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Chiefs vs. Raiders Post Game Gab

It wasn’t the prettiest of ball games but the Chiefs will take it as they defeat the Oakland Raiders 20-13. The Raiders started hot out of the gate, after they held the Chiefs to a punt on their first possession, QB JaMarcus Russell led Oakland on a eight play three and a half minute drive highlighted by a hook and ladder from Ronald Curry to Darren McFadden that went for 20 yards.

The Raiders would end up settling for a 25 yard field goal that was partially blocked by DT Ron Edwards. The Chiefs would answer right back with a field goal of their own, pulling the score even at three all. The Silver and Black would move the ball again deep into K.C. territory only to set up for another field goal.

Unwilling to take another three points the Raiders went for the fake but when the exchange from holder to kicker was botched rookie Maurice Leggett scooped up the loose ball and went 67 yards to pay dirt.

With the score 10-3 Chiefs, Oakland tried to overcome the obvious momentum swing and took the ball into scoring position for the 3rd time in three drives. With 4th and three from the Chiefs 22 yard line interim Head Coach Tom Cable decided to go for it instead of taking the very makeable field goal.

On 4th down JaMarcus Russell would find Ronald Curry deep in the right corner of the end zone open but just over threw his outstretched arms turning the ball back over to the Chiefs on downs. The Chiefs and Raiders would trade punts until four minutes into the 3rd quarter when QB Tyler Thigpen was picked off by Chris Johnson who returned the ball back 44 yards to the Chiefs one.

The Raiders would even the score at ten a piece on the very next play with a one yard Justin Fargas touch down dive.

K.C. would take the lead for good with a 16 play drive that started at the halfway point of the 3rd quarter, on the drive only three players would touch the ball Larry Johnson, Tony Gonzalez and Tyler Thigpen.

L.J. would finish the drive with a two yard touchdown run up the middle giving the adavntage to the Chiefs 17-10. In typical Raider fashion Justin Fargas would fumble unprovoked on the first offensive play after the L.J. T.D. The turnover would be converted into points on a 27 yard Connar Barth field goal increasing the lead to 20-10.

Sebastian Janikowski’s 51 yard field goal would get the Silver and Black back on the scoreboard with three minutes left. Still retaining all three timeouts Oakland elected to bypass the onside kick and would attempt to stop the Chiefs.

With third and three from the KC 27 Thigpen would hit Dwayne Bowe on a 12 yard strike that would give Kansas City the 1st down, the ability to run the clock out and the victory. K.C. coach Herm Edwards is very lucky to be leaving Oakland with a win, when the Chiefs coaches look back at the game film they will see a game that if coached differently by the Raiders could have easily and should have ended 19-13.…..Raiders

Grading the Keys to the Game

Stop the Raiders Rushing attack; Justin Fargas 18 carries 82 yards, Darren McFadden 7 carries 13 yards, the Chiefs did not completely stop the Raiders 10th ranked rush offense but they hit the Raiders in the mouth, did not allow the big play and tackled well. Considering the talent the Raiders have at running back this was the Chiefs best overall effort against the run all season.

Grade: A-

Give Larry Johnson 20 Carries: When the Chiefs give the ball to L.J. 20 + times good things happen, Sunday he gained 92 yards and the lone offensive touchdown of the game for the Chiefs. L.J. did exactly what he was asked to do, wear down the opposing defense and get the clutch yards. Credit should also be given to Chan Gailey who stuck with the run and refused to get pass happy in a close game.

Grade: A+

Win the battle of field position: Johnny Lee Higgins the Raiders dangerous return man was held in check throughout the ball game giving the Raiders average field position at best. Only one Oakland drive started on the K.C. side of the field compared to six last week against the Bills. But the Chiefs were unable to make any kind of plays in the return game and still have not taken a kick or a punt back for a score all season.

Grade: C+

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