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NFL Week 6 Game preview: Seahawks (2-3) at Raiders (1-4) in London

Seattle had a shot at ending the perfect season of the Los Angeles Rams last week but came up just a bit short in the end. However, their 33-31 loss showed the Seahawks can play with anybody and might not be as farremoved from their recent perennial playoff team status as many believed coming into the season.

The team sounded down, but not out, after their near-upset. They were certainly more upbeat than Raiders coach Jon Gruden after his team fell to 1-4 with a convincing loss to the Chargers. “My fingerprints are all over that record,” he said when asked about why the team is struggling.

Gruden’s only victory came in overtime against the upstart Browns. Any hope that the thrilling 45-42 come-from-behind win would kick off a streak died in Los Angeles. The Raiders made too many mistakes and not enough plays against their division rivals.

Seattle almost put themselves right into playoff discussions against the Rams. Instead, they need to continue their improved play of late and take care of business in Oakland.

Perhaps their trip to jolly old London will lift both these teams’ spirits. A spot of real Earl Grey tea might be just what they need to take the next step.

Injuries and roster moves

Seahawks’ defensive end Rasheem Greene and linebacker KJ Wright are ruled out for Sunday’s game. Offensive guard Ethan Pocic is questionable.

None of the Seahawks’ running backs are listed on the injury report.

Oakland comes into the game with a couple of minorinjuries but expects to be at full strength on the field.

Coaching matchup

Jon Gruden’s second go-round might have started slower than he expected, but few others had high hopes for a flawed Raiders’ team. The decision to trade Khalil Mack will hang over Gruden at least as long as the Bears keep rolling and the Raiders’ defense keeps up their performance.

Pete Carroll is the eternal optimist and motivator. The forever-young coach refused to allow the Seahawks to believe the negative comments that came after the bulk of the Legion of Boom defense became ex-Seahawks. It looks like his players believe Carroll’s hype.

How to watch the Raiders-Seahawks game

Despite its London location and amazing hype overseas, the 7:05 pm local start time makes this game part of the regular early-set of games in America.

It will be broadcast only in Western US markets by CBS Sports. Fans who parted ways with their expensive cable and satellite television providers will turn to Fubo TV to find live stream NFL games like this one.

Fubo delivers the live stream feed direct from CBS to your favorite Internet-connected device. Fubo and other internet television services like DirecTV Now and Sling, offer low-cost monthly subscriptions without a contract or expensive equipment. Check their websites for details.

Who will win the Raiders-Seahawks game?

London affects teams in a variety of ways. Over the years, we’ve seen upsets and let downs more than offensive explosions and continuity. Neither of these teams has much practice handling the travel stresses, which should keep the score low.

That works in the Raiders’ favor, but both teams have quarterbacks who can throw a big pass and pull out a big win at the end of a slugfest. We think Seattle might pull far enough ahead to keep that from happening.

Final score: Seahawks 16, Raiders 10

 

 

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