Raiders steamroll Seahawks on Halloween

The Oakland Raiders got their first back to back win today in Oakland against their longtime rival the Seattle Seahawks. The 33-3 final score was the biggest margin of victory for the Raiders since the first time the two teams met in 1977. The offense started off slow, but the defense was on fire throughout the game, absolutely dominating the Seahawks offensive line. Led by Richard Seymour and Kamerion Wimbley’s two sacks each, the Raiders defense would finish with 8 sacks while holding the Seahawks to 162 total yards during the game. It was the fewest yards allowed by the Raiders since 2006 and the fewest points allowed since shutting out Kansas City in the final game of the 2002 season.

The defense came out firing on all cylinders as Tommy Kelly and Richard Seymour both picked up quarterback sacks on the Seahawks opening drive. The defense would hold Matt Hasselbeck to 13 completions on 32 attempts for just 160 yards passing and an odd looking interception that bounced off of two players before being placed right in the breadbasket of an oncoming Tyvon Branch.

Branch’s five tackles and three assists would lead the Raiders in tackles for the day as the defense continued to swarm and gang tackle their oppositions for a second consecutive week. It was a defensive effort that held the Seahawks without a first down until there was just over two minutes left in the first half. The Seahawks were held to just one third down conversion in 16 attempts (6%) and they would be held to just 47 rushing yards on 19 carries.

But in the second half, the Raiders’ offense took over. Darren McFadden continued to prove that he is a changed man this year with his 111 yards on 21 carries today. McFadden’s 557 yards on the ground this year are a career high, despite missing two games with a hamstring injury. Meanwhile his backfield mate, Marcel Reece, came up with 90 receiving yards including a 30 yard slant on 4th and 1 that went for the only touchdown in the first half. Reece also carried the ball twice for 32 yards. And Michael Bush added 51 yards and a touchdown on nine carries. All told, the Raiders ground game produced 239 yards at a rate of 6.1 yards per carry against the second best rushing defense in the league.

But it wasn’t just the ground game that got it done for Oakland today. Darrius Heyward-Bey caught five passes for a career high 101 yards including a 69 yard catch for his first touchdown this year and second of his career. Jason Campbell threw 15 completed passes for 310 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. It was the second straight week Campbell would post a QB rating of over 120 with his 120.9 rating today. For the second straight week, the Raiders produced over 500 yards of total offense, marking the first time the Raiders have had back to back 500 yard performances in franchise history.

Late in the game, two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha would leave the game with an ankle injury. Tom Cable had a serious look of concern as Asomugha roll on the ground in pain clutching his ankle to chants from the stands of “Nnamdi! Nnamdi! Nnamdi!” Cable would say later at the postgame press conference that the injury is being considered a serious sprain and the x-rays were negative on the ankle.

It appears that the epic failure to show up at Candlestick Park two weeks ago was a wakeup call for the Raiders. If they can continue the pace they are currently on, then they will be able to compete with any team in the league. Over the last two weeks, they’ve outscored their opponents 92-17 and were completely dominant on defense. The team that has shown up over the last two weeks is a serious contender to do some damage down the stretch run towards the playoffs. They’ve overcome injuries and they will get players back over the next few weeks like Louis Murphy, Chaz Schilens, and Bruce Gradkowski.

The last time the Raiders were 4-4 this late in the year was 2002, the year they went to and won the AFC Championship game. This squad could have more raw talent than that squad did, and if they can continue to string together victories like these past two it’s going to be look out NFL. Next week, the Raiders will have an opportunity to make another statement in the Coliseum with the division leading Kansas City Chiefs coming into town and if they can keep playing at this level it will be a no contest victory. The Chiefs struggle to get by the winless Buffalo Bills this week at home and needed a last second field goal at the end of overtime to get the job done.

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTER SEA OAK
FG 05:14 Sebastian Janikowski 31 Yd 0 3
SECOND QUARTER SEA OAK
TD 08:54 Marcel Reece 30 Yd Pass From Jason Campbell (Sebastian Janikowski Kick) 0 10
THIRD QUARTER SEA OAK
FG 09:09 Sebastian Janikowski 36 Yd 0 13
FOURTH QUARTER SEA OAK
FG 14:52 Sebastian Janikowski 22 Yd 0 16
TD 13:26 Darrius Heyward-Bey 69 Yd Pass From Jason Campbell (Sebastian Janikowski Kick) 0 23
FG 08:57 Olindo Mare 47 Yd 3 23
FG 07:18 Sebastian Janikowski 49 Yd 3 26
TD 01:56 Michael Bush 4 Yd Run (Sebastian Janikowski Kick) 3 33

