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.
After nine straight weeks without a rest, the Raiders will join Green Bay, New Orleans, and San Diego for the last bye week of the 2010 NFL schedule. In recent years, this off time has come much earlier for the Silver and Black, and some within the organization believe that it sometimes comes too soon.
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 Raider luck would have it, the Raiders are about to face the Kansas City Chiefs in not only the biggest game of this season, but the biggest game in nearly a decade — and there’s a good possibility that they’ll do it without their two best players of recent years.
After each of the last two Raiders wins, Tom Cable has made a point to tell his team, and reporters, that there are plenty of things that still need to be fixed before he’s satisfied. With dominating wins by 30-plus points the last two weeks, it’s likely that the Raiders’ head coach will never quite be satisfied — unless he’s holding the Lombardi Trophy at the end of the season.
Unfortunately, I’ve missed some time here at 1220 Harbor Bay Parkway, but I was able to make it today. At .500 this late in the season for the first time in years coupled with the end of the Giants’ World Series run, the Raiders have definitely become the relevant news story for the Bay Area judging by the number of reporters in the locker room today.
Among the notables here who haven’t been in the past: Pedro Gomez of ESPN, Jim Trotter of Sports Illustrated, and everyone’s favorite Raider Hater — Tim Kawakami. There were plenty of others, but those are the most notable that I haven’t seen yet this season.
A day after the Raiders made history for the second week in a row, Tom Cable took to the podium to discuss the state of the Raiders. The biggest question coming from yesterday’s beat down of the Seattle Seahawks was the health of star cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha.
The Oakland Raiders (4-4) came into their Halloween contest against the Seattle Seahawks (4-3) hoping to prevent a letdown after their dominating victory last week over divisional rival Denver. Since the last time the team won two games back to back was at the end of the 2008 season, there was plenty of reason to be concerned.
Defense has ruled the day for the Oakland Raiders today. On Seattle’s first possession, the Raiders recorded sacks by Tommy Kelly and Richard Seymour. The Raiders’ defense has been so good today that Seattle didn’t record their first first down of the game until there was just 2:29 to go in the half.
“I think a lot of it has to do with just the mentality of how we’re playing our coverage,” said Raiders’ head coach Tom Cable when discussing why the Raiders’ secondary had only two interceptions after playing in six games. On the first play from scrimmage for the Denver Broncos, Raiders corner Chris Johnson jumped a route and intercepted a Kyle Orton pass intended for Jabar Gaffney, then took it 30 yards the other way to put the Raiders on top 14-0 just after 4:24 of play.