Game at a glance

OAKLAND, Calif. — A recap of the Seahawks’ 27-24 loss to the Raiders at Oakland-Alameda County Stadium on Thursday night:

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Deon Butler. The second-year wide receiver slapped an exclamation point on his outstanding preseason by catching seven passes for 101 yards and the Seahawks’ only offensive touchdown.

His scoring catch, on a 26-yard pass from Charlie Whitehurst, capped a 90-yard drive. But Butler’s best catch came on a 33-yarder from Whitehurst on the next possession when he made a nice adjustment to go over Raiders cornerback Chris Johnson along the sideline. Read more »


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Fourth quarter

Peephole perspective: A wild finish to a wacky game that was played before a drop-in-the-bucket crowd. Louis Rankin breaks a 98-yard kickoff return. The Raiders wriggled out of a third-and-25 situation. The Raiders also win, 27-24.

Player of the quarter: Kyle Boller, again. This time, he also did it with his feet – converting twice on fourth-and-1 by plowing into the gut of the Seahawks’ defense.

Play of the quarter: Just after the Raiders had kicked a field goal to take an 11-point lead, Rankin returned the kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown. The wow-factor run back turned into an eight-point play as J.P. Losman passed for the two-point conversion.

Stat of the quarter: Third-and-25. That’s right, as advertised above, the Raiders faced that situation, but got out of it out of as Boller ran for 6 yards and Roy Lewis was penalized for 15 – and the automatic first down – when he taunted Boller after making the tackle.

The bigger picture: The drive that ended the third quarter also consumed the start of the fourth, before Swayze Waters kicked a 29-yard field goal to cap the 16-play, 75-yard trudge that took more than 8 minutes and made it 27-16. Boller ran for 2 yards on fourth-and-1 and also passed 11 yards to Rock Cartwright on third-and-4 to sustain the drive.

The Seahawks, however, answered and did it emphatically as Rankin returned the ensuing kickoff 98 yards for a TD. Losman then passed to Ruvell Martin for the two-point PAT that cut the Raiders’ lead to 27-24.

Lewis had the key plays in the Raiders’ rambling possession the chewed up most of the quarter. In addition to the taunting call on third-and-25, he also was flagged for roughness on a third-and-5 play to give the Raiders another first down. But on fourth-and-goal from the 1, rookie Dexter Davis stopped Michael Bennett and the Seahawks took over at their 2.

The Seahawks’ possession ended, however, when Losman’s pass to Ruvell Martin on fourth-and-10 was wide.


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Third quarter

Peephole perspective: The Raiders stretched their lead to 24-16 as both teams went deep into their rosters.

Player of the quarter: Kyler Boller. Playing very close to where he went to college (Cal), the Raiders’ backup to the backup QB sparked his team.

Play of the quarter: On the Raiders’ second possession of the quarter, Kyle Boller hooked up with Jacoby Ford for a 62-yard pass play to set up the only score of the quarter.

Stat of the quarter: 9:37.  Oakland’s time of possession in the third quarter.

The bigger picture: J.P. Losman took over at quarterback when the Seahawks got the ball in the third quarter, and he had a new O-line: Mansfield Wrotto, Steve Vallos, Ben Hamilton, Mitch Erickson and Tyler Polumbus. But the Seahawks went three-and-out.

Charlie Whitehurst completed 11 of 22 passes for 210 yards and a TD for a 98.7 passer rating before giving way to Losman – with five of his completions going to Deon Butler for 98 yards.

Rookie safety Kam Chancellor had a tough time on the Raiders’ next possession. He hit Michael Bennett, but didn’t stop him, on a 15-yard run; got beat on a 62-yard pass from Boller to the Seahawks’ 14; and then, along with rookie cornerback Walter Thurmond, gave up a 16-yard TD pass from Boller to Nick Miller. Three big plays on the Raiders’ 97-yard drive to a score that made it 24-16 with 9:07 left in the quarter.

A roughing-the-pass penalty on third down and Losman’s 7-yard pass to Butler allowed the Seahawks to move the ball to midfield on their next possession, but the drive stalled and they had to punt.

As the quarter ended, the Raiders were driving, moving from their own 14 to the Seahawks’ 23. The big play was Boller’s 27-yard pass play to Rock Cartwright.


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Second quarter

Peephole perspective: Points are us, Seahawks edition. While the defense pitched a shutout, the offense scored on drives of 65, 90 and 62 yards to slice the Raiders’ lead to 17-16 at the half.

