As Derek Carr skipped Game 1 of the Las Vegas preseason and Marcus Mariota injured his leg, third-string quarterback Nathan Peterman entered the field on Saturday night against the Seattle Seahawks. with a bullet on his shoulder.
“It’s kind of when I’m playing my best,” Peterman said.
Peterman completed 29 of 38 passes for 246 yards, leading the Raiders to a 20-7 victory over the Seattle Seahawks.
“Whenever you go there – whether it’s preseason, in training, whatever it is – I always have something to prove that I want to,” said Peterman, who was hesitant to become the only NFL quarterback to play the entire Week 1 game of the preseason. “That’s what it was today, and I’m just happy to go and have fun and win.”
Case Cookus replaced Peterman after the two-minute warning to put the ball back to full-back Garrett Groshek in his only game.
“Nate Peterman is a real professional, he takes his job very seriously, he loves football, he loves to compete at a high level and he cares about his teammates,” said wide Zay Jones, who finished with three receptions. . “When he’s in caucus, when he’s on the pitch, he’ll do his best.”
DJ Turner led the Raiders with seven receptions, while Keelan Doss had six assists. Trey Ragas ran for 62 yards on 13 attempts and added three receptions.
With plenty of talk early in training camp about improving in the red zone, the Raiders netted two touchdowns and two field goals on their four trips inside the Seattle 20-yard line.
“We want to be four out of four, we hope we get better and better as the season goes on,” said Raiders coach Jon Gruden.
Las Vegas scored in his first practice when Gruden decided to go for the fourth and goal on the 1-yard line, Ragas having hit him in the middle of the first quarter. BJ Emmons added a 2-yard TD halfway through the fourth.
Geno Smith started in QB for the Seahawks. He scored 4 of 10 for 46 yards before leaving with a concussion in the first half.
Alex McGough replaced Smith and was 6 of 10 for 54 yards with a touchdown. Sean Mannion finished for Seattle, completing 5 of 8 for 15 yards.
Coach Pete Carroll said Smith was fine right after Raiders defensive back Nate Hobb sent him off to the blind side, but the concussion worsened.
“It kind of progressed after he came back and we had to take him out,” Carroll said. “He wasn’t ready to play.”
McGough took advantage of an exploding cover and teamed up with DeeJay Dallas for a 43-yard touchdown in the third quarter.
The Raiders performed to a local crowd for the first time since moving from Oakland. There was a crowd in just three road games last season and went 2-6 inside its empty 65,000-seat Allegiant stadium with fans banned due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
With a mask warrant in place for the preseason opener, Raiders owner Mark Davis would not commit to requiring fans to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test when the Raiders open the regular season Sept. 13 against Baltimore.
“Health and safety will always be # 1,” he said. “The mandate of the masks is a good idea. I don’t know how you can actually control this. If 100% of people wear masks, then we’re on to something. Otherwise, we may have to take a slightly tougher approach. What we don’t want is to revert to (limited) dating capabilities. We want to be at full capacity at all times.
Carroll spoke about Aldon Smith for the first time since the struggling defensive end was released on Wednesday. Smith signed a one-year contract with Seattle in April, but was arrested two days later for a second-degree battery charge in the parish of St. Bernard, near New Orleans. He is expected to be brought to justice later this month.
“He just couldn’t stay with us,” Carroll said. “He tried, he just couldn’t do it. It’s disappointing. I’m disappointed for him because we gave him a real chance, and we took care of him in every way we could. I wish we had done better. “
The Seahawks host the Denver Broncos next Saturday.
The Raiders travel to Los Angeles on Wednesday to train with the Rams. The teams will play next Saturday at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif.
AP Sports writer Tim Booth in Seattle contributed to this story.