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Final: Raiders 26, Chiefs 16

The Raiders inserted themselves into the AFC West picture with the help of four Sebastian Janikowski field goals and two touchdown passes from Carson Palmer in a 26-16 win Sunday over the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium.

Oakland’s second straight win and sixth in a row in Kansas City improved its record to 3-4, the same as the San Diego Chargers, with Denver, 3-3, playing New Orleans Sunday night.

Kansas City, 1-6, came into the game with a league-worst minus-15 turnover differential, and true to form, coughed the ball up four times to once for Oakland.

Two of the Chiefs miscues were unforced, with Javier Arenas muffing a punt that led to a 9-yard Palmer-to-Denarius Moore touchdown and a fumbled snap by Matt Cassel leading to Janikowski’s 29-yard field goal.

A third turnover, an interception by Matt Giordano against starter Brady Quinn, also led to a Janikowski field goal. An interception by Pat Lee near the Raiders goal line with 4:58 to play sent what was left of the 74,730 in attendance streaming for the exits.

The Raiders had just one turnover on the game’s first play _ a deep throw intended for Darrius Heyward-Bey that was intercepted by former Oakland cornerback Stanford Routt.

Routt struggled the rest of the day, and missed a one-on-one tackle on Heyward-Bey’s 32-yard touchdown pass from Palmer to cap an 80-yard drive and give Oakland a 23-9 lead with 5:40 left in the third quarter.

Janikowski, now 32-for-36 on field goal attempts at Arrowhead, connected from 36, 35, 29 and 32 yards _ the final conversion coming after he missed at 37 with the Chiefs jumping offsides.

The Chiefs had field goals from Ryan Succup of 32, 52 and 52 yards, and finally broke through for a touchdown pass from Cassel to Dexter McCluster from 10 yards out with 2:27 remaining.

Quinn was forced to leave the game in the first half with a head injury after throwing just four passes.

As evidenced by the four field goals, the Raiders execution deep in Kansas City territory left something to be desired, but the Raiders defense allowed only three field goals by Ryan Succup from distances of 30, 42 and 52 yards.

Running back Darren McFadden, bottled up for much of the day, got enough yards late with the Raiders protecting a lead to finish with 112 yards on 28 carries, his second 100-yard game of the season.

Defensively, the Raiders pressured Quinn and Cassel throughout, with Rolando McClain, Philip Wheeler and Richard Seymour recording sacks.

The Raiders, who struggled protecting the passer in last week’s 26-23 overtime win over Jacksonville, did well in that area against the Chiefs. Palmer was not sacked and had plenty of time to throw throughout.

Oakland, which had 21 penalties in the last two games, had just two for 25 yards against the Chiefs.

The Raiders return home next week against Tampa Bay with a chance to get to .500.

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  • Just Fire Baby

    Slow down Riff, Burris is not going to the Pro Bowl.

    Remember, it is a fan and player vote. Fans vote for names, players vote for their buddies.

  • J Hill

    What is a #1 CB besides a guy who is going to cost a lot of $.

    Huff is our high priced corner. I think we find a starter opposite him outta Lee, Ross, or Bartell.

  • MiamiRaider78

    Just saw on Facebook:

    Everytime I set my DVR to record The Biggest Loser, it records Kansas City Chiefs games.

    lmao

  • Raider Riff

    Eastoaklandraider Says:
    October 28th, 2012 at 4:31 pm
    Burris and Wheeler are the wave of our future, Mcclain seemed to play well also. However I think we will be in the mix for a new MLB this offseason, we cant pay 55 that type of money for so few plays a game.

    ———

    McClain has responded as good as possible to the demotion.

    That is better than what we’d expected him to do, which was go into the tank.

    When we are healthy/deep enough to run a 3-4, he will be the “other” ILB and play much better.

    I dont think this is RoMac’s last year with the team. The coaches wanted to see a response, and he’s responded. That goes a long way with coaches and Reggie.

  • VaRaiderNation

    Good win today Nation! We are still very much in the hunt. What I liked best about this victory? Even though we were a bit flat in the first half, it was a convincing win. We were the better team and came out and showed why. Hoping this sets the tone for the rest of the season.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    October 28th, 2012 at 4:35 pm
    Now a nice cherry on top will be a World Series sweep and perhaps the greatest baseball team man ever created
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    That’s right Vegas! Go Giants!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Raider Riff

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    October 28th, 2012 at 4:37 pm
    Slow down Riff, Burris is not going to the Pro Bowl.

    Remember, it is a fan and player vote. Fans vote for names, players vote for their buddies.

    ——-

    Youre probably right. It doesnt mean he isnt playing at a PB level tho.

