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Seattle Seahawks defeat Oakland Raiders in London


Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett celebrates a touchdown in the NFL International Series game against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday at Wembley Stadium in London. Photo by Hugo Philpott/UPI

By The Sports Xchange

Sacking Derek Carr six times, the Seattle Seahawks used effective defense and a physical rushing attack to set the tone early in an eventual rout in London over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.

Thriving in front of a raucous record-setting crowd at Wembley Stadium, the Seahawks used a ferocious pass rush and physical ground attack to set the tone in a commanding 27-3 win over the Oakland Raiders.

Playing in London for the first time in team history, Seattle established the run and controlled the line of scrimmage early, handing off to running backs Chris Carson and Mike Davis on seven straight plays after receiving the opening kickoff.

The Seahawks put an exclamation point on the 14-play, 82-yard drive with a touchdown pass from quarterback Russell Wilson to receiver Jaron Brown, giving head coach Pete Carroll's squad an early 7-0 advantage they wouldn't relinquish.

Wilson wrapped up Sunday's contest with his second straight three touchdown performance, capitalizing on consistently clean pockets to throw for 222 yards while completing 17-of-23 pass attempts.

Along with hitting Brown for his second touchdown of the season, Wilson also connected with David Moore and Tyler Lockett for touchdowns to help Seattle pull away on the scoreboard.

Feeling the love from a pro-Seahawks crowd all evening, Moore said: "It felt like a home game, honestly."

No running backs individually hit the 100-yard mark, with Carson, Davis, and Rashaad Penny combining for 123 rushing yards as a group, giving the Seahawks much-needed balance and eventually closing out the game with eight straight run plays. As has been the case the past several weeks, Carroll pointed to a renewed identity spearheaded by a physical, nasty offensive line as the main reason for Seattle's rejuvenated rushing attack.

Reflecting on Seattle's previous struggles running the football in recent seasons, Carroll stated these issues were now in the rear-view mirror, saying: "We're in great shape and Duane Brown, and [D.J.] Fluker and [Justin] Britt and all those guys are doing a fantastic job up front. [J.R.] Sweezy has been a great addition for us and of course [Germain] Ifedi is doing well too so, I'm fired up about it."

With the offensive line clicking on all cylinders thanks in large part to the blocking of Brown, Fluker, and company, Frank Clark and his defensive line counterparts were able to pin their ears back and feast on a Raiders offensive line with two rookie tackles as well as multiple backups attempting to fill in for injured left guard Kelechi Osemele.

Led by Clark's monstrous 2.5 sack effort, the Seahawks fed off the CenturyLink Field-like energy in the crowd to sack Carr six times, hit him on several other occasions, and recover two fumbles deep in Oakland territory. And the onslaught could have been much worse, as Seattle had multiple sacks in the first half nullified by defensive penalties.

Pounded throughout the game, Carr couldn't get the Raiders' aerial attack off the runway and Seattle held its opponent under the 200-yard passing mark for the fourth time in five games. Along with losing his best receiver Amari Cooper due to a concussion, he also didn't receive much support from Marshawn Lynch and the run game, as the Seahawks bottled up their former star running back, holding him to only 45 yards on 13 carries.

Unable to move the ball on the ground or through the air behind a makeshift offensive line, beleaguered Raiders head coach Jon Gruden simply couldn't find any answers as the Seahawks limited his team to a pedestrian 3.3 yards per play.

"Anytime we got anything going," Gruden said. "It was either called back [by penalty] or we got a sack and losing Amari Cooper the way we did, I just hope he's okay."

With the victory, the Seahawks climbed back to .500, inching itself within half a game of a playoff spot, a far superior position in comparison to the last-place Raiders.

Though it's still only Week 6, Carroll loves the brand of football his team has played over the past month heading into the bye week.

"I'm really pleased with where we are taking off for this break," Carroll said, reiterating the value of the home field atmosphere at Wembley. "We needed to be better, but we made the most of it."

Better times may yet still be in front of the Seahawks, as linebacker K.J. Wright, running back J.D. McKissic and tight end Ed Dickson could return when Seattle plays at Detroit in two weeks.

With reinforcements coming and the team exiting this game healthy for the most part, they should have much left to play for in the second half of the season.

For now, Seattle will let this crucial victory 5,000 miles away from home soak in for a few days before the team begins preparation for the stretch run.


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