Carson Palmer tested Stanford Routt early and the former Raiders cornerback got the better of CP3. Routt’s first quarter interception during Oakland’s dominant 26-16 victory over the Chiefs would prove to be the lone moment he wants to remember of his first game against his former employer.
After that INT it was all downhill for Routt and the Chiefs.
Perhaps Palmer had no intentions of testing Routt all afternoon long but that hardly seemed the case. After getting bit the first time he threw at Routt, Palmer had no hesitations to come his way again…and again…and again.
Denarius Moore found plenty of success with Routt lining up in front of him including his TD catch so eventually Darrius Heyward-Bey gave it a try too. All DHB did was go 32-yards to the house on Routt, a score that pretty much sealed the Raiders sixth straight victory in Arrowhead.
It was classic Routt coverage as he bit on DHB’s speed off the line finding himself in no man’s land when Hey-Bey put on the brakes and came back to find a perfectly thrown ball by Palmer. Routt made a token effort to dive at DHB’s feet which only exasperated the damage done by the completion.
On the afternoon Raider Nation bore witness to all the classic Routt-isms that haunted us for years. All of the excessive use of hands in coverage, getting caught out of position and flailing missed tackles were there to be seen in a Chiefs jersey.
Nice signing there, Kansas City. And you guys thought Reggie McKenzie only cut Routt because of his bloated contract.