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Raiders vs. Seahawks: Keys to the game

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Matt McGloin had two touchdown passes last year in the exhibition finale against Seattle. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)

Matt McGloin had two touchdown passes last year in the exhibition finale against the Seahawks. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)

RAIDERS (1-2) VS. SEAHAWKS (2-1)

7 p.m., Thursday, Oakland Coliseum

TV: KTVU (Beth Mowins, Matt Millen, Nicole Zaloumis, John Tournour)

Radio: 95.7 (Greg Papa, Tom Flores, Lincoln Kennedy)

LINE

Raiders by 2 1/2

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Connor Cook vs. Seahawks backups. OK, so we’re stretching here. The starters will see very little, if any, time for either team and this is the most meaningless of the four meaningless preseason games. Even if Cook excels, it’s not like he’ll be doing so against the Legion of Boom. But still, the Seattle defense he’ll face has been getting that same coaching and the Seahawks have yet to allow more than 18 points in any of their three preseason games. Cook has looked reasonably comfortable on the field and the Raiders hope to see more of that Thursday — then not see him on a field in a game again until next August.

STATS TO LIVE BY

Two of the top five rushers in the NFL this preseason will be in the house with Seattle’s Christine Michael (157 yards) and the Raiders’ George Atkinson III (135). That’s after Nos. 3 and 4 were at the Coliseum on Saturday in Tennessee’s Derrick Henry (154) and DeMarco Murray (153) . … The Raiders’ 5.6 yards per carry this preseason is third-best in the NFL and they rank tied for eight in rushing yards. … Oakland quarterbacks have been sacked just once in three preseason games. No other team has been sacked fewer than four times. … The Raiders have allowed 149.7 rushing yards per game, fourth-worst in the NFL.

FAMILIAR FACES

Where do we start? Gotta be outside linebacker Bruce Irvin, the former Seahawk in his first season with the Raiders. He probably won’t play, but can catch up with some old friends. Three other Raiders linebackers are also former Seahawks in Malcolm Smith, Korey Toomer and John Lotulelei. Why are so many former Seattle linebackers now in Oakland? Well, Raiders defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. is the former Seahawks linebackers coach. Raiders DBs coach Marcus Robertson also played two seasons in Seattle and offensive line coach Mike Tice played 10 seasons with the Seahawks. Former Raiders coach Tom Cable is the Seahawks’ assistant head coach and offensive line coach.

LAST MEETING

The Raiders have closed out the last 11 preseasons by facing the Seahawks, with this just the third that’s been in Oakland. Seattle won last year’s game 31-21. Seth Roberts had seven catches for 110 yards and a touchdown and Matt McGloin completed 16 of 24 passes for 186 yards and two TDs. Seattle has a 10-4 lead in the all-time preseason series while the Raiders own a 28-24 advantage in the regular season against their former AFC West rivals.

INJURY IMPACT

Tight end Gabe Holmes was finally placed on IR for the Raiders, who also remain without defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. Linebacker Neiron Ball appears unlikely to play after missing practice all week. It’s worth wondering if he could end up on IR if his oft-surgically repaired knee remains an issue.

THE WEATHER FACTOR

The forecast calls for 64 degrees and mostly sunny at kickoff on a clear evening that dips only slightly to 61 by the end of the game.

QUOTABLE:

“Obviously, Thursday is going to be what it is, but it’s going to be an opportunity for our younger guys to get out there and do what they do.” — Raiders DE Khalil Mack epitomizing what the fourth preseason game is like for a Pro Bowl player

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Jimmy Durkin

Sports writer for the Bay Area News Group, covering the Raiders.

  • Ken SnakeLer

    He’s done wonders on DJ.

  • Raiders21

    Guest, your thoughts on signing Perry Riley for LB depth?

  • JLofty

    I work in Cali still. Live about 1/4 mi inside Nevada state line now…

  • 24

    No I don’t…but I know real Mexican food and where to go =)

  • JLofty

    that sounds like worth a look…

  • Raiders21

    San Diego has some great places

  • 24

    lol…so it’s confirmed…John is smoking crack

    John Clayton ‏@ClaytonESPN 3m3 minutes ago
    The 49ers are a little better than people think.

  • Guest123

    Redskins didn’t dump him for nothing I think physically he’s not where he needs to be and they weren’t willing to wait

  • Ken SnakeLer

    I think Seinfeld gets that copyright about 25 years ago

  • Wish I could maybe another day

  • 24
  • JLofty

    I am starting to think someone other than Ken Norton Jr was in charge of LB talent in Seattle…

  • 24
  • inonewordraider

    Nah, he did it at usc for years then seattle. U cant make ryan gosseling into robert deniro

  • 24

    Pete Carroll?

  • r8dercain

    Pic of the socks?

  • we don’t need more receivers, got a few youngsters on the come up and a pretty good stable already in house, WR isn’t an area of need.

  • 24

    Well…If JDR plays his starters in this game…then you’re right…if not, then we’re right…deal? lol

  • 24
  • DutchRaid

    They are not too bad…

  • 24

    Just basically a cartoon pig’s face wearing a police hat.

  • Ya think….

  • 24

    Funny thing is…the team is lead by RM (linebacker), JDR (linebacker), KNR (linebacker)

  • r8dercain

    New post peeps

  • right….so one would think

  • Dan78

    Nah, I’m serious bro… Olympic Blvd becomes grid lock because people can’t drive there… Hispanics, blacks and whites included…

  • Dan78

    Three Little Pigs… Nothing to see here folks…

  • This dude is so gone come cut day…

    If he were the starter, no way…

    his current level of play?

    Bye.

    I will say it was a bold move as he knowingly jeopardized his meal ticket….

    smart move? probably not…

  • 24

    I think the team looked for more talent the way they did the secondary and the running backs but some cards didn’t fall their way.

    In the 2nd round of the draft…

    Pick 34 Jaylon Smith
    Pick 36 Myles Jack
    Pick 41 Reggie Ragland
    Pick 42 Kamalei Correa

    Pick 44 Jihad Ward

    There were multiple DE/LB’s that went before them as well and I think we just picked best player available on the board at this point. The Raiders tried to sign Erin Henderson away from the Jets in the off-season and couldn’t. There weren’t many good FA MLB’s to be had. This was just a bad year for us but we were able to get the other areas addressed.

  • Guest123
  • Fugazi

    New Post

  • Dan78

    A Raiders life for me…

  • 24

    I believe you…just playing around.

  • Born With a Patch

    Send Mcgloin to Dallas with a 2017 4th round pick for Jaylon

  • Raiders21

    Yucky. Do you think Kap is sandbagging it or he really does suck this bad? He showed a lot of promise then it seemed everything went down hill after he signed that big deal. 49ers traded up before us to get Kap. Good thing he isnt a raider

  • R8erEduc8er

    Carr

  • R8erEduc8er

    Tweety Bird

  • R8erEduc8er

    If McCoughlin don’t want him, Guest don’t want him

  • 2romes

    No, you and the rest with you will be right about some of these comments if we kick butts in the regular season.

  • MEX_GHOST

    Here you have your upvote good man, good post!

  • 2romes

    So I expect they already know what teams the Raiders are worst or better than.

  • 2romes

    You’re wrong again. Teams do schedule scrimmages often.

  • 2romes

    Brady is scheduled to start tonight.

  • marks hair

    No they don’t

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