GAME PREVIEW: Raiders at Seahawks

Take a look back at the Raiders vs Seahawks rivalry, regular and pre season, in pictures.

The Oakland Raiders will close out the preseason on the road as they travel to Seattle to take on the defending NFC Champion Seahawks Thursday, Sept. 3 at 7:00 p.m. PT at CenturyLinkField. This will mark the 10th consecutive season that the Raiders and Seahawks have concluded their preseason schedule against one another. Thursday's game will also be the eighth out of those 10 contests that the game has been played in Seattle. The game marks the third NFC West opponent that Oakland will face in the preseason, having already hosted the St. Louis Rams and Arizona Cardinals. Last week, the Raiders fell at home to the Cardinals, 23-30. With Thursday's game, the Seahawks will conclude a presasonslate in which they faced all four teams from the AFC West.Last week, Seattle won a road contest in San Diego against the Chargers, 16-15.

THE SETTING

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Date:Thursday, September 3
Kickoff:7:00 p.m. PT
Site:CenturyLink Field (2002)
Capacity/Surface:67,000/Overseeded Bermuda
Preseason:Seahawks lead, 9-4
Regular Season:Raiders lead, 28-244

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The defense turned in a strong first-half performance last week against Arizona, led by LB Khalil Mack and his two sacks. Mack was a force all evening, finishing with three tackles, two sacks and one forced fumble. DE Mario Edwards Jr. also provided strong play along the defensive line, adding two sacks. S Nate Allen fortified the secondary, recording two interceptions in the first half. WR Amari Cooper led the way on offense, posting a game high 62 receiving yards on four catches (15.5 avg.). QB Derek Carr finished the game 18-of-34 for 213 yards and one interception.

Following Thursday's game, the Raiders will travel home and reduce their roster to 53 players ahead of Saturday's deadline. The team will then turn their attention to their Week 1 regularseason opponent, the Cincinnati Bengals.

MACK ATTACK

"Being a guy that came in as a rookie, was able to play 16 games, I think the game for him is already slowing down, even though it's your second year. He has some experience in this game. This guy is only going to get better. He's only getting his feet wet right now. He's going to be a star." - Raiders S Charles Woodson

LB Khalil Mack has translated his success as a rookie to the preseason this year. Last week, he turned in his most dominant outing so far this year, totaling two sacks and one forced fumble.

BROADCAST INFORMATION

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TELEVISION

KTVU/KICU

Play-by-play:Beth MowinsColor Analysts:Tim Brown, Matt MillenSideline:Nicole Zaloumis, JT The Brick"

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RADIO

Play-by-play:Greg Papa
Color Analyst:Tom Flores
Sideline:Lincoln Kennedy

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NOTABLE CONNECTIONS

Pro Connections

• Raiders defensive coordinator Ken Norton, Jr. coached linebackers with the Seahawks from 2010-14.

• Raiders offensive line coach Mike Tice played 10 seasons as a tight end with the Seahawks from 1981-88 and 1990-91.

• Raiders defensive backs coach Marcus Robertson finished his playing career with Seattle from 2001-02.

• Raiders assistant special teams coach Tracy Smith served as a coaching assistant with Seattle in 2011. He is also the son of Seahawks quarterbacks coach Carl Smith.

• Raiders WR Kris Durham was originally a fourth-round pick of the Seattle Seahawks in 2011.

• Raiders DE Benson Mayowa played in two games with Seattle in 2014.

• Raiders LB Malcolm Smith was a seventh-round pick of the Seahawks in 2011 and played for the team until 2014, playing in 57 games and earning the Super Bowl XLVIII MVP award in the Seahawks' win.

• Seahawks assistant head coach/offensive line coach Tom Cable served as the Raiders' offensive line coach from 2007-08 and as head coach from 2008-10.

• Seahawks assistant defensive line coach Dwaine Board coached the Raiders' defensive line in 2009.

• Seahawks special teams coordinator Brian Schneider coached special teams for the Raiders from 2007-08. In both seasons, Shane Lechler led the league in punting and was named to the Pro Bowl.

• Raiders General Manager Reggie McKenzie and Seahawks Executive VP/General Manager John Schneider worked together in the Green Bay Packers' front office from 2002-09. Schneider served as a personnel analyst to the general manager and McKenzie was director of pro personnel from 2002-07, until both men were named Director – Football Operations in 2008.

