Final

Seahawks 31

(2-2, 0-2 away)

Raiders 41

(2-2, 2-0 home)

Coverage: NFL

10:00 PM ET, August 28, 2014

O.co Coliseum, Oakland, CA 

1 2 3 4 T
SEA 7 14 0 1031
OAK 21 14 3 341

Top Performers

Passing: D. Carr (OAK) - 143 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: G. Atkinson III (OAK) - 8 CAR, 63 YDS

Receiving: D. Moore (OAK) - 3 REC, 58 YDS, 2 TD

Carr's 3 TDs lead Raiders past Seahawks 41-31

Associated Press

OAKLAND, Calif. -- With a fabulous finish to the preseason, rookie Derek Carr created a big question for the Oakland Raiders heading into the regular season.

Carr threw three touchdown passes to make a case he should be Oakland's starting quarterback as the Raiders beat the Seattle Seahawks 41-31 on Thursday night.

Carr was almost perfect in the start in place of Matt Schaub, completing 11 of 13 passes for 143 yards and led Oakland (2-2) to four touchdowns in four drives.

"Let's not burry our head in the sand," coach Dennis Allen said. "But I haven't changed anything. I think we're in good shape where we're at with all of our quarterbacks and I feel good about being in the position we're in."

Schaub was anointed the starter after being acquired in an offseason trade from Houston. Coach Dennis Allen hasn't deviated from that plan even as Schaub struggled in the preseason before resting this game with a sore throwing elbow.

Now the question will be if Carr's strong performance that included one touchdown drive against Seattle's first-team defense or Schaub's health will be enough to change that plan before the opener against the New York Jets on Sept. 7.

"That's up for coach Allen to talk about," Carr said. "My job is to come in and compete my tail off and help this team win."

The Seahawks (2-2) have no questions about their starting quarterback. Russell Wilson made the most of a brief cameo, completing three passes for 77 yards, including a 25-yard touchdown pass to Luke Willson on a four-play drive to open the game.

"When I look back at this preseason the thing that jumps out at me is what our offense was able to do when the first group was in there," coach Pete Carroll said. "Russell had a phenomenal preseason statistically in every way. That group looks ready to play."

The bigger question for the Super Bowl champions coming into this game was whether former Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor could show enough to earn a spot on the roster as a third quarterback.

Pryor, booed by his former fans, played his best game of the preseason, going 11 for 17 for 134 yards and a 33-yard touchdown pass to Phil Bates. He also ran for 12 yards on four carries.

DeShawn Shead also scored on a 55-yard interception return on a pass thrown by Matt McGloin.

But this night was all about Carr, who said he was "less rookie" than he was two weeks ago with the starting offense when he yelled out the play in the huddle so loud that his teammates were afraid the defense could hear the call.

The second-round pick out of Fresno State made the most of the starting assignment. He completed five passes on the opening drive, including a third-down conversion to Denarius Moore, who was covered by All-Pro Richard Sherman. Latavius Murray capped the drive with a 5-yard TD run.

"I was really excited that they played," Carr said of Seattle's starting defense. "You obviously want to play against the best. They have the ring to prove it. That's what we're chasing."

Carr was just getting started, leading back-to-back one-play touchdown drives following big special teams plays.

After a fumbled kickoff by Bryan Walters, Carr threw a 36-yard TD pass to Moore on the following play to give the Raiders a 14-7 lead.

TJ Carrie's 45-yard punt return set up Oakland's next drive at the Seattle 20. On the next play, Carr threw a TD pass to Mychal Rivera, who made a great adjustment on a pass that was deflected by Malcolm Smith.

Carr ended his night with an eight-play touchdown drive, capping it with a perfectly placed back-shoulder 11-yard throw to Moore. That gave Oakland a 28-7 lead and sent the crowd into a frenzy rarely seen in the preseason.

That ended Carr's night and started what could be more than a week of questions about the opening day starter.

"The great thing is we have three guys who could start at quarterback for us," Allen said. "I'm very happy with where we're at with the quarterback room. The biggest thing is to see where Matt is when he comes in Monday."

Game notes


Walters had five kick returns for 137 yards, two punt returns for 13 yards and three catches for 47 yards as he tries to earn a spot on Seattle's roster. ... Undrafted rookie George Atkinson III had eight carries for 63 yards for Oakland. ... McGloin threw a TD pass to Brice Butler, the fourth time the two had connected on a scoring play this preseason.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SEA
OAK
1st Downs1921
Passing 1st downs
1014
Rushing 1st downs
66
1st downs from penalties
31
3rd down efficiency
6-147-13
4th down efficiency
0-20-0
Total Plays5964
Total Yards406353
Yards per play6.95.5
Total Drives1214
Passing295229
Comp-Att
21-3321-32
Yards per pass
8.46.7
Interceptions thrown
01
Sacks-Yards Lost
2-62-19
Rushing111124
Rushing Attempts
2430
Yards per rush
4.64.1
Red Zone (Made-Att)1-23-3
Penalties12-959-52
Turnovers11
Fumbles lost
10
Interceptions thrown
01
Defensive / Special Teams TDs10
Possession27:1532:45

Passing Leaders

SEAC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Pryor11/171347.9101-0
Wilson3/37725.7100-0
OAKC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Carr11/1314311.0300-0
McGloin10/191055.5112-19

Rushing Leaders

SEACARYDSAVGTDLG
Daniels23417.0028
Bronson7314.4015
OAKCARYDSAVGTDLG
Atkinson III8637.9026
Murray8415.1114

Receiving Leaders

SEARECYDSAVGTDLG
Walters34715.7133
Kearse14444.0044
OAKRECYDSAVGTDLG
Moore35819.3236
Holmes34916.3026

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSEAOAK
seaTD13:15Luke Willson 25 Yd pass from Russell Wilson (Steven Hauschka Kick)
Drive info: 4 plays, 80 yds, 1:45
70
oakTD7:05Latavius Murray 5 Yd Run (Giorgio Tavecchio Kick)
Drive info: 12 plays, 68 yds, 6:10
77
oakTD6:50Denarius Moore 36 Yd pass from Derek Carr (Giorgio Tavecchio Kick)
Drive info: 1 plays, 36 yds, 0:07
714
oakTD4:43Mychal Rivera 20 Yd pass from Derek Carr (Giorgio Tavecchio Kick)
Drive info: 1 plays, 20 yds, 0:06
721
SECOND QUARTERSEAOAK
oakTD13:45Denarius Moore 11 Yd pass from Derek Carr (Giorgio Tavecchio Kick)
Drive info: 8 plays, 61 yds, 4:29
728
seaTD5:17DeShawn Shead 54 Yd Interception Return (Steven Hauschka Kick)
Drive info: 5 plays, 29 yds, 2:53
1428
oakTD1:50Brice Butler 15 Yd pass from Matt McGloin (Giorgio Tavecchio Kick)
Drive info: 8 plays, 55 yds, 3:27
1435
seaTD0:08Phil Bates 33 Yd pass from Terrelle Pryor (Steven Hauschka Kick)
Drive info: 10 plays, 87 yds, 1:42
2135
THIRD QUARTERSEAOAK
oakFG1:53Giorgio Tavecchio 47 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 6 plays, 38 yds, 2:45
2138
FOURTH QUARTERSEAOAK
seaFG11:22Steven Hauschka 27 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 59 yds, 5:31
2438
seaTD4:30Bryan Walters 7 Yd pass from B.J. Daniels (Steven Hauschka Kick)
Drive info: 8 plays, 91 yds, 4:01
3138
oakFG1:55Giorgio Tavecchio 47 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 7 plays, 19 yds, 2:35
3141