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November 2, 2014 at 10:34 AM

Seahawks vs. Raiders: National media pick Seattle, but by how much?

The national media and major newspapers are unanimously picking the Seahawks to (pick  your verb) beat the winless Oakland Raiders on Sunday. Most think it will be an easy victory, but not necessarily a blowout.

If you’re a Seahawks fan and you feel a little uneasy, that’s understandable. The media has picked the Seahawks to win every game this season, including the ugly loss at St.Louis.

More interesting is who the so-called  experts are picking to win this week’s game of the century – Denver Broncos vs. New England Patriots. You can check out media predictions for that game, and all the other NFL Week 9  games, below.


All four staffers pick the Seahawks.

Jerry Brewer: Seahawks 23, Oakland 6 – For the second straight game, the Seahawks defense keeps an opponent out of the end zone.

Bob Condotta: Seahawks 31, Oakland 11 – A Seattle team determined to put the chatter of the past few weeks behind it will dominate from the start and get its first breather since the opener against Green Bay.

Jayson Jenks: Seahawks 35, Oakland 14 – If last week showed that the Seahawks could win a close, ugly game then this week’s game shows that the Seahawks can still win with a blowout.

Larry Stone: Seahawks 38, Oakland 7 – The Seahawks will relish the chance for a blowout after all the turmoil and close games in recent weeks, victimizing the hapless Raiders.

Here’s our “Extra Points” video of Seahawks reporters Bob Condotta and Jayson Jenks breaking down the game.

Read Jenks NFL power rankings here.

And here are Condotta’s picks for this weekend’s games, and his morning links blog post.


All 13 pick Seahawks

Terry Blount: Seahawks 31, Raiders 16 – Oakland is 26th in the league against the run, allowing 130 yards per game. The Seahawks have the No. 2 rushing offense at 148.4 yards per game.

The Raiders can’t run the ball either, averaging a league worst 69.6 yards per game. The Seahawks are No. 6 against the run, allowing only 89.6 yards per game.

Seattle has allowed only three rushing TDs this season. The Raiders have only two rushing TDs all year, the fewest in the league.

And Oakland has a rookie quarterback going against Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor. I could go on, but you get the picture.


All eight pick the Seahawks.

Pete Prisco: Seahawks 30, Raiders 10 This is a good spot for the Seahawks to get things really back on track after pulling out a tight one last week. The Raiders are playing a second consecutive road game, and this is a brutal place to play. Blowout. The defense starts to look like the defense of a year ago when it faces Derek Carr.


Elliott Harrison:  Seahawks 42, Raiders 10 –  I was thinking there’d be absolutely, positively no chance the Raiders could win in Seattle — until the other day, when I encountered two male staffers at NFL Media who had never seen “Predator,” a fact that made me question everything I thought I knew. Seriously, how is that even possible?

The final score you see above is not so much an indictment of the Raiders as it is a reflection of my feeling that Seattle is ready to explode. Historically, the Seahawks have played cruddy teams tight at home — think of the 20-13 win over the Titans or the 27-24 win over the Buccaneers last season — but I’m not seeing it this Sunday. In other news, Raiders running back Darren McFadden broke the 4-yards-per-carry barrier for just the second time in 13 games last Sunday in Cleveland. At least his teammates made up for it by averaging 1.2 yards per rush. Good stuff. I still like rookie quarterback Derek Carr, just not this week.


All six pick the Seahawks.


Don Banks: Seahawks 31, Raiders 13 – Wonder how the good people of San Antonio — who know a thing or two about toasting championships — feel about the Raiders these days? Has anyone even asked them of late if they still want the winless wonders? I mean in the last eight weeks? Oakland, at 0-7, is the surest bet in the NFL prediction business. Give the Raiders an ‘L’ and chalk it up. It’s like starting with that one automatic chip on your bingo card. At this point, at least Dennis Allen knows it was about them, not him.

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