The Oakland Raiders will close out their preseason schedule this week as they face the Seattle Seahawks at Oakland Alameda County Coliseum on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. PT. The game will mark the 11th straight season that the Raiders have finished up their preseason schedule against the Seahawks, with three of those 11 games coming in Oakland. Seattle marks the third NFC opponent that Oakland has faced this preseason.
Date:Thursday, Sept. 1Kickoff:7:00 p.m. PTSite:Oakland Alameda County Coliseum (1966)Capacity/Surface:53,286/Overseeded BermudaPreseason:Seahawks lead, 10-4Regular Season:Raiders lead, 28-24
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The Raiders played their first home game of the year last week against the Tennessee Titans, a nationally-televised contest on CBS, falling 14-27. QB Derek Carr led the offense to two first-half touchdown drives of 58 and 75 yards, culminating in touchdown passes to RB DeAndré Washington (6 yards) and WR Amari Cooper (29 yards). Carr finished the game with 169 passing yards on 12-of-18 attempts, two touchdowns and a 133.8 quarterback rating. WR Derek Carr started the game off with a 41-yard reception in the first quarter, leading to the team's first touchdown. Washington added 55 rushing yards on eight carries to pace the rushing attack. LB Malcolm Smith led the team with seven tackles on defense.
After Thursday's contest, the Raiders will need to make their final roster reductions to the NFL-mandated 53-man active roster on Sept. 3. The Silver and Black will then turn their focus to their Week 1 opponent, the New Orleans Saints, with the regular season getting underway at 10:00 a.m. PT on Sept. 11.
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This week, the Raiders will conclude their preseason slate at home against the Seahawks. The game will mark the 11th straight season that the Raiders have finished up their preseason schedule against the Seahawks, with three of those 11 games coming in Oakland. The last time the Raiders hosted the Seahawks in Oakland in the preseason, rookie QB Derek Carr threw for 143 yards on 11-of-13 passing and three first-half touchdowns to lead the Silver and Black to a 41-31 victory in 2014.
• 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 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.
• Raiders LB Bruce Irvin was the Seahawks first-round pick (15th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft and spent four seasons with the team, helping Seattle to two NFC Championships and a victory in Super Bowl XLIII.
• Raiders LB John Lotulelei originally signed with Seattle as an undrafted free agent in 2013 and played in two games with the team.
• 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.
• Raiders WR Marvin Hall (2012-15), WR Jaydon Mickens (2012-15) and FB Marcel Reece (2006-07) all played at the University of Washington in Seattle.
• Seahawks' seventh-round pick of the 2016 NFL Draft WR Kenny Lawler was selected out of Cal where he recorded 1,706 yards on 143 catches for 27 touchdowns, finishing his collegiate career tied for second on Cal's all-time list for touchdown receptions.
• 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 assistant defensive line coach Dwaine Board was an assistant coach at St. Francis High School in Mountain View, Calif. from 2013-14.
• Seahawks tight ends coach Pat McPherson is a native of San Jose, Calif. where he played and later coached linebackers and running backs (1994-97) at Bellarmine College Prep. • Seahawks TE Cooper Helfet is a native of Kentfield, Calif. and attended Redwood High School.
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Overview: Head Coach Pete Carroll, who is 60-36 (.625) in the regular season with Seattle, has led the Seahawks to a franchisebest four consecutive 10-win seasons, with four straight playoff appearances and trips to back-to-back Super Bowls in 2013 and 2014. Carroll has now led the Seahawks to the Divisional Round in five of his six seasons as head coach. ------------------------------
Offense: The Seahawks' offense, which finished 2015 as the fourth-ranked offense, is led by fifth-year QB Russell Wilson, who set career highs in every major passing category as he threw for 4,024 yards on 329-of-483 passing (68.1 percent) with 34 touchdowns for a 110.1 passer rating. RB Thomas Rawls led the rushing attack with 830 yards on 147 carries (5.6 avg.) with four touchdowns. Sixth-year veteran WR Doug Baldwin led the receiving corps in 2015, setting career highs with 78 passes for 1,069 yards with 14 touchdowns. WR Tyler Lockett earned a Pro Bowl nod in his rookie season after finishing second on the team with 51 catches for 664 yards and six touchdowns.
Defense: Kris Richard enters his seventh season coaching with the Seahawks and his second as defensive coordinator. His unit continued its defensive dominance as it led the NFL in scoring defense for the fourth consecutive year in 2015, becoming the first defense in the Super Bowl era to accomplish the feat. The catalyst of the defense is a strong secondary, led by S Earl Thomas, who recorded a team-high five interceptions last season. CB Richard Sherman and S Kam Chancellor also contributed to one of the league's best passing defenses with two interceptions each. Up front, DE Michael Bennett took down opposing passers 10 times in 2015, a team and career high, while DE Cliff Avril finished close behind with nine sacks.