OAKLAND – A recap of the Seahawks’ 33-3 loss to the Raiders at Oakland Coliseum on Sunday:
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Marcel Reece. Darren McFadden ran for more yards (111, including a 49-yarder). Darrius Heyward-Bey caught more passes (five for 105, including a 69-yard touchdown). But the plays turned in by Reece, the former University of Washington receiver turned Raiders fullback, were more indicative of how this game went.
Reece caught three passes for 90 yards, including 30-yarder for the Raiders’ first touchdown and a 51-yarder. He carried twice for 32 yards, including a 31-yarder. This from a player who had 14 carries for 59 yards and eight receptions for 72 yards in the Raiders’ first seven games.
But it wasn’t just the plays Reece made on Halloween. It was when he made them, and how he made them.
His TD catch came on a fouth-and-1 play, as Seahawks strong safety Lawyer Milloy and linebacker David Hawthorne took each other out by colliding. His 51-yader came on a screen pass – yet another screen pass that went for mega-yards against the Seahawks. His 31-yard run followed a 30-yard run by Michael Bush and set up the Raiders’ final touchdown.
His big plays that added up to a big day made as much sense as anything else – everything else – that transpired on this Sunday afternoon.
PLAYS OF THE GAME
Offense: The Raiders had a rash from which to select, as there were pass plays of 69, 55 and 51 yards and running plays of 49, 31 and 30 (twice). But the nod has to go to Reece, again. Because it came on fourth-and-1. Because it produced the Raiders’ first touchdown – and only touchdown until the fourth quarter. Because it came from a role player who just isn’t expected to make those kinds of plays.
Defense: Going with one of the Raiders’ eight sacks of Seahawks QB Matt Hasselbeck would be more fitting, especially since they got to him twice on the Seahawks’ opening series and five times in the fourth quarter. But this game was all about the Bizarre – yes, with a capital B. So the pick has to be strong safety Tyvon Branch’s interception in the fourth quarter, because the ball was tipped by teammate Stanford Routt and then went off Seahawks WR Deon Butler before ending up in Branch’s hands. Oh, and it also came one play before Jason Campbell and Heyward-Bey hooked up on their 69-yard TD pass.
Special teams: On the Raiders’ third punt of the game, when the game still was a game, the Seahawks decided to give Leon Washington a chance to run one back. They might want to revisit that thought. Washington broke a 43-yarder and was beating himself up afterward for not being able to get past the punter and into the end zone.
Pre-game: This one actually happened Saturday night after the team arrived in Palo Alto. Linebacker Aaron Curry went to dinner with his brother, Eric. A brother he met for the first time that evening, because his mother had given him up for adoption. A brother who just happens to play linebacker for the Cleveland Brown – Eric Barton.
In-game: After the bang-bang plays that produced the improbable interception by Branch and the scoring bomb from Campbell to Heyward-Bey, Raider Nation cut loose with a boisterous chorus of “Rai-ders. Rai-ders. Rai-ders.” At least the 35,721 who bothered to show up – the second-lowest attendance this season for a team that has had 11 consecutive games blacked out.
Post-game: The fact that there were more players in the training room than in the locker room by the time coach Pete Carroll had finished his post-game news conference.
Despite the loss, the Seahawks remain atop the NFC West at 4-3, because the Arizona Cardinals also lost on Sunday. And it’s the Rams (4-4) not the Cardinals (3-4) who are in second place.
The Seahawks missed an opportunity to start 5-2 for the first time since 2005, and to win three in a row since they put together a five-game winning streak in the second half of the 2007 season.
Olindo Mare’s club-record string of 30 consecutive field goals ended when he missed a 51-yarder on the final play of the first half. He also missed a 29-yarder in the third quarter, before hitting from 47 yards midway through the fourth quarter for the Seahawks’ only points.
Cornerback Marcus Trufant, middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu and Milloy were each credited with six tackles to share team-high honors. They entered the game as the team’s top three tacklers – Milloy (34), Tatupu (29) and Trufant (29).
The Raiders’ eight sacks came from six different players – Richard Seymour and Kamerion Wimbley, two each; and Tommy Kelly, Matt Shaughnessy, Lamarr Houston and Branch. It was a career-high total of sacks for Hasselbeck, whose previous high was seven in a 2001 game against the Philadelphia Eagles and again in a 2008 game against the Dallas Cowboys.
