Raiders vs Seahawks

Week 6


After falling to the Chargers in lackluster fashion, the Raiders travel across the pond to host the Seattle Seahawks. The Raiders are no stranger to playing overseas; the team has been breaking ground since the 1960s by playing games - mostly preseason - in stadiums that seldom saw the sport. Most recently the team played in Wembley Stadium in London and lost to the Dolphins in 2014. In 2018 they look to bounce back in a season that has gone downhill near the point of no return.


Tale of the Tape


Raiders

Versus

Seahawks

21.4

Points scored per game

23.2

316

Passing yards per game

193.8

95.2

Rushing yards per game

122.4

29.8

Points allowed per game

22.8

277.2

Passing yards allowed per game

226

127.2

Rushing yards allowed per game

129


In Week 6 the Raiders are in full-on desperation mode. They sit last in the AFC West and have only one win which came against the Browns in Week 4. Despite Marshawn Lynch cracking the top ten in rushing yards, through five weeks the Raiders rank 24th in rushing yards per game. He will look to run through his old team; a Seahawks defense who struggles to stop the run, ranking 29th in the league in rushing yards allowed. However, Derek Carr will find another challenge in the Seahawks secondary which has allowed the 6th fewest passing yards per game. Carr’s success is paramount to the Raiders ability to stop the bleeding and salvage a chance at a wildcard spot in the AFC.


The Raiders offense will need to continue to give Lynch the volume needed to not only produce positive yardage but to relieve the pressure Carr is under. When Jon Gruden was announced as the head coach most thought Carr would see improvement under the “quarterback guru”. Although he is producing yards, he currently ranks 6th with 1621 passing yards the Raiders offense has only produced over 21 points once and he personally has accounted for only seven passing touchdowns. He has only thrown more than one touchdown in a game once this year. The Seahawks secondary will be missing Earl Thomas and his replacement second-year man Tedric Thompson will look to fill his Hall of Fame cleats. While the rest of the secondary remains healthy, attacking Thompson should provide easy outlets for positive yardage. The rushing game will be facing off against a run defense led by arguably the best middle linebacker in the league in Bobby Wagner. Wagner is  graded 91.1 in run stopping which is good for first in the league according to Pro Football Focus. The Raiders wide receivers’ outlook is not a dreary as it may have looked with Earl Thomas healthy. If the Raiders can effectively use the run while mixing in tight end Jared Cook to attack the middle of the field, wide receivers Amari Cooper and Martavis Bryant will be able to have space underneath and outside the numbers in order to move the ball against a top rated interior defense. Something that will come down to a game-time decision the Raiders may be without starting center and team captain Rodney Hudson. While the Seahawks pass rush resembles the Raiders, missing Hudson is a huge blow to the struggling offensive line unit. While I suspect the Raiders to have bumps and bruises along the way, the offense will break 30 points this week. Is that going to be enough?


The Raiders defense has been an open floodgate for every team they have played this season. Although Russell Wilson and the Seahawks offense haven’t been all that impressive, this defense can’t create the pressure needed to disrupt a quarterback with such mobility out of the pocket. The Seahawks are able to move the ball on the ground much more effectively than they can on the ground, the rank 8th in rushing yards so far. The Raiders are a bit better than Seattle in stopping the run but still come in ranked 27th most rushing yard per game allowed. The Raiders linebackers are also ranked 32nd in pass coverage when compared to the rest of the league’s linebacker units; while the Seahawks don’t have a stellar talent at tight end it really doesn’t take that much talent to succeed against this unit. The lone bright spot in the Raiders secondary, Gareon Conley, will look to take on star receiver Doug Baldwin while cornerback Raashad Melvin will take on the rising star Tyler Lockett. While Conley should be able to contain Baldwin due to the receiver’s questionable health, Lockett will see plenty of open field in Wembley Stadium. The Raiders will give a good fight throughout the way but they will undoubtedly surrender a myriad of touchdowns, leaving the offense to yet again battle from behind.


The Seahawks will come to London as road favorites and will win in an electric game for the English crowd.


Seahawks 45

Raiders 31


Fantasy Start/Sit

Carr - sit

Lynch - start

Doug Martin- sit

Jalen Richard - PPR flex if desperate

Cooper - start

Martavis Bryant - sit

Jordy Nelson - sit

Cook - start

Wilson - start

Chris Carson- start

Mike Davis/ Rashaad Penny - sit

Baldwin - start, although his injuries can be easily aggravated

Lockett - start

Brandon Marshall/ Jaron Brown - sit

Nick Vannett - start