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Chiefs pick off Raiders and tighten up AFC West race

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Don’t blame this one on quarterback Kyle Boller, Raiders coach Hue Jackson said in the wake of his team’s 28-0 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. Steer clear of placing blame at the feet of quarterback Carson Palmer while you’re at it, Jackson added.

No, once again, this loss is on Jackson. It’s his way of falling on the sword, deflecting criticism away from his players and being accountable.

“Carson Palmer didn’t lose the game,” Jackson said. “Kyle Boller didn’t lose the game. Coach Jackson lost the game. And you guys can write that. And that’s fine. We will be back. This is a really good football team in there. We need to get healthy and we need to go to work. That’s what we’re going to do.”

That plays well in the locker room and to fans, perhaps. In the end, this game was on Boller and Palmer for having six of their 35 passes intercepted, including two that were returned for touchdowns.

There’s no way to sugarcoat such a dreadful performance. For some perspective, Donald Hollas is the last Raiders quarterback to have six passes intercepted in one game, and that came in 1998.

As a result, the Chiefs suddenly are players in the AFC West despite a disastrous 0-3 start in defense of their divisional title.

The Chiefs now are at 3-3, one game behind the pace-setting San Diego Chargers (4-2) and one-half game behind the Raiders (4-3).

“The thing that makes it tough right here is that we got a bye week, so we got to sit with this taste in our mouths for two whole weeks,” cornerback Stanford Routt said. “But, we’re 4-3, so we just got to go back to work. It’s only one game. There’s no reason to panic or anything like that. We definitely can’t play like that again. We definitely can’t do that.”

Safety Mike Mitchell said this game pointed out how the Raiders still aren’t at the point where they win without playing at or near their best football.

He said the top-tier teams don’t have games like this. They find a way to overcome injuries to key players and don’t lose games to supposedly inferior teams at home.

“For the good teams, it doesn’t happen like that,” Mitchell said. “That’s what we’re still striving to be. We’re striving to be a really good team that, hopefully, we can get to the point where these games are a thing of the past. But, obviously, we still got a lot of work to do.”

PALMER MAKES RAIDERS DEBUT

Jackson took great delight in playing cat and mouse with the media all week about whether Palmer would start against the Chiefs. All along, he said, he intended to go with Boller.

Not that the Chiefs cared one bit.

“We didn’t buy into none of that,” cornerback Brandon Flowers said. “Whoever they decided to start, we were going to be prepared and ready for. With each quarterback, maybe a little bit of their system changed. We knew maybe at some point they would make a switch … but we were prepared for whoever they put out there.”

Palmer said all the talk about Jackson being unsure whether he would start Boller or Palmer was a smokescreen, a game, designed to keep the Chiefs guessing.

“The plan was not to play,” Palmer said. “All week long, it was just being deceptive and giving Kansas City something to think about, I guess.”

Coach Jackson, tricky guy.

Jackson said he wanted to get Palmer into the game toward the tail end, just to get his feet wet. That changed when Boller had three passes intercepted, and it became apparent that the Raiders weren’t going anywhere under Boller’s guidance.

Palmer entered the game early in the third quarter, with the Raiders trailing 21-0. At first, it looked as if Palmer was the spark the Raiders offense needed.

He completed his first pass for 18 yards and marched the Raiders to the Chiefs 35-yard line. The Raiders punted a short time later, though.

On Palmer’s second pass of the fourth quarter, Flowers stepped in front of wide receiver Denarius Moore, caught Palmer’s pass in stride and returned it 58 yards for a touchdown.

Palmer didn’t have to be told what he did wrong on the play.

“Yeah, I knew it,” Palmer said. “That’s football 101. I can’t do that. I knew it just as the ball was coming out of my hand. I’ve seen that look a million times and pulled the ball down throughout my career, the eight years I’ve played in the NFL and the four years I played in college. I just didn’t react fast enough, it’s something I can’t do and I put our team in a bad position doing that.”

Palmer said he memorized only three or four line protections and a small portion of the playbook. He also lacked the desired timing with his receivers.

Now he gets two weeks to brush up on the offense and get in synch with his receivers before the Raiders play again. By then, he said he expects to be much more effective.

“Here’s a guy who’s been here for however many days trying to learn a whole offense, I’m trying to put some things in his ear so he has a chance,” Jackson said. “From my perspective, from where I sat, he did some good things. Obviously, there’s a couple of balls he wishes he had back, but that’s going to happen right now. We’re going to be fine.”