    He is a frontrunner for defensive AFC rookie of the year.

  • J Hill

    Sterling Moore gets beat A LOT, lol.

    His best plays are knocking the ball out from behind.

    I’m cool on him.

  • Raider Riff

    J Hill Says:
    October 28th, 2012 at 4:37 pm
    What is a #1 CB besides a guy who is going to cost a lot of $.

    Huff is our high priced corner. I think we find a starter opposite him outta Lee, Ross, or Bartell.

    ———–

    Huff is what? 6 million a year? That is what you pay for a top #2 corner. Of which he is playing like.

    He also passes for a cheap #1 CB if he continues to play like he has. So in that scenario, I can live with what you are proposing.

  • lefty12

    The play that stood out today was the DHB TD play.That is how he should be used.Get him the ball on short passes and let him use his strength and speed.No more of those fly patterns.

  • J Hill

    OOB Bryant.

    Bad luck

  • boss01

    Stevie Brown getting toasted…no thanks

  • chuck

    Hopefully we can turn this thing around,we look a lot better today but we got a long way to go.I still don’t understand everyone putting down al Davis every chance they get if it wasn’t for him we would not be on this blog, let the man rest in peace.As for Reggie we are still 3-4 funny how losing is ok now.

  • eastoaklandraider

    Boss01 Says:
    October 28th, 2012 at 4:36 pm
    Tricky70390 Says:
    October 28th, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Stevie Brown and Sterling Moore should still be Raiders.

    ———

    We got Huff and Pat Lee with Spencer and Bartell coming back….we dont need Stevie and Sterling, Huff is our new shut down corner
    ———————
    WHOA Bossman ease up on the “SHUTDOWN CORNER” if he shuts down the Williams kid next week then we may have something. Bowe was pretty quiet though was Huff on him most of the game?

  • realtruraider

    We aren’t the only team that let Stevie Brown go that could use him right now. It was a nice fine by the old regime, but to bad they didn’t let him develope a little, he looked good his first year here, but he fell way off his 2nd year, I remember the reports from training camp how he was always out of place and it carried over to the preseason. Every regime has players that they wish they would of givin more of a chance once they see them play good for someone else. It happends, no need to dwell over it

  • lefty12

    The only way McClain comes back is if he re-works his contract.They won’t pay him what he is due.

  • raidertalk

    Were are about one possession WR from a playoff team

  • J Hill

    Stevie is 27, not 37.

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    SeaPerch is Greg Knapps biggest fan.

  • realtruraider

    OK, maybe he did play decent in preseason games that year, but I do remember reports from camp sayin he struggled, Beat writers were surprised he looked so bad after havin a good 1st year

  • raidertalk

    I think we’ll need more corners when we play against teams that have actually scored touchedowns

  • BabySlash

    The semis alm wanted Stevie. Funny how you all saw it but not Al

  • Raider Riff

    Two weeks in a row, two QBs taken out.

    I say we start a paypal fund for our defense. A fan run bounty system. Roger Goodell has no jurisdiction over us.

    Who’s with me?

  • J Hill

    Streater or Criner will be that “possession” WR we need.

  • eastoaklandraider

    Raider Riff Says:
    October 28th, 2012 at 4:37 pm
    Eastoaklandraider Says:
    October 28th, 2012 at 4:31 pm
    Burris and Wheeler are the wave of our future, Mcclain seemed to play well also. However I think we will be in the mix for a new MLB this offseason, we cant pay 55 that type of money for so few plays a game.

    ———

    McClain has responded as good as possible to the demotion.

    That is better than what we’d expected him to do, which was go into the tank.

    When we are healthy/deep enough to run a 3-4, he will be the “other” ILB and play much better.

    I dont think this is RoMac’s last year with the team. The coaches wanted to see a response, and he’s responded. That goes a long way with coaches and Reggie.
    —————-

    This is true but have you seen his cap hit for next year? He will be getting paid like a PB type player.

  • lefty12

    Loved the way Palmer took Streater aside and talked to him when Streater didn’t get that route right near the goal.That is what leaders do.

  • VaRaiderNation

    Raider Riff Says:
    October 28th, 2012 at 4:46 pm
    Two weeks in a row, two QBs taken out.

    I say we start a paypal fund for our defense. A fan run bounty system. Roger Goodell has no jurisdiction over us.

    Who’s with me?
    __________

    Awesome idea

  • Raidervill

    People are complaining about losing Steve Brown? Maybe, but him and Gio are about the same I’d say. The guy Al never should have let go was Chris Clemons. He is the 3rd down speed rusher the Raiders need right now.

