Final: Seahawks 21, Raiders 3


Ready or not, here they come.

And there’s no way to know how ready the Raiders truly are based on how much their starters played Thursday night in the preseason finale against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field.

The end result was an unsatisfying 21-3 loss during which the Raiders reserves were pushed around before 66,157 fans to bring down the curtain on a 1-3 preseason.

“We didn’t play good and that’s significant,’’ Allen said. “It’s the last preseason game and they count for real now. Obviously, with our execution tonight, we weren’t ready for prime time.’’

Seattle scored on field goals of 25- and 29 yards by Steven Hauschka, a 2-yard run by Vai Taua, a 2-yard pass from Matt Flynn to Cooper Heflet and on a safety when Mike Goodson was stuffed in his own end zone.

The Raiders averted a shutout on a 31-yard field goal by Eddy Carmona with 15 seconds left, finishing with five first downs and 101 yards in total offense. Seattle had 24 first downs and 334 yards of offense.

The loss was most disturbing in terms of the bottom half of the roster. It wasn’t hard to envision general manager Reggie McKenzie finding a lot more than 22 names to trim to reach Friday’s 53-player roster limit.

“It tells you where we are from a depth standpoint,’’ Allen said. “We hold everybody to the same standard and we all have a job to do. So we all have to do a better job.’’

As for the Raiders’ starting offense and defense, it was over quickly.

Quarterback Carson Palmer was on the field for six snaps and handed the ball off six times in his final tune-up before facing the San Diego Chargers on Sept. 10.

The final Palmer preseason tally: 17 possessions, one touchdown, four interception, a pair of lost fumbles (by the offense, not Palmer), four punts and five field goal attempts.

“We have all started thinking about the San Diego Chargers,’’ Palmer said. “I have already started watching film on them.’’

Getting the night off was running back Darren McFadden, even though he went through warm-ups and suited up. Also sitting were tight end Brandon Myers and defensive tackles Tommy Kelly and Richard Seymour.

Given the limited time the Raiders’ starters played, there wasn’t a lot to chew on in terms looking forward to the opener except the fact that Bryan McCann may have re-inserted himself into the picture as the return specialist for both punts and kickoffs.

McCann had a late 18-yard punt return which helped set up the lone Oakland points, and a 26-yard kickoff return. Meanwhile, recent acquisitions Roscoe Parrish and Coye Francies fumbled their opportunities.

Parrish lost his first attempted punt return and muffed a second, while Francies fumbled on his lone kickoff return.

Called a “bright spot’’ by Allen, McCann also broke up a pass as a safety to help get the Oakland defense off the field, one of the few defensive highlights in the second half.

“I’m fighting for a roster spot, so I knew tonight was big for me,’’ McCann said. “It’s nothing for me to lose sleep over. I played as good as I could play.’’

Raiders defensive tackle Christo Bilukidi started in place of Kelly, played virtually the entire game, and looked visibly winded toward the end. A sixth-round draft pick, Bilukidi will await word of his fate Friday.

“To me, it’s like the reverse of draft day,’’ Bilukidi said. “On draft day, you can’t wait for that phone call. Tomorrow you don’t want anyone calling you on the phone. But I’m confident if I don’t make this roster I’m good enough for one of the other 31 teams.’’

— Backup quarterback Matt Leinart was 3-for-11 for 14 yards with an interception, and No. 3 quarterback Terrelle Pryor was 6-for-9 for 55 yards and ran twice for 9 yards.

— Seventh-round draft pick Nathan Stupar, a middle linebacker out of Penn State, staked his claim to a roster spot or practice squad consideration with 11 tackles, a sack and three tackles for loss.

— Rookie punter Marquette King aggravated a foot injury on the flight from Oakland and did not suit up, leaving Shane Lechler to punt eight times for a 49.6 average and a 43.3 net with three punts inside the 20-yard line.

— The Raiders must decide today what to do with linebacker Aaron Curry, who spent the preseason on the physically unable to perform list with sore knees.

Curry almost certainly won’t be kept on the 53-man roster, leaving the regular-season PUP, injured reserve or release as the options. The PUP and a new wrinkle on the injured reserve list would leave the door open to him returning during the season.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • Stringer Bell


  • redshirt


  • Stringer Bell

    No injuries, now Reggie needs to go to work and get some depth…

  • redshirt


  • Stringer Bell

    “Jerry McDonald ‏@Jerrymcd

    Most disturbing about 21-3 loss to Seattle is what it says about depth. Dennis Allen: We’ve got to develop more depth on this football team.”

    DA is holding everyone accountable. This team is headed in the right direction.

  • eastoaklandraider

    Bengals picked CB outta Ala with our pick I forget his name. Guess we coulda used him.

  • ottocrat

    I know that it was a bunch of scrubs, but that was utter garbage.

