Raiders beat Seahawks 20-7 in preseason opener

Kirk Kern
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Aug 14, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders running back B.J. Emmons (35) jumps over the line of scrimmage to score a touchdown as Seattle Seahawks safety Joshua Moon (37) and linebacker Aaron Donkor (43) defend during the second half at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

The Gus Bradley era of Raiders defense is off to a great start, even without the bulk of the first-team offense playing in their preseason opener against the Seattle Seahawks.

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The Raiders dominated the game defensively, allowing only one second-half touchdown in a 20-7 victory Saturday night in a sold-out Allegiant Stadium.

It was the first game in their new stadium to host fans, and the team didn’t disappoint.

The Raiders defense limited the Russell Wilson-less Seahawks to only 16 offensive plays in the first half and 6:48 time of possession. Seattle managed only 44 yards and three first downs in the half.

“I thought it was a good start,” coach Jon Gruden said. “A lot of players played tonight and they’ve come a long way in a very short period of time…. the energy was great. We’re getting better. We’ve still got a long way to go.”

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Aug 14, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders manager Jon Gruden (second from left) celebrates with fans after defeating the Seattle Seahawks at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

On the other hand, Raiders third-string quarterback Nathan Peterman played nearly the entire game, passing for 246 yards on 29 of 39 passing. He didn’t have a touchdown pass and threw one interception.

“I think that’s when I play my best, when I have something to prove,” Peterman said. “I was just happy to go out there and have some fun.”

Raiders start fast in preseason opener

The Raiders took the opening kickoff and drove down the field and scored on a Trey Ragas one-yard plunge on fourth down and goal with 7:27 left in the first half.

The Raiders scored on a pair of Dominik Eberle field goals in the second half and led 13-0 going into intermission.

Late in the third quarter, the Seahawks cut the lead to 13-7 on a 43-yard touchdown pass from Alex McCough to DeeJay Dallas.

Seattle had a chance to cut the lead to three, but Jason Myers missed a field goal early in the fourth quarter.

Late in the game, B.J. Emmons scored on a 2-yard run for the Raiders to extend the lead to 20-7 with 5:12 remaining.

Backup backs shine in preseason opener

Ragas led the way on offense with 62 yards on 13 carries and a touchdown. Emmons added 45 yards on nine carries and a score.

Zay Jones caught three balls, including two big catches in the first quarter drive, for 57 yards, leading 11 Raiders who caught passes in the game.

“I just try to work as hard as I possibly can,” Jones said. “It doesn’t promise you anything, but it allows for an opportunity to arise.”

Javin White led the Raiders defense with six tackles while Nate Hobbs had one sack and one tackle for loss.