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FSM Essential Recap: Raiders vs Seahawks – Week 12

Las Vegas Raiders (4-7) | Seattle Seahawks (6-5)

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As the Raiders enter Week 12 at 3-7, it can be admittedly tough to find motivation. Regardless, days that have football are always better than those that do not. And with Thanksgiving just passed, perhaps we should be grateful for the little things.

Although the postseason is essentially out of reach (not mathematically eliminated yet, though) for the Silver & Black, confidence and team morale would benefit considerably from a win in Seattle. For the Seahawks, they are coming down to Earth after a hot start to the 2022 season (that no one saw coming).

Since authoring the LV-SEA preview earlier in the week, both sides have had several additional injury announcements. For Vegas, DT Kendal Vickers was downgraded to OUT (back) on Saturday, while RB Josh Jacobs popped up on the injury sheet with a calf injury after Friday’s practice–He’d be a game-time decision. On the other hand, the Seahawks will officially be without WR D’Wayne Eskridge (hand), who has not had much of an impact so far in 2022.

Now that you’re all caught up for Sunday’s havoc with the Hawks let’s dive into the on-field action. Could the Raiders start their first winning streak of the season at one of the NFL’s loudest venues? Here’s what happened.

 

Previous contests

 

HOF game: Raiders 27 – Jaguars 11
PRE1: Raiders 26 – Vikings 20
PRE2: Raiders 15 – Dolphins 13

PRE3: Raiders 23 – Patriots 6

WK1: Chargers 24 – Raiders 19 (L)
WK2: Cardinals 29 – Raiders 23 (OT)/(L)
WK3: Titans 24 – Raiders 22 (L)
WK4: Raiders 32 – Broncos 23 (W)
WK5: Chiefs 30 – Raiders 29 (L)
WK6: BYE
WK7: Raiders 38 – Texans 20 (W)

WK8: Saints 24 – Raiders 0 (L)
WK9: Jaguars 27 – Raiders 20 (L)
WK10: Colts 25 – Raiders 20 (L)
WK11: Raiders 22 – Broncos 16 (OT)/(W)

 

1st Quarter

 

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By now, the Raiders are simply accustomed to losing the opening coin toss and, incidentally, starting the game on offense. Such was the case once again in Seattle, as QB Derek Carr and the Silver & Black marched out to set the tone. That did not go quite as planned, as Carr was intercepted over the middle by CB Quandre Diggs on the Raiders’ first play from scrimmage. Diggs returned the pick all the way down to Vegas’ 12-yard line. The Seahawks would find the end zone two plays later, handing off to RB Kenneth Walker III for a touchdown run within the game’s first 60 seconds: Talk about starting behind the 8-ball. In a flash, it’s 7-0 Seattle.

Back on offense, the Raiders first couple of plays from scrimmage netted minimal gains, but RB Ameer Abdullah took a 3rd down out route for a positive play to move the chains. Next, TE Foster Moreau picked up a 1st down on a similarly designed route toward the right sideline, giving the unit a little pep in their step. A couple of plays later, Carr found Hollins down the left sideline for another 1st down, but the QB from Fresno St. was slow to get up, holding his ribs in pain. Stepping out for a play, QB Jarrett Stidham made an appearance to hand off to RB Josh Jacobs before Carr returned a few beats later. Now inside the red zone, Carr’s second pass back from injury would be a good one, going back to Abdullah on a wheel, making the reception right inside the pylon for a score. Abdullah showcased an impressive celebratory windmill kick after the touchdown, earning him a 15-yard penalty to be enforced on the kickoff. Regardless, it’s all tied up at 7-a-piece.

Seattle’s offensive unit returned to the field only to be sent back to the sideline rather quickly. DT Andrew Billings made his presence (and stature) known on this series, stuffing Walker in the backfield for a 3-yard loss before earning a joint-sack (with Bilal Nichols) on 3rd down. After starting the game in the worst possible way, the Raiders have swung the momentum halfway through 1Q.

With the Raiders back with the ball, the 12th Man crowd tried to amp up the noise. On the first play of the series, Carr tried to thread the needle deep over the middle to Moreau. On a line, the pass hit off Moreau’s outstretched hands and fell into the arms of CB Quandre Diggs…again. That makes his second interception in three Raider possessions.

Running on the field quickly, the Seahawks‘ first play back on offense shredded the Raiders, and QB Geno Smith found TE Noah Fant up the seam to take the ball into the red zone (taking advantage of the short field from a turnover for the second time on the day). Next, the Seahawks would benefit from a couple of lucky breaks, as S Tre’von Moehrig nearly intercepted Smith’s ensuing red zone pass. On the next play, it appeared that S Duron Harmon actually did just that, intercepting Smith in the corner of the end zone. After being ruled an interception, an official review ruled that the ball was jarred loose of possession before Harmon could complete the catch process. So, staying with Seattle, the Seahawks salvaged their fortune into a 24-yard field goal from K Jason Myers, reclaiming the lead 10-7.