Overall, Palmer completed 8 of 21 passes for 116 yards, with three interceptions. His 17.3 passer rating is the worst of his NFL career in games in which he attempted at least 20 passes. Boller finished with a 22.3 passer rating.

JACKSON HAS ANIMATED EXCHANGE WITH HALEY

This fell well short of the heated exchange between 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh and Lions coach Jim Schwartz a week earlier, but it’s worth noting that Jackson showed his displeasure with Chiefs counterpart Todd Haley after the game.

“That’s between me and him,” Jackson said. “We get to play ‘em again. We’ll go to Kansas City here at some point down the road.”

Just a guess, but Jackson probably wasn’t thrilled by Haley calling for a deep pass with 2 minutes left and the Chiefs leading 28-0. Never mind that the pass for wide receiver Dwayne Bowe fell incomplete. It’s the principal.

The Chiefs ran out the clock on the final two plays, with quarterback Matt Cassel taking a knee.

When asked if the pass had anything to do with why he was upset with Haley, Jackson said:

“No. Oh, hey, he can do what he wants to do. It’s his football team over there. I respect that. That didn’t bother me. It’s OK. We’ll play ‘em again down the road.”

Hmmm, an already tense rivalry just got a little bit more heated, it appears.

Numerous players from each team jawed at each other in the south end zone before the game. At that time, Jackson intervened and played peacemaker. Or did he?

INTERCEPTIONS NOT A FRANCHISE RECORD

Believe it or not, the Raiders failed to match or set a franchise record for most interceptions in a game.

The record came in a game in 1977, when Kenny Stabler was intercepted seven times.

INJURIES UPDATE

Running back Darren McFadden started Sunday’s game, but he was nowhere to be seen by game’s end because of a sprained foot he suffered on one of his two carries.

As a result, the Raiders turned to Michael Bush and rookie Taiwan Jones in the running game. Bush responded with 99 yards on 17 carries. Jones added 18 yards on three rushes.

“I feel like I can step in and do a good job,” Bush said. “I had a good game today. Not to take away from myself, but I mean, like I said, this offensive line is doing a very good job in the running game, and when one guy goes down, somebody else has to step in.”

McFadden wasn’t the only Raiders player in pain by game’s end. Middle linebacker Rolando McClain suffered a lower leg injury, safety Matt Giordano left the game with neck spasms and tight end Kevin Boss suffered a concussion.

Fortunately for the Raiders, these players have two weeks before the next game. The Raiders should have close to a full complement of players for their Nov. 6 game against the Denver Broncos.

“The bye week is huge for getting people healthy so we can get our real team on the field,” Mitchell said.

VAN DYKE SHINES

Rookie cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke was in the Chiefs’ crosshairs from the outset. Cassel targeted Van Dyke on the first play from scrimmage and later went back at him on the same series.

Van Dyke held up under pressure and got the last laugh when he intercepted a Cassel pass for running back Dexter McCluster. It marked Van Dyke’s first interception as an NFL player.

Van Dyke had clear sailing down the right sideline, but he stepped out of bounds before he could get rolling.

“Oh, man, I saw paydirt,” Van Dyke said. “But next time I’ll make sure I get in the end zone, for sure.”

Despite his solid effort, Van Dyke said he isn’t satisfied.

“I missed a couple of tackles out there that I should have made,” Van Dyke said. “My interception, I could have taken it to the crib and put points on the board. I just have to go back this week, watch film and get better every day.”

PRYOR MAKES RAIDERS DEBUT

It’s not every day that a quarterback makes his debut for a team midway through the season. The Raiders had two such occurrences Sunday, with Palmer and rookie Terrelle Pryor playing in a game for the Raiders for the first time.

Pryor was inserted into the lineup as a slot receiver on the Raiders third offensive play of the game. He went in motion, lined up behind center, called for the snap and … was called for a false-start penalty.

The referee said Pryor failed to pause before he called for the snap. Jackson disagreed with Jeff Triplette’s assessment.

“I didn’t think it was a penalty, but they called it,” Jackson said. “So, they said that there wasn’t a pause before the ball was snapped. Well, there’s a cadence before the ball was snapped, there’s a ‘set-hut’ before the ball was snapped.”

Pryor returned to the sideline after the penalty was stepped off, and he never returned to the field the rest of the game.

Jackson said Pryor worked on the play in practice earlier this week.

“Yeah, he was ready for it,” Jackson said. “We practiced it. We practiced it several times. … We practiced it, and it didn’t work out the right way.”

