The Raiders travel 5,345 miles in search of their second win of 2018 as they play the Seattle Seahawks at the famed Wembley Stadium in London.
The Oakland Raiders’ 1-4 start to the season may be the most disappointing of any team in the league not named the Seattle Seahawks.
The Seahawks, usually a good bet to vie for the NFC West division title and make a strong run at the playoffs, have stumbled out of the gate with a 2-3 record. Last week, they were edged by the Los Angeles Rams, 33-31, and also have losses to the Chicago Bears and Denver Broncos.
Russell Wilson poses a big threat to the Raiders defense as both a passer and a runner. Linebackers Marquel Lee and Tahir Whitehead will have to keep an eye on Wilson at all times. Whitehead recorded a game-high nine tackles last week against the Chargers.
“He’s good, he’s great outside the pocket,” Whitehead said of Wilson this week. “Probably one of the better quarterbacks in the league in getting outside the pocket, then making those deep throws for the big plays.”
On offense, a banged-up line now missing Donald Penn for the rest of the season, left guard Kelechi Osemele missing practice with an injured knee and starting right tackle Kolton Miller still nursing an MCL sprain, will have a challenge against Seahawk linemen Frank Clark and Jarren Reed and linebacker Bobby Wagner.
The Raiders scored only 10 points against the Chargers last week in a 26-10 loss. Derek Carr completed 24 of 33 passes for 268 yards and one touchdown, a 1-yard connection to Jordy Nelson late in the fourth quarter.
Besides Osemele missing practice on Wednesday, defensive tackle Frostee Rucker was also out with a neck injury. Seven other Raiders were listed as limited: center Rodney Hudson, defensive tackle Maurice Hurst, guard Gabe Jackson, safety Karl Joseph, linebacker Emmanuel Lamur, running back Marshawn Lynch and tackle Kolton Miller.
In a big development for Seattle, Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Raiders.
The game opened with the Seahawks as a 1-point favorite, but that number has been bet up to 2.5 points. The total opened at 47 points but has since risen to 48.
The game will be played on grass at London’s Wembley Stadium.