The Seattle Seahawks would’ve been better not showing up in Oakland today — and metaphorically they didn’t. The Hawks walked out of the Bay Area battered, bruised and with another loss on the record, falling to the Raiders 33-3. The Seahawk offense hung the defense out to dry, never sustaining drives long enough to give the defense any kind of rest. Seattle was 1-16 on third down, failing to convert until the fourth quarter. In fact, it took the Seahawks until just before halftime to finally get a first down.
The offensive line was a huge problem for the Seahawks all day. When Seattle quarterback Matt Hasselbeck wasn’t being sacked, he had a defender in his face. There were no holes for the running backs and little was working. When Hasselbeck did have time, he was anything but spectacular.
Hasselbeck had a cringe-worthy day, completing 13 of 32 passes for 160 yards and one interception. The run game wasn’t any better, gaining only 47 total yards on the day. Leon Washington paced the Hawks, gaining 29 yards on five carries.
Oakland quarterback Jason Campbell may not have been pretty, but he was effective. Campbell completed just over 50 percent of his passes for 310 yards and two touchdowns. Darren McFadden added 110 yards on 21 carries. Darrius Heyward-Bey, one of the few healthy Raider receivers, caught five passes for 105 yards and a touchdown.
The game was filled with injuries on both sides of the ball. Oakland shut-down corner Nnamdi Asomugha left the game in the fourth quarter with what looked to be a gruesome ankle injury. X-rays were negative and Asomugha was optimistic about his chances of starting. Seattle defensive end Red Bryant also went down with what looked to be a serious knee injury. Numerous other players on both teams came out of the game banged up or hobbled throughout the game.
The Seahawks fall to 4-3 and are still atop the NFC West. The Raiders, a surprise in the AFC West, improve to 4-4. Seattle returns home to take on the New York Giants next week. The Raiders host the Kansas City Chiefs in a battle between the top two teams in the AFC West.