3 heading into halftime.
The Seahawks got the ball to start the second half and the Raiders defense made a stand. DJ Hayden had a near pick six on third down but it fell incomplete. On the punt, Denico Autry got in the Seahawks backfield to block the punt. Brice Butler fell on it in the endzone for the score to make it a 24-10 Seahawks lead.
Late in the third quarter, the Raiders got a big return from TJ Carrie that went 27 yards to the Seattle 30-yard line to begin the series already in scoring position. On the first play, Carr hit Darren McFadden on a short pass and he went 23 yards to put the Raiders in first and goal at the 7-yard-line. After a six-yard pass to James Jones on third down, the Raiders went for it on 4th and goal at the one-yard-line. Derek Carr rolled out right and high Mychal Rivera, who made a fantastic catch in the back of the endzone for the touchdown.
Suddenly a blowout was looking like a game with the Raiders down just one score 24-17.
On the ensuing Seahawks drive, a third down holding penalty on Tarell Brown kept the drive alive and on the next play, Marshawn Lynch took a screen pass 39 yards to the Oakland 10-yard-line. From there the Raiders defense stiffened to hold the Seahawks to a field goal as they extended it to 27-17.
Then after another three and out by the Raiders offense, the punt from Marquette King sailed out of his coverage and Doug Baldwin returned it 38 yards to the Oakland 47-yard-line. A few plays later, the Seahawks added another field goal to pull away at 30-17.
With 4:44 remaining, the Seahawks were driving. A first down could be a back breaker. The Raiders defense held and with a good punt return from Denarius Moore, they started their next drive with good field position at their own 36-yard-line. Then Derek Carr began driving the team down the field.
A facemask penalty on the first play put the Raiders in Seattle territory at the 49-yard-line. Then a 17-yard pass to Andre Holmes put them in scoring position. In 3rd and 2 at the 20-yard-line, Maurice Jones-Drew came out of the backfield on a dump pass and a second effort to break a tackle gave them the first and goal at the 7-yard line.
A few plays later the Raiders were set up in third and goal at the 2-yard-line, Derek Carr rolled left and hit Mychal Rivera for his second touchdown reception of the game. It was then a one score game at 30-24 with 1:52 remaining.
The onsides kick was recovered by the Seahawks to end to game.
Two second half touchdowns made this one interesting but in the end, the Raiders couldn't recover from their early turnovers and remain winless at 0-8 on the season.
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