The Raiders' playoff hopes got a boost on Saturday as they were able to stave off the Chiefs in Kansas City. The game was ugly with several turnovers and yellow flags all over the field for both teams. But the Raiders were able to pull out the win in overtime 16-13 and stay alive in the AFC West.
Things got started quickly for the Raiders as Bryan McCann took the opening kickoff 91 yards to the Chiefs' 14 yard line to set up the Raiders' first points on a field goal. The Raiders held on defense and were putting together a good drive until Carson Palmer was hit as he threw and it was intercepted.
The Chiefs took over near midfield and would answer with a field goal of their own later in the first quarter. From there it got really messy.
There were a total of 19 penalties in the first half alone by both teams, which amounted to 115 yards. The Raiders alone had 11 penalties for 62 yards. None were more costly than the delay of game penalty on a fake field goal that negated a touchdown run by Brandon Myers.
There was also three interceptions — two by Carson Palmer and one by Kyle Orton. Orton was intercepted by Matt Giordano in the end zone and was returned 61 yards to put the Raiders in great field position late in the second quarter. But Carson Palmer would give it right back to the Chiefs when he threw into double coverage.
The Chiefs would not give the ball back again and drove into field goal range to try and go ahead at halftime. But on the field goal attempt, Richard Seymour got up and blocked it to keep the score tied at three.
The Raiders would start the second half holding the Chiefs to a three and out. Then on the ensuing drive, Palmer hit Denarius Moore for a 61 yard touchdown connection to put the Raiders up 10-3.
Again the Chiefs would respond but they were kept out of the end zone and settled for a field goal to pull within four at 10-6.
Late in the fourth quarter, Sebastian Janikowski was able to add another field goal to put the Raiders up by seven. Then the Chiefs again responded and with 2:57 remaining, they moved the ball downfield to score the game tying touchdown. The drive took just 1:55 thanks in large part to a big Dexter McCluster screen play that went 49 yards to the Raiders' 3 yard line. The Chiefs finished it off on the next play with a touchdown pass from Orton to Dwayne Bowe.
The Raiders could do nothing with it when they got it on offense and punted it back to the Chiefs.
The Chiefs got the ball with 18 seconds on the clock, and thanks to a 25 yard completion to Dwayne Bowe, they were in business. The finishing touch was an 11 yard sideline grab by Terrance Copper to stop the clock at :05 and set up Chiefs' kicker Ryan Succop for the game winning field goal from 49 yards out.
But on the kick, Richard Seymour got up AGAIN to block it. Just as he did to end the first half, he blocked the field goal attempt to keep the score tied. This time it sent the game to overtime.
The Raiders got the ball first in the overtime period, and after a 57 yard catch by Darrius Heyward-Bey, they sent Janikowski onto the field on third down and he ended it with a 36 yard field goal.
The win, combined with a Broncos loss, puts the Raiders squarely in the race for the AFC West crown as well as the playoff hunt. It puts the Raiders tied with the Broncos for the division lead. The Raiders are also still in the hunt for the one remaining wildcard spot as well. They are currently tied with the Jets and Titans and a game behind the Bengals. They were tied with the Chargers to begin the day and will either take a game lead or remain tied depending on the result of the Charger game against the Lions.
The Raiders finished the day with 15 penalties for 92 yards. They now need just 4 penalties for 11 yards for the NFL single season record.
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shout out to richard seymour cause for him being the vet on the team, he's out there on special teams and made probably the 2 biggest plays of our season (1 for sure) with those blocks. also heyward bey is slowly turning the corner as a guy you have to reckon with cause now with moore back in stride, bey can make that big play we need with ford and mcfaddden being out. were still in it fellas, GO RAIDERS!!!!!!!!!
I think that Giordano is bipolar, as a player. Most of the time he sucks when he is on the field, but then there are his moments where is brilliant. He was solid yesterday with 10 tackles and a pick. He has 4 picks on the season now. But there are just too many times where he gets beat, ugh.
