Kansas City might have won the AFC West but the Oakland Raiders owned the division. Never has a perfect record meant so much yet amounted to so little. Tom Cable can still be proud. His Raiders imposed their will on Chiefs en route to a dominant 31-10 victory to close out the season in Arrowhead.
This was vintage Cable as the Silver and Black bullied the Chiefs all day long.
Once the weakest link in the Oakland chain, the defensive front four dominated today and did so without the services of All-Pro Richard Seymour. Matt Cassel was chased all over Arrowhead as the Raiders registered 7 sacks – 3 by Kamerion Wimbley – and pressured the usually composed Cassel into numerous mistakes.
All that pressure resulted in Cassel putting forth an effort only JaMarcus Russell would admire. The KC QB was a putrid 11 of 33 for 115 yards and 2 picks both of which resulted in two Raider TDs. One was a beautiful read by Michael Huff that setup a Jacoby Ford score the other was a pick six delivered by Stanford Routt.
But the defensive front wasn’t the only headline. The offensive line held their own as well. Without the services of Pro Bowl snub Darren McFadden, Michael Bush punished KC. Bush rolled for 137 yards and one score. His house call came courtesy of Samson Satele and Cooper Carlisle who opened a hole so big Todd Haley’s ego could have walked through it.
Yes, the Chiefs are wearing the crown but it is Oakland that has the bragging rights. Have fun in the postseason, Kansas City. I hope you enjoy that one extra game you get at Arrowhead.
Not a single loss against divisional rivals might not mean much in the grand scheme but it is an amazing accomplishment none the less and something this Raider team should be proud of. It wasn’t that long ago this franchise couldn’t buy a win in the AFC West. This season, Cable set out to right the ship. While there is still work to be done this season has provided a great springboard.
Now, the ball is in the court of Al Davis. He’s clearly got himself a good head coach in Cable. He finally has the visionary mind necessary to run this offense in Hue Jackson. And he’s got a defensive coordinator with the ability to stay true to Raider tradition while also incorporating some new ideas in John Marshall.
This is not the time to change course. Now is the time to keep this thing rolling. The players love Cable and they’ve already begun to voice their support for him. While the emphasis on dominating the division was executed to perfection, the attention now must shift to taking care of business outside of the division.
That is something that should take place next season and it should be done by Cable. No doubt about it. While Jackson could be getting some serious head coaching consideration elsewhere, his presence is vital for continuing this success next season.
Congrats to the latest edition of the Oakland Raiders!
While 8 wins aren’t much to brag about it has been a breath of fresh air for Raider Nation. Clearly there are issues to be addressed but for now it just feels great to rain on the Chiefs playoff parade.
Credit to Cable and company and respect due to the players. Today’s game illustrated all the things Tom Cable set out to accomplish when he was named head coach and here’s hoping he’ll get the chance to further that next season.
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