  • Mr Green

    What a sad day. Here are some of the things I observed:

    Big Reg hangs out during warm ups so the is more of a business attitude about the players going about there business. Grade: A

    Run Palmer out there for 7 handoffs when he could use a few throws? Really? Game plan for that: Grade F

    Lienart isnt very good. He needs to be out #3. Grade: D

    On Parrishs’ second muff, he was still fastening his chin strap when the ball was headed to him. Then he found it and tried to catch it so he could run with it and hold onto the ball with one hand and maybe fumble it again. Grade: F

    The o-line has holes because the ZBS sucks ass. Grade: F

    Defense looked pretty well oiled. Grade B

    Knapp looks lost, kind of like Chucky B did last year. Grade F

    Pryor is a serious cat. He will get there. Grade B with potential.

    Did I say Lienart already, oh yes I did. Grade D and #3

    Oh well, bring on the chargers. Raidahs will unleash it on those jack asses.


  • Raiderbuck

    God-awful, I know, it’s pre-seaon. A long way from looking sharp out there.

  • Intrepid

    I generally frown on reposting from from the previous thread but I’m too lit to to retype it so, Hah//////I’m thinking I didn’t drink as much as my esteemed Raider brethren. I went and fed 6 of my prized pack llamas on a far pasture(7 miles away) and bought an 18 pack of PBR and am damn near finished with that but you all turned out the lights, and no, I am not desperate enough to talk to a TROLL

  • Intrepid,

    You have llamas? Where do you live bro?

  • Intrepid

    Mr. green ,how are you my always upbeat buddy? I am, by the way ,also Purvisman just so I don’t get accused of crossposting.

  • Intrepid

    Whats’ the point of having two aliases if i have to refer to myself as Intrepid/Purvisman.?
    I don’t know,and Blood Diamond just started so I ma ybe sporadic. Hah., I am always sporadic.

  • BigZ@CSM

    Dude DA looked pissed , I just watched all the Raiders buses pull up and unload and walk to the plane. DA was first off the Bus and first up the stairs to the plane.

  • Intrepid

    Raider O Says:
    August 31st, 2012 at 12:02 am


    You have llamas? Where do you live bro?
    i have the BEST string of pack llamas in North America. I live in Grass Valley area of Northren California. Just got back from a 9 llama 12 person trip in the Trinity Alps 2 weeks ago.More than willing to share dropbox photos with you and all else if you are interested.

  • Kirk

    Pryor is better than Leinart.

  • Intrepid

    Kirk would be another Troll. Has never said a positive word about the the team he fears the most, The RAIDERS.

  • RaiderRetribution

    My final roster predictions:
    (as others have stated, I expect 25 cuts, so only 50/53 man roster):

    Qb: Palmer, Leinart, Pryor
    RB: McFadden, Jones
    FB: Reece, Schmitt

    WR: Moore, Heyward-Bey, Ford, Streater (starts mnf), Criner, McGee only offensive player with a good game at Seattle
    TE: Meyers, Gordon

    OL: Vehldeer, Barnes, Wisniewski, Parsons, Carlisle, Brisiel, plus two-your guess as good as mine, I expect one waiver pick up here

    STs: Lechler, Condo, Janokowski, (Carmona might be needed for a game or two so that might eliminate one bubble, sounds like march madness, I know)

    DL: Seymour, Kelly, Houston, Shaughnessy, Tollefson, Biloduki (playing entire game will pay dividends), Bryant, Crawford or Cumbie (possibly both)

    LB: Wheeler (might be our franchise player next offseason), McClain, Burris (starter for years in the silver and black), Goethel, Ihenacho, Stupar or Kilgore (possibly both), (Curry pup)
    CB: Spencer, Bartell, DVD, Lee
    S: Branch, Huff, Mitchell, Giordano, McCann (pr/kr also).

  • RaiderRetribution

    If both Crawford & Cumbie as well as both Stupar & Kilgore make 53 man roster, that’s 51 locks plus Curry on pup;
    Ausberry I expect to be on roster unless Cooley is signed or another TE

  • Intrepid

    So you don’t think we should cut Lechler, Jano and Seymour? Welcome to the sane side of the blog, although I’m not that sane or repping well right now. You are right on!

  • RaiderRetribution

    Our three strengths last season:

    OL, DL, STs

    Two of these three not looking promising

  • RaiderRetribution

    Cut absolutely not,
    Trade if the right offer is made absolutely yes

  • RaiderRetribution

    I expect them to retire after this season anyway, which will be about twenty million cap space

  • Intrepid

    He11,I half expected Ford to go on PUP with signing of (who was that guy from Sandy eggo?). Butnot now. Hah.

  • Thank you Intrepid. I appreciate that.

  • Twinkle

    RaiderRetribution Says:
    August 31st, 2012 at 12:36 am

    If both Crawford & Cumbie as well as both Stupar & Kilgore make 53 man roster, that’s 51 locks plus Curry on pup;
    Ausberry I expect to be on roster unless Cooley is signed or another TE
    If all or any of the aforementioned folk make our 53 then we are really in a bad way.Did any one of them show anyone any reason why they should not be employed by Safeway next week?Just curious…..I watch
    blog after blog of us ripping Seymour and/or Kelly and this is what we expect to replace them with?
    Needless to say that I don’t feel a lot of confidence.