The Oakland Raiders took a page from the old Buffalo Bills' playbook and the result was more of the same.
Operating out of a no-huddle for most of the game, the Raiders ran up a 34-14 victory Sunday over the Seattle Seahawks, getting a career-high 160 yards rushing from Harvey Williams. Jeff Hostetler also passed for 333 yards and two touchdowns, including an 80-yarder to Tim Brown in the Raiders' third consecutive rout."The no-huddle is designed to get big defensive linemen real tired," said Williams, who ran 25 yards for a touchdown and passed for another on an option play. "We tried to make them run out of gas and choke the life out of them. That's pretty much what we tried to do today."
Oakland (5-1) has made the most of its offensive makeover, outscoring opponents 129-41 the last three weeks.
Williams said that kind of offensive domination wouldn't have happened last year, when the Raiders were overly reliant on their traditional big-play attack.
"This year, everybody is touching the ball," Williams said of the varied offensive system implemented by first-year coach Mike White. "It's putting defenses under a lot of stress."
Seattle cornerback Corey Harris experienced that tension first-hand.
"It was a different kind of no-huddle," he said. "It was controlled. They just didn't want us to change personnel. It wasn't a rush situation, they just wanted guys spread out."
After a sluggish first quarter, the Raiders went to the no-huddle early in the second period and used it the rest of the game.
"I think it played a big part in our offensive success," Hostetler said. "We just got into a rhythm, eliminated our mistakes and we just went after them."
Steve Broussard had a 21-yard TD run for Seattle (2-3) and Joey Galloway, the eighth pick in this year's NFL draft, got his first pro touchdown on a 35-yard pass from Rick Mirer.
But the Raiders' defense made it hard to play catchup, holding Chris Warren to 57 yards on 16 carries. Mirer was 15-for-23 for 236 yards, with two interceptions. Seattle was 0-for-11 in third-down conversions.
"In the end, we just got overwhelmed," Christian Fauria said.