The half began ominously, as Gradkowski passed 25 yards to Todd Watkins on the opening play. But that’s when the Seahawks’ defense got busy. Middle linebacker David Hawthorne stopped Louis Rankin for a 3-yard gain, cornerback Kevin Hobbs tackled Rankin after a 4-yard gain and defensive lineman Derek Walker tipped the third-down pass incomplete.
Then, Devin Moore took over. He scored on a 1-yard run to run the Seahawks lead to 24-7. And it was fitting, since the rookie back from Wyoming had runs of 11, 12 and 15 yards during the 13-play, 92-yard drive that was aided by a pair of personal fouls against the Raiders.
On their next possession, Jeff Rowe replaced Mike Teel at QB and needed only five plays – and two big passes to Logan Payne – to get the Seahawks on the board again. Rowe and Payne hooked up for a 19-yarder on third-and-8 and then Payne made a sliding grab of a Rowe pass at the Raiders’ 10 before getting up and running into the end zone.
The quarter ended on a painful note, as tackle Andre Ramsey was taken to the locker room on a cart after he apparently injured his right knee.
Seahawks 31, Raiders 7
- D.Moore 1 yd. run (B.Coutu kick is good) Drive: 13 plays, 92 yards in 5:47
- L.Payne 44 yd. pass from J.Rowe (B.Coutu kick is good) Drive: 5 plays, 75 yards in 2:25