▪ Opponent: at Seattle
▪ Time: 1:25 p.m.
▪ Line: Seahawks by 15
▪ Records: Raiders 0-7, Seahawks 4-3
▪ TV/Radio: Ch. 13 (Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon), 950, 1140
FIVE THINGS TO WATCH
While there is little to be taken from a preseason start, Raiders quarterback Derek Carr had success against Seattle once this year already. In the final week of the preseason, Carr threw for three touchdowns and led the Raiders to touchdowns on their first four possessions against Seattle. The regular season has been far bumpier. Oakland’s lack of a running game – 32nd in the NFL – has meant Carr has to carry the offense. He’s not shying away from the challenge of playing in Seattle. “Obviously, they say this place is the loudest, so I’m actually excited to hear it and be a part of it,” Carr said.
Quarterback Russell Wilson and Seattle’s offense are taking too long to get started. In the past three games, Seattle has scored nine first-half points on offense. Against Carolina, the Seahawks didn’t get their initial first down until their third drive and finished the first half with only 24 offensive plays and three points.
Seattle is expected to shuffle its linebackers with rookie Brock Coyle likely starting in the middle and K.J. Wright moving back to the outside. Wright had started the past two games in the middle with Bobby Wagner out with a toe injury. Now it’s Coyle’s turn. Fellow rookie Kevin Pierre-Louis is expected to get snaps at outside linebacker after playing well against Carolina.
Raiders rookie Khalil Mack has played well so far, but he’s still looking for his first NFL sack. One of Mack’s strengths coming out of college was his ability to get to the quarterback. Mack had 281/2 sacks at the University of Buffalo, but Oakland’s pass rush problem isn’t isolated to Mack. The Raiders have just seven sacks.
NEEDING A BOOM
Seattle’s vaunted secondary got just its third interception last week, but All-Pros Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas are still shut out. Through seven games last season, Sherman and Thomas had combined for seven interceptions. They should get a chance this week after Carr attempted 54 passes against Cleveland.
The Associated Press
▪ Out: CB Carlos Rogers (knee); TE David Ausberry (foot); WR Vincent Brown (hamstring), CB Chimdi Chekwa (hamstring), CB Keith McGill (groin)
▪ Probable: CB T.J. Carrier (back), FB Jamize Olawale (shoulder), FB Marcel Reece (quadricep), WR Kenbrell Thompkins (not injury related), DE Justin Tuck (knee)
▪ Out: DT Jordan Hill (ankle), SS Jeron Johnson (concussion), CB Byron Maxwell (calf), TE Zach Miller (ankle), LB Malcom Smith (not injury related), LB Bobby Wagner (toe)
▪ Questionable: SS Kam Chancellor (groin), T Russell Okung (calf), G Stephen Schilling (knee), C Max Unger (foot)
▪ Probable: DE Michael Bennett (toe), G James Carpenter (back), RB Marshawn Lynch (not injury related), CB Richard Sherman (back), CB Tharold Simon (knee)
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