Raiders week 8 Ballers & Busters: Part two

Peter Aiken

We continue with part two of this weeks Ballers & Busters.

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Honorable Mention

Entire secondary

There wasn't much happening with the Chiefs wide receivers in this game. Michael Huff didn't give up a catch. Tyvon Branch had a huge pass defended in the endzone as well as a QB pressure to send the Chiefs to the locker room at halftime. Matt Giordano had a big interception he returned 21 yards to set up the Raiders second score. Pat Lee gave up the one big catch to Dwayne Bowe that went for 46 yards but he made up for that with an incredible diving fingertip interception later in the game. He also had two passes defended and tied with Branch for third on the team with 4 tackles.

Darrius Heyward-Bey

He had one catch and he made it count. 32-yard catch and run for a touchdown.

Lamarr Houston

He didn't have a sack in this game but he did have three quarterback hurries. His first pressure resulted in a tackle for loss on a screen play on third and three. He also had a tip at the line for an incompletion.

Sebastian Janikowski

He had four field goals. They weren't long field goals but scoring 12 points deserves a mention at least.


Rod Streater

His five targets was second on the team among wide receivers behind only Denarius Moore's 8. But while Moore caught 5 of those passes for nearly 100 yards, Streater only hauled in one of the five passes thrown his way. In the third quarter, with the Raiders in scoring position, Palmer threw a back shoulder pass to Streater on third down but he ran the wrong route and that pass fell incomplete and they would settle for a field goal. Then in the fourth quarter, with the Raiders in third down again, he dropped a pass right on his hands and the Raiders would again settle for a field goal. This game could have been a laugher earlier on had Streater caught those passes. He wasn't the only offender to be certain. But the others made up for their mistakes.

Cooper Carlisle

Carlisle was partially to blame for Darren McFadden having just 17 yards on 12 carries in the first half. He gave up a tackle for loss on McFadden on the Raiders' third offensive play. Then a few plays later his man got his arms up to tip a pass at the line. Later in the first quarter he gave up a run stuff for no gain. McFadden was stuffed at the line for 2 yards or less 15 times in this game and for no gain or a loss six of those times. McFadden broke loose for a few good runs late in the game but prior to that, it was the same old running in wet cement. Carlisle wasn't alone in this but he was a repeat offender.

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