The Seahawks had held their two previous opponents to a two for 24 showing on third downs. The Raiders were five of 17.
The 545 yards compiled by the Raiders rank fourth highest against the Seahawks – behind 580 by the 49ers in 1988; 579 by the Bills in 2000; and 557 by the Chargers in 1985.
After catching a club-record 21 passes in the previous two games, WR Mike Williams had one catch against the Raiders.
Where to begin? The Seahawks entered the game without four injured starters – LT Russell Okung (ankle), FB Michael Robinson (hamstring), DT Brandon Mebane (calf) and RCB Kelly Jennings (hamstring). Matt McCoy (hamstring), their leading special teams tackler, also sat out.
During the game, the following players went to the sideline: LG Ben Hamilton (poked in the eye); Nate Ness (cramps), who started at right cornerback because Jennings and Thurmond were out; DE Red Bryant (knee); Williams (knee); WR Golden Tate (ankle); Tyler Polumbus (knee, ankle), who started at left tackle because Okung was out; and DT Cole Colin (ankle).
When Hamilton went out, Chester Pitts saw his first action this season – and first since having microfracture knee surgery last September, while playing for the Houston Texans. When Polumbus went down, Pitts moved to left tackle and Mike Gibson came in at left guard.
The extent of the injuries to those who left the game will be determined when they have additional tests on Monday.
YOU DON’T SAY
“The best thing we can do is get out of here.” – Carroll
Players of the quarter: The Raiders’ pass rush. They took advantage of the situation and the injury replacements on the Seahawks O-line to sack Matt Hasselbeck four times in the quarter, snuffing any comeback hopes Seattle might have harbored.
Plays of the quarter: With the Seahawks driving, S Tyvon Branch intercepted a pass that went off teammate Stanford Routt and then Seahawks WR Deon Butler. On the very next play, QB Jason Cambell went to WR Darrius Heyward-Bey for a 69-yard TD.
Number of the quarter: 61. The number of yards the Raiders got in two plays late in the quarter – a 30-yard run by Michael Bush to the Seahawks’ 35 on third-and-9 and a 31-yarder by Marcel Reece on the very next play.
The bigger picture: Sabastian Janikowksi pushed the Raiders lead to 16-0 on the second play of the quarter by kicking a 22-yard field goal.
The Seahawks’ ensuing series played out like something from haunted house. Huff intercepted Hasselbeck’s third-down pass, but an interference penalty on Stanford Routt gave the Seahawks a first down. The Seahawks came up short on their next third down, but Rolando McClain was penalized for grabbing the back of Justin Forsett’s helmet on the tackle. Another first down. The insanity continued – and ended – when Routt tipped a Hasselbeck pass that was intended for Deon Butler, who then got a hand on it, only to have Branch made the interception.
On the next play, Jason Campbell went to Darrius Heyward-Bey, who got around CB Nate Ness and took the pass 69 yards for a touchdown that made it 23-0 with 13:26 to play. Ness was starting his first NFL game – and appearing in his first NFL game – because starter Kelly Jennings and backup Walter Thurmond were out with injuries.
That play ignited the crowd, which began a rhythmic chant of “Raid-ers. Raid-ers.”
Leon Washington got the Seahawks the ball at the 50, however, with a 46-yard kickoff return. LT Tyler Polumbus went out on the second play when he was bent back over another player while blocking. That forced Chester Pitts, who was subbing at LG for Ben Hamilton, to slide to tackle and Mike Gibson moved in at guard. Hasselbeck picked up a first down with a 5-yard pass to Ben Obomanu. But he fumbled when tackles on the next play and RG Stacy Andrews recovered. On the third down play, Hasselbeck threw incomplete to Golden Tate, but Raiders Pro Bowl CB Nnamdi Asomugha injured his right ankle and had to be helped from the field.
Facing a fourth-and-10, Hasselbeck passed 27 yards to Mike Williams to the Raiders’ 13. But Hasselbeck was then sacked on first and third downs. Olindo Mare kicked a 47-yard field to end the 11-play, 21-yard drive with 8:57 to play.
The Raiders recovered Mare’s onside kick and Janikowski kicked a 49-yarder to make it 26-3.
The Raiders tacked on one last score – a 4-yard TD run by Bush with 1:56 to play.
