A recap of the Seahawks’ 31-21 victory over the Oakland Raiders at Qwest Field on Saturday night:
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Aaron Curry. A lot of players made a lot of plays, but the team’s first-round draft choice was one of the few players who saw extensive action against the Raiders who will be on the field extensively when the Seahawks open the regular season Sept. 13 against the St. Louis Rams.
The rookie linebacker forced a fumble with a sack to set up a field. Curry also ended another series when he stopped running back Michael Bush for a 4-yard gain on a third-and-11 play. And it also was Curry who dropped fullback Luke Lawton for a 1-yard loss after he caught a third-down pass.
Before Curry called it night, he had four solo tackles (two for losses), a sack and a forced fumble.
PLAYS OF THE GAME
Offense: Again, there were many to chose from – including a 45-yard TD run by former University of Washington running back Louis Rankin for the Raiders’ first touchdown and a heady catch-and-run by Seahawks wide receiver Logan Payne for a 44-yard TD. But the nod goes to Ben Obomanu’s nice grab at the goal line of a pass from rookie QB Mike Teel. It was especially significant because Obomanu’s season ended last year when he broke his collarbone while driving to try and catch a pass – also against the Raiders in the preseason finale; also at the goal line in the south end zone.
Defense: Nick Reed’s sack in the second quarter. For starters, it gave him 4½ this preseason. But it also came on third down, and forced a fumble that was recovered by fellow rookie defensive lineman Michael Bennett. The clincher, however, was that Obomanu made his impressive catch for a touchdown on the very next play – a play that put the Seahawks ahead to stay, 14-7.
Special teams: This one is a two-fer, and both plays also involved Obomanu. In the fourth quarter, he got downfield to drop Raiders punter returner Nick Miller for a 1-yard loss. Four plays later, Obomanu returned a punt 10 yards. Nifty stuff, and needed stuff, for a player who is battling for one of the final roster spots at his position – a decision that will be influenced by the player’s ability to contribute on special teams.
The Seahawks were penalized 12 times for 144 wrong-way yards. Some of it was to be expected, considering how many young players saw extensive action. Some of it, however, did not sit well with coach Jim Mora.
“The penalties that bother me are the non-aggressive penalties – the false starts, the encroachments, those type of things,” he said. “The aggressive penalties, that you can live with as long as they’re within the realm of reason.
“We need to be a team that plays with discipline … and penalties certainly hurt that.”
Offensive tackle Andre Ramsey was taken off the field on a cart after suffering what appeared to be an injury to his right knee in the third quarter.
Other injuries: Wide receiver Jordan Kent (sprained left ankle), defensive lineman Derek Walker (hamstring), wide receiver Courtney Taylor (eye) and safety Courtney Green (knee).
YOU DON’T SAY
“I was feeding off the fans. A crowd like that can keep any linebacker going. They really kept me feeling like there’s another play to be made.” – Curry, after playing in front of the 12th Man crowd at Qwest for the first time