Player of the quarter: With apologies to Charlie Whitehurst, second-year wide receiver Deon Butler made a nice reaching catch over Raiders cornerback Chris Johnson for a 33-yard reception and also caught a 26-yard TD pass. Butler caught four passes in the quarter.

Play of the quarter: It’s tough to top a TD catch, but Butler did it by making a nice adjustment and catch of the 33-yarder along the sideline.

Stat of the quarter: 7 of 12. That’s what Whitehurst was while rallying the Seahawks.

The bigger picture: Olindo Mare kicked a 36-yard field goal on the third play of the quarter to cap an 11-play, 65-yard drive that featured Whitehurst passing for 19 yards to Mike Williams and 31 yards to Golden Tate.

The Seahawks shuffled their defense again on the Raiders’ next series, and forced a punt. After a sluggish start to the ensuing series, Whitehurst got the hot hand. He passed to Ben Obomanu for a 37-yard gain on third-and-10 and then hooked up with Butler for a 26-yard TD to cut the Raiders’ lead to 17-13 with 7:43 left in the half. Justin Forsett also contributed runs of 6 and 9 yards to the nine-play, 90-yard drive after taking a big hit from Raiders safety Mike Mitchell.

After forcing another punt, the Seahawks took over at their own 9. Whitehurst drove them 62 yards in nine plays to a 46-yarder by Mare. The big play was Whitehurst’s 33-yard pass to Butler.

It appeared the Seahawks scored again, when tight end Cameron Morrah somehow came down with Whitehurst’s heave into the end zone on the final play of the half. But left tackle Mansfield Wrotto was flagged for holding to erase the points.

defense pitched a shutout, the offense scored on drives of 65, 90 and 62 yards to slice the Raiders’ lead to 17-16 at the half.

Player of the quarter: With apologies to Charlie Whitehurst, second-year wide receiver Deon Butler made a nice reaching catch over Raiders cornerback Chris Johnson for a 33-yard reception and also caught a 26-yard TD pass. Butler caught four passes in the quarter.

Play of the quarter: It’s tough to top a TD catch, but Butler did it by making a nice adjustment and catch of the 33-yarder along the sideline.

Stat of the quarter: 7 of 12. That’s what Whitehurst was while rallying the Seahawks.

The bigger picture: Olindo Mare kicked a 36-yard field goal on the third play of the quarter to cap an 11-play, 65-yard drive that featured Whitehurst passing for 19 yards to Mike Williams and 31 yards to Golden Tate.

The Seahawks shuffled their defense again on the Raiders’ next series, and forced a punt. After a sluggish start to the ensuing series, Whitehurst got the hot hand. He passed to Ben Obomanu for a 37-yard gain on third-and-10 and then hooked up with Butler for a 26-yard TD to cut the Raiders’ lead to 17-13 with 7:43 left in the half. Justin Forsett also contributed runs of 6 and 9 yards to the nine-play, 90-yard drive after taking a big hit from Raiders safety Mike Mitchell.

After forcing another punt, the Seahawks took over at their own 9. Whitehurst drove them 62 yards in nine plays to a 46-yarder by Mare. The big play was Whitehurst’s 33-yard pass to Butler.

It appeared the Seahawks scored again, when tight end Cameron Morrah somehow came down with Whitehurst’s heave into the end zone on the final play of the half. But left tackle Mansfield Wrotto was flagged for holding to erase the points.


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First quarter

Peephole perspective: Points R us, as in Raiders. And quickly. The Raiders scored two touchdowns and kicked a field goal to take a 17-3 lead, and none of the drives took more than 2 minutes.

Player of the quarter: Bruce Gradkowski. He got the start because Raiders’ starting QB Jason Campbell was injured, and Gradkowski completed four of seven passes for 88 yards and two TDs to fashion a passer rating of 141.4

Play of the quarter: Let’s go with the longest one in a wild opening quarter, as Cord Park’s 51-yard kickoff return to set up the Seahawks’ only points – a field goal by Olindo Mare.

Stat of the quarter: 1.0. The Raiders’ rushing average on six carries. And they still had a 17-3 lead.

The bigger picture: In keeping with coach Pete Carroll not wanting to tip his hand on who would start, Charlie Whitehurst was the QB when the Seahawks got the ball after the opening kickoff. The wide receivers were Mike Williams and Golden Tate.

After a three-and-out, the Seahawks’ starting defense had Walter Thurmond at left cornerback, Jordan Babineaux at strong safety and a linebacking unit of Will Herring, Matt McCoy and Dexter Davis.

