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Whether it's karma, bad luck or something more insidious, the Oakland Raiders can't seem to put themselves on the good side of an official's whistle. Particularly when the opponent is the Kansas City Chiefs. The Raiders played the victim again Sunday.

It was second-and-3 at the Kansas City 47-yard line with 34 seconds to play. Oakland led 23-20. Defensive end Tommy Kelly recorded his third sack of the game against Trent Green, pushing the Chiefs back to the 40 where they faced a third-and-10.

Also in on the play was defensive tackle Ed Jasper, who was grappling with Chiefs guard Will Shields. Green wound up being forced over Jasper's legs, a flag flew, and the Raiders were called for tripping.

Instead of third-and-10 at their own 40, the Chiefs had first-and-10 at the 50 with the clock stopping with 27 seconds remaining.

Green hit a 13-yard out pattern to Eddie Kennison, found Larry Johnson sneaking behind a Raiders 5-man rush for a 36-yard gain to the 1, and then finished it off with a 1-yard touchdown dive.

Chiefs 27, Raiders 23. Game over.

All the Raiders can do is file the paperwork with the league office, which they have already done.

"That's something that's transpired, we send it in, we hear from the league and it's all between the league and the team and there's no comments made about it," coach Norv Turner said.

Not by the coaches and front office, anyway.

"Judgement call, huh," Jasper said. "All I know is this happens us a lot."

If anything, Jasper believed, the flag should have gone the other way.

"I bull-rushed the dude, he held me, he threw me down over the top of him and I got a tripping call," Jasper said. "When I got up, the ref threw the flag late, so I'm thinking they called holding. He did tackle me. I didn't even see the quarterback. How am I going to trip him? I was too busy being yanked to the ground."

There were similar beefs echoing through the locker room, with one assistant coaching yelling, "How can they call tripping when the quarterback is being sacked?"

Linebacker Danny Clark, like Jasper, thought for sure a holding call was coming.

"Tripping? I was shocked the way it ended up," Clark said.

Turner, who at first said he didn't get a close enough look, disputed the call as delicately as possible at his Monday press conference.

"Jasper gets held. He gets a great rush, he gets grabbed by a shoulder pad, gets pulled, and when he gets pulled, he whips and rolls and Trent's trying to run up inside," Turner said. "You'd like to see the hold called on the offensive player, the guard who held Jasper... and if you see the whole thing, I don't think the call is made."

What galls the Raiders even more is that in Week 2, the Raiders lost 23-17 in a game that saw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Randy Moss nullified by a phantom offensive interference penalty, and a 56-yard run by LaMont Jordan erased by a hold away from the run.

"That's why, every other week, the Raiders get something in the mail from the league saying, "Sorry, it was a bad call," Jasper said. "It happens to us a lot. More than any team I've ever been on."

The Chiefs were actually penalized more than the Raiders, getting whistled for 11 penalties for 87 yards and the Raiders nine for 84.

On Oakland's first scoring drive of the second half, the Chiefs were hit with three penalties for 37 yards -- including a debatable roughing the passer call on Jared Allen against Kerry Collins.


--Randy Moss hasn't spoken to the media since the season opener, but quarterback Kerry Collins went out of his way to say how much he admired the way Moss has battled through injuries and kept his focus on the team.

Collins used the Terrell Owens saga as a point of comparison.

"You look at T.O. and what he's done, the things he's said," Collins said. "I'm sure Randy is frustrated. I'm sure he was frustrated today, but he remained positive the whole time. The communication has always been good. I told him after the game I appreciated his attitude and outlook."

--Tight end Courtney Anderson caught five passes for 100 yards against Philadelphia in Week 3, then gradually fell into disuse. He went 11 quarters without a catch before two receptions for 26 yards in the fourth quarter helped get the Raiders offense going against Kansas City.

"They probably didn't expect them to throw it to me after the previous couple of weeks," Anderson said. "I just try and make plays when they call my number."

--The Raiders were one second away from back-to-back road wins for the first time their AFC championship season in 2002, when they won three straight on the road.

That season, the Raiders won in Denver 34-10 on Nov. 11, in Arizona 41-24 on Nov. 24 and in San Diego 27-7 on Dec. 8. PLAYER PERSONNEL NOTES

--DE Bobby Hamilton, who suffered an ankle injury and was questionable all week but maintained he would play, was inactive. DE Derrick Burgess started in his place.

--DT Terdell Sands was active for the first time this year.

--S Reggie Tongue, signed during the week, played on special teams and briefly in the secondary.



PASSING OFFENSE: D -- Quarterback Kerry Collins (18-for-40, 175 yards, 2 TDs, 1 interception) had to really work to get the stats he had. Considering the opposition, this was his worst game of the season. Randy Moss was a rumor until his 7-yard touchdown reception and he clearly is not 100 percent in terms of jumping and running. The Raiders got a second consecutive good game from Jerry Porter (7 receptions, 68 yards, 1 TD).

RUSHING OFFENSE: C-plus -- LaMont Jordan (19 carries, 93 yards) had an above-average game, and did more than enough to set up what should have been a dominant passing game. He was the whole show. Zack Crockett had 5 carries and just 3 yards and Doug Gabriel went 5 yards with a reverse.

PASS DEFENSE: C -- After a strong first half, Chiefs quarterback Trent Green was 13-of-17 for 148 yards and a touchdown in the second half. Some solid play by rookie CB Fabian Washington and CB Nnamdi Asomugha, although Asomugha dropped an easy interception. Strong game by nickel back Renaldo Hill.

RUSH DEFENSE: C -- Didn't have Priest Holmes to deal, with but gave up 107 yards on 22 carries to Larry Johnson, including a 15-yard touchdown run that included a missed tackle by Stuart Schweigert. Gave up 4.8 yards per attempt overall, too much for a team giving up 3.9 coming in and playing against an offensive line missing Willie Roaf.

SPECIAL TEAMS: B -- Terrific coverage on punts and kickoffs against Chiefs return specialist Dante Hall, who did no damage. Raiders kickoff return specialist Chris Carr averaged 38.2 yards on kickoff returns with a long of 62, but lost 6 yards on two punt returns. Place kicker Sebastian Janikowski was 3-for-3, hitting two low liners that whistled through from 49 and 48 yards.

COACHING: D-minus -- Without special teams strategies for directional kicking against Hall, it's a failing grade. Faced with a second-and-25 early, Raiders ran twice into the line. They didn't adjust to Kansas City blitzing until it was too late. The defensive decision to rush five men -- allowing Johnson to catch a 36-yard dump-off to the 1 -- set up the Chiefs game-winning score.

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