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Week 6 Game Recap: Seattle Seahawks 27, Oakland Raiders 3
What you need to know
The Seahawks continued to have success with their run first approach, which again helped the efficiency of the passing game. Compared to last season, when they couldnít buy a rushing touchdown and Russell Wilson
was scrambling madly on almost every passing down (which was most downs), their ground attack has the clear respect of their opponents. This has allowed Wilson to be very efficient with a much smaller number of passes, and has allowed him to run the ball less often himself. Doug Baldwin
seems to be his old self, which could be bad news for every other receiver on the team.
-OL injuries and progressively worse play from rookie left tackle Kolton Miller make this a nearly non-functioning offense. Carr was sacked six times and it was even worse than that number indicates.
suffered a shoulder injury on a sack late in the game but with a Week 7 bye, he likely wonít miss any time.
-Due to the line problems, the Raiders couldnít pass deep at all. Everything was underneath.
has been one of the few offensive bright spots. He continues to make a couple standout plays every week.
left early with a concussion on a helmet-to-helmet hit.
|QB Russell Wilson, 64 offensive snaps, Pass: 17 - 23 - 222 - 3 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 6 - 20 - 0|
Wilson relied on a lot of short routes early on; quick hits to his slot receivers, as well as screen and swing passes to his running backs. The vast majority of the plays came out of the shotgun formation, utilizing much play action and read option calls. That didnít stop him from taking some shots downfield, and even with the running game going strong, the Seahawks confidently called passing plays in the red zone. Wilson spread the ball out in the first half, staking the team to a 20-0 lead. On the first drive of the second half, he repeatedly went to Doug Baldwin
as they moved the chains downfield on three consecutive completions. Disaster struck on the 4th try as Wilson threw into the crowded end zone, slightly out of Baldwinís reach and into the hands of one of the defenders. On the day, Wilson did however, hit three different receivers in the end zone. Of note is that Wilson ran the ball a little more than usual, showing that heís still got plenty of ground speed when he needs it. And last but not least, Wilson left the crowd in London with one highlight to remember: After missing the long snap entirely at the Raiders 19-yard line, Wilson picked up the ball and made an incredible read and throw, getting the ball to a streaking David Moore
for the score.
Carson is confidently the lead back now, giving way to Mike Davis
on some plays, but itís clearly more than a 50-50 split. Carson mainly carried the ball on inside runs, including a big gain on 2nd and 28, that showed that he is more than capable of eluding would-be tacklers when he has a little room to move. Carson got goal line touches, including a TD that was called back on a penalty. Late in the game, up 27-0, the Seahawks rested him for most of the fourth quarter.
|RB Rashaad Penny, 13 offensive snaps, Rush: 9 - 43 - 0, Rec: 2 - 27 - 0 (2 targets)|
Although he played sparingly in the first half, itís a positive sign that the Seahawks got Penny some reps at all. With Carson and Davis sharing most of the load, Penny took over in the final frame, with the team staked to a 27-3 lead. Heís not worth a fantasy roster spot right now, but the team clearly wants to utilize his talents. As such, Penny is still a worthy Dynasty league stash.
|RB Mike Davis, 23 offensive snaps, Rush: 6 - 21 - 0, Rec: 1 - 5 - 0 (3 targets)|
Davis settled into a very active but clear change-of-pace role, running the ball often to the outside and providing the Seahawks with a receiving threat out of the backfield. He also lined up as a receiver at one point, just outside the red zone. As with lead back Chris Carson
, Davis sat for most of the 4th quarter. He performed well enough to continue with his role, but with rookie (and high draft pick) Rashaad Penny
lurking in the wings, it could be a pretty short lived tenure.
|WR Doug Baldwin, 48 offensive snaps, Rec: 6 - 91 - 0 (8 targets)|
Baldwin, who had been close to invisible since returning from his knee injury two weeks ago, gave a wakeup call that heís still alive and kicking. With only a couple of pedestrian catches to show at halftime, he made up for last time on the first drive of the second half. Wilson looked to his longtime go-to receiver on four passing plays in a row. It was just like old times, as the veteran did his part, reeling in the first three like clockwork, including a Vintage Baldwin catch in tight coverage, down the sideline for a 42-yard pickup. Unfortunately, an overly eager throw into a mess of defenders in the end zone, turned into an interception, as Baldwin tried in vain to pull in the out-of-reach ball with one hand. There were reports of a possible elbow injury, which may have happened on that play, as a Raiders helmet hit his arm while reaching for the football.
|WR Tyler Lockett, 50 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 7 - 0, Rec: 3 - 13 - 1 (4 targets)|
Lockett, who had a reasonably quiet day overall, still managed to bring in his 5th touchdown reception of the year. Between the opening play, in which he took a Jet Sweep handoff for seven yards, and his score, he was not very visible in the passing game.
|WR David Moore, 30 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 5 - 0, Rec: 2 - 47 - 1 (3 targets)|
Moore has leapfrogged Brandon Marshall
to become the clear number three wideout for the Seahawks. He did not disappoint, as one of his three catches was a touchdown. On that play, he showed excellent chemistry with Russell Wilson
as Wilson, who had missed the long snap, recovered and found Moore heading into the end zone easily ahead of his man. Mooreís use lacked volume, but he was involved early on, and was versatile enough to be included in the run game (jet sweep) and be given chances multiple times going deep (including showing great concentration on a 28 yard catch in tight coverage).
