The Seattle Seahawks closed out the preseason last night with a 41-31 loss to the Oakland Raiders. The first team starters played a total of one drive, with Russell Wilson going 3-for-3 for 77 yards and a touchdown on the game’s opening series.
After the first team starters exited, the defense was throttled by rookie quarterback Derek Carr, who threw for three touchdowns in the game. The defensive prowess we have become accustomed to seeing from the Seahawks was simply not their from the second team.
Carroll addressed his team’s defensive play, which allowed 41 points to the Raiders offense. “This game is not indicative, I hope, of how we’re going to play,” Carroll told Seahawks media after the game.
Although the second and third stringers may have not put on a great performance for the Seahawks, Carroll was delighted with the play of his starters.
“I thought we played really well when the first unit was in there on offense,” Carroll told the media. “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.”
“We’ve moved ahead,” Carroll continued. “We’re better than we were in the past. And I think it’s the growth of the quarterback and his connection with all his guys. All in all, I think we’re ready to go.”
The Seattle Seahawks begin their trek back to the Super Bowl next week when they open the regular season against the Green Bay Packers on Thursday night.