Seahawks return from bye and host struggling Raiders

The Seattle Seahawks return from their bye week and host the Las Vegas Raiders in a matchup of former AFC West rivals.



AGAINST DISSEMINATION: robbers 4-6; Seahawks 6-4.

SERIAL RECORDING: Raiders lead 29-26.

LAST MEETING: Seahawks defeated Raiders 27-3 on October 14, 2018 in London.

LAST WEEK: Raiders beat Broncos 22-16 in OT; Seahawks were goodbye.





SALES DIFFERENCE: hunter minus-1; Seahawks plus-4.

RAIDERS PLAYERS TO WATCH: DE Chandler Jones. He has a strong history against the Seahawks with 16½ sacks, 12 tackles for loss and six forced fumbles in 11 games. The problem for the Raiders is that this is old Jones when he played for NFC West rivals Arizona Cardinals. He’s only half a sack this season but with Maxx Crosby facing doubles teams at the other side, Jones should have chances.

SEAHAWKS PLAYERS TO WATCH: CB’s Tariq Woolen and Coby Bryant. Seattle’s two rookie cornerbacks have faced many challenges from opposing wide receivers this season, and now comes perhaps their biggest yet. Davante Adams has been targeted 44 times and has 26 catches and five touchdowns in his last three games. The Raiders won’t be shy about directing his direction, which will likely mean plenty of activity for Woolen and Bryant.

KEY COMPARISON: Can the Raiders get something from Josh Jacobs and the run game against the Seahawks defensive line? That was the turning point for most of this season for Seattle. If the Seahawks can stop the run, they’ve mostly succeeded. Tampa Bay rushed 161 yards against Seattle two weeks ago in Germany. Jacobs rushed for 100 yards for the fourth time this season against Denver last week.

KEY VIOLATIONS: OT Kolton Miller (shoulder and abs) did not play in Denver Sunday. CB Nate Hobbs may come off injured reserve with a broken hand. … Seattle is coming out of the bye mostly healthy and should have CB Tre Brown back on the field almost to the day this week when he tore a patellar tendon.

SERIES NOTES: The former AFC West rivals haven’t played much since Seattle switched to the NFC more than 20 years ago. The Seahawks have won the last two in the series. The previous meeting came in 2018 when Seattle defeated the Raiders 27-3 in a game in London. It was Seattle’s first European game and the Raiders’ second.

STATISTICS AND STUFF: The Raiders’ seven turnovers are the fewest in the NFL. … Jacobs rushed for 4,017 yards. Marcus Allen is the only other player in Raiders history with 4,000 yards in his first four seasons. … Jacobs is also 70 yards away from becoming the third raider with three 1,000-yard rushing seasons. Allen (1983-85) and Mark van Eeghen (1976-78) are the other two. … Adams has 9,046 receiving yards, the fifth player in league history with at least 9,000 yards and 80 touchdowns in his first 126 games. The other four are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. … Crosby is two tackles away from becoming the third player in the franchise since 1982 to have at least 200 tackles and 30 sacks in his first four seasons. Overall, he would be the first since Pittsburgh’s TJ Watt in 2020. … The Seahawks are playing their first home game in almost a month and are playing five of their last seven games at Lumen Field. …Since 2012, Seattle has suffered a 40-16 loss. … Pete Carroll will put Paul Brown at number 170 on the career win list with his next win. … Seattle QB Geno Smith leads the NFL in completion rating (72.8) and is second in passer rating (108.0). His completion percentage is the fifth-highest all-time in a team’s first 10 games with at least 150 passing attempts. Drew Brees and Tom Brady hold the four higher notes…RB Kenneth Walker III is tied with Derrick Henry for fastest touchdowns since Week 5 at seven. … Passrusher Uchenna Nwosu leads the team with seven sacks and 15 QB hits. Nwosu had lost a sack and four tackles in his last game against the Raiders last season while he was with the Chargers. … LB Jordan Brooks is second in the NFL with 106 tackles in 10 games. … Woolen grabbed his fifth interception two weeks ago against the Bucs. He is the third player since 2010 with five interceptions in his first 10 career games, joining Casey Hayward and former Seattle safety Earl Thomas. …K Jason Myers is 5-for-5 this season in kicks of 50 yards or more. Needs one more to reach Steven Hauschka’s franchise mark of six.

FANTASY TIP: The Seahawks were frustrated that they didn’t have a running game in the loss to Tampa Bay. Walker was limited to 17 yards on 10 carries. The Seahawks appear determined not to let that happen again, so expected plenty of opportunities for Walker to hold his ground against the league-ranked No. 20 running defense. Seahawks return from bye and host struggling Raiders

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