Seahawks running game was non-existent again
When running back Rashaad Penny went down with a season-ending injury in the early part of the season, the Seahawks had to put their trust in rookie running back Kenneth Walker III to carry the load for them. For the most part, the second-round draft choice was doing the job admirably, however, in back-to-back weeks, Walker has not been seeing much on the ground.
Yes, Ken Walker was able to find the pay dirt twice in this game, but he was only able to run for a minuscule 26 rush yards in 14 carries. That will not get the job done moving forward. Much of the blame cannot be solely on Walker, as the Seahawks’ offensive line does not allow him to see much of space to run to as he keeps running through a wall of Raiders defenders.
Time and again, Ken Walker keeps getting swallowed in the backfield as the Raiders kept getting penetration and easily getting to Walker before he can get started. Seattle did not show any creativity in the backfield up until the fourth quarter when they had both Walker and Travis Homer that allowed Geno to find Homer for his second throwing touchdown of the day.
These consecutive dud running games from Ken Walker and the Seahawks must be addressed immediately if Seattle is fully intent on making noise toward the end of the season and into the playoffs.