5 things to watch out for in Raiders vs Seahawks at Wembley

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The Raiders and Seahawks clash at Wembley later today and we are expecting a rollercoaster of a game in the classic British rain. 

Oakland, under head coach Jon Gruden in the first year of his unprecedented 10-year deal, face a Seattle side that is in the middle of a big rebuild and as such have several relatively unknown players coming to the fore.

But, for those of you that may not be die-hard NFL fans, we've decided to list some of the things that you should definitely be keeping an eye out for come 6pm today. 

1) Marshawn's Revenge Game

For the first time since initially retiring back in 2015, Marshawn Lynch will be facing off against his former team, the one he spent the best years of his career at and came away with a Super Bowl ring. 

Lynch is the Oakland Raiders' lead back now and has been having a very nice season so far. He currently sits 9th in the rushing leaderboards with 331 yards carrying the rock and a very nice 4.3-yard average per carry. 

The big question will be, can the Seahawks stop him? Let's just say, things don't look good. With the 5th worst rushing defense, Seattle could see their former star ruin riot on them. 

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2) Derek Carr's Play

Sticking with the Oakland Raiders offense, while Lynch is relishing the matchup, Derek Carr - the Raiders franchise quarterback - has started 2018 very slowly. 

Despite the fact that he's completing over 70% of his passes and has the 8th most passing yards through the opening weeks of the season, Carr has also thrown the most interceptions (8) and only has seven touchdowns to his name.

Rumours are swirling that Gruden could be considering a switch at the QB, so if Carr underperforms at Wembley - we could see AJ McCarron at some point. 

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3) Doug Baldwin's Health

On his day, Doug Baldwin is arguably one of the ten best wide receivers in the entire National Football League.

Unfortunately, Baldwin has been hampered by injury after injury recently, and Russell Wilson's favourite target has struggled to get onto the field. Baldwin returned for just his second game of the season in week five and barely saw the ball, catching a pitiful one target for one measly yard. 

Tyler Lockett is fast surpassing Baldwin as the Seahawks go-to wideout - but that could change with another week or rest, rehabilitation and strengthening in Baldwin's dodgy knees. 

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4) Russell in the Rain

Russell Wilson is an incredible, game-changing player who has unfortunately been lumped with a team that isn’t built to win for the next year or two.

But tonight, not only will he have to cope with not having playmakers like Golden Tate, Lynch, Harvin or a healthy Baldwin - he will also have to contend with the British weather coming down on him like a defensive tackle.

The Wembley pitch will be slicker than a grease pit and it’s going to be a struggle finding receivers past the first down marker.

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Welcome Shaquem

For those who only maintain a passing interest in American football, you may not know about a chap called Shaquem Griffin.

An outside linebacker who was drafted out of the University of Central Florida, Griffin shattered barriers by becoming the first one-handed player in the history of the league.

After having his left hand amputated at age 4, Griffin decided to not let his disability hold him back, playing football in high school and starring in college for the Knights before the Seahawks spent a 5th round pick on him in April.

He may only see the field occasionally, but Griffin is a great story that needs to be highlighted.

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And that’s all from me. Enjoy the game!

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