Raiders Rally But Fall Short in Seattle

Oakland falls to 0-8 with 30-24 defeat, coming back from 24-3 deficit at halftime

Three sure things: death, taxes and the Raiders losing.

On Sunday, the Raiders lost their 14th consecutive game, dating to last season, and fell to 0-8 in 2014 with a 30-24 loss in Seattle to the defending Super Bowl-champion Seahawks.

NFL oddsmakers had made the Raiders 16½-point underdogs Sunday, the largest projected spread in the NFL this weekend.

Finally, the Raiders found something they could beat: the spread.

For a while, too, the Raiders gave the Seahawks a scare.

The Raiders scored first on a Sebastian Janikowski field goal, but then the Seahawks reeled off 24 straight points to take a 24-3 lead at the half.

Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, the former Cal standout, bulled over on two short touchdown runs, with Bruce Irvin also returning a Derek Carr interception 35 yards for a touchdown.

But in the third quarter, the Raiders came roaring back into the game. First, Brice Butler recovered a punt blocked by Denico Autry in the end zone for a touchdown.

Then, near the end of the quarter, T.J. Carrie’s 27-yard punt return set Oakland up on the Seattle 30-yard line. On the first play of the possession, Carr hit Darren McFadden for a 23-yard gain to the 7. Three plays later, Carr connected with tight end Mychal Rivera on a 1-yard touchdown pass to  cut the Seattle margin to 24-17.

But in the final period, the Seahawks drove for two field goals to raise their lead to 30-17.

Still, the winless Raiders weren’t giving up. With 4:14 remaining, Carr drove the Raiders from their own 36 in nine plays to the Seattle 1. From there Carr connected with Rivera for another score to get Oakland within 30-24 with 1:52 remaining.

But Seattle recovered the onside kick, and that was that.

Though the Raiders are winless, they’ve now scared three teams with winning records – the Seahawks, Chargers and Patriots.

The Oakland defense was stout Sunday, holding Russell Wilson to 179 yards passing on 17-of-35 throws, and gang tackling Lynch, who gained 67 yards on 21 carries – just 3.1 yards per attempt. The Raiders special teams, too, played a big role in the comeback.

Carr, meanwhile, is making the Raiders offense dangerous. He completed 24-of-41 passes for 194 yards and two TDs – but was picked off twice.

In the end, the Raiders had just dug themselves too big a hole to climb out of, leaving them with a familiar result: another defeat.

Next week won’t be easy, either: Oakland host Peyton Manning and the Broncos.

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