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RB's break-out game buries Raiders

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Shaun Alexander was the fourth running back selected in the 2000 draft and nearly turned in the best rushing performance ever.

Alexander's 35-carry, 266-yard game included an 88-yard touchdown run in the third quarter that gave the Seahawks the lead for good in a 34-27 victory against the AFC West-leading Raiders.

"I temper my enthusiasm to help him keep his feet on the ground," Seattle coach and general manager Mike Holmgren said. "But he was marvelous tonight."

Alexander, the 19th player chosen in last year's draft, helped the Seahawks snap the Raiders' five-game winning streak.

"When you run the ball, you know you dominate," Seahawks rookie guard Steve Hutchinson said.

Replacing Curt Warner and Joey Galloway in Seattle's record book, Alexander came close to surpassing Corey Dillon (278 yards), Walter Payton (275) and O.J. Simpson (273) in the NFL record book, too.

"I think like that," Alexander said, not surprised by his performance. "I dream so big. I think big with everything."

"It was really embarrassing to have Alexander run on us like he did," said Raiders cornerback Charles Woodson.

Alabama's all-time rushing leader was supposed to be good, but not this good. In the 2000 draft, he was selected after Jamal Lewis was picked fifth by Baltimore, Thomas Jones seventh by Arizona and Ron Dayne 11th by the Giants.

Alexander started his fifth game in place of the injured Ricky Watters, who is sidelined for 6-to-8 weeks because of a right shoulder injury. Watters is expected to be back in three more weeks.

"It feels good," said Alexander, who had TD runs of 6 and 10 yards. "It feels good that we went out there and busted one loose. It felt good to rush on the home field like we did."

Holmgren likes Alexander's confidence.

"He thinks he's pretty good, and he is," he said.

Alexander's 266 yards broke the team single-game record of 207 yards set by Warner at Kansas City in overtime Nov. 27, 1983. His 88-yard TD run that broke a 20-all tie late in the third quarter was the longest in team history, breaking the mark of 86 yards on a reverse for a touchdown by Galloway, a receiver, on Nov. 12, 1995, against Jacksonville.

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