Raiders gear up for Seahawks in preseason finale

By Joe Hawkes-Beamon
Sports Radio Service Writer

AP file photo: Oakland Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree leaps for a pass thrown to him in Raiders camp back on June 15th

OAKLAND, Calif — The preseason comes to a close for the Raiders Thursday night, when they host the Seattle Seahawks at Oakland-Alameda Coliseum.

Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. PT.

Oakland (1-2), fell to the visiting Tennessee Titans, 27-14, last Saturday at Oakland-Alameda Coliseum.

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr led Oakland’s first-team offense to two first-half touchdown drives of 58 and 75 yards that ended with touchdown passes to rookie running back and DeAndre Washington (6 yards), and wide receiver Amari Cooper (29 yards).

Carr finished with a 133.8 quarterback rating after completing 12-of-18 passes for 169 yards, and two touchdowns. Wide receiver Michael Crabtree caught a pinpoint, 41-yard pass from Carr on the Raiders’s first offensive drive of the game that setup Oakland’s first touchdown.

Don’t expect to see Carr or any of the Raiders’s first-team offense to take the field Thursday night.

Backups Matt McGloin and Connor Cook (who both threw interceptions against Tennessee) will get the majority of the snaps from center, while Seth Roberts (1 catch, 15 yards versus Tennessee), Johnny Holton, and K.J. Brent (combined for 6 catches and 108 yards versus Tennessee), will get long looks for the team’s third- and fourth-string wide receivers.

Along with Washington, second-year man George Atkinson III and rookie Jalen Richard

Defensively, Tennessee bludgeoned Oakland with 276 yards offensively,  (106 on the ground), in the first half. Running backs DeMarco Murray and rookie Derrick Henry combined for 20 carries, 89 yards rushing, and two touchdowns. The duo found gaping holes in a Raiders defense, that has had its share of problems stopping the run during the preseason.

Russell Wilson threw a pair of touchdowns in Seattle’s 27-17 victory over the Dallas Cowboys last Thursday at CenturyLink Field. Wilson led Seattle’s first-team into the second half, scoring on four of the team’s final five possessions.

Wilson found wide receiver Paul Richardson on a crossing route for a 9-yard score in the second quarter, then after scrambling to keep the play alive following a juggle, he found wide receiver Tyler Lockett for another 9-yard score in the third quarter.

That touchdown to Lockett would be Wilson’s final play of the game, who finished 16-of-21 passing for 192 yards and two touchdowns.

Like Oakland, Seattle (2-1)  would like to get out of the preseason with minimal injuries, so expect the Seahawks to sit Wilson and their first-team offense and go with rookie quarterback Trevone Boykin at quarterback and backups for the majority of the night.

After Thursday, Oakland will need to make their final roster cuts to the NFL-mandated 53-man active roster by Sept. 3.

Oakland will then turn their attention to  Week 1 and their season opener on Sept. 11 against the Saints in New Orleans at 10:00 a.m. PT.


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