And in the final preseason game, the defense rested – before the game ever started.
Coach Jim Mora decided to give his defensive starters the night off, with the exception of first-round draft pick Aaron Curry.
The No. 1 offense started the game – or at least most of it – but played only one series before the backups took over.
Rookie QB Mike Teel took advantage of his early – and extended – stint. He hooked up twice with fellow rookie Deon Butler on a four-play, 52-yard drive the produced the Seahawks’ first score. Teel went to Butler for a 23-yard gain on the first play and then the final 22 yards for the TD.
The Raider, however, came right back as former University of Washington running back popped through a hole and was gone on a 45-yard TD run to tie the score with 7:08 left in the quarter.
The quarter then turned into a mixture of penalties and close-but plays for both offenses.
Curry, however, was very active and rookie defensive end Nick Reed continues his all-out effort to win a roster spot. Curry had a tackle for loss among his two solo stops, while Reed had a QB pressure and also ran down Raiders QB after a short scramble.
Seahawks 7, Raiders 7
- D.Butler 22 yd. pass from M.Teel (O.Mare kick is good) Drive: 4 plays, 52 yards in 1:30
- L.Rankin 45 yd. run (S.Janikowski kick is good) Drive: 2 plays, 54 yards in 1:05