Here’s our weekly First Look at Seattle’s next game:
Seahawks opponent: Oakland Raiders
Game time: 1:25, Sunday.
Coach: Tony Sparano, 0-3 since taking over as interim coach for the fired Dennis Allen, 29-35 overall.
2014 record: 0-7
Last game: Lost 23-13 at Cleveland.
The series: 52nd regular-season meeting. Raiders lead the series 28-23 but Seattle has won two of three since moving to the NFC West. Oakland won the last meeting, 33-3, in Pete Carroll’s first season as head coach in 2010.
The early line: Seahawks by 15.
Key players: QB Derek Carr: The rookie first-round pick beat out Matt Schaub for the starting job in training camp, helped in part by his performance in Oakland’s 41-31 win over Seattle in the preseason finale when he threw for three touchdowns and completed 11-13 passes. But predictably, things have not gone quite as smoothly in the regular season. Carr has had his moments, and is completing 61 percent of his passes with nine touchdowns against five interceptions for an 82.0 passer rating. But he has been held under 200 yards four times and has just one touchdown pass in the last two games.
S Charles Woodson: The 1997 Heisman Trophy winner, Woodson remains a viable contributor in the second year of his second stint with the Raiders, where he began his career and played eight seasons before moving to Green Bay and playing seven more. Woodson moved from cornerback to safety in 2012 and has 45 tackles with two interceptions this season.
FB Marcel Reece: The former Washington Husky (2006-07) has forged out a solid career as a fullback for the Raiders, having signed a three-year contract extension last year that paid him $7.2 million guaranteed. He missed a game two weeks ago against Arizona with a quad injury but returned to catch a season-high five passes for 34 yards in Sunday’s loss to the Cleveland Browns.
Oakland’s keys to success: There have been few keys to success so far for the Raiders, who are 0-7 and with the kind of schedule remaining that has some thinking 0-16 could be in the offing. Oakland fired coach Dennis Allen after an 0-4 start — and an 8-28 overall record — replacing him with interim coach Tony Sparano, a former head coach of the Miami Dolphins. The Raiders have shown competitiveness at times, including a 31-28 home loss to the Chargers. But the Raiders have also lost four of their seven games by 10 points or more. The Raiders have a feeble rushing attack with just 487 yards after Sunday, by far the fewest in the NFL (next lowest is Detroit at 637) and a passing game that has an overall efficiency rating of just 78.1, 29th in the NFL. The Raiders, though, have played decently against the run on defense, allowing just 3.8 yards per carry, tied for eighth in the NFL.
BY THE NUMBERS
13 – Oakland’s consecutive losses dating to a 28-23 win over Houston on Nov. 17, 2013.
12 — Consecutive seasons without a playoff appearance for Oakland, tied with Cleveland for the longest drought in the NFL behind Buffalo’s 14.
2 — Rushing touchdowns, fewest in the NFL.