May the Force be with us, Troops! That was one Hell of a game in KC!
Yes, sloppy at times, but what else is new?
You had the normal Palmer picks, the flags and the ongoing off side calls..
But the philosophy is STILL "Just win baby" is it not?
Carson, your ability to get us in the Red Zone is still a beautiful thing to watch. That OT double fake long ball was one of the best passes we've seen you complete all year. I ask all of you today "is he truly the answer?" In the past, I remember Jason Campbell not really having the necessary "killer instinct" to get the job done. Sure, he had a better non turnover rate, but there's something about Carson Palmer that in my opinion, makes him a better player. Maybe it's the Touchdowns, maybe it's the competitive spirit I see in his eyes..or maybe he just has a better experience as a Quarterback. I'm not sure why I feel so strongly about this since I was in favor of Mr. JC in the past, but I just do. Trust me, I'm a Sith Lord.
I guess time will tell if the Lord of the Sith, Master of all evil is correct or not, but after listening to many fans, I think the majority feels we made the right choice. Comment if you feel otherwise (I promise no force choking after reading).
DHB and Denarius Moore? Beastly performances indeed! They combined eight catches for a buck sixty yards with one touchdown. They also stuck it out in an overall ugly game and simply made plays when they needed to. I could only imagine what kind of offense we'd be with the entire offensive package intact (still miss the explosiveness of Ford, McFadden).
Sensation Janokowski, it's about damn time you made the Pro Bowl!!! I could never figure out why this guy wasn't selected years ago, but I guess things change when you have an improved record PLUS kick an NFL record 63 yarder in the opener!
Shane Lechler and Richard Seymour also made it, but this kind of news is expected from true Veterans such as these. Your efficiency is greatly appreciated, sirs!
Ahh, it's a great day to be a Raider. I can only hope this kind of feeling carries over next week after the street fight with the San Diego Chargers is complete. They're still pissed about the beating we gave them on prime time Weeks ago and want their revenge. Phillip Rivers will come out with his guns blazing as well! Let it be known, we have to play them even harder then we did or suffer another off season of "what if?" possibilities. Strap on your Hemlet tight, Nation. The game of the year is about to be played...will we be ready?
Summary: KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Carson Palmer and the Oakland Raiders are still alive in the AFC West. It came at the expense of the Kansas City Chiefs .
Sebastian Janikowski kicked a 36-yard field goal 2:13 into overtime Saturday, giving the Raiders a 16-13 victory that kept alive their playoff hopes and eliminated Kansas City from contention. Carson Palmer threw for 237 yards and a touchdown for the Raiders (8-7). His perfectly thrown 53-yard pass to Darrius Heyward-Bey in overtime set up Janikowski's winning kick, which allowed Oakland to avoid a second straight late-game meltdown. Kyle Orton threw for 300 yards for Kansas City, including a 49-yard toss to Dexter McCluster that set up a short TD toss to Dwayne Bowe with 1:02 left in regulation to tie the game. The Raiders went three-and-out in short order, giving Kansas City the ball back with only enough time to get into field-goal range. Orton hit Bowe for 25 yards and Terrance Copper for 11 more to set up Ryan Succop , whose 49-yard try was blocked by Trevor Scott as time ran out.
It was the second field goal that Succop had blocked.
"We take one step forward, we take a couple steps back, it seemed like, the whole game," Orton said. "Pick up a first down, holding call, a bad ball, a drop. ... It just wasn't as crisp last week."
The Chiefs (6-9) struggled to take advantage of drives one week after piling up a season-best 438 yards of offense in a 19-14 victory over previously unbeaten Green Bay. That was their first game with Orton under center and interim coach Romeo Crennel calling the shots from the sideline.
Orton threw a pair of interceptions against Oakland, one of them in the end zone in the second quarter and the other as the Chiefs were driving in the fourth quarter.
The Raiders, who blew a 13-point lead in the final five minutes to Detroit last week, have won five straight games at Kansas City. Perhaps none was important as this one, with all four teams in the division beginning the day with a chance of squeaking into the playoffs.
The first half amounted to a cacophony of errors that ended in a 3-3 tie.
The Raiders, the most penalized team in the NFL and on pace to set a single-season record, were flagged 10 times for 57 yards, while the Chiefs were flagged eight times for 53 yards.
It wasn't just the quantity of penalties, either. It was the quality.
Javier Arenas had an interception of Palmer wiped out by defensive holding in the first quarter, a turnover that would have given Kansas City prime field position.
The Raiders returned the favor on their next possession. Facing fourth-and-2 at the Chiefs 36, they pulled off an audacious faked field goal in which punter Shane Lechler , the holder on the play, threw a shovel pass to tight end Brandon Myers , and he ran untouched around end for the touchdown.
The play was called back by a delay of game penalty, and Janikowski's 58-yard try hit the crossbar.
Bowe dropped an easy touchdown catch on the Chiefs' ensuing possession, and one play later Orton was picked off by Matt Giordano . Palmer gave the gift right back when Arenas intercepted him.
It was the fifth pick Palmer had thrown against Kansas City this season.
The Chiefs promptly wasted another scoring opportunity with a staggering string of penalties: intentional grounding, a delay of game and a false start, all in succession. That made Succop's try at the end of the half much more difficult than it needed to be, and Richard Seymour managed to get his hands on the try. The blocked attempt was Succop's first miss since Sept. 25 at Buffalo.
Oakland still led 13-6 when Kansas City took over late in the fourth quarter.
Orton hit McCluster heading toward the sideline, and he cut up field behind blocks from Casey Wiegmann and Ryan Lilja for a 49-yard gain. He was finally tackled at the 3-yard line, and Orton hit Bowe on a short TD pass to make it 13-all with 1:02 left.
Orton and Bowe gave the Chiefs an opportunity to win the game in regulation.
Oakland ultimately won it in overtime.
"I haven't been here that long," Orton said, "but these guys fight, and it's just an honor to play with them, and the competitive spirit everyone has in that locker room is a great thing."
Alright Nation, I only ask you one more time.. " ARE YOU READY FOR THE GAME OF THE YEAR!?!?!!?" If not, you better damn well be by Sunday, the 1st!!!!!! The Dark Side needs it loud, proud and rowdy in the Coliseum by the time the players hit the field. If you have vocal cords, you better damn well use them.. We need all the help we can get.
See you on the Dark Side, -Darth Raider