Peephole perspective: Six punts, and one field goal. Raiders, 3-0.
Player of the quarter: Lawyer Milloy. The Seahawks’ strong safety led a needed effort with three solo tackles.
Play of the quarter: Leon Washington took over for Golden Tate on the Raiders’ third punt and broke his return for 43 yards up the sideline.
Number of the quarter: 9. That’s Jon Ryan’s uniform number, and he punted three times in the quarter – as well as one the second play of the second quarter – as the Seahawks’ offense stalled repeatedly in netting 4 yards in the quarter.
The bigger picture: The Raiders won the coin toss, and elected to receive the opening kickoff. Nate Ness started at right cornerback, not Roy Lewis. The Seahawks forced a three-and-out as LB Aaron Curry got good pressure on two of the plays.
The interior of the Seahawks’ line gave up two sacks in their opening three-and-out possession – one to Tommy Kelley and the second to Richard Seymour. The Seahawks’ next possession didn’t go much better, as Marshawn Lynch was stopped for a 3-yard loss on first down and a 4-yard loss on second down. So four of the Seahawks’ first six plays produced negative yards.
Just when you were starting to wonder if either team could move the ball, Campbell stepped up in the pocket and threw a 13-yard pass to Jacoby Ford on third-and-7 and Darrius Heyward-Bey broke a 30-yard run on an end around to the Seahawks’ 12. But the drive stalled as DT Colin Cole rejected Campbell’s third-down and Sabastian Janikowski kicked a 31-yard field goal with 5:14 left in the quarter to cap the eight-play, 45-yard drive.
The Seahawks next possession lasted – you guessed it – three plays. But the Seahawks got field position out of it as Ben Obomanu dropped Nick Miller as soon as he caught Jon Ryan’s 54-yard punt. And it worked as McFadden was stopped for no gain and 1 yard, and Leon Washington returned the punt 43 yards to the Raiders’ 27.
Unfortunately, FB Quinton Ganther was called for holding on the first play and Lynch failed to block S Tyvon Branch who got to Hasselbeck for a 9-yard sack on third down.