OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 31: Matt Hasselbeck #8 of the Seattle Seahawks is tackled by Richard Seymour #92 of the Oakland Raiders at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on October 31, 2010 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Matt Hasselbeck;Richard Seymour
Reece's were the catches and runs of fullback Marcel Reece, a little-used weapon on the Raiders' offense who emerged Sunday for 90 yards receiving, 32 yards rushing, and a touchdown. But it was the defense and the scary-good Darren McFadden that made this Halloween game a treat. McFadden had 111 yards rushing, including a 49-yard run in the third quarter.
The Raiders started the fun with a 31-yard Sebastian Janikowski field goal in the first quarter, but this Halloween party kicked into full gear when the Raiders went for it on a fourth-and-one in the second quarter.
The Raiders not only gambled by going on fourth down, but by passing downfield to a fullback -- downfield to a fullback! -- on fourth-and-one play where Marcel Reese perfectly split two Seahawk defenders and ended up dashing 30 yards for a Raiders touchdown and a 10-0 lead.
Tyvon Branch nabbed perhaps the coolest interception you'll see all season. Stanford Routt tipped a long pass that was some how miraculously was caught by Seahawk Deon Butler -- but Butler bobbled it as he hit the ground, and instantly popping the ball into the swooping hands of Branch.
Jason Campbell drove the nail into the Seahawks' coffin by completing a 69-yard touchdown pass to Darrius Heyward-Bey on the very next play.
The win was the Raiders franchise's largest-ever over the Seattle Seahawks. Oakland has now completed its biggest blowout win ever against its last two opponents in a row.
Joe Kukura is a freelance writer whose Noe Valley home is located in the Bermuda Triangle of trick-or-treating.