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Raiders Close Out 2014 Preseason Against Seahawks



The Raiders last played the Seahawks in the preseason in Oakland in 2010. Photo by Tony Gonzales.
The Oakland Raiders will wrap up their preseason slate this week as they return home to face the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks on Thursday, Aug. 28 at 7:00 p.m. PT. This marks the ninth consecutive season that the Raiders will face the Seahawks in their final preseason contest, and first time since 2010 that Oakland has hosted that final game. The Raiders enter Thursday's contest after falling to the Packers in Green Bay, while the Seahawks defeated the Chicago Bears at home.

Oakland traveled to Lambeau Field for their third preseason game last week, falling at the hands of the Packers, 31-21. The Raiders were led by a strong effort by the first-team defense early in the contest, as they forced the Packers into two straight three-and-out drives and three straight punts in the first quarter. Oakland got out of the gate quickly on offense as RB Maurice Jones-Drew rushed for a 40-yard touchdown on the Raiders' first possession. LB Khalil Mack had five tackles and an interception on defense, and DE LaMarr Woodley posted his first sack in Silver and Black.

The Seahawks put together an impressive performance last week at home against the Bears, winning by a final of 34-6. QB Russell Wilson led the way for the Seahawks' offense, throwing for 202 yards on 15-of-20 passing and two touchdowns for a quarterback rating of 140.0.

The two teams will turn their attention to the regular season after Thursday's game. Seattle will get ready for their home opener on Thursday, Sept. 4 against the Green Bay Packers. Oakland will gear up for a cross-country match-up with the New York Jets on Sept. 7.

"There were some positive things in the game. There are obviously a lot of things that we've got to continue to work and get better at, clean up, and we're working hard to do that. So, are we the finished product yet? No, we're not the finished product, but we're closer to that point than where we were probably four months ago." - Raiders Head Coach Dennis Allen




Play-by-play: Greg Papa
Color Analysts: Tom Flores, Jim Plunkett
Sideline: J.T. the Brick



Flagship: 95.7 The Game/98.5 KFOX
(Thursday's game will be on KFOX 98.5)

Play-by-play: Greg Papa
Color Analysts: Tom Flores, Jim Plunkett
Sideline: J.T. the Brick




Overview: The defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks, led by ninth-year NFL Head Coach Pete Carroll, roll into Oakland to wrap up the 2014 preseason against the Raiders. Carroll, now in his fifth year at the helm of the Seahawks, has posted a 71-57 career regular-season record (.555) and a 6-4 postseason mark, which includes four wins in the past two seasons and a Super Bowl XLVIII victory over the Denver Broncos. The Seahawks finished 13-3, 7-1 at home, and first in the NFC West Division last season.

Offense: QB Russell Wilson is a threat by both air and ground as he enters his third NFL campaign. Wilson threw for 3,357 yards on 257-of-407 passing (63.1 percent) with 26 TDs, nine INTs and a 101.2 passer rating as he led a dynamic attack that was fourth in the NFL in rushing and 10th in passing touchdowns. Wilson also rushed 96 times for 539 yards (5.6 avg.) and a TD. WR Doug Baldwin steps up into the No. 1 position following a 778-yard season with 50 receptions (15.6 avg.) and five TDs. RB Marshawn Lynch continues to rank among the most prolific runners in the game, rushing for 1,257 yards on 301 attempts (4.18 avg.) and 12 TDs.

Defense: The Seahawks' defensive unit was nothing short of dominant in 2013. The defense shut down the AFC Champion Denver Broncos' historic offense in the Super Bowl, holding them to just eight points and 27 rushing yards. LB Bobby Wagner was the Seahawks' leading tackler with 119 stops (71 solo) and five sacks. DE Michael Bennett led the team with 8.5 sacks in 2013, while fellow DE Cliff Avril added eight of his own and five forced fumbles. The Seahawks excelled in pass defense, recording an NFL-best 28 INTs and allowing only 2,752 passing yards, the fewest in the league. CB Richard Sherman proved his status as a shutdown corner last season, pulling in eight INTs and returning one for a score. S Earl Thomas contributed five INTs of his own.