Worst thing aout this team: It gives you hope. You know, in those dark days of JaWalruss Russell I started the season defeated already. Whatever nice thing that could happen with the team was good, since everything seemed lost from the begining. Even last year I was full of doubts and had no hope. The Cable guy kept saying "Cut it loose" but you just can't cut loose so many years of frustration and despair, so I would refuse to believe we were going anywhere (and we actually didn't, but dude! That was the funniest trip to nowhere I ever took). But you know, this year was diferent. All of the Hue's jibber jabber about building a bully and "what we're trying to accomplish" and stuff actually got me. I got hope. When the team lost to Buffalo, I was sad, but that was so close! And Buffalo did seem like a contender back then... When Mr. D passed away and the team rallied around his memory and won at Houston, this team made me full of hope. When, after loosing Jason Campbell and even with all the doubts and questions this team rallied around Carson Palmer and won three straight games, I was basking on hope. And now, when everything seemed lost and we all realized that Hue's been making some bad calls on key moments and Chuck B is blowing every game, they go and win this ugliest game at KC, and Tebow and his Donkeys go and loose to Buffualo and suddenly, there it is again: HOPE. I hope we win next week to a San Diego team that we beat easily at San Diego a few weeks ago. I hope Tebow don't pull out another trick from the hat and loose to a better looking Kansas City team. I hope we go into the playoffs and pull a miracle out of nowhere and get deep into this playoff... Of course, reason tells me than my hopes wil be shreadded by reality and my heart will break as hard as possible, and when that happens I will recall of this hope and feel so damn bitter about it. But for now, there it is, that hope that fights against everything. It kind of makes me love/hate this team more than any year before you know?
@Black_Nightmare I feel the same way ; very well written post!
... Now, lets hope that our hope is not in vain this year!
@Black_Nightmare Great post and oh so true. When KC lined up for a game winning kick I was like the season's gone. Crazy season which has more twists than an Italians pasta bowl...
All I want is a 9-7 record and to make the play offs some way. When the season started I told myself no wild expectations. This is not a Superbowl year. I just want to see a steady build off of last year and signs that we are going in the right direction. I think we saw that this year. Finally, December is meaningful! We showed that we can play very well at times. Our major weakness can be largely improved by the elimination of a certain coordinator, and there is reason to be hopeful for next year in that we will finally get to see the full compliment of this offense working together after a full training camp. Now all we need is something to be proud of this year. The first winning season and playoff appearance since 2002 is just what the dr. ordered! Regardless of how far we go, that would be a successful season in my eyes.
@Josos PO after what we have been through would be a great success imo as well! Less injuries and better integration of Palmer and Curry will show up! Think HJ will get a couple of FA studs now we have sold our draft, so next year should be when we show everybody what we can do! ... But we still live this year as well, and lets hope we can make a name for this team, and at least go out with a winning record to show that things has changed from what we've seen the last decade! A winning team would be a great accomplishment to build on!
@Jososi Could you imagine where we'd be if we kept Marshall running the D we lost to Buf, Den, and Detroit after having at least 2 score leads. I know the Jax loss last year had some bad calls but I don't think we lose those games with Marshall running the D. That would make us 11-4 with a shot at a first round bye. Having a NFL caliber D coordinator next year makes us contenders. Carson having an offseason and training camp, possibly a switch to the 3-4, the future looks bright.
Yeah, even if my wishes come true (9-7 and playoff birth), it is still sad to consider that we should be 11-4 right now. This team is better than their record, it just needs the right people calling the shots. I am really looking forward to next year, which is also sad considering we are still in it this year. Still, I am optimistic about what the future holds.
@Jososi@DylanAlexander You know, this team has much better players than their record, but I can only hope they will all be back next year. We will virtually have no draft and who knows how the free agency will treat us. I think we better enjoy this year and hope for a miracle to happen just before our eyes so this team can win something, and let it be the next year whatever it's gonna be. God if only Chuk B wasn't our Defensive Coordinator this year...
So the our playoff senario is pretty clear
AFC West Champs- Oak win AND Den Loss
Wild Card- Oak win Cinnci loss Tenn loss
Wild Card- Oak win Cinnci loss Jets win
As much as winning the division would be nice, I'd rather play the team running with their third string QB and without their best WR. Though proving every 'expert' who said S.D would win the division wrong would be nice. I just want to make the playoffs- don't care how or who we play. Bren and his UFL defense will blow the game anyway.
Next week will be good! Bengals have Ravens (who will be wanting to win to seal the number two seed) so hopefully they will loose to the Ravens.
Jets got to play the Dolphins in Miami so that should be a close game also and Titans travel to the Texans which should be another good game. Cannot wait!
If we make it to the playoffs would it be best to visit the Texans as a wild card or receive the Steelers and AFC West Champs ?
As long as we make the playoffs I don't care! I do think us winning the Division is most likely. Either way though Texans are starting to stutter and struggle and Steelers could very well be without Big Ben in the first week.
The play action pass has been sorely lacking. HuJack seems like he rarely runs the PA anymore besides a handful of times a game. before he would run a PA pass like every other play, it seemed.
@JarrodRollins PA is more effective when you have more options for running the ball. They need to show more looks with Reece and Cartwright. Maybe some counters that will make the PA more belivable.
