Well it’s finally over.
The Seattle Seahawks (3-1) wrapped up 2019 NFL preseason with a 17-15 win over the Oakland Raiders (3-1) on a rainy Thursday night at CenturyLink Field. As expected, starters were non-existent on the offense and defenses of both teams. Next up for the Seahawks (and everyone else): Roster cuts. That’s coming up on August 31st, and many of the players who were on the field tonight will get the dreaded news over the next couple of days, while others will get confirmation that they’ve made the 53-man roster.
Geno Smith (4/7 for 102 yards, 2 TDs) wasted no time getting the Seahawks on the board, as he capped off a 5-play, 73-yard drive with a 39-yard deep ball touchdown to Terry Wright.
The Raiders responded with a field goal, then sought to take the lead on their next possession, but rookie LB Ben Burr-Kirven swooped in on the blitz and sacked Mike Glennon on a 4th and goal rollout.
Just about midway through the second quarter, Seattle extended its lead thanks to a Smith dart down the middle to Jacob Hollister on 3rd down. Jazz Ferguson had a key grab earlier in the drive, hauling in a 41-yard deep ball. Credit to Russell Wilson for the great playcalling, as he was the one with the play-sheet.
The Raiders benefited from a host of Seahawks defensive penalties, including a rotten roughing the passer call on Ben Burr-Kirven, but the defense held Nathan Peterman and company out of the end zone. Daniel Carlson closed out the half with a chipshot field goal to make the score 14-6 Seahawks at halftime.
As expected, the 2nd half was distinctly awful to watch. The Raiders were able to draw close with another Carlson FG to make it 14-9, but an Akeem King strip sack of Peterman led to a Jason Myers field goal in response. Paxton Lynch struggled mightily, going just 1/7 for 4 yards, so the offense was basically useless for the entire half.
Oakland threatened to cruelly send the game to overtime, but the Seahawks reserves made it hard for them. Run stops on 2nd and 3rd and 1 from the 2-yard line set up a game-deciding 4th down. James Butler dashed into the end zone, and after a false start, Nathan Peterman was sacked by Branden Jackson on the two-point conversion. Game mercifully over.
Seahawks injury report
QB Geno Smith hurt his left knee on a 2nd quarter sack and did not return.
S Marquise Blair left in the 2nd quarter with a back injury and did not return.
CB Jamar Taylor went down with an undisclosed injury in the 4th quarter.
Next week’s opponent
The real games start! Seattle hosts the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, September 8th at 1:05 PM PT on CBS.