Hot Topic and Player Notes: Raiders

The Raiders bagged only their third win away from home since late 2002 with a 34-25 win over Tennessee, but have a much more difficult assignment coming up at Arrowhead Stadium against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Kansas City has beaten the Raiders five consecutive times, including a 23-17 decision at McAfee Coliseum in Week 2.

While beating the Titans was fulfilling -- the Raiders had never won in Tennessee -- knocking off the Chiefs could make them a factor in the AFC West.

Running back LaMont Jordan acknowledged the Raiders will have to play much better if they want to win in Kansas City. Oakland had a 17-0 first-quarter lead, only to see Tennessee get back in the game.

"That's not something we can do against a team like Kansas City, Denver or San Diego," Jordan said. "When we get up on a team, we have to be able to finish them off early. This game should have been over in the first half. We kind of let up."

Wide receiver Jerry Porter, who had six receptions for 123 yards, was looking ahead before he got on the team plane heading home.

"We'll focus on the Chiefs right now. We owe them," Porter said. "It's time. We had them in Oakland, we let it slip through our fingers. When we get to Arrowhead, we've got to jump on them just like we did in Tennessee.


The Raiders, for a change, were the team that made the fewest mistakes and got the break from the officials in beating Tennessee 34-25.

Oakland got a break when an 82-yard punt return for a touchdown by Adam "Pacman" Jones was erased on a personal foul out of bounds. The Titans, penalized back to their 9-yard line, then saw quarterback Steve McNair get sacked by Warren Sapp, with Jarrod Cooper falling on the ball for an Oakland touchdown.

Instead of a 19-17 lead by the Titans, the Raiders led 24-12.

Oakland held on in the second half, with Tennessee holding the ball for more than two thirds of the time but getting only three points. The Raiders put the game away when Kerry Collins completed a 44-yard touchdown pass to Porter.


--WR Jerry Porter scored two touchdowns -- his first trips to the end zone since last Dec. 12. He scored three touchdowns that day, also against Tennessee.

--WR Randy Moss saw limited action, catching 5 passes for 69 yards, but appeared even less of a factor physically than the previous week.

--RB LaMont Jordan rushed for 67 yards on 20 carries and caught 5 passes for 69 yards, and was particularly effective on screen passes from QB Kerry Collins.

--DT Warren Sapp had 2.5 sacks, his best game as a Raider, and now has 4.5 for the season.

--LB Danny Clark had a game-high 12 tackles and also had his first sack of the season. The Raiders came into the game with 11 sacks, seven by Derrick Burgess. They had six against Tennessee, none by Burgess.

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