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Raiders' new coach undefeated after beating Seahawks

SportsLine.com wire reports

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Tim Brown made sure his new coach got the game ball.

After the Oakland Raiders' 31-17 defeated the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, Brown congratulated new coach Bill Callahan, who replaced Jon Gruden when he left for Tampa Bay.

Charlie Garner gains 187 total yards and scores two TDs. 
Charlie Garner gains 187 total yards and scores two TDs.(AP) 
"Obviously, there has been a lot of talk about that, can we be the same team?" said Brown, the longest tenured Raider who is playing for his sixth coach since joining the team in 1988.

"This is only one victory, but it's important he get the game ball. Everybody can settle down, they know he can coach. If we don't win another game, it's not his fault."

Rich Gannon completed 19 of 28 passes for 214 yards and two touchdowns, and Charlie Garner amassed 191 total yards and scored two touchdowns.

The Raiders tallied 24 straight points to beat the Seahawks for the fifth straight time in the Coliseum since 1997.

"I thought our team came out and played physical today," Callahan said. "We wanted to be physical from the onset. I thought our units were cohesive. Our run defense was outstanding, and we limited Seattle a great deal."

Because NFL realignment has separated the longtime AFC West rivals, Seattle is not slated to return to Oakland for a regular-season game until 2010. The Seahawks enter their first season in the NFC West this fall.

Sunday's meeting was much like last year's game here, except this time Seattle quarterback Matt Hasselbeck played well.

Hasselbeck, filling in for injured starter Trent Dilfer, completed his first eight passes and led the Seahawks into the end zone in their first offensive series with a 1-yard touchdown pass to Itula Mili.

As the starter last season, Hasselbeck was sacked six times before getting benched with the Seahawks trailing 38-0 in an eventual 38-14 loss.

"It's a great place to play," Seattle coach Mike Holmgren said of the Coliseum. "We haven't played our best football here. We've played poorly. I wish I had an answer for that, but I don't."

In Seattle's 1-3 preseason, Hasselbeck threw five interceptions and only one touchdown.

Rookie Maurice Morris set up Mili's touchdown when he returned a kickoff 66 yards to start the Seahawks' drive on the Oakland 36.

But then Seattle fell apart, struggling to convert third downs and allowing the Raiders touchdowns on their first three drives of the second quarter. The Seahawks were penalized 13 times for 105 yards.

"There wasn't anything we hadn't seen in practice," Seahawks cornerback Shawn Springs said. "They outblocked us, they outran us, they out-toughed us. There weren't any secret plays."

Perhaps this win was enough for the Raiders to rid themselves of their bad memories from an embarrassing loss in Seattle last season, when Shaun Alexander ran all over them.

Alexander's name came up all week at the Raiders' practice facility. He ran for 266 yards and three touchdowns, including an 88-yarder, as the Seahawks won 34-27 last November.

"I told everybody what he did against us was a fluke last time," said defensive tackle Rod Coleman, who had two sacks. "And I didn't expect it to happen again."

Oakland's new defensive front led by John Parrella and Sam Adams made sure to shut down Alexander. He was limited to 36 yards on 13 carries but added an 11-yard touchdown reception in the final minutes.

"The only tough thing about this is we don't get another shot at them like we used to," Alexander said.

Garner was the running back of the day. He carried 15 times for 127 yards and had five catches for 64.

Gannon, who did not throw a touchdown pass the entire preseason, hit Brown for an 8-yard TD pass on Oakland's opening possession.

Backup Raiders running back Zack Crockett was carted off the field late in the first quarter after injuring his neck while covering a punt. He was able to move his arms and legs but was taken to a local hospital for tests. Callahan said X-rays were negative.


  • Springs recovered a fumble and returned it 71 yards to set up a 32-yard field goal by Rian Lindell early in the fourth quarter. Gannon tackled Springs.
  • The Seahawks played without key offensive linemen Chris McIntosh (neck) and Walter Jones (contract dispute).
  • The Raiders outgained the Seahawks 423 to 186.

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Scoring Summary
TDTim Brown, 8 Yd pass from Rich Gannon (Sebastian Janikowski kick is good), 10:47. Drive: 8 plays, 65 yards in 4:13.
TDItula Mili, 1 Yd pass from Matt Hasselbeck (Rian Lindell kick is good), 06:53. Drive: 6 plays, 36 yards in 3:54.
TDCharlie Garner, 20 Yd run (Sebastian Janikowski kick is good), 13:51. Drive: 2 plays, 38 yards in 0:44.
TDCharlie Garner, 26 Yd pass from Rich Gannon (Sebastian Janikowski kick is good), 09:38. Drive: 6 plays, 69 yards in 2:37.
TDRandy Jordan, 12 Yd run (Sebastian Janikowski kick is good), 03:17. Drive: 9 plays, 67 yards in 4:44.
FGSebastian Janikowski 27 Yd, 09:02. Drive: 10 plays, 42 yards in 5:06.
FGRian Lindell 32 Yd, 14:57. Drive: 6 plays, 10 yards in 2:10.
TDShaun Alexander, 11 Yd pass from Matt Hasselbeck (Rian Lindell kick is good), 05:44. Drive: 10 plays, 59 yards in 6:01.
M. Hasselbeck23/3215520
S. Alexander133609
M. Hasselbeck2604
D. Jackson1101
K. Robinson539011
S. Alexander636111
B. Engram225016
I. Mili323114
J. Stevens318011
D. Jackson3707
M. Strong1707
R. Gannon19/2821421
C. Garner15127128
T. Wheatley1865010
R. Gannon31408
R. Jordan214112
J. Porter1404
T. Kirby1-30-3
C. Garner564126
T. Brown446120
J. Rice225013
J. Porter118018
T. Wheatley31809
R. Williams116016
R. Jordan115015
J. Ritchie21207
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