Just when they looked like a lock for a postseason spot, the Seahawks are beginning to resemble the woeful Seattle teams that have missed the playoffs an NFL-high 10 straight seasons.
Overcoming a broken wrist and a strained thigh, Rich Gannon threw scoring passes of 14 and five yards to Tim Brown as the Oakland Raiders took a 17-point lead in the second quarter and held on for a 30-21 win today over the Seahawks.
Seattle (8-4) was undermined by turnovers for the second straight week. Ricky Watters fumbled twice and Jon Kitna, who had five interceptions and a fumble in a 16-3 loss to Tampa Bay last week, was picked off twice by the Raiders (6-6).
Adding to their woes, Seahawks cornerback Chris Canty was taken off the field on a cart late in the game with a concussion. Canty was strapped to a stretcher and his neck was wrapped with a brace as players on both teams prayed and watched anxiously from the sidelines.
Gannon, who pedaled on a stationary bike between series to keep his thigh from tightening up, was 19 of 24 for 253 yards. Zack Crockett had a one-yard scoring run and Michael Husted, whose inconsistency led the Raiders to audition a couple of place kickers in the past week, added field goals of 42, 23 and 18 yards.
Watters had an eight-yard scoring run, Joey Galloway caught a 31-yard scoring pass and Sean Dawkins caught a three-yard scoring pass for Seattle.
Brown became the third player with 1,000 yards receiving in seven consecutive seasons. Brown, who had six catches for 75 yards, tied Lance Alworth with seven straight 1,000-yard seasons. Only Jerry Rice, with 11 straight, has more.