In one of their shortest full series of the day, the Raiders could not manage more than a three-and-out on their ensuing possession (thanks mainly to a sack on Carr by DT Poona Ford). Punting back to Seattle, the Seahawks could run a couple of plays before the first quarter’s end.

 

2nd Quarter

 

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Still, with Seattle, the Hawks continued to drive into Vegas territory. Eventually, Smith found WR Tyler Lockett over the middle inside the Raiders’ 5-yard line, but an ineligible man downfield brought the play back. With that, they elected to kick the short field goal, as Myers returned to convert a 34-yard try. Seattle extends their lead to 13-7.

The next drive for the Raiders looked a little more like their bread & butter. Utilizing key touches from Jacobs and WR Davante Adams, Vegas was able to head into Seattle territory with rhythm. Now on the cusp of the red zone, Carr hit Hollins on a short crosser that left him with nothing but a wide-open field in front of him. Hollins easily trotted in for the 36-yard score. Through two and a half quarters, this contest has been saturated with action. With Hollins’ touchdown reception, the Raiders took their first lead of the afternoon, 14-13.

Throughout most of 2022, Geno Smith has been praised for his efficient passing. However, that was not on display much this Sunday and definitely not on their next possession. After picking up a quick 1st down to RB Deejay Dallas. A play later, Smith tried to force a ball to WR Tyler Lockett along the left side, but LB Denzel Perryman was there to jump the route and make the interception. As we know, the Raiders‘ defense has not forced many turnovers this season, so naturally, Perryman’s pick ignited the Las Vegas sideline.

To build on the rising Silver & Black momentum, Jacobs took the Raiders’ very next play 30 yards up the right side and into the end zone. In a two-play swing (over a matter of a few minutes of real-time), Vegas has managed to extend their lead to 21-13.

Naturally, Seattle’s offense returned to action with intention. Working with plenty of clock before the half, the Seahawks went methodical by getting the rock to Walker and Metcalf. After six plays, Seattle moved the ball all the way down to the edge of the red zone before Smith floated a dime to Lockett, who secured the 35-yard pass for a touchdown. Stealing the momentum right back, the Seahawks make it a one-score game, down 21-20.

With just over five minutes until halftime, the Raiders were able to produce a methodical drive of their own. Vegas started by moving the chains via Jacobs, and Carr rushes with a few receptions from Adams sprinkled in. The Raiders continued to drive the ball with runs between the tackles from Jacobs and pushed the ball into Seattle’s red zone. From there, a delay of game penalty froze Vegas’ touchdown hopes, but Carlson surfaced to boot through a 36-yard field goal with only 10 seconds left in 2Q. Heading into the locker rooms, the Raiders are clinging to a 24-20 lead.

 

3rd Quarter

 

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As action-packed as this contest was, 3Q may have been the quietest. Having elected to defer their opening possession, the Seahawks started the second half on offense. Seattle attempted to go ground heavy out of the gate, giving the rookie Walker a healthy slew of carries. Additionally, Smith did well in distributing the ball to different receivers, finding Lockett, TE Noah Fant, and WR Marquise Goodwin for receptions along the way. Once inside the Raiders’ red zone, Smith handed off to Walker, who sprinted 16 yards into the end zone. Less than five minutes into 3Q, we already have another lead change with Seattle up 27-24.

In that same quarter, the Raiders responded with a slow & steady drive of their own. Carr started by completing a pass to Adams for a near-1st down before Jacobs ripped off a 12-yard run. A false penalty followed, but Vegas was able to pick up much of the ground on the next play: A 13-yard swing pass to make it 3rd & short. Naturally, Jacobs picked up the short yardage before the Raiders went to rookie RB Zamir White for a 17-yard dash through the middle. Now within the red zone, Vegas tried three more rushing attempts (two from Jacobs, one from Abdullah) with little give. On 4th & 1 from the 7-yard line, Carlson successfully kicked through another field goal, re-tying this game at 27.

The Seahawks would be unable to respond immediately. Unlike their previous two possessions, Seattle could not get the offense churning, going three-and-out after a couple of short completions and a major TFL on Walker from Perryman. There’s no definite value a defense can put on a quality middle linebacker. In less than two minutes of game time, the Hawks are already punting back to Las Vegas.

A similarly flat possession followed for the Raiders. They managed to pick up an initial 1st down after Carr checked down to Jacobs, who proceeded to take the ball 28 yards to the midfield stripe. From there, two incompletions and a stuffed run followed, incidentally bringing up A.J. Cole for another punt. Yes, I mentioned 3Q was a snoozer compared to the other quarters. Two plays into the Seahawks’ next drive, the clock ran out. Time for another ridiculous fourth quarter!

