Defense has ruled the day for the Oakland Raiders today. On Seattle’s first possession, the Raiders recorded sacks by Tommy Kelly and Richard Seymour. The Raiders’ defense has been so good today that Seattle didn’t record their first first down of the game until there was just 2:29 to go in the half.
The Raiders’ first score came off of a Sebastian Janikowski 31-yard field goal that capped an eight play 45 yard drive in the first quarter. In the second quarter, Jason Campbell threaded the needle between two Seattle defenders on a pass to Marcel Reece on fourth and one from the 30. Reece caught the ball on a slant and bolted to the end zone untouched.
At the half, the Seahawks have just 69 total yards, three yards rushing, two first downs, and have only held the ball for 9:33. The Raiders have also sacked Hasselbeck three times in the game — all in the first quarter.
This game is far from over as the officiating crew is led by Ed Hochuli. There have already been a few questionable calls, or non calls on the day — the biggest a fair catch by Seattle that wasn’t ruled a fair catch. The play only added 10 yards to a punt return, but Tom Cable and staff vehemently argued the call.
Check back later after the game for a postgame recap and quotes from the locker room.