PENALTIES BACK IN SPOTLIGHT

The Raiders committed only five penalties for 35 yards against the Cleveland Browns one week ago. Rather than progress, that effort now seems like a one-game aberration.

On Sunday, the Raiders were flagged 14 times for 120 yards, which goosed their lead in both categories. The Raiders have led in both categories since the first game.

As of now, they have committed 69 penalties for 600 yards. That’s 10 more than the Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers and 100 yards more than the runner-up Panthers.

Routt was nailed for one of a handful personal-foul penalties committed by the Raiders on Sunday.

“We’ve got to be a little more disciplined, even myself as much as anybody on that last, or second-to-last or whatever, what happened on that last drive,” Routt said. “Yeah, we’re going to have to go ahead and keep our composure better. Obviously, this was one of those emotional-type games. Division rival; it’s a bitter rivalry.”

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Steve Corkran

  • LA to TheBay

    K,

    Not like the offense was gonna do anything if we forced a punt anyway.

    We had ample opportunity to come back in that game.

  • Silverandblack666

    MR I have a graduate degree

    If you tell me where you work and what kind of car you drive I will tell you what kind of degree I got and where I got it.

    fair trade?

  • J Hill

    Set us back years?

    What positions were we going to draft with those 2 late first round picks that would have set up us for years to come?

  • ghostraiders

    La to the bay…LOL.. that was one stupid article… obviously not a Raiders fan..

  • CJ Legend 34

    Kookell – Boller is bad bro. Real bad!!! I saw the guy play at Baltimore and he only had one game where he looked like an NFL QB.

    Boller is a roller coaster ride that needs to end. FOr the life of me I don’t know why Hue kept this guy around. Maybe he thought he grew up as a QB. But he has always been bad. Look at a # of his throws man. He is throwing into double coverage at times.

    Boller should not be in the NFL!

  • Silverandblack666

    SD_Raider_619 at first I thought maybe you had some balls but after that last weak sauce post where you tried to put words in my mouth….now I know you have a Vag!

    Maybe you can get all of your tough internet friends to pound it for you?

  • Sullivan44

    Silverandblack666 Says:
    October 24th, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    MR I have a graduate degree

    ……….

    lol. Sure.

    Every single person I’ve met who has even a 4 year college degree from a legit college says so proudly whenever asked. Even if you wanted to remain anonymous, you could still tell us where you got your degree. It’s not like these mean Mexicans are going to narrow you down amongst thousands of other graduates from the same school. You lied, and we all know it. So just shut up and stop telling people you’re educated.

  • Silverandblack666

    Come on MR fair trade my information for yours.

    Be real here and tell us where you work and I will tell you what College I went to.

    Seems like a fair trade to me unless you are in fact unemployed and living with your mother like everyone here claims.

  • Silverandblack666

    MR do you see what kind of crap KK gets in here all day for giving out his personal information?

    Really you cant see that?

    Come on man its a fair trade you tell me something and I will tell you something.

  • hwnrdr

    We got a young, talented team with many distractions these past two weeks! We beat a very good Texans team and an average Browns team back to back! We should have beaten the Chiefs into Oblivion but didn’t! I always expect to win, yesterday was more of a hoping that we do! Never cared for Boller coming out of Cal, but I also never expected an NFL qb to play like he did yesterday!
    Hue’s brashness will get us there…I believe the corner is there for us to turn into!

  • Silverandblack666

    MR

    Lets start with the easy stuff like do you really live with your mom?

    Are you in Elk Grove or Sacramento?

  • Method To My Madness

    1101.LA to TheBay Says:
    October 24th, 2011 at 12:42 pm
    K,

    Not like the offense was gonna do anything if we forced a punt anyway.

    We had ample opportunity to come back in that game.

    *******************

    Hue blew it on 3rd and 1 when he did that pryor play…end of story i knew we were gonna get blasted from that point on…Hue is right in saying its his fault

  • CJ Legend 34 Says:
    October 24th, 2011 at 12:45 pm
    Kookell – Boller is bad bro. Real bad!!! I saw the guy play at Baltimore and he only had one game where he looked like an NFL QB.

    Boller is a roller coaster ride that needs to end. FOr the life of me I don’t know why Hue kept this guy around. Maybe he thought he grew up as a QB. But he has always been bad. Look at a # of his throws man. He is throwing into double coverage at times.

    Boller should not be in the NFL!
    —————————————–
    I know, but damn! He’d been in the system 2 years….If he’s that bad, they should have had somebody competing in camp besides him and charlie Frye.