@JarrodRollins BTW way. Did we not call the last KC drive? Thanks again Chuck. I told my buddy over the phone exactly what was about to happen after our last TD. If not for Seymour's big paw, we would have the "L" for the day.
@Jososi @SnBsn69 @JarrodRollins To me there is a difference between running out the clock between the tackles and "playing it safe." But I definitely go for two in the DET game. That's an acceptable risk that makes strategic sense and demonstrates confidence.
I do not want a new HC next year. That is poison in a box. I would like to see a real OC title and authority go to Saunders. The HC always has veto power from the sideline but the distinction would lead IMHO to more creative and sometimes aggressive play calling.
But the DC has got to change. He is gawd-afwul as my mom used to say. In this day and age when a reporter says he heard player(s) bitching about schemes you pretty much gotta' believe there has been some head shaking in the locker room. You know what that means on defense. These are guys with a different mindset from the offensive players. They are natural born reactionaries to their world. They want it simple from the who's my guy and what's my assignment perspective. Make it plain so I can react to the ball when the sh*t begins. Chuck hasn't done that. He has created an environment of confusion in roles, responsibilities and assignments.
I am just saying that I am willing to give the offensive side of the ball the beneift of the doubt to some degree. New QB, no camp, revolving receivers, many of your best weapons injured. I don't necesarrily want to see a new OC or Head Coach, although I agree that at some point something has to change offensively.
As for the DC, my mind is made up. He SUCKS, and he needs to go. If he is still the DC next year, all I can do is grumble through it, like when the great purple dranker was here. But I hope the powers that be see what the rest of us do.
Interesting analogy. If I decided I wanted to take them on, I would first see if there is a way to sneak the family out the back door first and insure their safety.
You can be aggressive and still try and play it safe to a certain extent. Sometimes playing it safe makes sense. Like when you are 7 points up on the Browns and in field goal range with little time left on the clock.
-You are protecting your home.
-Your family is inside.
-You have four bullets.
-There are four bad guys.
Do you go out in the yard and take the fight to them or wait until they get inside to take advantage of close range?
Bresnahan has always done this. It is just his way. I was starting to think that maybe the reason we go so conservative offensively in the 4th quarter might have something to do with a lack of confidence in the defense. If thye get aggressive and something goes wrong, can they rely on the defense to hodl their own?
@JarrodRollins@SnBsn69 funny stuff, although i don't think chunky B has a whole lot of pride. you see it in his face on the sidelines. he knows he's just there BY DEFAULT in place of some other capable men like Winton Moss may have done... JACK DEL RIO would turn this thing around and bring back the teeth to this Raider DL. i mean, was it really because of chucky b and the loss of Sho-nasty that we dropped off so much? Orton had all day to throw most of the time... what's wrong with this picture? especially against our rivals... we destroyed them last year with good D pressure. we had better make it up this week against RIvers if we want to win this game. he's not the problem there in SD(for the most part)... he actually plays quite well.. we need to make this game a blowout real quick and hold that lead... if we let them have any hope, we're done for and THE TEBONERS will represent us... ewww
@JarrodRollins Yes. But only through three quarters. Once we have a 4th quarter lead HuBres does two things. He goes unimaginitive on offense and tentative (preventative) on defense. It's almost as if they are arrogant through three quarters and terrified in the fourth. The attitude is exactly opposite of what is takes to close a game out. They try to protect the lead instead of drive the dagger home using the tactics that got them the lead in the first place.
@SnBsn69 lol. I said only said to look it up in case you or anyone didn't know what hubris meant.
But in all seriousness, I think hubris describes HuBres' play calling perfectly. Hubris, excessive pride that often leads to failure.... Sounds familiar right?
@SnBsn69 We just need to fire Bresnahan already.
HuBres (Hubris, get it? lol. Look it up if you don't.) almost cost us another game. HuJack with his conservative and sometimes play calling and Bresnahan with his always terrible play calling.
And a play action pass on first down could be very effective. The Raiders offense has been very predictable, particularly on first down. They run it on first down every time. Come on Hue, change it up a little. Even if it does not work, at least it would put the other team on notice that just because it is first down does not mean it will be a run.
@Jososi@JarrodRollins Hue needs a good play caller so he can run the team a little better. you don't see the captain out on the deck of a ship do you? no, he stays at the helm. the man is quite clearly spread WAY TOO THIN ... bring in a capable OC and Jack Del Rio to run this defense for the next few years properly, along with some key FA's like you guys talked about, and we'll see a mean defense that can stop the run in 2012... esp if the injuries don't pile up sky high again... obviously, that was the difference maker this year outside of Chunky B... it was quite sad.