Team Stat Comparison

SEA
OAK
1st Downs 10 18
Passing 1st downs
5 9
Rushing 1st downs
2 8
1st downs from Penalties
3 1
3rd down efficiency
1-16 5-17
4th down efficiency
1-1 1-1
Total Plays 59 68
Total Yards 162 545
Passing 115 306
Comp-Att
13-32 15-27
Yards per pass
3.6 11.3
Rushing 47 239
Rushing Attempts
19 39
Yards per rush
2.5 6.1
Red Zone (Made-Att) 0-2 1-4
Penalties 7-55 11-105
Turnovers 1 0
Fumbles lost
0 0
Interceptions thrown
1 0
Defensive / Special Teams TDs 0 0
Possession 23:56 36:04
Seattle Passing
C/ATT YDS AVG TD INT RATING
M. Hasselbeck 13/32 160 5.0 0 1 43.8
Team 13/32 115 3.6 0 1
Oakland Passing
C/ATT YDS AVG TD INT RATING
J. Campbell 15/27 310 11.5 2 0 120.9
Team 15/27 306 11.3 2 0
Seattle Rushing
CAR YDS AVG TD LG
L. Washington 5 29 5.8 0 21
J. Forsett 5 11 2.2 0 5
M. Lynch 9 7 0.8 0 7
Team 19 47 2.5 0 21
Oakland Rushing
CAR YDS AVG TD LG
D. McFadden 21 111 5.3 0 49
M. Bush 9 51 5.7 1 30
M. Reece 2 32 16.0 0 31
D. Heyward-Bey 1 30 30.0 0 30
J. Ford 1 11 11.0 0 11
J. Campbell 4 4 1.0 0 3
S. Satele 1 0 0.0 0 0
Team 39 239 6.1 1 49
Seattle Receiving
REC YDS AVG TD LG TGTS
J. Carlson 3 47 15.7 0 35 4
G. Tate 2 36 18.0 0 24 7
M. Williams 1 27 27.0 0 27 5
J. Forsett 3 23 7.7 0 13 6
B. Stokley 1 13 13.0 0 13 1
C. Baker 1 5 5.0 0 5 1
B. Obomanu 1 5 5.0 0 5 3
D. Butler 1 4 4.0 0 4 5
Team 13 160 12.3 0 35 32
Oakland Receiving
REC YDS AVG TD LG TGTS
D. Heyward-Bey 5 105 21.0 1 69 9
M. Reece 3 90 30.0 1 51 4
M. Bush 1 55 55.0 0 55 1
D. McFadden 2 24 12.0 0 13 2
J. Ford 2 22 11.0 0 13 3
Z. Miller 1 8 8.0 0 8 2
K. Barnes 1 6 6.0 0 6 1
N. Miller 0 0 0.0 0 0 1
J. Higgins 0 0 0.0 0 0 3
Team 15 310 20.7 2 69 26
Seattle Fumbles
FUM LOST REC
M. Hasselbeck 1 0 0
Team 1 0 0
Oakland Fumbles
FUM LOST REC
S. Satele 1 0 0
Team 1 0 0
Seattle Interceptions
INT YDS TD
Team 0 0 0
Oakland Interceptions
INT YDS TD
T. Branch 1 15 0
Team 1 15 0
Seattle Defensive
TACKLES MISC
TOT SOLO SACKS TFL PD QB HTS TD
-. Team 6 6 0 0 0 0 0
M. Trufant 6 5 0 0 1 0 0
L. Milloy 6 4 0 0 0 0 0
L. Tatupu 6 1 0 0 0 0 0
N. Ness 5 4 0 0 0 0 0
E. Thomas 5 4 0 0 0 0 0
D. Hawthorne 5 3 0 1 0 0 0
C. Cole 4 4 1 1 2 1 0
C. Clemons 4 3 0 1 0 0 0
K. Cox 4 1 0 0 1 0 0
B. Obomanu 3 3 0 0 0 0 0
A. Curry 3 3 0 0 0 0 0
R. Lewis 3 2 0 0 0 0 0
K. Chancellor 2 2 1 1 0 1 0
W. Herring 2 2 0 0 1 0 0
R. Brock 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
J. Siavii 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
R. Bryant 1 1 0 1 0 0 0
Q. Ganther 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
C. Terrill 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. Babineaux 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
M. Lynch 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Team 72 51 2 5 5 2 0
Oakland Defensive
TACKLES MISC
TOT SOLO SACKS TFL PD QB HTS TD
T. Branch 8 5 1 1 1 1 0
M. Huff 5 4 0 0 1 0 0
R. McClain 5 3 0 0 1 0 0
D. Bryant 4 4 0 1 0 0 0
R. Seymour 4 3 2 2 0 2 0
M. Shaughnessy 4 3 1 2 0 1 0
M. Mitchell 4 2 0 0 1 0 0
T. Kelly 4 1 1 1 0 1 0
K. Wimbley 3 3 2 3 0 2 0
L. Houston 3 3 1 1 0 0 0
S. Brown 3 2 0 0 0 0 0
Q. Groves 2 2 0 1 0 0 0
B. Myers 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
S. Routt 2 2 0 0 2 0 0
T. Scott 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
-. Team 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
R. Cartwright 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
J. Ware 1 1 0 0 1 0 0
S. Lechler 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
N. Asomugha 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Team 59 44 8 12 8 7 0
Seattle Kick Returns
NO YDS AVG LG TD
L. Washington 4 114 28.5 45 0
Team 4 114 28.5 45 0
Oakland Kick Returns
NO YDS AVG LG TD
J. Ford 1 17 17.0 17 0
Team 1 17 17.0 17 0
Seattle Punt Returns
NO YDS AVG LG TD
L. Washington 3 81 27.0 43 0
G. Tate 2 19 9.5 10 0
Team 5 100 20.0 43 0
Oakland Punt Returns
NO YDS AVG LG TD
N. Miller 6 29 4.8 11 0
Team 6 29 4.8 11 0
Seattle Kicking
FG PCT LONG XP PTS
O. Mare 1/3 33.3 47 0/0 3
Team 1/3 33.3 47 0/0 3
Oakland Kicking
FG PCT LONG XP PTS
S. Janikowski 4/5 80.0 49 3/3 15
Team 4/5 80.0 49 3/3 15
Seattle Punting
TOT YDS AVG TB -20 LG
J. Ryan 9 406 45.1 0 5 63
Team 9 406 45.1 0 5 63
Oakland Punting
TOT YDS AVG TB -20 LG
S. Lechler 5 273 54.6 0 0 60
Team 5 273 54.6 0 0 60
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