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November 2, 2014 at 4:59 PM

Seahawks 30, Raiders 24: First impressions

Bob Condotta: On a day when Seattle needed its defense to deliver, it did, despite missing three starters in Kam Chancellor, Bobby Wagner and Byron Maxwell. After Oakland’s initial 50-yard drive, the Raiders didn’t run more than seven plays or get more than 31 yards on its next 10 possessions.

Jayson Jenks: Seattle’’s special teams struggled again for the second time in three weeks. The Seahawks gave up a blocked punt that led to an Oakland touchdown, punter Jon Ryan booted an uncharacteristically short punt, Doug Baldwin fielded a punt inside the Seahawks’ 5-yard line and Cooper Helfet dropped Oakland’’s onside kick attempt, although Jermaine Kearse fortunately fell on the loose ball. It was far from Seattle’’s best effort on special teams, and it kept the Raiders in the game.

Jerry Brewer: Richard Sherman hasn’t gotten much action this season, with opposing quarterbacks shying away from him. Oakland rookie Derek Carr didn’t — and it was to his detriment. Sherman proved that — forget about the numbers — he’s still the best cornerback in the NFL, turning in a near flawless performance when the Raiders challenged him, especially in the first half. He even came up with his first interception of the season.

Larry Stone: The Seahawks came away with the win, but it was much more difficult than it should have been – or than it appeared it would be after forcing three turnovers in the first half. Maybe it’s just going to be that way this season.

Percy Allen: For artistic purposes, linebacker Bruce Irvin delivered the play of the day –– if not the first half of the season — when he dropped back in coverage, tipped a pass from Oakland quarterback Derek Carr with his right hand and intercepted the pass before eluding a tackle and rambling down the left sideline. Irvin outraced Carr to the end zone for the score that gave Seattle a 14-3 lead late in the first quarter.

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