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Final Score Oakland 15, Seattle 17: Seahawks nip Raiders, spoil Oakland’s undefeated preseason

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NFL: Preseason-Oakland Raiders at Seattle Seahawks Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

It’s the last of the preseason folks with game 4 against the Seattle Seahawks who started out with the ball first. They were led by former first round pick for the NY Jets Geno Smith who is battling for the chance to backup Russell Wilson, and man if he played like this back then he’d still be a starter. He took the Seahawks out the gate and led them straight down the field, scoring on a 39 yard touchdown pass to Terry Wright to make the score 7-0 after the opening drive.

The Raiders scored on their first drive of the game too, though it was just a field goal. Mike Glennon put together an 11 play, 50 yard drive to put the 3 points on the board. Daniel Carlson continued kicking well for the Raiders by booting the 43 yard field goal home, but it was the 15 yard catch and run on 4th and 3 from Keon Hatcher that gave Carlson the opportunity to make the score 7-3.

Oakland’s defense got off the field quickly after that with a 3 and out from Seattle’s offense and it looked like the Raiders were poised to take the lead on their next offensive drive. Unfortunately I say “looked like” because they put together a 14 play drive that was eventually stopped at the 1 yard line with a goal line stand from Seattle. The worst part was that they had a working play on 4th and 1 but RB Mack Brown didn’t look for the ball quick enough and Glennon was sacked to end the threat.

It was a couple of drives later before the next points, but unfortunately those points came on a perfect touchdown pass from Geno Smith to TE Jacob Hollister. The needle threading touchdown throw made the score 14-3, and to make things worse the Raiders next drive ended with a doink when Daniel Carlson’s 42 yard field goal attempt bounced off of the upright.

The Raiders did get one last first half possession after stopping the Seahawks next drive, and this time Daniel Carlson’s field goal attempt sailed in between the uprights for another 3 points. The field goal was a chip shot from just 20 yards away thanks in part to two very questionable personal fouls on Seattle, though Nathan Peterman did have a really nice 17 yard completion to Keon Hatcher too. Oakland’s kick was as the time expired on the 2nd quarter and made the score 14-6 at halftime.

Both teams traded off punts for their first two possessions in the 2nd half before the Raiders put up another field goal to make it 14-9. It was another good drive for Oakland that was just not quite good enough though as again they got stopped deep in Seahawks territory. It was a 10 play, 41 yard drive that featured a couple of nice plays from UDFA Keelan Doss before the drive stalled out at the Sea 5 yard line.

Oakland’s offense wasn’t as successful the next go round because Nathan Peterman fumbled when he got hit hard by a blitzing safety. Seattle recovered the fumble and took over at the Raiders 26 yard line, but a big 3rd down sack from Ethan Westbrook (who also had a nice batted down ball earlier in the game) forced Seattle to settle for a field goal. Their 40 yard field goal made it 17-9 and was the first play of the 4th quarter.

Once again the two teams traded off punts for their next couple of possessions before the Raiders got the ball back with just under 4 minutes remaining in the 4th quarter. With the game on the line Nathan Peterman put together a fantastic drive, brought home by RB James Butler on a 4th down touchdown run. The Raiders failed on their 2 point conversion attempt though so the touchdown left the Raiders still behind with a score of 17-15.

Seattle proceeded to run out the rest of the clock to close out the last of the preseason. Raiders lose with the final score of 17-15.