What We Saw: Week 12

The What We Saw team recaps everything you missed from Week 12

Raiders @ Seahawks

Final Score: Raiders 40, Seahawks 34

Writer: Matthew Theodosopoulos (@FreeMattyTee on Twitter)


Talk about a thriller. In a game that featured an allergy to defense, Josh Jacobs and the Raiders would defeat the Seattle Seahawks in an overtime stunner. Although both defenses forced turnovers, it seemed as though it was more of the offenses making mistakes rather than the defenses making plays. It was a high-scoring yet sloppy affair that saw the Seahawks begin a losing streak while the Raiders began their winning streak. The MVP of not only the game, but the entire week, was Josh Jacobs who could not be stopped by anybody.


Las Vegas Raiders




Derek Carr: 25/36, 295 Yards, 3 TD, 2 INT | 2 Carries, 10 Yards


Although he started off cold with 2 interceptions in the first quarter, Derek Carr played a fine game otherwise. The Seattle defense was not in the business of stopping Josh Jacobs, which really helped to open up the passing game. Carr’s game-tying touchdown pass to Foster Moreau was perfectly placed with great touch. Carr’s second touchdown pass of the game came on an awesome flea flicker that was close to being blown up in the backfield. The game was a shootout, and Derek Carr managed the game well for the Raiders.



Running Back


Josh Jacobs: 33 Carries, 229 Yards, 2 TD | 7 Targets, 6 Receptions, 74 Yards

Ameer Abdullah: 3 Carries, 16 Yards | 3 Targets, 3 Receptions, 39 Yards, TD

Zamir White: 2 Carries, 28 Yards


Talk about the story of the game. Josh Jacobs had an absolutely dominant game, garnering over 300 yards combined through both the ground game and passing game. He was truly unstoppable; his short/bad runs still managed to go for seemingly 5 yards every attempt. It was a putrid display from the Seahawks’ run defense, a run defense that held saquon Barkley in check just a few weeks ago. It wasn’t just Jacobs that had his way with the Seattle defense, but any player running the ball for the Raiders were able to find easy success. Ameer Abdullah caught the first las Vegas touchdown of the game and had 55 combined yards, while Zamir White saw just two carries for 28 yards. The game went to overtime and ended poetically, as Josh Jacobs broke off an 86-yard game-winning rush late in the period. Seattle’s defense was totally exposed and taken advantage of today.




Wide Receiver/Tight End


Davante Adams: 11 Targets, 7 Receptions, 74 Yards

Mack Hollins: 5 Targets, 4 Receptions, 63 Yards, TD

Foster Moreau: 7 Targets, 3 Receptions, 33 Yards, TD

Keelan Cole: 2 Targets, 2 Receptions, 12 Yards, 1 Fumble (Recovered)

Jakob Johnson: 1 Target


The running game being as successful as it was meant less of a reason for Las Vegas to be slinging the ball around the field. That being said, Raiders pass catchers still managed to have very productive games, with Derek Carr throwing 3 touchdowns. Davante Adams led the way with 11 targets, catching 7 for 74 yards and being kept out of the endzone. He had a pretty quiet day through most of the game, but did account for this sick 1-handed grab down the sideline.



Mack Hollins was the beneficiary of the Vegas flea flicker, catching 4 other passes for 63 yards total and a score. Foster Moreau was targeted plenty, but only caught 3 passes for 33 yards and the game-tying touchdown. He could have been more productive, but Carr missed him deep down the middle of the field. Keelan Cole didn’t do much but did almost give away the game before overtime when he muffed a late Seattle punt.


Seattle Seahawks




Geno Smith: 27/37, 328 Yards, 2 TD, INT | 5 Carries, 22 Yards, 1 Fumble (Lost)


Geno Smith had a… solid enough day. He made some great passes and threaded some needles. He extended plays and was willing to run out and throw some blocks for his teammates. But he also made some mistakes. He mishandled a handoff to Ken Walker which led to a killer fumble deep in Las Vegas territory. He threw an interception that looked bad, but was a combination of several factors going wrong (DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett running into the same area and messing each other up), so not totally on Geno. All in all, Geno Smith played a very solid game and was not the reason the Seahawks lost today.


Running Back


Kenneth Walker III: 14 Carries, 26 Yards, 2 TD | 1 Target, 1 Reception, 13 Yards

Travis Homer: 2 Carries, 8 Yards | 3 Targets, 2 Receptions, 45 Yards, TD

DeeJay Dallas: 1 Carry, 2 Yards | 2 Targets, 2 Receptions, 13 Yards


It looked to be another big day for rookie running back Ken Walker III. The young playmaker had 2 touchdowns near the beginning of the third quarter. However, those two touchdown runs equated to 26 yards themselves. He had a very, very quiet day against one of the worst rushing defenses in the league. Now, while his numbers could have been better, his touchdown runs were still great plays. In particular, his second score of the day was awesome to see.



Travis Homer had a couple of big plays through the air. Most importantly, Homer caught a late ball that he turned into a touchdown. Deejay Dallas is used very sparingly in addition to handling return duties.



Wide Receiver/Tight End


DK Metcalf: 15 Targets, 11 Receptions, 90 Yards

Tyler Lockett: 7 Targets, 3 Receptions, 68 Yards, TD

Marquise Goodwin: 1 Carry, 7 Yards | 3 Targets, 3 Receptions, 48 Yards

Noah Fant: 3 Targets, 3 Receptions, 34 Yards

Will Dissly: 3 Targets, 2 Receptions, 17 Yards


While the results may have not been what the Seahawks had hoped for, they finally did something they should have been doing for a long time: hyper target DK Metcalf. Players simply are not supposed to be able to be as fast as DK is while being as tall and strong as DK is. He is a specimen and Seattle should take advantage of these facts every single game. It only added up to 90 yards on the day, but that shouldn’t take away from the fact that DK Metcalf can be an elite, dominant wide receiver if the Seahawks let him. Tyler Lockett had a very smooth deep touchdown catch, but was otherwise relatively quiet. Marquise Goodwin showed that he is a stellar WR3, catching a big pass through contact and having a very speedy run. Noah Fant and Will Dissly (and Coby Parkinson, despite not being targeted today) remain involved in this offense, but with three capable pass-catching tight ends these waters tend to be a bit murky.


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