Dennis Allen is officially the head coach of the Oakland Raiders. Forget the introductory press conference. Never mind the previous six games this season.
Today Allen became an official member of Raider Nation thanks to his oversight of a continued tradition that is the ownership of the Kansas City Chiefs in their own crib.
Today’s 26-16 win in Arrowhead marks the sixth straight win the Raiders have notched in Kansas City. That’s a stretch that includes 5 different head coaches for the Oakland Raiders and 4 different starting quarterbacks.
That’s also a tradition every member of Raider Nation will celebrate.
Welcome to the Nation, Coach Allen.
Yes, the Chiefs are the worst team in professional football. There really isn’t too much to brag about today. Beating KC is like beating a drunken Lloyd Christmas. There is nothing to boast of…expect the sixth straight win in Arrowhead, of course.
The Raiders continued a time honored tradition of winning in KC thanks to an inspired effort fueled by the futility of the Chiefs.
This win was equal parts effort and error. The Chiefs are the kings of the turnover and they proved it by coughing up the rock to Oakland all day long.
KC pretty much gifted this win thanks to two interceptions, a muffed punt and a fumbled snap. That and the Chiefs’ musical chairs at quarterback helped Oakland into a potential tie for first place in the AFC West (come on New Orleans, beat those Broncos).
Darren McFadden and the Raiders running game came to life in the second half as Run DMC netted his second 100-yard effort of the season. The first half was awful but the second half showed plenty of promise. This broken record keeps skipping but as long as wins keep coming we’ll settle for impressively unimpressive performances for the ground game.
Carson Palmer overcame a shaky start to help guide Greg Kanpp’s still questionable play calling to a victory.
Most important of all was the defense that finally got consistent pressure on an opposing QB while completely shutting down Jamaal Charles and the Chiefs offense. Charles had just 4 yards on 5 carries while the Raiders pummeled both Brady Quinn and Matt Cassel. Kansas City you have a serious problem and neither Quinn nor Cassel are the answer.
Today marked the first ever winning streak of the Dennis Allen era. The Raiders are now just one game under .500 and potentially tied for first depending on how the Denver Broncos fare on Sunday night. Today also marked a potential turning point in the 2012 season for the Silver and Black.
Beating Jacksonville and Kansas City back-to-back is nothing to brag about but consecutive wins in the NFL are never something to be overlooked. Today could be the day that motivates this team towards achieving something we haven’t seen in a decade – a playoff birth. Or this could be nothing more than what it is – a win over an extremely terrible team.
Either way the Raiders are taking care of business and that’s all that matters in this bottom line business
Just win, baby!