Following a summer writing great in-depth predictions for the BAFA NL Premiership North, Team DC member George Buksmann got an opportunity last week to head along to the Wembley showdown between the Oakland Raiders and Seattle Seahawks last weekend.
The first showdown of the International Series saw the Seahawks take a big win in front of a record-breaking sell-out crowd:
The Seattle Seahawks clinically dismantled the Oakland Raiders to emerge 27-3 winners in the first game of this year’s International Series at Wembley.
Quarterback Russell Wilson led the Seahawks to three touchdowns, comfortably passing from the pocket whereas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr was sacked six times by a Seahawks defence that continued to hound him all evening. Defensive End Frank Clark sacked Carr 2.5 times and forced 2 fumbles.
It would be difficult from the off for the Raiders as there was clearly a large Seahawks presence among the fans, and they were deafening. The Seahawks were cheered for simply running through the end zone on kick-off, it was certainly going to be a hard day at the office for Carr & Co.
Sunday’s game set a new attendance record of 84,922 for an NFL game at Wembley.
Raiders’ head coach Jon Gruden could not get the offence firing to find a way through Seattle’s defence.
“Well, it really wasn’t close today,” said Coach Gruden, “You know, we didn’t get an opportunity to step up in the pocket and go through progressions. It was closing in quick. You know, Derek was on the run a lot and he got hit too much. We can’t allow that to happen. We just can’t do it.
“We were trying to score points. We were trying to move the ball. We got the ball. We wanted to run three consecutive times. We wanted to get Marshawn going. We ran three different types of runs and all three of them were rejected. We wanted to get him in the game. We wanted to get him established. That was the beginning of the game, and then after that, we were trying to make a first down and survive. It wasn’t pretty.”
Gruden’s counterpart, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, was complimentary of his team all round following a win that utilized most of the offence.
“So a lot of guys played well,” said Carroll, “The defence played a great game today, allowed under 200 yards and all. We should have had three turnovers or four turnovers in the game, which is a huge deal to us. We wind up plus one, but the ball was out all day long and on the field. So, we had some great chances at it, which always gives us a great chance.
“What stood out to me was the variety of ways we made yards throwing the ball. Russ did a really nice job finding a couple of guys. He found David and found Tyler moving out of the pocket. He had really good timing in the pocket and then had the second shot at making a play, and he’s dangerous when you give him that chance.”
The International Series continues this week as the Tennessee Titans take on the Los Angeles Chargers on the 21st of October.