The Seattle Seahawks take the show overseas to face Oakland in London, England. Emerald City Swagger has all you need to know for today’s game.
It’s an NFL Sunday. Emerald City Swagger presents, what you need to know in order to enjoy the Seattle Seahawks game against the Raiders in London. As you sit back on your couch or head out
Who: Seattle Seahawks (2-3) at Oakland Raiders (1-4)
Where: Wembley Stadium – London, England
When: 10:00 a.m. PDT
Announcers: Chris Myers, Daryl “Moose” Johnston
Line: Seattle Seahawks -3, Over/Under 48 (Odds Shark)
Interesting Trends: The Seahawks are winless their last five away games against the Raiders.
The Oakland Raiders got smacked around pretty good in Los Angeles last week in a 26-10 loss to the Chargers. It was another defeat in a so far disappointing season under head coach Jon Gruden. Aside from a 3-3 tie in the second quarter, Oakland was never in this one.
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Los Angeles kept Marshawn Lynch in check holding Beast Mode to only 31 yards on nine carries. As a matter of fact, Lynch had a deja vu moment when the Raiders didn’t give him the ball on the one-yard line and Derek Carr threw and an interception. Speaking of Carr, he was 24 of 33 on the day for 268 yards and a touchdown.
Chargers QB Philip Rivers only completed 22 passes against Oakland, but they went for 339 yards. He had plenty of time in the pocket as he was sacked only once and hit two other times. Receiver Keenan Allen was the leading receiver with 90 yards on eight receptions. The Raiders did a good job against the run holding Los Angeles to 70 yards on 31 carries.
The Seahawks lost a heartbreaker to Los Angeles’ other team, the Rams. It surprised many experts that Seattle was competitive and gave their visitors a fight for 60 minutes. On their last possession, the Seahawks were driving before penalties to Germain Ifedi (false start), and D.J. Fluker (holding) took them out of field goal range, and they were forced to punt.
Ground and pound were once again the keywords for Seattle’s offense. For the third straight game, they had a 100-yard rusher. Chris Carson carried the mail 19 times for 116 yards. His understudy Mike Davis picked up 68 yards and a TD on a dozen carries. Russell Wilson had another good performance throwing for three touchdowns and 191 yards.
No one has really stopped L.A.’s offense this year, the best any team can do is try to contain it. Giving up 468 yards isn’t exactly containment, but it was enough to keep the Seahawks in the game all day. QB Jared Goff threw for 321 yards and a score but also had a pair of picks. The NFL’s second-leading rusher Todd Gurley ran the ball into the end zone three times but was “held” to only 77 yards.
This is a game the Seahawks should win. Oakland’s offensive line is banged up, and while the Hawks haven’t had many sacks this season, but they have gotten good pressure at times. This week, the front four is poised for a breakout. Oakland QB Derek Carr has thrown more interceptions than touchdowns this season. Compared to the Rams offense, Seattle’s secondary should have a much easier day.
There is no reason to think that Pete Carroll will abandon the running game on Sunday. Quarterback Russell Wilson will once again be asked to manage the game, which is what he does very well, instead of winning it by himself. Carson and Davis should have another good game. The Seahawks win this game to head into the bye week on a high note.