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Geno Smith’s Heroics Not Enough for Seahawks in OT Loss to Raiders



As has been the case all season, the Seattle Seahawks needed the best of Geno Smith in order to have a chance on this NFL Sunday.

Smith, who has been embarking on a career renaissance harkening back to his college days at West Virginia, posted another stellar performance. He completed 27 out of 37 passes and threw for 328 yards with two touchdowns, but that wasn’t enough as Seattle lost an overtime thriller to the Las Vegas Raiders by the score of 40-34. Smith also ran for 22 yards.

The loss, which comes on the heels of a bye week, puts the Seahawks behind 49ers at the top of the NFC West. San Francisco also has the current edge based on a head-to-head win, but the two teams will meet again in a few weeks for a Thursday night clash. But up next for Smith and his team is at trip to Los Angeles and a matchup with the struggling defending Super Bowl champion Rams.

In others news, Smith’s teammate and fellow former Mountaineer Bruce Irvin recored a couple tackles in the game.

Smith remains as one of the most prolific players in school history as the all-time passing yards and passing touchdowns leader with 11,662 yards and 98 touchdowns. He played from 2009-12 before being a second round selection by the New York Jets.

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