Updated Aug 29, 2013 - 10:01 pm
Game in Review: Seahawks 22, Raiders 6
By Danny O'Neil
Quarterback Russell Wilson played only one possession in Thursday's preseason finale against Oakland.
That one possession was all Wilson needed as he was pretty much perfect, accounting for 79 yards in an 80-yard touchdown drive that culminated with Robert Turbin's 3-yard scoring run.
It was the only touchdown scored in Seattle's 22-6 victory at CenturyLink Field where the attendance was announced as 67,341. The Seahawks will kick off their regular season on Sept. 8 in Carolina, and if Thursday was any indication, Seattle will have no problems with the kicking part of that equation. Steven Hauschka kicked five field goals, three of them of longer than 50 yards, and Seattle never did let Oakland reach the end zone.
The significance: This is the eighth consecutive year the Seahawks and Raiders played in the fourth and final preseason game, and Seattle has won all eight of those games. The Seahawks finished the preseason unbeaten for the second consecutive season and have won nine straight preseason games overall.
Turning point: The coin toss. The Seahawks elected to receive the opening kickoff, and the Raiders' touchback was as close as Oakland got to success. The Seahawks drove 80 yards in six plays, Turbin finishing the drive off with a touchdown run. Seattle never led by fewer than seven points the rest of the game.
Player of the game: Russell Wilson. He was only on the field for six plays, but he made them count, completing all three passes he threw for 68 yards and scrambling 11 yards after he was flushed from the pocket.
The good: Seahawks receiver Stephen Williams' 50-yard reception was the longest play of the first half, and it was his fifth reception of more than 35 yards in four preseason games this year. Cornerback Walter Thurmond reeled in a one-handed interception in the second quarter, punctuating what has been a very strong preseason for the fourth-year cornerback. Tight end Luke Willson can make a case as the most improved Seahawk over the course of August, and he caught four passes in the first half. Hauschka made field field goals, connecting from 56, 22, 51, 43 and 53 yards.
The bad: Oakland quarterback Terrelle Pryor was 3-for-8 passing in the first half for 31 yards and was intercepted once, resulting in a single-digit passer rating for the first half. Williams suffered a concussion on that 50-yard catch and did not return to the game. Williams missed time earlier in training camp after he was undercut by teammate Winston Guy during a training-camp drill, sitting out with what was characterized as a neck injury. Seattle's pass protection was lacking with the second-string offensive line as Tarvaris Jackson was sacked once, called for intentional grounding on a play and under constant duress.
The ugly: Chris Harper had a nice catch for a 16-yard gain in the second quarter, but dropped a sure touchdown later in the second quarter, the ball hitting him right between the numbers. Oakland ran eight plays from scrimmage in the second quarter compared to 26 for Seattle. Seattle had the ball for more than 20 of the 30 minutes in the first half.
Go figure: Three penalties for Seattle in the first half, a marked improvement considering Seattle had been penalized six or more times in each of its previous four halves of football entering the game.
Did not play: RB Marshawn Lynch, WR Golden Tate, FB Michael Robinson, WR Sidney Rice, WR Bryan Walters, DE Cliff Avril, DT Jordan Hill, DT Tony McDaniel, DT Brandon Mebane.
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