Peephole perspective: The frustration continued for the Seahawks. Another missed field goal. A dropped pass at the 2-yard line. Plays of 51 and 49 yards by the Raiders. Oakland 13-0.
Player of the quarter: Darren McFadden. No back had rushed for more than 100 yards against the Seahawks this season. Emphasis on had. McFadden broke a 49-yarder early in the quarter and added a 20-yarder late in the quarter.
Play of the quarter: Another screen pass that went for big yards against the Seahawks – this time a 51-yarder by former UW receiver Marcel Reece.
Number of the quarter: 0. As in the Seahawks’ point total through three quarters.
The bigger picture: Matt Hasselbeck completed two of his first three passes on the first possession of the second half and Marshawn Lynch had a 5-yard run. But the drive stalled and Jon Ryan got off a 62-yard punt to pin the Raiders deep in their own territory.
After holding McFadden to 31 yards on his first 13 carries, the Raiders’ explosively quick back ripped off a 49-yarder to the Seahawks’ 31 on the third play of the ensuing series. Jacoby Ford then took a reverse for 11 yards to the Seahawks’ 20, and got a block from Jason Campbell on SS Lawyer Milloy to help spring him. But the defense then held, forcing the Raiders to settle for a 31-yard field goal by Sabastian Janikowski – and a 13-0 lead with 9:09 left in the quarter. DT Craig Terrill and MLB Lofa Tatupu combined to stop McFadden for a 2-yard gain on second down and LB Will Herring deflected Campbell’s third-down pass incomplete.
Leon Washington returned Janikowski’s kickoff 37 yards to the Seahawks’ 36. And they moved to the Raiders’ 12 as rookie WR Golden Tate made a leaping grab of a Hasselbeck pass along the sideline for a 24-yard gain and Raiders CB was called for a 31-yard pass interference penalty against Deon Butler. But Mike Williams dropped Hasselbeck third-down pass at the 2 and Olindo Mare was wide left on a 29-yard field goal attempt.
Adding insult to ineffectiveness, Marcel Reece took a screen pass and rambled 51 yards to the Seahawks’ 30 on the Raiders’ second play of the ensuing series. But that play also was wasted as Janikowski was wide left on a 45-yard attempt.
The Seahawks couldn’t generate a first down and Ryan kicked the Raiders into another hole with a 56-yard punt. It didn’t last, however, as Bush caught a deflected pass and took it 55 yards to the Seahawks’ 30. McFadden then broke a 20-yard run to the 10, and became the first back to rush for more than 100 yards against the Seahawks this season.
Peephole perspective: One touchdown for the Raiders. Two first downs for the Seahawks. Oakland, 10-0.
Player of the quarter: Jon Ryan. He was – quite simply, and just as obviously – the Seahawks’ best and most consistent player in the first half. Ryan averaged 43 yards on six punts.
Play of the quarter: Faced with a fourth-and-1, the Raiders went for it – and QB Jason Campbell went to former UW receiver Marcel Reece, who took the pass between a pair of defenders and then took it into the end zone for the only touchdown of the first half.
Number of the quarter: 30. That’s Olindo Mare’s club record for consecutive field goals, and it will remain the club record as he missed a 51-yarder in the closing seconds.
The bigger picture: The Raiders took Ryan’s fourth punt and went to work, moving 87 yards in 12 plays to Campbell’s 30-yard TD pass to Reece – on a fourth-and-1 play. Campbell ran for a first down on the first third-down situation and then completed pass of 12, 9, 14 and 8 yards to set up the TD pass – which came as Reece, the former UW receiver turned fullback made the catch between SS Lawyer Milloy and LB David Hawthorne to make it 10-0 with 8:54 left in the half.
On the first play of the ensuing series, Lynch matched the Seahawks offensive output from the first quarter with a 4-yard run. Matt Hasselbeck then passed for 5 yards to TE Chris Baker. But on third-and-1, and with OG Mike Gibson serving as the fullback, Lamarr Houston knifed in to drop Marshawn Lynch for a 1-yard loss.
Midway through the second quarter and the Seahawks do not have a first down. Also, Nate Ness went out with cramps, so Kennard Cox is playing right corner.
The Seahawks had the Raiders in a third-and-12 on the ensuing possession, but after a 5-yard pass DE Chris Clemons was penalized for roughness after the play – giving the Raiders a first down at the Seahawks’ 49. But the drive stalled.
