OAKLAND -- Most of the Raiders' key players received the night off Thursday. Others such as veteran wide receiver Denarius Moore played because the coaches wanted one last look at them before the final roster cuts take place.

Moore made a convincing case for being one of the 53 players who go into the regular season in a Raiders uniform.

In fact, Moore played so well in the Raiders' 41-31 win over the Seattle Seahawks that he merits consideration for a starting spot once again.

Moore used to be among those who had job security and spent the final exhibition game playing little, if any, while others sought to impress the coaches.

Not anymore. He is one of seven receivers vying for a roster spot and playing time.

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Denarius Moore (17) catches a 36-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Derek Carr during the first quarter of an NFL preseason
Oakland Raiders wide receiver Denarius Moore (17) catches a 36-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Derek Carr during the first quarter of an NFL preseason football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) (Ben Margot/AP)

For now, the starting spots appear to belong to Rod Streater and James Jones. It's not surprising that Streater and Jones received the night off Thursday, while Moore and others worked.

That gave them prime seats to watch Moore strut his stuff. Moore wasted little time showing what he is capable of doing.

He caught a pass for 11 yards and a first down to keep alive the Raiders first touchdown drive. Most impressive, Moore made the reception despite a poor throw by Derek Carr and tight coverage by All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman.

Moore adjusted to the pass thrown behind him, reached out and snared the ball before Sherman had a chance to counter.

A short time later, Moore sprinted past a cornerback and hauled in a 36-yard pass from Carr to break a 7-7 tie in the first quarter.


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He capped his impressive performance with an 11-yard touchdown on a back-shoulder throw from Carr.

Moore turned in time, snagged the ball and got both feet down in bounds before he stepped out of the end zone.

With that, Moore joined Streater, Jones and others who got the night off on the sideline.

"Denarius made a couple of really nice catches," Raiders coach Dennis Allen said.

Moore and most of the other Raiders weren't available for comment after the game.

The way Moore played Thursday is what Allen and the Raiders expect. Yet, too often last season Moore went long stretches without being much of a factor. Allen even benched Moore in 2012 for what he deemed inconsistent play.

The Raiders still lack a bona fide No. 1 receiver. Moore is the one who has the skill set to be that guy, just as he showed Thursday.

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