For the first time in franchise history, the Seattle Seahawks will enter the regular season having failed to win any preseason games. Seattle fell to the Oakland Raiders, as the pass defense was torn to shreds by the mighty duo of E.J. Manuel and Connor Cook. The Seahawks offense was commandeered by Austin Davis and Alex McGough, and as you might expect, there were many punting opportunities for Michael Dickson.
Next up are roster cuts from 90 to 53 players, set to be completed by Saturday, September 1st at 4 PM ET/1 PM PT.
Russell Wilson had the night off, as expected. Austin Davis had a touchdown to Jaron Brown called back due to an Isaiah Battle hold, then another Battle hold wrecked hopes for points on Seattle’s opening drive. The Raiders struck first on a fluky touchdown, as E.J. Manuel found Keon Hatcher over the middle, Justin Coleman had him tackled, but Hatcher apparently was never down by contact and raced to the end zone. It looked like his left shin was down upon replay, but the ruling on the field stood, and also let’s remember this is preseason and this means nothing.
Following a Raiders field goal, Davis hooked up with Damore’ea Stringfellow for an 81-yard touchdown, but Sebastian Janikowski missed the extra point, so the score remained 10-6 Oakland.
TOUCHDOWN DAMORE'EA STRINGFELLOW!— Samuel Gold (@SamuelRGold) August 31, 2018
Absolute MONEY throw by Austin Davis... Hits Stringfellow right in his outstretched hands on the fade route. Perfect placement after a stutter jab step release to the inside. #Seahawkspic.twitter.com/sS9ltkYB22
After an exchange of punts, Manuel and Hatcher eventually connected again on another touchdown, this one a good strike over the middle in between Justin Coleman and Lorenzo Jerome, as the Raiders increased their lead to 17-6.
Austin Davis engineered one last scoring drive before departing, as David Moore drew an end-zone pass interference call on Shareece Wright, and Mike Davis had a walk-in from a yard out to close the gap to 17-13 at halftime.
Alex McGough took over for the rest of the night, and he nearly had a superb touchdown pass on the run to Malik Turner, but the play was overturned due to Turner failing to get his 2nd foot in bounds.
Manuel kept carving up Seattle’s secondary, as Delano Hill’s missed tackle sprung Saeed Blacknall for a 45-yard touchdown. Ugly, to say the least. Mike Nugent missed the PAT, so the score was 23-13 midway through the 3rd quarter.
Oakland effectively put the game away in the final quarter, as Keon Hatcher completed his hat trick by burning Mike Tyson for another score. McGough for a consolation touchdown, using his arms and legs on a hurry-up drive, capped off by a Kyle Carter catch and dive for the end-zone. Janikowski missed another PAT, which brought back bad Blair Walsh memories. The Seahawks didn’t touch the ball again on offense until 14 seconds, handed the ball off to Justin Stockton to run the clock out, thus ending the 2018 preseason.
T Isaiah Battle limped off with an unspecified injury early in the 3rd quarter, and did not return.
Next week’s opponent
Sunday, September 9th: Week 1 at the Denver Broncos at 1:25 PM PT on FOX. The games count for real now.