When the Raiders' first team offense took the field, there wasn't a starter among them. When the defense took the field, the only projected starter on the field was cornerback DJ Hayden. The two areas on the Raiders with the most uncertainty have been the offensive line and the secondary. And those two areas were easily the worst in the game.
The entire offense was terrible early on in this game. The best chance the Raiders had to score was when Brice Butler got wide open streaking up the right sideline only to have Christian Ponder throw an arching pass well short, causing Butler to have to stop and wait for it. The defender recovered and was able to disrupt it enough for Butler to drop it.
The defense wasn't any better. Russell Wilson came out and on his second play, connected with Tyler Lockett on a 63-yard touchdown strike. And Wilson's day was done. But the Seahawks weren't done scoring.
Matt McGloin entered in the second quarter and was soon sacked in the end zone, when Frank Clark came around the left edge to knock the ball out of his hand as he tried to throw. The Seahawks recovered the ball in the end zone for a touchdown to start the game up 17-0.
Coming back in, McGloin mounted a 7-minute, 15-play drive in which he had to throw two touchdown passes to Seth Roberts. The first one Roberts bobbled on his way to the ground and upon review it was ruled incomplete. Two plays later, he hit Roberts again in the back right corner of the end zone to get the Raiders on the board.
The second half began with more Matt McGloin heroics, leading the Raiders down the field for another touchdown. This one was a 26-yarder to Rod Streater to put the Raiders within three at 17-14.
The Seahawks would answer with a long touchdown drive of their own to pull away again at 24-14.
That's where the score would remain until late in the fourth quarter when the two teams would exchange touchdown drives, with Christian Ponder returning at quarterback in the final minutes, and Michael Dyer finishing off the drive with a touchdown run from one yard out.
The biggest disparity was in rushing yards. The Seahawks outgained the Raiders on the ground 224 to 19.
McGloin led all passers going 16 of 24 for 186 yards and 2 touchdowns. Seth Roberts led all receivers with 7 catches for 110 yards and a touchdown. Ben Heeney led the Raiders in tackling with 11 combined (6 solo).