Raiders 7

(4-1, 2-1 away)

Seahawks 30

(2-2, 1-1 home)

10:00 PM ET, August 31, 2006

CenturyLink Field, Seattle, WA 

1 2 3 4 T
OAK 7 0 0 07
SEA 7 13 7 330

Seahawks deal Raiders first preseason defeat

SEATTLE (AP) -- Shaun Alexander has a message for the many folks who say NFL exhibitions mean zilch. Some words for those who will see the defending NFC champion Seattle Seahawks throttling the ragged Oakland Raiders in the final preseason game Thursday night as unrevealing and insignificant.

"Definitely. We're ready," the league MVP said when asked about Seattle's Sept. 10 season opener at Detroit. "We've been ready for about two weeks."

Alexander made a spinning run for a touchdown before leaving after two series with the rest of the Seahawks' starters. His backup, Marquis Weeks, reserve quarterbacks Seneca Wallace and David Greene and the entire defense then excelled in embarrassing the recent bottom feeders of the AFC West 30-7. Oakland had been 4-0 in the preseason for the first time.

"You shouldn't get too excited or too down about anything that happens in the preseason, unless it's an injury," Seattle coach Mike Holmgren cautioned.

Weeks ran for 78 yards on 22 carries and a touchdown after entering for Alexander's injured backup, Leonard Weaver.

Greene, who this week won the No. 3 quarterback job but has struggled throughout his first two seasons, was 13-for-19 for 144 yards.

Wallace was 8-for-13 for 58 yards and an improvisational 18-yard touchdown pass to D.J. Hackett late in the first half. That was after most of the starting line returned for two series and gave Wallace time to drift around and find Hackett standing alone in the back of the end zone.

The elusive Wallace -- Holmgren wants to convert him to receiver but won't because he doesn't have a proven veteran backup to Pro Bowler Matt Hasselbeck -- also outran four Raiders on a 21-yard scramble on third-and-18 to set up Josh Brown's go-ahead field goal in the second quarter.

Raiders coach Art Shell ran for nuasea medicine.

"This wasn't pretty," Shell said, noticeably agitated. "We didn't play tonight, so I take responsibility.

"We got off the bus and they were waiting for us."

And then that bus ran over the Raiders.

Seattle's defense had concerned Holmgren after giving up big plays on third downs in three exhibitions. But Friday, first- and second-teamers alike whacked the Raiders on all downs -- except for Chris Carr's 72-yard punt return for a touchdown 1:07 into the game.

Seattle outgained Oakland 362-104.

New Raiders quarterback Aaron Brooks and his starters -- except for rookie guard Paul McQuistan -- left after one drive in their final tuneup before Oakland's Sept. 11 opener against San Diego. Their six plays gained 7 yards.

It got no better with backup quarterback Andrew Walter. Oakland had 10 yards on 22 first-half plays -- including minus-3 net yards passing after three Seahawks sacks.

Immediately after the draft, the Raiders made McQuistan their starting right guard. Thursday, the third-round draft choice from Weber State ended his shaky preseason by allowing Rocky Bernard's sack on the first drive.

On the second drive, Bryce Fisher darted inside McQuistan to stop Justin Fargas for a 4-yard loss.

"Rookies have those ups and downs," said Shell, a Hall of Fame lineman. "This was a downer."

Alexander's night ended after he spun out of a pile of bodies inside and beat Tyler Brayton outside to the goal line for a 5-yard touchdown. That tied the game at 7.

The league rushing champion had 18 yards on five carries.

Hasselbeck was 2-for-6 for 15 yards. He threw five times to offseason arrival Nate Burleson, who has become more comfortable in his varying Seattle roles after a slow start to training camp.

Hasselbeck didn't share Alexander's glowing assessment of Seattle's regular-season readiness.

"I'm not sure we're there just yet, but we're showing signs," Hasselbeck said. "We definitely have work to do."

Second-year runner Weaver, used as a primary kickoff returner throughout the preseason, left with 10:32 to go in the opening quarter with what Holmgren said was a high left ankle sprain sustained on a 9-yard run. But Weaver said X-rays were negative and that "everything's good."

Game notes

Jeff George, whom Oakland signed Monday as an emergency quarterback, did not play. The 38-year-old was in full pads and his familiar number 3 jersey, but watched while wearing a baseball cap from the sideline. ... Seattle DE Grant Wistrom, who missed most of the offseason following shoulder surgery, sat out with a strained rib cage muscle. Holmgren said Wistrom could have played. ... Raiders receiver Ronald Curry, a third-down threat before torn Achilles' tendons ended each of his previous two seasons, twice glided effortlessly on deep post patterns. Both times Walter overthrew him.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Scoring Summary

oakTD14:11Chris Carr, 72 yd punt return (Sebastian Janikowski kick is good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 9 yds, 1:07
seaTD9:50Shaun Alexander, 5 yd run (Josh Brown kick is good)
Drive info: 10 plays, 80 yds, 4:11
seaFG12:26Josh Brown 36 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 29 yds, 2:54
seaFG6:39Josh Brown 43 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 6 plays, 17 yds, 2:47
seaTD3:18D.J. Hackett, 12 yd pass from Seneca Wallace (Josh Brown kick is good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 50 yds, 1:10
seaTD2:43Marquis Weeks, 1 yd run (Josh Brown kick is good)
Drive info: 16 plays, 90 yds, 7:55
seaFG4:35Josh Brown 35 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 12 plays, 65 yds, 5:53