The Oakland Raiders (3-4) host the Seattle Seahawks (4-2) on Sunday following a record-setting victory last week at Denver and will be looking to put together back-to-back wins for the first time since 2008. The Raiders (-2.5 @ Diamond Sportsbook) broke their franchise scoring record in a 59-14 rout of the Broncos but now face a Seattle team that has won three of four games to assume the top spot in the NFC West.
Oakland did an outstanding job of running the ball against Denver thanks to the return of running back Darren McFadden, who carried the ball 16 times for 165 yards with three touchdowns and added two catches for 31 yards and another score. Overall, the Raiders rushed 52 times for 328 yards and will look to expose a Seahawks defense that yielded a season-high 113 yards on the ground to Arizona in a 22-10 win due in part to the absence of defensive tackle Brandon Mebane due to a calf injury. Mebane has missed the last two games and remains questionable.
Quarterback Jason Campbell also rebounded from a poor performance for Oakland in a 17-9 loss at San Francisco the previous week by throwing for 204 yards and two touchdowns against the Broncos. Campbell was the team’s season-opening starter but fell out of favor with head coach Tom Cable but has played the last two games in place of the injured Bruce Gradkowski.
Seattle won its last road game 23-20 at Chicago two weeks ago but was brutal in two previous games away from home, losing by an average of 17 points. The Seahawks got five field goals from kicker Olindo Mare against the Cardinals and also saw wide receiver Mike Williams continue to surprise as the leading candidate for Comeback Player of the Year honors.
Williams had 11 catches for 87 yards and scored a touchdown last week after totaling 10 receptions for 123 yards against the Bears. He has been targeted a combined 31 times by quarterback Matt Hasselbeck over the last two weeks. Running back Marshawn Lynch has improved as well over the last two games since coming over in a trade from Buffalo, rushing a season-high 24 times for 89 yards against the Cardinals, including a 39-yard scamper. Lynch will try to take advantage of a Raiders run defense that is surrendering 138.9 yards per game.
Seattle has lost in its last five trips to Oakland dating back to 1997 but has won five of the last six meetings overall, including five in the preseason. The Seahawks are 5-0-1 against the spread in the most recent head-to-head matchups and have also covered the last two regular-season meetings. The OVER is 4-1 in the last five games overall for the Raiders and 6-2 in Seattle’s last eight as a road underdog.