Seahawks’ quarterback Russell Wilson seemed off in the Seahawks (5-3) 30-24 win over the Oakland Raiders (0-8). It was tough day for both offenses, as the rain made it hard to move the ball.
Any hopes Oakland had of winning came to an end when Seattle wide receiver Jermaine Kearse recovered a muffed onside kick with 1:48 left in the game. Wilson then took three straight knees to kill the clock.
The Raiders scored on a one-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Derek Carr to wide receiver Mychal Rivera with 1:52 left in the ball game. Rivera’s touchdown came on a acrobatic, toe-tapping catch in the endzone as Carr scrambled to the left side of the field.
Oakland’s defense contained the Seahawks rushing attack in the second half, and forced the Hawks to pass. Unfortunately for Seattle, Wilson was not at his best today, and many of his passes sailed wide of their intended targets. Wilson also made several of bad decisions throughout, including a near interception at the end of the Seahawks last drive in the fourth quarter.
Seattle had dominated the ball game throughout the first half, thanks to the work of running back Marshawn Lynch. Lynch was vintage “beast mode” during the game, despite the low yardage total, and carried the offense on his back. The running back also was one of Wilson’s top targets throughout the day.
Outside of Lynch, the Seahawks rushing attack primarily consisted of explosive plays from third-year running back Robert Turbin and second-year back Christine Michael.
Today’s win was Seattle’s fifth on the season, and helped the team build a full game lead on San Francisco (which lost to the Rams on Sunday) for second place in the NFC West. It’s a small boost to the Seahawks’ playoff odds, but its a boost that the team definitely needed.