Not at all pretty but a beautiful result none the less, the Raiders bested the Chiefs in an as promised rivalry thriller. These are exactly the types of games this classic AFC West rivalry was founded on. When the dust finally settled the Raiders beat their long time rivals 16-13 in an old school classic.
Hue Jackson has plenty reason to beef with the NFL for some highly questionable calls but his team is still penalty prone. Carson Palmer is still hit or miss but he made plays when it mattered most.
Today’s game was everything you would expect of Raiders-Chiefs. This one was closely contested from the opening coin flip. After it was all said and done the Oakland special teams were the difference.
Two blocked field goals, a few clutch punts by Shane Lechler and finally Sebastian Janikowski’s 36-yarder for the win.
Thank you for playing, Kansas City! See you next year.
To be sure this was a total team effort.
What will be the talking point are all those continued penalties. Yes, the Raiders shot themselves in the foot more often than not including a costly delay of game that squandered another beautiful fake field goal that would have put six on the board. What is inexplicable is Aaron Curry being called for a delay of game because he…ran with the ball after an incomplete pass? Huh???
I see these plays happen at least twice a game on every Sunday. Defensive players always advance the ball well beyond the whistle just in case there is a challenge to be had. In Curry’s case it appeared as if Dwayne Bowe fumbled.
Yes, Palmer is still turnover prone. Yes, he didn’t look all that comfortable in the pocket during the first half but made two monster throws in the second half. That is classic Al Davis football, baby. Production over percentages.
Palmer threw a beautiful bomb to Denarius Moore for a score then hit Darrius Heyward-Bey on a sick spiral that setup Jano’s OT winner.
Michael Bush had another efficient game gaining yards on most every touch. Hey, falling forward is better than landing on your ass. Feel me?
And as if Oakland’s continued success in KC weren’t enough the Lord must have wanted to teach his son a lesson cause Tebow time hit the snooze in Buffalo today.
This sets up a huge showdown with San Diego next week. Oakland is in another must-win having pulled into a first place tie with Denver. Oh…and there is that added nugget of Darren McFadden possibly making a comeback.
All in all it was the perfect way to hit the Christmas holiday. Forget about the last three weeks. Right here and now is all that matters. For now the scoreboard said it all in Kansas City.
Just win, baby!
Happy holidays, Raider Nation!
Topics: Aaron Curry, Al Davis, Carson Palmer, Darren McFadden, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Denarius Moore, Dwayne Bowe, Hue Jackson, Kansas City Chiefs, Michael Bush, Oakland Raiders, Sebastian Janikowski, Shane Lechler