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Marshawn Lynch's running, Raiders mistakes have Seahawks up 24-10 early in third quarter

The Raiders are sure making this easier on the Seahawks than it could be.

Seattle is missing seven injured starters, started a center which it signed two days before the preseason finale, have a left tackle, middle linebacker and safety each making his first regular-season career start. The Raiders gained 79 of this game's first 119 yards.

But ... ah, this is the winless Raiders.

Derek Carr's interception -- on a brilliantly, tipped-to-himself ball that Seahawks rush man Bruce Irvin returned 35 yards for a touchdown. A miscommunication with a receiver that Richard Sherman grabbed for his first interception of the season. A lost fumble on a kickoff. A 36-yard pass-interference foul and then a taunting penalty, both on Raiders cornerback DJ Hayden that extended drives to the Seahawks' two other touchdowns.

That is why the Seahawks lead 24-3 at halftime in a November drizzle at CenturyLink Field.

But then the Raiders broke through a lapse in Seattle's punt protection up the middle to end the first offensive drive of the second half. Denico Autry blocked Jon Ryan's punt. The ball got kicked around into the end zone before Oakland's Brice Butler recovered it in the end zone for a touchdown to trim the lead to 24-10.

Russell Wilson is 10 for 18 for 85 yards passing, after starting 2 for 8. The offense got going by running Marshawn Lynch for the first three plays of the game, starting behind new, 285-pound fullback Will Tukuafu, for the first three plays of a game for the first time since Seattle traded for him four games into the 2010 season. Lynch touched the ball seven times on the first 10 plays of the game on the drive that ended with Lynch's 3-yard touchdown run that made it 7-3 in the first quarter.

The offense bogged down while Lynch had just three carries combined over the next four drives against the league's 26th-ranked rush defense. When Seattle went back to Lynch starting from its own 22 late in the second quarter, it sparked the 78-yard drive that ended with Lynch's second touchdown, the 5-yard run that made it 24-3 at the half.

If the second half goes as planned, Lynch could approach his season high of 26 carries set in the overtime win over Denver in September.

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