  • Silverandblack666

    MR I am waiting…….tap tap tap…..

  • Sullivan44

    666, do you think you’re fooling anyone? Every single person here knows people that have graduated from college. And they all know that those people will tell you where they graduated in a heartbeat if asked. College grads love to tell you where they got their degree. It’s part of the reason they got it. If you had really graduated from college, you would have named the school when first asked. Wouldn’t have even hesitated. I’m sure you’re now thinking about naming a school that you really didn’t graduate from, but what’s holding you back is that you know I’ll only then question you about that school, what you majored in, and you know you’ll eventually expose yourself in that lie, too. So now you’re just playing this “you tell me, and I’ll tell you” game. You’re an uneducated blather mouth. It’s now obvious.

  • LA to TheBay

    Well that’s very clairvoyant of you, B but in reality, there was like 55 min of game after that and it was 0-0.

  • Silverandblack666

    Oh now that B@uce is in here you shut your mouth!

    I see how it is big talker!

  • Silverandblack666

    MR its a fair offer you tell me something then I tell you.

    Not a big deal why are you so hesitant to tell me?

    Why are you so afraid of me knowing what city you live in or where you work?

    Are you really that scared of B@uce?

  • LA to TheBay

    With the only positive at all from the game (other then maybe Carson getting live game reps)…

    how bout DHB?

  • Method To My Madness

    1110.hwnrdr Says:
    October 24th, 2011 at 12:49 pm
    We got a young, talented team with many distractions these past two weeks! We beat a very good Texans team and an average Browns team back to back! We should have beaten the Chiefs into Oblivion but didn’t! I always expect to win, yesterday was more of a hoping that we do! Never cared for Boller coming out of Cal, but I also never expected an NFL qb to play like he did yesterday!
    Hue’s brashness will get us there…I believe the corner is there for us to turn into!

    ********************

    Yeah well with a bye and some more familirity with Palmer and company….Hue needs to make a fkin decision on who his guys are. All that multiple sub schit gets lame after a while. Get your official start units together and stick with it.

    Yes we are young but we are now into week 8 of the nfl season. Standing 4-3 isnt bad but we should be 5-2. Now we got den and sd within a 4 day span of each other then we gotta head to Minny for what may be a tougher game than I thought before

    Anything less than 6-4 heading into the BEARS game at home is not accpetable. To make the playoffs this team gonna have to win 3-4 games in a row over these next 9 to have any real shot at hosting a home game

  • York and Fig.

  • hwnrdr

    1116.LA to TheBay Says:
    October 24th, 2011 at 12:52 pm
    Well that’s very clairvoyant of you, B but in reality, there was like 55 min of game after that and it was 0-0.

    True but 8 seconds after that, it was 6-0…
    But in all fairness, I saw it slipping from there, and the exclamation point was when they ran Bush 4 times from the 5 and not get in! If it was Cooper, then someone slap him!

  • LA to TheBay

    Hue called that game like a frustrated kid playing Madden.

  • Silverandblack666

    Method To My Madness you scared little MR back into his shell.

    He was about to share with us.

  • Sullivan44

    Anyhow, now that we all know 666 is a fraud trying to claim he’s college educated (with an advanced degree, nonetheless), let’s talk football.

  • hwnrdr

    Yes, Hue needs to stop trying to be Al and come out with his starters! That is the only way to gel!

  • RaiderDebo

    1094.LA to TheBay Says:
    October 24th, 2011 at 12:38 pm
    RaiderDebo Says:
    October 24th, 2011 at 12:26 pm
    http://aol.sportingnews.com/nfl/story/2011-10-18/carson-palmer-trade-could-set-back-raiders-for-years

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    My thoughts exactly.

    ——-

    LOL at the JaMarcus Russell fan who thinks Carson Palmer could set us back years.

    Pot, meet kettle.

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    We actually moved forward with Russell. 2-14 whenhe was drafted. He went 5-11 his 1st year as a starter. But you should actually read the article and not just the title. You’ll probably agree too.

  • ghostraiders

    Ill admit.. I did not like the way dhb was playing before the passing of al davis. …. but since That texas game… that dude has been ballin’. … dmoore actually looks like he hit the rookie wall…. dhb really looks like he’s comming into his own…. I hope he keeps it up… he’s starting to look like real wideout out there…

  • Well, I’ve had the stalking trolls, stalking and making threats against me for years, Yet, I’m still here. 😉

  • Method To My Madness

    Veldherr-Heyer-Wiz-Campbell-Barnes……..Hue let’s get this show on the road….that needs to be your starting oline unit heading forward. The weather will get cold,rainy or snowy in nov and dec…you want a bully? Get the big mean guys out there. Satele and Coop just not strong enough inside

  • Method To My Madness

    anyways ill be back in a sec….gosh gotta get back on it

  • Silverandblack666

    MR

    Do you live with your mother?

