Seattle’s attempt to start 5-2 for the first time since 2005 fell short Sunday at Oakland Coliseum as the Raiders, fueled by their defense and a handful of big plays on offense, beat the Seahawks 33-3.
Despite the loss, Seattle (4-3) remains atop the NFC West standings, with St. Louis sitting a half-game behind. Thanks to the win, Oakland (4-4) enters November with a .500 or better record for the first time since 2002.
Limited to four yards of total offense in the first quarter, the Seahawks didn’t record a first down until their last drive of the first half. A 51-yard missed field goal by Olindo Mare killed the drive and the opportunity for Seattle to cut Oakland’s 10-point lead to seven moments before halftime. The miss snapped the 15-year veteran’s streak of 30 consecutive field goals made.
Mare would miss another field goal, a 29-yard attempt, in the third quarter, but would eventually convert from 47 yards out with 9:02 remaining in the game.
While the Seattle offense accumulated just 162 yards of total offense, Oakland’s flourished. Thirty of the Raiders’ 33 points and 345 of the team’s 545 total yards stemmed from eight plays.
Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey accounted for two of them.
On first-and-ten at the Seattle 42 with 7:14 to go in the first quarter, the second-year wideout took a handoff 30 yards downfield. Five plays later, Sebastian Janikowski tallied the game’s first points with a 31-yard field goal.
Following a Matt Hasselbeck interception in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter, Heyward-Bey took a Jason Campbell pass 69 yards into the end zone to give the Raiders a 23-0 advantage.
The 2009 first-round draft pick finished the game with five receptions for 105 yards and the touchdown and 30 rushing yards.
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