Raiders notebook

Gibson scare

The news on Oakland Raiders safety Derrick Gibson is not as bad as initially feared in the team's 27-24 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium.

Gibson and O.J. Santiago collided while they were converging to tackle Kansas City punt returner Dante Hall. Gibson's neck snapped and was carted off the field on a stretcher.

The good news was that Gibson sustained only a strained neck and had movement of his extremities.

Buchanon's boneheaded move

You can take the boy out of Miami but you can't take Miami out of the boy. Raiders punt returner/cornerback Phillip Buchanon did not cost the team points but made a stupid mistake nonetheless.

Oakland trailed 24-21 late in the fourth quarter when Buchanon, who is in his second season from the University of Miami (Fla.) – a school known for showboaters, returned a punt 27-yards to the Kansas City 26-yard line. Buchanon was then flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct because he ripped his helmet off in an apparent celebration.

Granted, Sebastian Janikowski tied the game at 24-all with his 41-yard field goal but Buchanon's unwise decision was one Oakland did not need.

Hall strategy

When the Chiefs beat Oakland 17-10 in the first meeting, the Raiders were determined not to allow return specialist Dante Hall beat them.

Oakland routinely kicked away from the Chiefs explosive returner but kicked to him Sunday. Hall returned five kickoffs for 141 yards and three punts for 37 yards.

Run/pass efficiency

For the third week in a row, the Raiders relied heavily on Tyrone Wheatley's running and Rick Mirer's efficient passing.

Wheatley tallied 77 yards on 19 carries, mostly between the tackles. As a team, Oakland amassed 166 yards on 36 carries. Mirer meanwhile completed 19-of-31 passes for 219 yards, one touchdown and nary an interception.

Doug Gabriel gets his chance

The Oakland Raiders entered the season with a potentially dynamic kickoff return game of free agent Ronney Jenkins and Justin Fargas.

Jenkins, however, did not produce as expected and was released while Fargas was placed on injured reserve with a season-ending knee injury. Doug Gabriel, meanwhile, got his chance Sunday. Gabriel, a fifth-round draft pick from Central Florida, returned five kickoffs for 88 yards.

Quick hits

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Kansas City quarterback Trent Green has now thrown 156 consecutive passes without throwing an interception.

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Chiefs head coach Dick Vermeil recorded his 100th career win.

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The temperature at game-time was 30 degrees.

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Kansas City kicker Morten Anderson has made 34 straight attempts inside 40 yards and has 31 game-winning field goals in his career.

Vince D'Adamo can be reached at vdad7@yahoo.com


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