The Las Vegas Raiders are facing something new and different as they go into Week 12. That’s right, something they haven’t done. Well, at least something this team hasn’t done.

The Raiders have not played the Seattle Seahawks, their Week 12 matchup, since 2018, and haven’t beaten the Seahawks since 2010.

A lot of people like to think of the Seahawks as a team that has had a dominant quarterback that can throw it downfield, and a run game that is brutal on their opponents. Oh, and a defense that will light anyone up.

While the team is completely different than it was in 2018, they still have those things.

This will be something new for the Raiders, as head coach Joh McDaniels mentioned on Wednesday. They haven’t played a young team like the Seahawks yet, so they will need to do a lot of work to prepare.

“That’s a good football team,” McDaniels said of the Seahawks. “Pete [Carrol/ head coach] and John [Schneider/ general manager] have always done a really good job of bringing in young players, developing them quickly, and putting them in there. They have played more young players than any team in the league this year, and they are all making an impact… 

“Some new faces for us. We don’t know this team very well. So, our team is hard at work in terms of learning the personnel, the scheme, the challenges that they present in all three faces, and obviously going up there and playing in Seattle is always a different atmosphere, a very challenging place to play. So, a lot of hard work ahead of us here.”

A lot of people sleep on the Seahawks. No, they don’t have the ‘Legion of Boom’ anymore, but their defense is young and quick. 

Their rookie corner back Tariq Woolen has been one of the best cornerbacks in the league this season.

Geno Smith may not be what Russell Wilson was, but he is playing out of his mind right now, with more than two guys catching all the throws.

No, they don’t have Marshawn Lynch or Chris Carson anymore, but they do have an explosive rookie running back in Kenneth Walker who is one of the league’s best already.

This matchup won’t be easy, despite the fact that this team isn’t what it once was. I think the Raiders know that, as they walk into something new, that they haven’t seen yet.

They will be ready though.

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