 

4th Quarter

 

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Continuing Seattle’s possession at their own 25-yard line, the Hawks picked up a quick 20 yards as Smith connected with Goodwin over the middle. On the next play, Perryman and company were able to swarm Seattle’s backfield, downing Walker behind the LOS for a 13 -yard loss. Still, Seattle was able to pick up all of that and more on the next play, as Smith found RB Travis Homer deep left for a 27-yard gain. Now on Vegas’ side of the field, the Hawks would string together a couple more positive plays before Smith mishandled a snap, fumbling in the process. Thankfully for Raider Nation, LB Chandler Jones was there to make the recovery in their own territory: Raider ball!

On theme with other games this season, the Raiders would not be able to produce any points off the turnover. In six offensive plays over three minutes of clock time, Las Vegas moved the ball only 20 yards. When faced with a 4th & 1 at midfield, Jacobs was stuffed along the left side for a one-yard loss, turning the ball over on downs.

With less than eight minutes to play, the Seahawks were able to utilize their short field. Despite a sack from Crosby/Billings on the first play of the series, Smith was able to scramble for an 18-yard 1st down on the next play. Now with momentum, Seattle would be gifted a questionable pass interference call on CB Rock Ya-Sin covering Lockett near the goal line. With a new set of downs, it only took Seattle three additional plays to find the end zone, as Homer snuck out of the backfield for another reception, this one an 18-yard touchdown. With only five and a half minutes left in regulation, the Seahawks reclaimed the lead 34-27.

How is it that the Raiders seem to end up with the ball, down a score in the 4th quarter, just about every week? Regardless, here’s another opportunity for the Silver & Black to prove their worth. Well, the drive started on the right foot as Carr found Adams for a 28-yard reception to down the ball at midfield. Next, Jacobs caught a ball over the middle, which he turned into a 14-yard gain. Carr stayed steady by going back to Adams for another 1st down, then connected with Abdullah for another nine yards. Now inside the red zone, Jacobs rushed the ball a few more times before the Raiders were eventually faced with a 3rd & goal from the SEA 5-yard line. From there, Carr answered the bell, working through his progressions to find Moreau for a toe-dragging touchdown in the back-left corner of the end zone. Once again, we are all tied up (34-34) and have only 1:54 left to play!

Neither team could do much with their remaining possessions in regulation. Seattle’s drive started hot, but after a reception from D.K. Metcalf was overturned to an incompletion, the drive lost its steam. An ensuing sack from Maxx Crosby certainly aided the Raiders’ effort. The Seahawks punted back to the Raiders with only 40 seconds on the clock, to which Vegas simply ran out the clock. Time for Vegas’ third overtime game of the season and second in as many weeks!

 

OT

 

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Just as he did last week, A.J. Cole was clutch in calling the overtime coin toss, correctly guessing “heads.” The Raiders were able to gain some ground on their initial overtime possession, using Jacobs heavily, along with a nice catch from WR Keelan Cole. The drive would eventually stall just past midfield, but unfortunately for Raider Nation, Carlson’s 56-yard attempt sailed wide right. Now with a shorter field, can the Seahawks send the Seattle crowd home happy?

In one of Vegas’ defense’s best stands of the afternoon, the unit stood firm against Smith’s short passes, ultimately forcing a three-and-out. With Seattle punting right back, can the Raiders seal the deal with ANY score? In fact, they would require only one more play: Carr turned and handed to Jacobs, who shifted through the right side before blasting into the open, sprinting a lengthy 86 yards to the house for a walk-off touchdown! For the second week in a row, the Raiders win (40-34) in overtime on a touchdown of 30+ yards, and now have their first winning streak of the 2022 season. Time to catch a flight back to Sin City!

 

Takeaways

 

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Josh Jacobs is bonified offensive game-wrecker. I know that term is typically reserved for players on the defensive side of the ball, but after Jacobs’ latest 33-carry, 230-yard day on the ground, he absolutely qualifies to hold that title. Jacobs also found the end zone twice while simultaneously leading the Raiders in receiving (six catches for 74 yards). 300-yard games from an individual player are pretty rare, so he gets game MVP.

 

As frustrating as this season is, at least they have not quit. You can have your own opinion on that, but it is evident that these players are still deeply invested in the team. Sure, earning your first win streak of the year all the way at the Week 12 mark should really not be praised, but you see the physical effort these men are exuding. At 4-7, we’ll see you next week back at the Death Star.

 

Next week, the Raiders will return home to Vegas and Allegiant Stadium for their second matchup with the rival Los Angeles Chargers. Kickoff is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 4, at 1:25 pm, with the game airing locally on CBS channel 8 (radio play-by-play on RNR AM920).

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