Just as the title of this post implies, this game left me speechless (in a bad way), specifically in the fourth quarter.
Dot, dot, dot – that’s literally all I could come up with on Twitter at the end of Thursday night’s game. I know that my blog is called “The Silver Lining”, but it was almost impossible to find a silver lining in this match-up. Aside from the Raiders’ home game against the Lions two weekends ago, the O wasn’t able to get anything going against a relentless, consistent Seahawks D. Starting Seattle QB, Russell Wilson, only played the first quarter, but it was backup Matt Flynn who made an impression, leading his team to the tune of two touchdowns between the second and third quarter that he played.
This was the game in a nutshell on the Silver & Black side of the ball, broken down most accurately by Paul Gutierrez of CSN Bay Area:
The starters see some time: Darren McFadden was dressed but did not play. Same with Brandon Myers and Tommy Kelly. But Carson Palmer started under center and handed the ball off six straight times before taking the rest of the game off. Both first-team units played one series apiece.
Lack of depth: I’ve written and said time and again that the Raiders’ front-line players, on both sides of the ball, are among the most talented in the league…when healthy. The problem, though, is the chasm between the first-stringer and second-stringers. A lack of quality depth showed up. Big time. The Seahawks’ offense carved up the Raiders’ backups on defense time and again.