The Seahawks got their biggest offensive play of the day when Hasselbeck passed to TE John Carlson to the Raiders’ 45 on the first play of the ensuing series. But the drive fizzled as Hasselbeck threw incomplete to Mike Williams, Ben Obomanu and Justin Forsett.
The Seahawks had a chance to get on the board, but Olindo Mare was wide right on a 51-yard field goal attempt in the closing seconds. The miss snapped his club-record streak of consecutive kicks at 30.
The Seahawks also lost two other players to injuries in the quarter. LG Ben Hamilton was poked in the eye, and replaced by Chester Pitts. DE Red Bryant left with a knee injury and his return was listed as doubtful. Kentwan Balmer moved to end and was replaced at DT by Craig Terrill.
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.
The following players are inactive for the Raiders:
WR Louis Murphy
RB Michael Bennett
CB Chris Johnson
LB Travis Goethel
LB Thomas Howard
DT John Henderson
WR Chaz Schilens
3rd QB: Bruce Gradkowski
With Gradkowski inactive for a third consecutive game because of a sore throwing shoulder, Jason Campbell will start – as coach Tom Cable announced on Friday. Campbell had a 127.9 passer rating in last week’s big win over the Broncos, but also put up a 10.7 rating the week before when the 49ers got their only win of the season. Kyler Boller is the backup QB.
The Seahawks’ injury list dictated their inactive list:
CB Kelly Jennings
RB Michael Robinson
CB Walter Thurmond
LB Matt McCoy
OL Allen Barbre
OT Russell Okung
TE Anthony McCoy
DT Brandon Mebane
With Jennings (hamstring) and Thurmond (head) out, Roy Lewis will make his first NFL start at right cornerback. When the Seahawks go to their Bandit package that has worked so well the past two weeks, Lewis will slide inside and Nate Ness will be at right corner.
Just re-signed Quinton Ganther will fill in for Robinson (hamstring) when the Seahawks use a fullback. Tyler Polumbus will start at left tackle for Okung (ankle). Kentwan Balmer will start at defensive tackle for Mebane (calf), who also missed the past two games.
But slot receiver Brandon Stokley will play after not practice all week.
OAKLAND – Ghoulish greetings from Oakland Coliseum, the closest thing in the NFL to a haunted house. It is against this backdrop of macabre-costumed Raiders fans that the Seahawks are preparing to play a Halloween game which has definite trick-or-treat trappings.
The Seahawks are looking to win three games in a row since the second half of the 2007 season, and start 5-2 for first time since 2005. They finally broke their road bugaboo by beating the Bears in Chicago two weeks ago – the first time they had beaten a team with a winning record in a game that started at 10 a.m. Seattle time since winning at Minnesota in Week 14 of the 2004 season.
“I think that’s a huge confidence boost for us, doing that,” quarterback Matt Hasselbeck said during the week. “But I don’t know that it’s ever been a big issue when we stayed on the West Coast. I thing the issue or the drama came in when it was that early game and everyone was talking about it, and talking about not talking about it and all that kind of stuff.”
No, the spooky aspect of today’s game is playing a Raiders team that is brimming with confidence after slapping a franchise-record 59 points on the Broncos in Denver last week. Remember, the Seahawks lost to the Broncos 31-14 in Denver in Week 2.
With the Raiders, there’s all that speed, all that talent and all the potential distractions – starting with the festive fans who dress like it’s Halloween for every game, and revel in being able to get inside the helmets of opposing players.
“We don’t want that to be any factor at all in how we play,” coach Pete Carroll told his players during their Saturday morning meeting.
Here are a few things to keep an eye on, when the TV cameras aren’t showing those potential distractions in the stands – especially the Black Hole, as the stands in the south end zone is known.
Nnamdi Asomugha vs. Mike Williams: One school of thought is that you just don’t throw at the Raiders’ Pro Bowl cornerback, who has allowed five completions in seven games. But that goes against the Seahawks’ favorite line all week: “We just have to worry about what we do.” What Hasselbeck has done best in the past two games is get the ball to Williams – a club-record 21 times for 210 yards. Rather than shy away from the receiver the 6-foot-2 Asomugha is covering – and you can expect it to be the 6-5 Williams – go at him early to see if he really is up to the task against a receiver who can match his length and size. You can read more about Williams vs. Asomugha here.
