The Oakland Raiders lost to the Seattle Seahawks in the fourth preseason game of the year, 17-13. Here are all the highlights, the recap and the final score.
The Oakland Raiders came out and played some solid defense against the Seattle Seahawks in the first half. Oakland forced a pair of interceptions on Seattle quarterback Trevone Boykin thanks to some great pressure up front.
Rookie safety Shalom Luani, who has a knack for finding his way to the football, was able to read Boykin’s overthrown pass for a big-time interception. Two other rookies in linebacker Nicholas Morrow and cornerback Breon Borders would be responsible for the second pick. Morrow provided the pressure, while Borders jumped the route ever so precisely.
However, the Raiders struggled out of the gate offensively. Running back John Crockett would fumble on Oakland’s opening drive, which resulted in a Seattle field goal. Another running back in George Atkinson III fumbled, but there was not a clear recovery.
Boykin was able to find wide receiver Rodney Smith for a first-half touchdown. Cornerback Dexter McDonald would stumble on that play, but would make up for it by breaking up a certain touchdown pass from Boykin to Smith later in the first half.
Raiders quarterback EJ Manuel would play the bulk of the first half, as Connor Cook was largely ineffective. After a few rough series, Manuel would find rhythm in the passing game. He would find wide receiver Keon Hatcher for a late second-quarter touchdown to make it 10-7 Seahawks heading into halftime.
Oakland would tie the game up at 10 points apiece in the third quarter thanks to a 34-yard field goal from Giorgio Tavecchio. The Raiders would have the opportunity to take the lead late in the third quarter, but Tavecchio would miss his next attempt slightly to the left of the upright.
Seattle struggled to move the football once backup quarterback Austin Davis came in to the game. Manuel would come back in over Cook and would set up a drive where Oakland would take the lead with 3:46 left on a made Tavecchio field goal, 13-10.
Sadly, Oakland’s defense would give out during a two-minute drill with Davis quarterbacking for Seattle. A bad pass interference on Chris Humes would result in great field position for the Seahawks offense. Davis would find wide receiver Kenny Lawler for the go-ahead touchdown. The PAT made it 17-13 Seahawks.
With 1:10 left, Oakland would call on Cook to see if he could lead them on a game-winning drive. With 10 seconds left, Cook would try to hit wide receiver K.J. Brent near the sideline. The pass would be tipped and Seattle linebacker Otha Peters would come up with the interception to seal it for the Seahawks. Oakland went 0-4 in the 2017 NFL preseason, while Seattle went a perfect 4-0.
- Austin Davis: Davis completed 10 of 16 passes for 123 yards and the game-winning touchdown to Lawler inside of two minutes in the fourth quarter.
- LaTroy Lewis: Lewis had a monster day on the Raiders defense. He had nine tackles, five solo and a quarterback sack.
- Keon Hatcher: Hatcher had five catches for 48 yards and the lone Raiders touchdown.
The Raiders’ next game will be Week 1 of the 2017 NFL season. They will have to travel east to play the Tennessee Titans of the AFC South. Kickoff from Nissan Stadium in Nashville will be at 10:00 a.m. PT on Sunday, Sep. 10. CBS will have the telecast. Jim Nantz and Tony Romo will be in the booth.
Though the Raiders did not win a preseason game, we did see moments of promise in three of the four exhibition contests. Let’s be real, the first one against the Arizona Cardinals was largely awful. Here’s to the Silver and Black righting the ship Week 1 on the road against Tennessee.