    Do you have a job?

    Do you pay taxes?

    Do you have a car?

    Just share it wont hurt I promise.

  • LA to TheBay

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    We actually moved forward with Russell. 2-14 whenhe was drafted. He went 5-11 his 1st year as a starter. But you should actually read the article and not just the title. You’ll probably agree too.

    ———

    I did. Didn’t agree with it.

    Not much of a choice with regard to that trade.

    We either stick with Boller the rest of the year (and we saw a sneak preview of where that would get us) or we sign a low risk-lower reward scab off the street.

  • Sullivan44

    Brien,

    Tell your prison bittch Silvernblack666 to go get you a glass of water or something. He’s annoying me.

  • RaiderDebo

    1099.ghostraiders Says:
    October 24th, 2011 at 12:42 pm
    Just the sheer notion of comparison the Palmer trade with picking jablubber is complete idiocy. … .. if we wait and pick up a qb in the draft. Assuming he’s got the goods… how long would it take him to be good enough to get us to the afc championship? ? 3-4 yrs minimum…. by that time.. the young core of young receivers will be passing their prime and our 30ish yr old defensive line will be too old….. I’m glad we made the Palmer trade…. I’m tired of waiting for probably the next jamarcus Russell. ..
    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    Why the hell should it take 3-4 years? Look at Newton? Stepped in from day 1 without an offseason and is instantly a top 10 qb in the league. Carolina has the line,backs, tight ends and Steve Smith. Made it possible for Cam to show his talent. 3-4 years to figure it out at qb is old news.

  • Silverandblack666

    MR

    You ask everyone here all day long their personal business but when a question is posed to you….you run!

    Why is that?

    Are you afraid?

    Just tell us do you have a job?

  • Silverandblack666 Says:
    October 24th, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    MR

    Do you live with your mother?

    Do you have a job?

    Do you pay taxes?

    Do you have a car?
    ——————————————
    Didn’t I pose that EXACT question to Brien last week?

    Coincidence?

  • raideredoutL.A.

    r8eray Says:
    October 24th, 2011 at 12:56 pm
    York and Fig.
    ””

    yeah, alot of my fams went to franklin hs.

  • Silverandblack666

    MR

    Come on just one question just one!

  • Sullivan44

    Found a copy of 666’s degree:

    http://bit.ly/u3mMAv

  • RaiderDebo

    1133.LA to TheBay Says:
    October 24th, 2011 at 1:02 pm
    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    We actually moved forward with Russell. 2-14 whenhe was drafted. He went 5-11 his 1st year as a starter. But you should actually read the article and not just the title. You’ll probably agree too.

    ———

    I did. Didn’t agree with it.

    Not much of a choice with regard to that trade.

    We either stick with Boller the rest of the year (and we saw a sneak preview of where that would get us) or we sign a low risk-lower reward scab off the street.

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    Or trade a 2nd (purely speculaton on my part) for Vince Young, a proven winner who can make plays with his legs and led the league in throwing the deep ball last year. Has as many Pro Bowls as Palmer and is younger and hungrier. Can’t stand the price we paid for Palmer. Wouldn’t bother me as much if we weren’t already short on draft choices. As you saw yesterday, this roster is not perfect.

  • me too….. ’93, ’94,’95

  • ghostraiders

    Debo.. I guess your willing to piss this season away with boller and Pryor. …. did you watch the game yesterday…. boller stinks… complaining about aquiring Palmer is begging for another losing season….. wake the hell up!!” Boller is not the answer. ..

  • lefty12

    B,you are correct.That stupid move changed the game-gave them momentum.That and running the wildcat with Bush at the 1.HJ needs to remember what Davis said-trust your players, and quit trying to be so cute.When we are inside the 5 and I’m watching the game in the solitude of my living room, my favorite saying is-shove it up there a$$(like Madden used to do with Marv,Mark and Pete).Hue needs to start thinking the same way.

  • ghostraiders

    Vince young…Lmao. .. that Guy can’t throw if his life depended on it…. and we would surely need a shrink for him once he feels the pressure.. C’mon..

  • olinesux

    666 you gotta swing back when your getting beat up! Lol…