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Raiders Beat Chiefs 13-10 In Arrowhead | Russell & McFadden Lead Late Game-Winning Drive

September 20th, 2009 38 comments

Raiders Chiefs FootballIn an otherwise sloppy offensive game between the Raiders and Chiefs, the Raiders prevailed late in the game beating the Chiefs 13-10 for the Raiders first win of the season.

The Chiefs out gained the Raiders with409 total yards on offense to the Raiders 166. While the Chiefs trailed the Raiders 6-3 for most of the game, the Chiefs took the lead with a 29-yard TD pass from Cassell to Bowe with 2:30 left in the 4th quarter.

Despite finding little success on offensive side, Russell led the Raiders down the field in a late impressive drive to take the lead. In a 9 play 69-yard drive, Russell connected with Todd Watkins for a big 28-yard completion and finally capped off the drive with a McFadden TD run.

Watch McFaddens TD Run (NFL.com).

After last week’s demoralizing loss to the Chargers, the Raiders came close to falling victim to the same late-game defensive collapse after Bowe’s touchdown. Instead, Jamarcus Russell made the plays when he needed to and the Raiders came away with the game despite mustering only 166 total yards.

Throughout the pre-season, the Raiders continued to draw criticism from arround the league for drafting Heyward-Bey, controversey around how the organization is run, coaches punching coaches, and continual remarks to being the worst organization, not just team, in the NFL. But Raider Nation is always here in support, and after years of rebuilding, the Raiders are here to turn their image around this year.

The Raiders now head into week 3 1-1, and look to host the Denver Broncos in the black hole.

Game Notes

  • Safety Michael Huff picked off Chiefs QB Matt Cassell this week for 2 interceptions. Huff now leads the NFL with 3-interceptions.
  • Greg Ellis led the defensive line this week with 2-sacks.
  • The Raiders young receiving core struggled again for a second week. The Raiders totaled 99-yards passing. The Raiders receivers finished the game with 4 receptions (Watkins 1, Murphy 2, Heyward-Bey 1, Miller 0).
  • The Raiders had 0 turnovers.

Raiders Lose To Chiefs 20-13 Second Time Around

December 1st, 2008 2 comments

 

Russell Completed Just 35.7 Percent Of His Passes Sunday

Russell Completed Just 35.7 Percent Of His Passes Sunday

The Raiders opening drive was like no other. For the first time in 52 games, the Raiders looked as if they would score a touchdown on their opening drive. A big pass to Zach Miller, a hook and ladder from McFadden to Curry, and the Raiders were a few yards from scoring. Sadly, the drive stalled and the Raiders settled for a 23-yard field goal from Janikowski. But all looked good, the defense had been holding Tyler Thigpen and the Kansas City running game, and the Raiders moved the ball well.

 

There was only one problem, the Raiders got too cute. On the Raiders second drive, they methodically plowed to the KC 25 yard line. But after stalling again with back to back to back incomplete passes, the Raiders ran a fake field goal play on 4th and 10. Lechler took the snap as if he were setting up for the field goal, Janikowski streaked to the left, except Lechler’s no Chris Paul, and Lechler’s no-look behind the back pass missed Janikowski completely and KC would return the fumble for a touchdown.

Jamarcus Russell finished the day competing 10 of his 28 passes with no touchdowns or interceptions. Fargas ran for a hard fought 82 yards on 18 carries and a touchdown, but fumbled the ball on a crucial drive in the fourth quarter. While McFadden was still being used sparingly and given only 7 carries for 13 yards.

I’m all for the Raiders trying new things to stir the players imagination and to get the offense moving, but a fake field goal run with the kicker on 4th and 10? Really? With the AFC West the way it is this year, the Raiders with a win were still mathematically in the race for a playoff spot. Had they pulled off the win, the Raiders would tie San Diego for second, and three games out of first. But I’m just having dreams, let’s spend the remaining games developing the team.

The Raiders gear up for a short break this week as they travel to San Diego for Thursday Night Football.

Raiders Prepare To Host Chiefs For Week 13

November 26th, 2008 No comments

No news yet on a television blackout for this Sunday’s game against the Chiefs in Oakland, but given the economy and season, brace for one.

As the Raiders prepare for their second match-up with the Chiefs, Kansas City comes in with a different look from the two teams week 2 meeting. Tyler Thigpen has developed into quite the diamond in the rough and will unlikely post the same numbers he had in Arrowhead (13 for 33, 151 pass yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, Sacked 3 times, 45.0 QB Rating).

Although the Chiefs sit at the bottom of the AFC West with a 1-10 record, the Chiefs nearly beat 3 solid NFL teams. Losing only in the last minutes of each game, the Chiefs nearly upset the Chargers, Bucs, and Jets. In their last three games, young Tyler Thigpen threw for 741 yards in the air with 8 touchdowns, 3 interceptions, and rushed for 100 yards on the ground. Both Tony Gonzalez and Dwayne Bowe are tall physical backs and will test the Raiders secondary. Meanwhile, after Larry Johnson’s club incident, the back claims to be back and ready to face the Raiders.

Since 2003, the Raiders are 2-9 against the chiefs, but have won the last two games. The Raiders are healthy and are ready to extend their winning streak to 2 games and challenge San Diego for 2nd in the AFC West Standings. Russell, McFadden, and company are good to go.

Stay tuned for television blackout updates.