Seahawks Fall to Raiders in Overtime, 40-34

Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs is off to the races on his way to a 86-yard game-winning touchdown run during overtime. (Jennifer Buchanan / The Seattle Times)

The Las Vegas Raiders defeated the Seattle Seahawks this past Sunday, by the score of 40-34 in overtime in Seattle. The Seahawks had every opportunity to win this game but failed to capitalize on them. With the best start possible, and the interception of Derek Carr by Quandre Diggs, Seattle allowed Las Vegas to stay in the game through four quarters. 

Not to say that the game did ultimately come down to overtime, the game could have been put out of reach if the Seahawks did not have costly takeaways in the red zone late in the game. A fumble between Geno Smith and Kenneth Walker III early in the fourth quarter ended up keeping the game tied while the Seahawks were driving. The inability to secure the football late in football games is what mostly has cost Seattle the opportunity to win.

Josh Jacobs was also a one-man wrecking crew yesterday. Jacobs had 229 rushing yards and 303 total yards which was a new Raiders single-game record. Along with three touchdowns, Jacobs was the centerpiece of what was a very successful run game for Las Vegas that didn’t allow Seattle to have the football with the lead. Seattle’s defense was on the field a lot, and signs of tiredness showed in the last play of the game, an 83-yard house call by Jacobs to end the game with four minutes left in overtime. 

The Seahawks’ offense did enough to get the win. Racking up 34 points usually wins a team a football game, but with the Raiders’ offense being able to go points for points in the second half, it ultimately wasn’t enough. From here, Seattle needs to flush this game and move on to another struggling team, the Carolina Panthers. Carolina is coming off a win against the Denver Broncos at home. The defense will need to regroup and be able to gain momentum against a Panthers team that is not very good offensively overall. Next week’s road game against the Los Angeles Rams is almost a must-win if the Seahawks want to remain in playoff contention, as the 49ers begin to run away with the division through 12 weeks. Kickoff for next week’s game in Los Angeles is set for 1:05 p.m.