Hometown Connections

• Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch is an Oakland, Calif. native and attended Oakland Technical High School before playing at Cal from 2004-06. Seahawks S Ryan Murphy is also from Oakland and played at Oakland Tech.

• Seahawks RB Robert Turbin is a native of Fremont, Calif. and attended Irvington High School.

• Seahawks Executive VP of Football Operations/Head Coach Pete Carroll was born in San Francisco, Calif., and played free safety at the University of the Pacific, being inducted into the Pacific Athletic hall of Fame in 1995. His eldest son, Seahawks assistant offensive line coach Brennan Carroll, attended Saratoga (Calif.) High School.

SEAHAWKS SNAPSHOT

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Overview**: Head Coach Pete Carroll, who is 50-30 (.625) in the regular season with Seattle, has led the Seahawks to a franchise best three consecutive 10-win seasons, with three straight playoff appearances and trips to each of the last two Super Bowls. After winning 13 games in 2013 and defeating the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII, the Seahawks posted a 12-4 mark in 2014 before falling to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX.


Offense: The Seahawks' offense, which ranked in the top 10 in both points (24.6) and yards (375.8) per game last season, is led by fourth-year QB Russell Wilson, who has continued to post big numbers both through the air and on the ground. Last season, Wilson threw for 3,475 yards on 285-of-452 passing (63.1 percent) with 20 touchdowns for a 95.0 passer rating. He also ranked second on the team with 118 carries for 849 yards (7.2 avg.) with six touchdowns. RB Marshawn Lynch led the rushing attack with 1,306 yards on 280 carries (4.7 avg.) with 13 touchdowns. In addition to TE Jimmy Graham, who led the Saints with 85 receptions and 10 touchdowns with 889 yards (10.5 avg.), Wilson will have one of his top targets from a year ago in WR Doug Baldwin, who returns after notching a team-leading 66 receptions last year.


Defense: Kris Richard enters his sixth season coaching with the Seahawks and his first as defensive coordinator. He inherits a unit that ranked first in the NFL in both points and yards allowed per game in both 2013 and 2014. The catalyst of the defense is a strong secondary, led by CB Richard Sherman, who led the way with four interceptions last season. Safeties Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas also contributed to one of the league's best passing defenses with one interception apiece. Up front, DE Michael Bennett has harassed opposing passers to the tune of seven sacks, a team high in 2014, while LB Bruce Irvin added 6.5 sacks.

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INDIVIDUAL STATS VS. SEAHAWKS**

Michael Crabtree

Career Totals: 33 receptions for 327 yards (9.9 avg.) in 10 career games; four receptions for 52 yards (13.0 avg.) in one postseason contest.

Roy Helu, Jr.

Career Totals: 25 rushes for 107 yards (4.3 avg.) with one touchdown and 12 receptions for 113 yards (9.4 avg.).

• While with the Washington Redskins in 2011 (Nov. 27), totaled 108 yards on the ground in 23 attempts (4.7 avg.) with one touchdown, while also catching 7-of-7 passes thrown his way for 54 yards (7.7 avg.). Recorded a career-long 29-yard rush in the contest.

Curtis Lofton

Career Totals: 32 tackles (14 solo), one interception with four return yards and one pass defensed; in one postseason game, totaled 11 tackles (four) and one sack.

• While with the New Orleans Saints on Jan. 11, 2014, notched 11 tackles (four) and added a sack in the 15-23 loss.

Marcel Reece

Career Totals: Four receptions for 102 yards (25.5 avg.) with one touchdown and three rushes for 42 yards (14.0 avg.).

• In his first game against Seattle on Oct. 31, 2010, caught three passes for 90 yards, including a 51-yarder, with one touchdown, and also added a 31-yard rush.

Charles Woodson

Career Totals: 56 tackles (50 solo), three sacks, five interceptions with 35 return yards, 17 passes defensed and three forced fumbles; in one postseason game, two tackles and two passes defensed.

• While a member of the Green Bay Packers, intercepted two passes and had three total passes defensed on Nov. 27, 2006.

• Recorded two sacks in a 38-14 win against Seattle on Sept. 30, 2001.

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