  • Raider Riff

    VaRaiderNation Says:
    October 28th, 2012 at 4:47 pm
    Raider Riff Says:
    October 28th, 2012 at 4:46 pm
    Two weeks in a row, two QBs taken out.

    I say we start a paypal fund for our defense. A fan run bounty system. Roger Goodell has no jurisdiction over us.

    Who’s with me?
    __________

    Awesome idea

    ———

    I’ll get it done this week.

    I bet we get it over $5k for a Manning “cart off”

  • boss01

    eastoaklandraider Says:
    October 28th, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Boss01 Says:
    October 28th, 2012 at 4:36 pm
    Tricky70390 Says:
    October 28th, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Stevie Brown and Sterling Moore should still be Raiders.

    ———

    We got Huff and Pat Lee with Spencer and Bartell coming back….we dont need Stevie and Sterling, Huff is our new shut down corner
    ———————
    WHOA Bossman ease up on the “SHUTDOWN CORNER” if he shuts down the Williams kid next week then we may have something. Bowe was pretty quiet though was Huff on him most of the game?

    ==============

    Maybe its a reach, but I like what im seeing so far, that move is the prime reason the defense has turned it around…I would keep him at corner for the year

  • boss01

    lefty12 Says:
    October 28th, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Loved the way Palmer took Streater aside and talked to him when Streater didn’t get that route right near the goal.That is what leaders do.

    ———–

    He was asking him how does it feel to have a set of Alligator arms

  • VaRaiderNation

    Sounds good to me 129, our D owes Manning and the Donks bigtime. They’ll be seeing a different Raider team than the one they blew out at home.

  • lefty12

    Screw the ‘shut-down’ corner talk.We are starting to see a ‘Shut-down’ DEFENSE.That is what we want.

  • eastoaklandraider

    LOL, much friendlier environment in here Today.

  • raidertalk

    J Hill Says:
    October 28th, 2012 at 4:46 pm
    Streater or Criner will be that “possession” WR we need.
    ——————————————————
    Maybe in their next reincarnation.
    Criner has a Jamarcus type work ethic (still has not learned the playbook; tried to hold-out as a low round draft pick; and often injured)

    Streater has potential, but how many true NFL level possession WRs fumbled and dropped so many passes their first year?

  • fingers

    Anyday I can put a W on the schedule I keep on my Fridge is a good Raider day…..
    One at a time…. Beat the Buck An Ears…….

  • chuck

    We beat the 2 worst teams in the nfl we were suppose to win those games,we have to keep improving.

  • lefty12

    No alligator arms.He didn’t make the proper read and realize it was a back shoulder throw,not a go.

  • eastoaklandraider

    That D is starting to play the “RAIDER WAY”.

  • VaRaiderNation

    I notice the Palmer haters are missing…nice.

  • VanHeathen30

    A win is a win is a win!
    No freebies in the NFL.

  • Just Fire Baby

    He is a frontrunner for defensive AFC rookie of the year.

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

    In the mix for sure.

    That Kuechly LB for Carolina is the hands down winner in the NFC.

  • boss01

    lefty12 Says:
    October 28th, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    No alligator arms.He didn’t make the proper read and realize it was a back shoulder throw,not a go.

    ===========
    Im talking about the drop he had across the middle with a defender zeroing in on him…DA was in his face after that play

  • VaRaiderNation

    eastoaklandraider Says:
    October 28th, 2012 at 4:54 pm
    That D is starting to play the “RAIDER WAY”.
    ____________

    Damn right they are. Burris and Wheeler are nasty. We’ve been missing that mentality on our D forever. Really nice to see. If we can keep improving in all aspects, and especially get the offense rolling, we’ll be dangerous.

  • lefty12

    Hey,Chuck,did you see the Jack/GB game today?It was a close game and Jack gave them all they could handle.Are GB fans complaining because it was the terrible Jags?I doubt it.But if you dislike a team,I guess you try and find any negatives with anything positive that that team does.

  • Just Fire Baby

    A good defensive coach like Allen has players playing defined roles.

    Rolando is used in area’s to succeed, and he is sacking QB’s, stuffing runs and knocking out QB’s.

    When he would get burnt, he isn’t in those spots anymore.

    Love the new staff and regime. Feels like something we can actually build on, as opposed to knowing the tent was going to fold eventually.

  • raidertalk

    Laters fellow Nationers. This is gonna be a good week, enjoy the win streak!

  • fingers

    It’s hard even reading the post on Corks game chats with all the whining and jumping on and off the bandwagon….

  • raidertalk

    Beat Tampon Bay! I’m out.

  • VanHeathen30

    Wheeler and Burris are FLYING to he ball on every play.
    Been a while since we had that going on…
    DA is winning me over.
    Just WIN Baby!