John Carlson vs. Zach Miller: Miller isn’t just the Raiders’ leading receiver, he ranks fourth among tight ends in the league in receptions (33) and second in touchdown catches (four). He will be a handful for strong-side linebacker Aaron Curry, strong safety Lawyer Milloy, nickel back Jordan Babineaux and whoever else gets matched against him. Carlson has been the flipside at tight end for the Seahawks. He was the team’s leading receiver through three games with 13 receptions. But he has caught only four passes in the past three games. Carlson had a solid week of practice, and now needs to carry that over to the game. As Hasselbeck put it when asked about his tight end, “He’s another guy where he just needs to maximize his opportunities and then you’re going to get more opportunities.”
The Seahawks’ No. 2-ranked run defense vs. Darren McFadden: The Seahawks allowed season highs of 113 rushing yards and 5.7 yards per carry against the Cardinals last week, but they still rank second in the league in both categories (77.5 and 3.3). McFadden is coming off a 165-yard, four-touchdown effort against the Broncos, and he presents a combination of size and speed that the Seahawks have not seen this season. For more on McFadden vs. the Seahawks’ run defense, click here.
Marshawn Lynch vs. the moment: The Seahawks’ “Beast Mod” running back grew up in Oakland and played at Cal. He played here once in high school, but this is his first time as a pro – and his whole family will be watching. Getting his physical presence going early will help everything the Seahawks are hoping to do this afternoon. For more on Lynch’s homecoming, click here.
The injury list: Expect the Seahawks to be without first-round draft choice Russell Okung, who sprained an ankle against the Cardinals. But they’ve played without him already this season, with Tyler Polumbus stepping in at left tackle in the first three games and again in the second halves against the Rams and Cardinals. But cornerbacks Kelly Jennings (hamstring) and Walter Thurmond (head) also sat out practice all week. So Roy Lewis could get his first NFL start at right cornerback. For more in the Seahawks injury situation, click here.
It’s a gorgeous fall day here, and we’ll be back later with the inactives …
When: Sunday, 1:15 p.m., Oakland Coliseum
Records: Seahawks 4-2 and first in the NFC West; Raiders 3-4 and second in the AFC West
TV: KCPQ/13, with Ron Pitts, John Lynch and Nischelle Turner
Radio: 97.3 FM and 710 ESPN, with Steve Raible, Warren Moon and Jen Mueller
The Seahawks’ No. 2 rush defense vs. Raiders RBs Darren McFadden and Michael Bush: On the one side is a defense that has limited its first six opponents to averages of 77.5 rushing yards per game and 3.3 yards per carry. On the other is a Raiders’ running game that ripped off 328 yards against the Broncos last week. McFadden contributed 165 yards, not to mention four touchdowns to the Raiders’ franchise-record 59 points. Bush had 52 yards and a score. McFadden is very good at making the first defender miss and then using his speed in getting to the second level. So this task for the Seahawks will start with plugging the running lanes and then getting as many defenders to the ball carrier as quickly as possible.
One to watch
Seahawks K Olindo Mare vs. Raiders K Sabastian Janikowski: Mare is coming off a five-field goal game and riding a club-record streak of 30 consecutive field goals. Janikowski shares the NFL lead with 63 points and also has a league-high 20 touchbacks on his kickoffs. But he’ll also be kicking off to the NFL leader in Leon Washington – 35.1-yard average, as well as scoring returns of 101 and 99 yards and field position-altering returns of 42, 41 and 38 yards. If this one comes down to a footrace, the points and field position provided by the strong legs of Mare (right) and Janikowski (left) definitely will impact the outcome.
Fun to watch
Seahawks WR Mike Williams vs. Raiders CB Nnamdi Asomugha: Is there a hotter receiver in the league right now than Williams (21 receptions for 210 yards in the past two games)? Is there a better corner in the league than Asomugha (he has allowed five catches for 87 yards in seven games)? Then there’s the big-on-big factor. Williams is using his 6-foot-5 frame to not only shield defenders, but make catches with his long arms and strong hands. Asomugha, meanwhile, uses his 6-2, 210-pound body to prevent receivers from doing all the things that are working so well for Williams. Then there’s the way the Raiders are using Asomugha this season, as he is moving around to take away receivers rather than playing solely on one side of the field.
