The game between the Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs yielded 27 penalties for 240 yards. While the teams were shy of breaking any NFL records for most infractions and yards penalized, so many penalties between two teams in a single game is not very common.
The Oakland Raiders (5-4, 3-0 AFC West) came into their rivalry game with the Kansas City Chiefs (5-3, 1-1 AFC West) on a hot streak after defeating Denver and Seattle by a combined score of 92-17. A victory over the first-place Chiefs would put them just half a game behind the AFC West front-runner, and give them a 3-0 record in the division — a tie-breaker that head coach Tom Cable has said the team is focused on this season.
It didn’t start out well, but it’s all about how it ends.
The Raiders came from 10 points down, finished regulation by kicking a game-tying field goal, and finished the game with a game-winner from Sebastian Janikowski for a 23-20 victory that will go down in history as one of the greatest games played in the storied rivalry.
As it stands right now, Jason Campbell will be the starter at quarterback when the Raiders face the San Francisco 49ers this Sunday — but don’t bother asking him about it. Reporters asked the would-be quarterback that question when the Raiders brought him to the podium this morning, but with little information given up.
The Raiders practiced in temperatures exceeding 100 degrees today in front of members of the Raider Nation. The fans filled the sidelines to watch the team go through a pretty standard workout in shorts and without pads. Other than the intense heat on the field, there wasn’t anything too unusual about the day’s events.
In Sunday’s loss to the San Diego Chargers, one rookie had a bit of a coming out party. Raiders’ third-round pick from the 2009 NFL Draft is beginning to make some noise on the field. Against the Chargers, Matt Shaughnessy led in tackles with five and had the only sack (first of his career) on the day for the silver and black.
A little over a week ago, the Raiders made an announcement that Chaz Schilens was back from his injury and ready to help the Raiders return to excellence. Along with that announcement, they listed all of the players that they had lost to injury and reminded all of us that these players would return.
Thursdays are the days that the Raiders have JaMarcus Russell talk with the press. Besides Mondays, it’s probably the most packed day of the week. Russell fielded questions after the quick walk-through prior to Thursday’s practice, and he was more accountable for his play this season.
The Raiders are still trying to put their 38-0 loss to the Jets in the rear view mirror and move forward to a brighter future. Part of that brighter future could include left tackle Mario Henderson, who has done a fine job of staying under the radar thus far this season.
Gone are the days where Raider Nation collectively curses the blindside rush end for putting a hurt on their quarterback. Gone are the complaints that the left tackle position needs to be addressed as well.
Getting back to the business of football wasn’t the happy event that Tom Cable probably hoped for. During Friday’s final practice, the debut of his best receiver went from definite to doubtful.
JaMarcus Russell has had his share of detractors since he was the starting quarterback for the LSU Tigers during his college days. Through all of the criticism that he’s had to endure, the Raiders’ top pick of the 2007 NFL Draft has appeared to not let it bother him–at least that’s what he’s said.