LaMont Jordan was signed by the Oakland Raiders to be the feature back. On Sunday, he finally played like it.
Jordan established career highs with 26 carries for 126 yards
and a touchdown while the defense held off a late charge as the
Raiders posted their first win of the season, a 19-13 victory
over the Dallas Cowboys.
Signed as a free agent after four years as a backup with the New
York Jets, Jordan was held to 148 yards in his first three
games with Oakland, including just 19 yards at Philadelphia last
"This was how I thought that I'd be used when I came here,"
Jordan said. "I've been conditioned to have games like this and
hopefully we can get on top early again so I can keep running
the ball, but either way it feels great to get a win."
The 230-pound Jordan became the first back to rush for more
than 100 yards against the Cowboys in 13 games. He gave the
Raiders (1-3) a 10-0 lead late in the first quarter with a
"Our team hasn't given up that much on the ground in awhile but
you have to give them credit for pushing us backwards to get
LaMont those yards," Cowboys coach Bill Parcells said.
Sebastian Janikowski provided Oakland with the rest of its
offense by making all four of his field goal attempts. The
portly kicker had struggled through the first three weeks,
missing all four of his attempts from beyond 30 yards. On
Sunday, he connected on kicks of 49 and 43 yards in the fourth
"It felt good being a part of the big win today," Janikowski
said. "I haven't had much success this year, but today I helped
our team get a win. I didn't do anything different today than
I normally do, except make kicks when they asked me to go out
Dallas (2-2) made a late charge after a slow start. Patrick
Crayton turned a 10-yard catch into a 63-yard touchdown with
8:51 left in the game to cut the Cowboys' deficit to 16-13.
Drew Bledsoe, who completed just 11-of-26 passes for a
season-low 212 yards and a touchdown with an interception, moved
Dallas to the Oakland 3 with three shots at the go-ahead score.
However, the Raiders stiffened on defense and held on for the
"Our defense has been great against the run all year long,"
Raiders defensive tackle Warren Sapp said. "Our unit is
coming together and making the plays that we need to when
"This was big for us to finish a game off," Raiders coach Norv
Turner said. "We've been so close in the other games we've
played, but just couldn't come out with a win. Today was
finally our day to pick up a win."
Despite making four catches for 123 yards, Randy Moss was
held in check for most of the second half by the Dallas
defense. He caught a 79-yard bomb on the Raiders' opening
possession, which led to Janikowski's first field goal.
"They came out and played lots of coverage defense," Turner
said. "They were fairly disciplined, so we needed to run the
ball and we were fairly successful."
Oakland's Kerry Collins completed 13-of-23 passes for
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