Thurmond, Carpenter bright spots in Seahawks' 22-6 win over Raiders

Staff writerAugust 29, 2013 

Pete Carroll got a promising glimpse of two players long on potential but short on production during their tenure with the Seattle Seahawks.

Cornerback Walter Thurmond flashed his potential again in his bid to win the slot defender job in a competition with Antoine Winfield, finishing with an acrobatic interception to go with a punt return for 29 yards.

“This is the first time we really felt that he was really able to apply himself, and physically be ready and meet all of the challenges,” Carroll said. “He had a great preseason.”

And mammoth offensive lineman James Carpenter showed he can open holes for the running game, playing for two quarters in his first game back from a foot injury.

Those two performances were part of another dominant effort by the Seahawks in their 22-6 exhibition victory over Oakland on Thursday night at CenturyLink Field – Seattle’s ninth consecutive exhibition win dating back to the 2011 season.

Seahawks kicker Steven Hauschka handled most of the scoring for Seattle with five field goals – including three from beyond 50 yards.

“I can hit longer,” Hauschka said. “I almost had 61 (he hit the crossbar from 61 yards at San Diego in Seattle’s first exhibition game), so I feel comfortable back there. I’m swinging a little more naturally, a little more free.”

Seattle’s first round selection in 2011, Carpenter finally looked healthy and had a couple pancake blocks before tiring late in the opening half.

“I felt real good about it,” Carpenter said. “I did pretty good for my first game for a while. So I’m just going to keep on working, and try to get into the best shape I can for next week.”

Russell Wilson and the starting offense played for one series, taking the opening drive and marching 80 yards on six plays. Running back Robert Turbin capped drive with a 3-yard run for a touchdown.

Wilson finished 3-for-3 for 68 yards on the drive.

The key play was a 50-yard bomb from Wilson to receiver Stephen Williams on a play-action pass as Wilson was rolling to his right.

However, Williams received a concussion on the play, banging his head on the turf while coming down with the catch and did not return to the game.

Seattle took a 10-0 lead on a career-long, 56-yard field goal by Hauschka with 7:06 remaining in opening quarter.

The Raiders answered with a 45-yard field goal by Justin Medlock to cut Seattle’s lead.

Hauschka added two more field goals in the first half – a chip shot from 22 yards and a 51-yarder.

Medlock added another field goal, this one from 37 yards, to make the halftime score 16-6 in favor of Seattle.

Seahawks backup quarterback Tarvaris Jackson played most of the first half, finishing 12 of 17 for 119 yards and a 90.1 passer rating.

Tight end Luke Willson was the leading receiver for the Seahawks, finishing with four catches for 45 yards.

Starting tight end Zach Miller played in his first exhibition game after sitting out most of training camp with a foot injury. The Arizona State University product played a handful of snaps in the opening quarter before Carroll removed him.

Linebacker Bruce Irvin played extensively after getting just seven snaps against Green Bay last week. Irvin brought down Oakland quarterback Terrelle Pryor for a sack in the first half.

Former Seahawks quarterback Matt Flynn, now with Oakland, did not play because of a sore arm.

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