SEATTLE (AP) Craig Terrill and the Seattle Seahawks delivered the kind of defensive performance they needed with Shaun Alexander and Matt Hasselbeck on the sideline with injuries.
Facing the Oakland Raiders on a stormy night sure helped the cause.
Terrill had 3 of Seattle's 9 sacks and Seneca Wallace threw a touchdown pass to get his first win as an NFL starter, a 16-0 victory over the Raiders on Monday night.
The Seahawks (5-3) had lost 3 of 4 games since Alexander, last year's league MVP, was sidelined with a broken foot. Hasselbeck, a Pro Bowl quarterback last year, has missed 2 straight games with a sprained knee ligament, limiting Seattle's big strike ability.
But backups Wallace and Maurice Morris did enough to make up for those losses on this night. Wallace went 18-30 for 176 yards, including a 22 yard TD pass to Deion Branch in the 1st quarter, against the Raiders (2-6).
Morris ran for a career high 138 yards on 30 carries as the Seahawks had a season high 207 yards on the ground.
While the backups stepped up to help give the defending NFC champion Seahawks a 1 game lead over St. Louis in the NFC West, it was the improvement on defense that was most notable.
Seattle had allowed at least 28 points in 5 successive games for the first time since its first 5 games in existence in 1976, and held the opposition scoreless in only 1 of the previous 17 quarters.