The Seahawks dominated the Raiders in every facet of the game on Sunday. And the offense continues its streak of being able to run the ball well.
Against the Raiders on Sunday, the Seahawks offense won the way Seattle needs to win in 2018. Seattle ran the ball well which meant less pressure – both physically and figuratively – on quarterback Russell Wilson. Seattle scored 27 points, which in most games this season should be enough to win.
How did each offensive unit grade against the Raiders?
Wilson missed two throws on Sunday. One was a deep out to Doug Baldwin. Wilson simply overthrew the receiver. Tyler Lockett might have caught it, but Baldwin doesn’t have Lockett’s speed. The other pass was one that was tipped for Baldwin and picked off.
Other than those throws, Wilson was accurate and in control of the game. In other words, he was his normal self. Wilson’s job under Brian Schottenheimer is to play more under control in the offensive scheme. The last few weeks, Wilson has been able to do this extremely well.
Wilson was sacked just once Sunday, threw three touchdown passes and had a quarterback rating of 125.4. Nice game.
Seattle did not have a back rush for over 100 yards for the first time in four weeks. But overall the backs ran for 155 yards and an average of 4.2 yards-per-carry. Chris Carson was the leading rusher with 59 yards but had two first quarter runs that were well over 10 yards each that got called back on penalty.
Rashaad Penny was good on limited snaps gaining 43 yards on 9 carries. He also caught two passes for 27 yards.
David Moore is becoming a good receiver. He only caught two passes but one was for a touchdown and the other one he high-pointed for a big gain that allowed the Seahawks to get down field for a field goal to end the first half.
Tyler Lockett caught another touchdown pass, his fifth of the season, And Jaron Brown caught the other touchdown reception. Baldwin had an excellent game with six catches for 91 yards. And tight end Tyrone Swoopes set up the Seahawks first touchdown of the game with a nice catch and run over the middle.
This unit is no longer the worst in the NFL. Or anywhere close to it. The last four weeks the line has given Wilson time to throw and opened holes for the running backs. The line is building cohesiveness so as long as Duane Brown, J.R. Sweezy, Justin Britt, D.J. Fluker and Germain Ifedi can stay healthy, good things will continue to happen. Mike Solari deserves a raise.
The Seahawks nearly doubled the Raiders in total yards – 369 to 185. And Seattle held the ball for nearly three more minutes as well. The team controlled the ball by running in the second half. This was an offensive performance that if it can be duplicated each week will lead to a lot of wins.