The Seattle Seahawks’ (3-3) debut appearance in London, England was a great one, as they whipped a truly pathetic Oakland Raiders (1-5) team in front of more than 84,000 fans at Wembley Stadium. Russell Wilson threw for three touchdown passes, the rushing attack once again eclipsed 150 yards, and the defense got to Derek Carr repeatedly, sacking him six times and Frank Clark forcing him into two lost fumbles.
Oakland’s entire offense failed to break 200 yards, while Marshawn Lynch only had 45 yards on 13 carries, as Tom Cable’s banged up and inexperienced offensive line got clowned. Outside of silly penalties and a couple of bad third-down conversions allowed, this was a ridiculously comfortable win as the Seahawks get back to .500.
This was domination from start to finish, and a great way to enter the bye week.
The Seahawks received the ball first and wasted no time repeating last week’s gameplan. Chris Carson converted on 3rd and 3 off a shotgun handoff. On 3rd and 1, it was Mike Davis’ turn to convert. After seven straight runs, the first throw by the Seahawks was a screen pass from Russell Wilson to Rashaad Penny for 24 yards. Another third-down conversion saw Tyrone Swoopes wide open for 23 yards as the Raiders were caught napping. On 2nd and goal, a play-action pass to Darrell Daniels led to a holding penalty. A false start backed them up to the 6. Two plays later, Wilson found Jaron Brown for the team’s first opening drive touchdown in more than two years. 14 plays, 82 yards, and more than half the quarter chewed up. 7-0 Seahawks.
TOUCHDOWN Jaron Brown!!— Samuel Gold (@SamuelRGold) October 14, 2018
Great opening drive for the #Seahawks. They use a high-lo spacing concept on the left for him to find the soft spot for the score. Good play call. #SEAvsOAKpic.twitter.com/NYIwfJAu5H
The Raiders finally got the ball, ran it with Marshawn Lynch three times, and only gained a yard. Johnny Townsend’s punt was shanked and the Seahawks were given great field position. They ruined it by getting consecutive offensive line penalties that put them at 1st and 28. This was too big a hole to dig out of, so the Seahawks punted back and pinned them at their 11. A seemingly drive-killing sack by Frank Clark was nullified by a Shaquill Griffin holding penalty. Not to worry, as Derek Carr got strip-sacked by Clark anyway and Jarran Reed recovered the fumble.
Huge forced fumble by Frank Clark! @TheRealFrankC_— Samuel Gold (@SamuelRGold) October 14, 2018
Chops down at the left tackle's outstretched arm and then rips underneath while turning the corner for the sack! Great awareness by Jarran Reed to fall on the ball for the recovery. #Seahawks #SEAvsOAKpic.twitter.com/n1bALm6REc
Seattle took full advantage in typically Seahawky fashion, as Russell Wilson dropped a third-down snap, picked it up, threw on the run anyway and David Moore was open for the touchdown. His third TD in two weeks. 14-0 Seahawks.
For some reason, the Seahawks defense gave up a 3rd and 20 after Jalen Richard got free for 21 yards. Following that up was another Seahawks penalty, as Quinton Jefferson face masked Derek Carr on a sack. The Raiders kept converting in third-down all the way towards the Seahawks red zone. Then the fun time was over for them as Carr was sacked by Branden Jackson. Matt McCrane’s field goal attempt from 48 went wide left.
Doug Baldwin lost his footing on 3rd and 4 and came up short of a first-down. He was then penalized for delay of game after spiking the ball, leading to a punt on Oakland’s side of the field. Oakland advanced into Seattle territory, and after getting to 4th and 1 in the two-minute drill, the Seahawks snuffed out Derek Carr’s quick sneak attempt and forced a turnover on downs. Really, it was one of the worst sneaks ever.
With under 40 seconds to go, Russell Wilson hit a 1-on-1 deep shot to David Moore for 30+ yards down the sidelines. The Seahawks were able to maneuver their way into field goal range and Sebastian Janikowski converted from 44 out. 17-0 Seahawks.
The Raiders had the worst possible start to the half, as Derek Carr was sacked on consecutive plays and Frank Clark got another strip-sack, with Jacob Martin on the recovery. Tack on another field goal to extend the lead. 20-0 Seahawks.
It looked as if the Seahawks were ready to totally put the game to bed after Doug Baldwin was found deep downfield for 42 yards, only for Wilson to throw to him in tight space and get picked off by Daryl Worley at the goal line. No harm done, as the Raiders obviously aren’t a good team.
The Raiders were finally put out of their misery after Russell Wilson threw a ten-yard strike on the run to Tyler Lockett. 27-0 Seahawks.
Obviously the officials felt compelled to give the Raiders something good, as Seth Roberts was ruled down by contact on what looked to be a clear fumble and Seahawks recovery. Consecutive sacks by Shamar Stephen and Jarran Reed after getting into the red zone led to Jon Gruden to kick a field goal, because obviously he doesn’t want to be shutout. 27-3 Seahawks.
Gruden can have his moral victory, while the Seahawks have the actual victory. They ran out the final eight minutes of clock just churning out yards on the ground and converting on third-down. 27-3 Seahawks final.
Seahawks injury report
CB Tre Flowers went down with a lower leg injury in the 3rd quarter and was replaced by Neiko Thorpe. Turns out it was just cramps.
WR Doug Baldwin had his right arm wrapped following an interception thrown by Russell Wilson in the 3rd quarter.
Next week’s opponent
Seattle is off next week, then returns to action at the Detroit Lions (2-3) on Sunday, October 28th at 10 AM PT on FOX.