The Seattle Seahawks beat the Oakland Raiders 23-21 on Thursday, winning their third game of the preseason, which is now mercifully over. The game turned with 10:39 remaining in the game when defensive end Ryan Robinson had an interception-returned-for-TD to give the Seahawks a 9-8 lead. Running back Troymaine Pope added seven more points about five minutes later when he ran in another touchdown from five yards out.
Pope has been in a camp competition with Alex Collins, who scored the team’s final touchdown of the game from one yard out.
Pope had eight carries for 52 yards, an average of 6.5 YPC. Collins had nine carries for 40 yards at 4.4 YPC. Will they both be able to make the final roster? Pope may have bought himself a spot with his ability to return kickoffs — he had three for 107 yards, including a long of 60.
There were also two sacks on the night from Seattle players: One from Kevin Pierre-Louis and the other for Justin Hamilton. Rookie tight end Joe Sommers led the team in receiving with two catches for 42 yards.
The play of Trevone Boykin was certainly disappointing for a player who is (as of this story) lined up to be the backup quarterback. Though some of the fault belongs to his offensive line, Boykin was plenty guilty of his final stat line: 7-of-15, 72 yards, 4.8 Y/A, 0 TD, and a passer rating of 61. Boykin also had a missed snap from Joey Hunt that was recovered by the Raiders. It would be surprising at this point if the Seahawks didn’t bring in a veteran, at least for a workout.
Some of the starters also had a few moments on Thursday, even if they were short.
Thomas Rawls got two carries, his first action of the preseason, and gained seven yards. That should put to rest any concerns about Rawls’ availability for Week 1. Meanwhile, Jimmy Graham suited up and participated in pregame warmups but did not play. That makes it seem like he should be good to go for the opener. Russell Wilson attempted three passes, completing one of them for 23 yards on a looping throw to Luke Willson.
As for some of the other depth guys, linebacker Kache Pilachio was active with seven tackles, including one for a loss with a forced fumble, fumble recovery. Corner DeAndre Elliott had a couple of passes defensed, though he was unable to wrangle in an interception opportunity. Safety Keenan Lambert had a team-high 12 tackles.
The Seahawks had 0 points at half and 3 points going into the fourth quarter.