Fa­mil­iar faces abound when Sea­hawks clash with Raiders in Lon­don

Seat­tle will look to con­tain Lynch’s Beast Mode Sun­day

The Daily Courier - - SPORTS - By The As­so­ci­ated Press

Mar­shawn Lynch and Bruce Irvin helped win a Su­per Bowl in Seat­tle be­fore be­com­ing stal­warts in Oak­land.

Se­bas­tian Janikowski rewrote the record book for the Raiders be­fore boom­ing long kicks for the Sea­hawks.

Seat­tle de­fen­sive co-or­di­na­tor Ken Nor­ton Jr. and Oak­land of­fen­sive line coach Tom Ca­ble spent the past few sea­sons do­ing the same job with the other team.

When the Sea­hawks and Raiders kick off in Lon­don on Sun­day, it will be a re­u­nion of sorts — even though the game will be played sev­eral thou­sand miles from home.

“I’ve al­ways en­joyed the most play­ing against the peo­ple I like the most. There’s guys on the club, coaches and all kinds of con­nec­tions,” Sea­hawks coach Pete Car­roll said. “There’s just con­nec­tions across the board. It just makes it fun.

“If you’re com­pet­i­tive, you like com­pet­ing against the best and your friends. I do. I just look for­ward to it.”

Both teams have more press­ing is­sues than see­ing old friends. The Sea­hawks (2-3) are al­ready three games back in the NFC West and the Raiders (1-4) have strug­gled all sea­son in the first year in Jon Gru­den’s sec­ond stint as coach.

“I don’t like to lose,” Gru­den said. “I think we have work to do. There’s not enough time in the day to do it. I’m de­pressed. I’m tired. I want to win. I want to do bet­ter.”


The Sea­hawks will fi­nally get a chance to tackle Lynch, who starred for the team from 2010-15 and helped Seat­tle win a Su­per Bowl. Lynch was mostly off-lim­its at prac­tice, although line­backer Bobby Wag­ner re­calls get­ting scolded by Lynch for hit­ting him as a rookie and dis­lo­cat­ing Lynch’s fin­ger while try­ing to punch the ball out. There will be no lim­its on con­tact Sun­day. “Never got a chance to tackle Mar­shawn,” Wag­ner said. “Talked a lot of trash. We fi­nally get to go against each other. So it’s go­ing to be fun.”


The Sea­hawks have seen a run­ning back rush for 100 yards in three straight games for the first time since the 2012 sea­son when Lynch beasted for four straight of 100-plus.


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