Despite having a seven-game winning streak against Seattle, the Raiders are leery about their matchup with the Seahawks on Sunday at the Coliseum, and rookie quarterback Rick Mirer is the reason.
In their 17-13 victory over Seattle in September, Mirer was playing in only his second NFL regular-season game. Since then, the former Notre Dame standout has put up some impressive numbers. He has completed 57.6% of his passes for 2,240 yards, which already is fourth on the all-time list for rookies. Last week, he passed for 287 yards, best in his career, in Seattle's 31-16 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
"He's a good, accurate quarterback, who can scramble and give you problems," Raider safety Derrick Hoskins said. "He was a little inexperienced when we played before, but you can see that he's gotten better."
Mirer, who has started all 12 games for the Seahawks, completed 14 of 22 passes for 149 yards in the first game against the Raiders. He did, however, throw two of his 15 interceptions.