Oakland Bowl hunting

The Raiders aren't this bad. But they can assure themselves of being in the running for the top overall pick in the NFL Draft with a loss – the Brady Bowl.

Raiders Report Card:

PASSING OFFENSE: D-minus -- QB Andrew Walter completed 27 passes but for only 226 yards. Both interceptions went into the end zone, although one was a Hail Mary. WR Johnnie Morant, in his first game as a starter, negated one big play by stepping out of bounds and returning to make the catch, and he fumbled after a substantial gain. WR Ronald Curry caught 11 passes for 106 yards.

RUSHING OFFENSE: B-minus -- One of Oakland's better efforts until game circumstances forced them to abandon the run in the fourth quarter. RB Justin Fargas had a career-high 90 yards on 19 carries and was matching Larry Johnson yard for yard until getting only two carries and a single yard in the fourth quarter. The Raiders finished with 112 yards on 24 carries.

PASS DEFENSE: B-minus -- CB Nnamdi Asomugha had his eighth interception on one of the only times the Chiefs threw his way. CB Fabian Washington suffered through his third consecutive difficult game, surrendering a third-and-goal, 6-yard TD pass to Eddie Kennison on the Chiefs' opening drive and struggling throughout. The Chiefs had a net gain of only 142 yards passing, but much of that is because they didn't try.

RUSH DEFENSE: C-minus -- The Raiders held Johnson reasonably in check for a while, but they eventually gave way as the Chiefs simply kept handing him the ball as they sat on a 17-6 halftime lead. Johnson had 97 yards on 17 carries after halftime and 51 yards on nine carries in the fourth quarter. Kansas City averaged just 3.9 yards per carry but had 38 rushing attempts as Oakland presented no offensive threat.

SPECIAL TEAMS: C -- Sebastian Janikowski was 3-for-3 on field-goal attempts, including his final kick from 53 yards out. Shane Lechler punted only twice for a 39.5 average and 29.0 net. He was decisively outkicked by Kansas City's Dustin Colquitt (53.7 average, 51.3 net). Dante Hall got loose for Kansas City on a 45-yard kickoff return, and the Chiefs opened drives following kickoffs on average at the 36. The Raiders also returned kickoffs well, opening at the 39.

COACHING: C -- No real complaints with the defense. Coaching wasn't the reason the Raiders couldn't stop Johnson. Offensively, coordinator John Shoop's game plan picked up yardage, some first downs and kept the Raiders even in terms of time of possession, but Oakland couldn't score. Coach Art Shell chose to let Walter throw a hopeless pass into the end zone just before halftime instead of letting Janikowski attempt a 61-yard field goal. Janikowski later cleared a 53-yard kick in the same direction.

Chiefs Report Card:

PASSING OFFENSE: C -- Trent Green still doesn't look like his old self. He has faced some extra pressure in the pocket in recent weeks, but is struggling to even complete screen passes at this point. He's thrown seven interceptions in five games and put up another bad one Saturday in Oakland.

RUSHING OFFENSE: B -- The Chiefs didn't get it rolling on the ground until the second half, but give Larry Johnson credit. It seems like every time he suffers through a tough stretch during a game, he breaks off a long run to get himself going, just as he did Saturday.

PASS DEFENSE: A -- The Chiefs intercepted Andrew Walter twice and made some big plays in the pass rush, which had been an issue for most of the season's second half. The Chiefs did give up one big pass play (as they are wont to do), but we can't count it against them because it didn't count, nullified by a penalty.

RUSH DEFENSE: B-minus -- This was Oakland's only chance at offensive effectiveness and it worked early. Justin Fargas gashed the Chiefs repeatedly in the first half, before Kansas City realized that Oakland was not going to even attempt long-range passes and Kansas City began packing the run.

SPECIAL TEAMS: A -- P Dustin Colquitt could be pressing Larry Johnson for team MVP and he made his case Saturday with a 72-yard punt, which was the third-longest in Chiefs history.

COACHING: B -- The Chiefs did nothing surprising or especially masterful against Oakland, although it's clear someone has told Dante Hall to just hit the hole and stop dancing. The coaching matters little when the opponent turns it over five times.


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