One tough task
Seahawks QB Matt Hasselbeck vs. the Black Hole: That’s what they call the south end zone at the Coliseum, where fools rush in and angels fear to tread. The craziest of the crazies in Raider Nation call it home, and they relish making life miserable for opposing players who get within shouting – or striking – distance. If the Seahawks get backed up near that goal line, Hasselbeck will have to deal with anything and everything imaginable as he takes snaps in the end zone.
The Seahawks are looking to win three games in a row for the first time since their five-game winning streak in the second half of the 2007 season; and move to 5-2 for the first time since 2005. … Hasselbeck has not played against the Raiders in the regular season since the 2002 season opener because he missed the 2006 game at Qwest Field with a knee injury. … The Raiders are 17-9 against the Seahawks at home – both homes, Oakland (10-4) and Los Angeles (7-5) – as the Raiders and Seahawks were rivals in the AFC West from 1977-2001. … TE Zach Miller is the Raiders’ leading receiver (33 receptions) and needs one catch to become the fourth Raiders tight end to hit 200 for his career – joining Todd Christensen (461), Dave Casper (255) and Raymond Chester (216). Miller also has four TD catches, second among tight ends in the league this season. … SS Lawyer Milloy leads the Seahawks with 34 tackles. … FS Earl Thomas is tied for second in the league with four interceptions and needs one more to tie Michael Boulware’s club record for a rookie.
When: Sunday, 1:15 p.m., Oakland Coliseum
Record: 3-4 after scoring a franchise-record 59 points in Sunday’s 45-point win over the Broncos in Denver
Where they rank: No. 14 on offense (3rd rushing, 25th passing); No. 16 on defense (28th rushing, 5th passing)
Series: Raiders lead 27-23, but dropped the last meeting on Monday Night Football– Nov. 6, 2006 – where Seattle shut out Oakland, 16-0, at Qwest Field.
Star power: Darren McFadden. The electrifying back who ran for 165 yards and tied a club record by scoring four touchdowns against the Broncos is the Darren McFadden the Raiders envisioned when they made the two-time Heisman runner-up from Arkansas the fourth pick in the 2008 NFL draft. But McFadden missed four games because of injuries last season, three as a rookie and was sidelined for two games this season. There obviously was nothing wrong with McFadden on Sunday, when he averaged 10.3 yards per carry and also scored on runs of 57, 4 and 4 yards, as well as a 19-yard screen pass. He became the fourth player in the 51-year history of the Raiders to score four in the same game – joining Art Powell (1963), Marcus Allen (1984) and Harvey Williams (1997).
Unsung hero: Zach Miller. In a season where six tight ends lead their team in receptions and another 10 rank No. 2 – including the Seahawks’ John Carlson – Miller might be one of the most overlooked. But he shouldn’t be, and can’t be by the Seahawks this week. He leads the Raiders in receptions (33), receiving yards (453) and TD catches (four). His receptions rank fourth among tight ends in the league – just behind the Colts’ Dallas Clark (37), Chargers’ Antonio Gates (35) and Redskins’ Chris Cooley (35). His TD catches rank second only to Gates (eight).
On the spot: Raider Nation. In a Halloween game in the costume capital of the NFL, how can this be? Every Sunday is Halloween at Oakland Coliseum. But the Raiders played before crowds of 75,835 and 69,732 in the past two games – in Denver and across the Bay in San Francisco. Their last home game drew 48,279 fans to the 63,132-seat Coliseum. After Sunday’s big win in Denver, coach Tom Cable offered, “Raider Nation, hear me. We need you in those stands supporting us. We need to have a great 12th man from here on out because we’re doing our part. It’s coming together.”
Burning question: Which Raiders team shows up on Sunday? The one that steamrolled the Broncos by scoring eight touchdowns and rushing for 328 yards – just 28 shy of the franchise record? Or the one that failed to score a TD the week before in the 49ers’ only win of the season? A good place to start in answering this question is to ask: Which Jason Campbell shows up on Sunday? The QB who fashioned a 129.7 passer rating last week by completing 12 of 20 passes for 230 yards and two TDs? Or, the one who had a 10.7 rating in the loss to the 49ers?
Familiar faces: Defensive coordinator John Marshall coached for the Seahawks from 2003-08. Backup OT Khalif Barnes played at the University of Washington.
The last word: “We just played with an intensity they really couldn’t match. Everything was clicking.” – rookie wide receiver Jacoby Ford after Sunday’s romp in Denver