]( Connections

• Raiders offensive quality control coach Justin Griffith was a fullback for the Seahawks in 2009 and later began his NFL coaching career as a coaching intern with the Seahawks in 2011.

• Raiders assistant defensive backs coach Marcus Robertson played as a safety for the Seahawks from 2001-02.

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

• Seahawks assistant offensive line coach Chris Morgan served in the same capacity for the Raiders during the 2009-10 seasons.

• Seahawks special teams coordinator Brian Schneider served as the special teams coordinator for the Raiders from 2007-08.

• Seahawks CB Phillip Adams played for the Raiders from 2012-13.

• Seahawks TE Zach Miller played for the Oakland Raiders from 2007-10, posting 2,712 receiving yards, fourth all-time among Raider tight ends, and 12 TDs.

• Seahawks QB Terrelle Pryor played three seasons (2011-13) with the Raiders after being drafted by the team in the 2011 Supplemental Draft.

• Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson (2001) served as the quarterbacks coach and defensive coordinator Jason Tarver served as the offensive quality control (2001-03) and assistant running backs/offensive assistant coach (2004) for the San Francisco 49ers when Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn was the quality control/defense (2001-02) and defensive line coach (2003-04) there.

• Raiders T Khalif Barnes (2005-08), RB Maurice Jones Drew (2006-13) and Seahawks DT Tony McDaniel (2006-08) played for the Jacksonville Jaguars under the direction of Seahawks quarterbacks coach Carl Smith (2005-06) when he served as the offensive coordinator there.

College Connections

• Raiders General Manager Reggie McKenzie played linebacker at Tennessee (1981- 84) when Seahawks wide receivers coach Kippy Brown (1983-89) was the wide receivers coach for the Vols. The two were later reunited on the Vols coaching staff in 1993 when McKenzie served as a graduate assistant/defense there and Brown as the assistant head coach/wide receivers coach.

• Raiders TE David Ausberry (2007-10), WR Brice Butler (2009-11), LB Kaluka Maiava (2005-08) and Seahawks LB Michael Morgan (2007-09) played at USC under the direction of Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll (2001-09) when he served as head coach for the Trojans. Seahawks linebackers coach Ken Norton, Jr. worked as linebackers coach (2005-08) and assistant head coach defense/linebackers (2009), defensive backs coach Kris Richard worked on the coaching staff as a graduate assistant/defensive backs coach (2008-09) and defensive passing game coordinator Rocky Seto served as linebackers (2004-05), secondary coach (2006-08) and defensive coordinator/secondary (2009). Special teams coordinator Brian Schneider (2009) and head strength and conditioning coach Chris Carlisle (2001-09) and assistant strength and conditioning coach Jamie Yanchar (2005-09) also served on the staff in the same capacity at USC.

• Raiders RB Maurice Jones-Drew (2003-05) played running back at UCLA when Seahawks assistant head coach/offensive line Tom Cable served as the offensive coordinator/ offensive line coach (2004-05) and special teams coordinator Brian Schneider (2003-05) was special teams/linebackers/safeties coach there.

• Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch played three seasons at the University of California, ranking second on the school's all-time rushing list.

• Raiders FB Marcel Reece attended the University of Washington, Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin and CB Richard Sherman attended Stanford and DT Brandon Mebane attended the University of California.

Raiders from Washington and Seahawks from Northern California/Hometown Connections

• Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson is from Richland, Wash. He played quarterback collegiately at Spokane Falls J.C. and Central Washington. He also served as a graduate assistant at Washington State and quarterbacks/offensive coordinator at Central Washington.

• Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll was born in San Francisco, Calif., and played collegiately at Marin Junior College and the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif. He attended Redwood High School in Larkspur, Calif.

• Seahawks assistant head coach/offensive line Tom Cable is a native of Merced, Calif.

• Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch is originally from Oakland, Calif., where he attended Oakland Technical High School and was voted a SuperPrep All-American and the San Francisco East Bay Player of the Year in his senior season of 2003.

• Seahawks RB Robert Turbin, born in Oakland, Calif., attended Irvington High School in Fremont, Calif.

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