Seattle Seahawks vs. Oakland Raiders Live Blog: Drive Analysis and Reactions
That's all she wrote. The 2013 preseason is over. Now it's time for meaningful football games.
The fourth and final preseason game of the year for the Seattle Seahawks and Oakland Raiders was tonight. This was the last chance for players on both teams to make their case to try and get on the 53 man roster, or to catch on with another team.
Among the major storylines I'll be watching will be the defensive line rotation of the Seahawks. Six players on the line who were expected to play roles for Seattle this fall are currently on the shelf with injuries. The door has been opened for some unknown players to make the final roster, and tonight's game could play a large role in determining who makes it.
For the Raiders, nothing is bigger than their QB situation. The job appears to be Terrelle Pryor's to lose right now, and it will be interesting to see if he can have enough success against Seattle's defense to keep it that way.
FINAL: Seahawks 22, Raiders 6. Seattle extends preseason win streak to 9 games & go unbeaten in the preseason.. again. #OAKvsSEA— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) August 30, 2013
Final Whistle. Seahawks have now won 9 straight preseason game. Might be the meaningless win streak ever.
Seahawks 22 - 6 Raiders
For the Seahawks, the big story was the defensive line. Siliga played reasonably well, but overall all these backup and 3rd stringers forced into the starting lineup just couldn't get it done against the run. The Seahawks need some of the big guys to get healthy in a hurry.
we still excited about Terrelle Pryor?— Alessandro Miglio (@AlexMiglio) August 30, 2013
As this game draws to a close, it seems like we should re-visit the big stories we were looking at before the game. Did Pryor do enough to win the QB competition in Oakland? I don't think so. Did he play bad enough to lose it? I also don't think so. Perhaps the worse possible outcome for the coaches.
2 minute warning. Seahawks still leading 22 - 6 over the Raiders.
Spencer Ware is going to be a tough decision for the Seahawks. He's the 4th RB, and teams rarely keep more than 3. He's listed as a FB, but hasn't ben used as a lead blocker. What he does very well is run routes, catch the ball and block in the passing game. He'll be a great 3rd down back in the future.
I still like Tyler Wilson at QB. i had him as the 2nd best QB in this past draft, purely on potential. He had a lot to learn about reading defenses and making good decisions. That is still the case after a full training camp in Oakland. I still think the potential is there, but the truth is that he might not make the roster because he didn't show enough growth over the past 6 weeks.
Nick Kasa with a great catch. Triple coverage and Kasa just out-jumped it. I loved Kasa in the draft. I think he could do some really nice things for the Raiders this year.
Tyler Wilson in at QB for the Raiders now. He's been outplayed by McGloin in the preseason. With Chris Harper not having a good night, it makes me wonder if both of these teams could end up cutting a mid-round pick in the next few days.
There are fantasy football owners out there that will be rushing to sigh Steven Hauscha off the waiver waiver after tonight... or not. Hauschka with yet another FG, third one from over 50.
Seahawks 22 - 6 Raiders
Don't worry guys, they'll be plenty of time to work on catching the ball when you're at home next week.— Adam Wright (@BlueOsprey) August 30, 2013
Apparently some of the Seattle backups think that catching the ball is an optional skill. Drops lead to another FG.
Seahawks 19 - 6 Raiders
Great high point catch there by Kearse..— Will McDougle (@12thManScribe) August 30, 2013
Jermaine Keasre is putting on a show. in this drive. Odd that he's out there now though. Guys like Arceto Clark got considerable playing time before Kearse saw the field. Don't read into that, as Kearse is going to be on the 53 man roster, but it's just weird.
Smart of Brady Quinn to get down on that run. The Bills need him to be healthy for the opener.— John Boyle (@johnpboyle) August 30, 2013
With Wilson and Jackson escaping this game healthy, it's pretty same to say that this game will be the last for Quinn in Seattle. Anything is possible, but I'd be surprised to see him on the 53 man roster for the Seahawks.
Matt McGloin vs. Brady Quinn as opposing QBs now. Can you can tell it's the 2nd half of a preseason game?
Raiders have 101 yards rushing to Seattle's 34. Most from the Seahawks are from the QBs. Raider's D-line has been getting the job done tonight.
The surprising stat in that pic is that Pryor is just 3 of 8. He looked sharper than that to me, or at least he did early on. I expect his day is nearly done. The question now is if he did enough to claim the starting QB job.
Lets take a look at some 1st half stats.
That big Jennings run could only be turned into 3 points for the Raiders. The Seahawks have 2nd and 3rd team defenders out there. Pryor needs to figure out how to turn some of those opportunities into TDs.
We're at halftime. Seahawks 16 - 6 Raiders
It's nice having elite athletes— Danny Kelly (@FieldGulls) August 30, 2013
Bruce Irvin's speed just showed how you stop a mobile QB: speed on the edges.
Lotulelei just whiffed on a tackle behind the line of scrimmage on that big run by Jennings.
Fairly easy to see why Steve Hauschka won the kicker battle. 51 yard FG that could have been good from much further. Follows it up with a touchback on the kickoff. Much more leg than he showed a year ago.
Seahawks 16 - 0 Raiders
If you lose a challenge in the preseason, you should be charged with ALL your timeouts.— John Boyle (@johnpboyle) August 30, 2013
It's odd that there have been so many challenges so far in the game. 1 by each coach, and plenty by the officials. Preseason games need to be kept moving. I don't like slowing these games down.
Chris Harper's gotta make that catch, but Tarvaris should have thrown that a lot sooner.— John Boyle (@johnpboyle) August 30, 2013
Harper was a 4th round pick, but because of the emergence of Stephen Williams he might not make the team. He needs to make those tough catches in the endzone if he wants to make the roster for Seattle.
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