Marshallís second consecutive one target game should serve notice that unless he moves further up the depth chart, he should no longer be on the fantasy radar.
|QB Derek Carr, 60 offensive snaps, Pass: 23 - 31 - 142 - 0 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 4 - 31 - 0|
Despite the dismal results and ugly stat line (4.6 yards per attempt), Carr actually played better than he had in recent weeks. Instead of forcing the ball into coverage, he was able to scramble for a first down on three different plays. He had the longest run of the day with a 15-yard run and slide up the middle. Carr was doomed to failure given the Seahawks total domination at the line of scrimmage. He was officially sacked six times and it actually would have been eight sacks but Seattle had two negated by penalties. Top guard Kelechi Osemele was sidelined and veteran tackle Donald Penn is out for the season, which has left a raw third-round rookie starting at right tackle. But the biggest problem was the play of rookie left tackle Kolton Miller who was absolutely destroyed by Seahawks end Frank Clark. The lack of pass protection meant the only thing working at all was quick dink and dunk passes because there wasnít time for anything deeper down the field to develop. Every time a deeper, slower-developing play was called, Carr was either sacked or forced to scramble. His only deep completion of the day, a 28-yard connection deep down the right sideline to Amari Cooper
, was called back due to a holding call on backup guard John Feliciano. It was that kind of day for Carr and the Raiders. A few plays later, he was hit from behind and lost a fumble when Frank Clark blew by Miller. Carr had another lost fumble later in the game when Miller was instantly thrown to the ground after the snap. Carr took a big hit and landed awkwardly on his shoulder on the final sack of the game. Gruden pulled him for A.J. McCarron at that point but it didnít matter as Seattle held the ball for over eight minutes on the final drive to clinch the game.
|RB Marshawn Lynch, 30 offensive snaps, Rush: 13 - 45 - 0, Rec: 3 - 14 - 0 (5 targets)|
Aside from a dropped pass where he just took his eye off of the ball, Lynch played fine. There were a couple classic Lynch runs where he was hit near the line and still somehow pushed forward for a gain of five yards. However, even when he was able to push the pile, it was still just for a minimal gain because he was consistently being hit near the line or in the backfield. Lynch popped off a 13-yard run off of right tackle early in the second half but otherwise didnít gain more than 5 yards on any of his runs. From a fantasy perspective, the lone positive for Lynch is that he was still on the field even when the Raiders were down big in the second half. In previous weeks, the Raiders went almost exclusively with Jalen Richard
in these game scripts. Perhaps his continued involvement late was just resignation on the part of the team that a comeback wasnít going to happen and instead of really going into the two-minute offense, they decided to try get out of London with Derek Carr
in one piece.
|RB Jalen Richard, 24 offensive snaps, Rush: 2 - 3 - 0, Rec: 7 - 48 - 0 (8 targets)|
If there was a bright spot on a dismal day for the Raiders offense, it was the play of Richard. He made some nice moves and then showed some power on a 21-yard catch and run on 3rd-and-20 to push past the sticks and get the first down. He was initially called for an offensive targeting when he lowered his head and initiated contact on a tough 7-yard catch and run along the left sideline but the official picked up the flag. With the Raiders season spiraling out of control, Richard might see a lot of game scripts in the final 10 weeks that see him heavily involved in the second half. Plus, if this ends up being a 2-14 type of season, it may make sense to give the young guys like Richard a bit more action late in the season to build for the future.
|WR Seth Roberts, 44 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 31 - 0 (6 targets)|
With Amari Cooper
missing most of the game with a concussion, Roberts stepped into his spot and was second on the team in targets behind only Jalen Richard
. Every catch was on a short route and his long gain of the day went for just nine yards.
|WR Jordy Nelson, 56 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 6 - 0 (3 targets)|
Nelson had a 5-yard gain on a screen pass but was barely part of the game plan, seeing just three targets on the day. Nelson has done most of his damage this season deep down the seam and the Seahawks defense was dropping the safeties deep into coverage and the pass rush was getting home quickly.
Bryant showed his speed on a 12-yard gain on a quick wide receiver screen but otherwise was barely involved.
It was a tough day for Cooper. He hauled in a 28-yard reception on a deep out route in the first quarter but had it called back due to a holding. Cooperís only official target came in the opening minutes of the second quarter. He wasnít able to hold on through contact on a pass over the middle and took a dangerous head-to-head hit from the Seattle safety. It was shocking not to see a flag for targeting or hitting a defenseless receiver thrown. The hit knocked Cooper out of the game with a concussion. He will have a bye next week, which increases the chances he wonít miss another game.
|TE Jared Cook, 51 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 10 - 0 (2 targets)|
It was puzzling to see Cook targeted just twice. Especially since he has been playing so well. He showed his power pushing forward for an 8-yard gain on a 3rd-and-7 completion over the middle.