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Week 2 Review – Raiders top Chiefs 23-8

The Oakland Raiders may have staved off the much rumored firing of Coach Lane Kifflin for one more week as they defeated the Kansas City Chiefs by a score of 23 – 8 in front of a home crowd to take their record to 1-1.   Amid escalating reports that Kifflin was in trouble with team owner Al Davis and could be dismissed at any time, Oakland rushed for 300 yards and handed their young coach an early season win over the mistake-prone chiefs.  Kifflin only has 5 wins out of 18 tries for the Silver & Black with 2 coming at the expense of the Chiefs.  For the 3rd time in 3 years under Herm Edwards, the Chiefs are 0-2 and have now lost 11 regular season games in a row.  Oakland basically controlled the pace & speed of the game, and their defense was at times stifling.  The Raiders defense knocked out Chiefs QB Damon Huard – who was playing in place of injured Brodie Croyle – after KC’s first series with what was later called “mild head trauma.”  The Raider D ended up holding KC to just 173 total passing yards and 55 rushing yards with 5 sacks, an interception, and 2 fumble recoveries. 

 The Raiders started the scoring in the first quarter with a team record 56 yard field goal by Sebastian  Janikowski, and later tacked on another 3 points in the first, which is how the half ended, with Oakland leading 6-0.  Early in the first half, Oakland’s rushing game got a jolt when Justin Fargus ( 9 carries 43 yards ) went out with an apparent groin injury, opening the door for rookie running back Darren McFadden.  D-Mac took over rushing duties and scored his first NFL touchdown with 8:29 left in the 3rd quarter with a 19 yard draw sweep to the right, diving over the pylon into the end zone.  Darren ended up with a stellar performance, carrying the ball 21 times for 164 yards and also 1 reception for 9 yards.  McFadden also coughed up the ball 2 times.  Darren also left the game with a toe injury allowing Michael Bush to step up and rush for 90 yards on 16 carries, adding a TD as well.  All in all, the Oakland’s rushing game carried the team to it’s first victory of the young season.  JaMarcus Russell had a rough game, completing only 6 of 17 passes for only 55 yards with no TD’s and no INTs.  Tight End Zach Miller lead the Raiders in receiving catching 2 balls for a dismal 24 yards. 

Said Coach Kifflin of the teams effort over the Chiefs ” I am very pleased with the effort our team played.  The three phases of the game I think you have to do extremely well on the road to be able to win, we did.  We played really good special teams with great effort, we played a very physical defense stopping the run, and on offense, we ran the ball extremely well.  I think when you do those three things your going to win a lot of games on the road.  We did it yesterday ( Sunday ) and we have a big challenge this week to do the same thing.”   The Raiders will look to improve on Sundays win and go 2-1 when they face the surprising 2-0 Buffalo Bills in Buffalo.

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