The Raiders struck quickly, moving 69 yards in four plays to Bruce Gradkowski’s 32-yard TD pass to Manase Tonga on a screen. Guard Daniel Loper sprung the play by burying cornerback Kelly Jennings with a block on the edge. Jennings also was called for a 38-yard pass interference penalty that gave the Raiders a first down on a third-and-11 play.

After another three-and-out by the Seahawks, the Raiders again struck quickly, using 1:56 to drive 41 yards in five plays to a 41-yard field goal by Swayze Waters. The big play was the first one, as Darrius Heyward-Bey beat Thurmond for a 34-yard pass play to the Seahawks’ 30.

Waters’ ensuing kickoff was very short and Cord Parks took it on a hop and returned it 51 yards to the Raiders’ 31. The Seahawks settled for 44-yard field goal from Olindo Mare after Julius Jones carried for 2 and 4 yards, but couldn’t handle Whitehurst’s third-down pass.

One good kickoff return apparently deserved another, as Yamon Figurs took Mare’s ensuing kickoff and returned it 34 yards to the Raiders’ 41. The Seahawks showed a line D-line, with Craig Terrill and E.J. Wilson at the ends and Quinn Pitcock and Amon Gordon, who got a second-down sack. But the Raiders got the ball right back as their punt hit Justin Forsett in the helmet on a hop and the Raiders recovered at the Seahawks’ 16. The Raiders scored three plays later, as Johnnie Lee Higgins beat Earl Thomas to take Gradkowski’s 9-yard pass in the end zone.


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Not “inactive,” but out

They don’t have to name players inactive for preseason games, but the following Seahawks who are injured or on-the-mend will not play tonight:

  • OT Russell Okung
  • OT Ray Willis
  • OT Chester Pitts
  • TE Anthony McCoy
  • TE Chris Baker
  • DL Kevin Vickerson
  • DL Kentwan Balmer
  • DE Nick Reed
  • LB Leroy Hill

Mike Gibson will start at left guard for the second consecutive game, while Matt McCoy gets the start at middle linebacker for Lofa Tatupu and Dexter Davis is in at weak-side linebacker for Will Herring – who has been starting because David Hawthorne and Hill have been sidelined.


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Countdown to kickoff

OAKLAND, Calif. – Greetings from Oakland-Alameda County Stadium on a hot – but gorgeous – evening, as the Seahawks prepare to play the Raiders in their preseason finale.

Preseason finale? Hard to believe. Training camp seemed to zip by, and the preseason also has come and now almost gone just as quickly.

It’s unlikely that the starters will play much – if at all – tonight. But the fourth preseason game is a time for the younger players and veterans who might be on the bubble to state their final case for a spot on the roster that will be trimmed to 53 on Saturday. And don’t call it the final 53-man roster, because with the way general manager John Schneider has been wheeling and dealing since he arrived in January, you can bet the Seahawks will dip into the pool of available players after other teams make their cuts.

Here are a few things to ponder as you await the 7 p.m. kickoff on KING-TV and 97.3 FM and 710 ESPN Radio:

Will we get our first look at Tyler Polumbus, the offensive tackle who was acquire on Monday in a trade with the Detroit Lions? Mansfield Wrotto started at left tackle in Saturday night’s game against the Vikings in Minnesota, because first-round draft choice Russell Okung (ankle) and backup Ray Willis (knee) are out with injuries and Chester Pitts just started practicing this week after having microfracture knee surgery last season. You can find out more about the 6-foot-8 Polumbus here.

How will the nickel defense perform now that cornerback Josh Wilson has been traded to the Baltimore Ravens? Rookie Walter Thurmond is replacing Wilson as the third corner who covers the slot receiver, and could push Kelly Jennings for the starting spot on the right side. Click here for more on Thurmond and the impressive return of the fourth-round draft choice from tearing three ligaments in his right knee while playing at Oregon last September.

Ben Obomanu is among the returning veterans who could be playing for a roster spot tonight. But this is nothing new for the versatile wide receiver/special teams performer. He has been here before.

While most players could do without a fourth preseason game, especially one that comes five days after the third game, backup QB Charlie Whitehurst is not one of them. “It’s probably not something you’ll hear a lot of guys say, but I’m glad that we have this fourth game,” Whitehurst told the Seattle Times. “For a lot of guys, and I’m probably in the same boat, you don’t know when you’ll really get to play again so you have to make the most of the situation.” For Percy Allen’s full story on Whitehurst, click here.

We’ll be back later with the list of players who are out for tonight’s game.


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