Defense a bright spot
The Raiders much maligned defense gave up their share of yardage but played well enough to give the team a chance to win. Oakland gave up 206 yards through the air and 125 on the ground.
The defense was only truly responsible for giving up 10 points. Kansas City scored what proved to be the decisive touchdown after taking possession at the Raiders 11-yard line.
Coverage against Hall
Oakland punter Shane Lechler and Kansas City return man Dante Hall shook hands before the game but the former did not give the latter too many chances for any game-breaking returns. The two were teammates at Texas A&M.
The Raiders primary kicked the ball away from Hall, who returned two kickoffs for 28 yards and two punts for 15 yards. Hall entered the game with five returns for a touchdown.
The Raiders trailed 7-0 and had a fourth-down-and-about-a-half yard situation at the Kansas City 26-yard line. The curious part was not so much the decision to bypass the field goal attempt but the play selection. At first, quarterback Rich Gannon tried to draw the Chiefs offside before calling a timeout.
Oakland then decided to go for a first down instead of a 43-yard Sebastian Janikowski field goal. Gannon dropped back to pass after faking into the line to short-yardage guru Zack Crockett and tried throwing downfield. Chiefs defensive end Vonnie Holliday, however, beat left guard Matt Stinchcomb on the play and batted the ball down for an incomplete pass. Kansas City responded with a 37-yard Morten Anderson field goal to go in front 10-0 at the 1:07 mark of the second quarter.
Porter and Kennedy return
Porter, who had missed the last six games with an abdominal injury, caught four passes for 69 yards. Kennedy had not played since Week 2 against Cincinnati because of a calf injury. Langston Walker started the game before leaving with a knee injury while Kennedy relieved him.
Yellow laundry watch
One week after committing 19 penalties, the Raiders were flagged just six times for 50 yards.
The inactive Oakland Raiders were LB Bill Romanowski, DE Sam Williams, OG Frank Middleton, OG Mo Collins, TE O.J. Santiago, WR Doug Gabriel, and DT John Parrella. The inactive Kansas Chiefs RB Larry Johnson, LB Fred Jones, G/T Jordan Black, DE Eddie Freeman, OT Brett Williams, WR Chris Horn, and DE R-Kal Truluck.
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