Raiders dominate Chiefs, 23-8

A week after laying an egg in their season opener, the Raiders rebounded to thoroughly thump the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday. Find out what went right and what went wrong for Oakland in the 23-8 win that evens the team's record at 1-1.


· Ignited by rookie Darren McFadden the Raiders running game dominated the Chiefs and set the tone for the entire game. McFadden rushed for 164 yards, Michael Bush added 90 and Justin Fargas had 43 before getting hurt. The Chiefs never had an answer and the Arrowhead crowd never was a factor. McFadden in particular was phenomenal, breaking a 50-yard run and later diving in for a touchdown to help put Oakland ahead 13-0. Bush also came on strong late in the game to help seal the game and scored his first NFL touchdown.

· The Raiders defense took a beating in the Week 1loss to Denver but rebounded with an outstanding job against the Chiefs. Credit the defensive line, which hammered all three Kansas City QB and completely shut down the running game. Larry Johnson was held to just 22 yards on the ground while the Chiefs had only 55 rushing yards as a team. Oakland also recorded six sacks, two interceptions and a forced fumble.

· Kicker Sebastian Janikowski was perfect on three field goal attempts, including a franchise record 56-yarder in the first half. That was key as Oakland's offense moved the ball well but couldn't get into the end zone early in the game. Jano has now made 15 consecutive field goals at Arrowhead Stadium. He also sent all six kickoffs into the end zone, only one of which was returned.

· In addition to dominating the battle at the line of scrimmage, Oakland's offensive line kept quarterback JaMarcus Russell protected all day and didn't give up a single sack. Though Russell had his problems it wasn't due to problems up front. That's encouraging especially considering the team had an inexperienced player (Mario Henderson) starting at left tackle. Henderson's maturation and progress in the NFL has been slow but the second-year tackle held up well. The Raiders helped him out by keeping tight end Zach Miller in at times but Henderson gave a good accounting for himself in his first NFL start.

· After one of the more tumultuous weeks in recent team history, the Raiders were able to put aside their problems long enough to get their first win of the season. More importantly is that Oakland proved it could win A) in the division, and B) on the road. Granted, the Raiders won at Kansas City in 2007 but after starting the season the way they did against Denver, beating the Chiefs at Arrowhead -- one of the toughest venues in the NFL -- is a significant step forward.


· Quarterback JaMarcus Russell wasn't very effective in his first road start, completing only 6 of 17 passes for 55 yards. It didn't hurt much because of the success the Raiders had running the ball but if Oakland is going to continue to be effective it needs to get more production out of the passing game. Only one of Russell's completions went to a wide receiver.

· The offense had to settle for a pair of field goals in the first half but should have had more. Oakland has a 1st-and-goal at the Chiefs' 9-yard line late in the first quarter but could only move the ball two yards. Running back Darren McFadden also fumbled away a possession in the second quarter after the Raiders had driven down into Kansas City territory.

· Penalties continued to plague the Raiders, though they were able to overcome a majority of them against the Chiefs. Three of the penalties gave Kansas City first downs, but on the plus side only one of Oakland's penalties -- a false start by center Jake Grove -- came on offense.


300: Rushing yards by the Raiders, their most since 1987 when Bo Jackson ran wild over Seattle on Monday Night Football. That night the team finished with 356 yards on the ground.

55: Rushing yards by the Chiefs, the fewest allowed by Oakland since Oct. 22, 2006 when the Raiders limited Arizona to 50 yards on the ground.

45.0: Quarterback rating for JaMarcus Russell. In the loss to Denver he had a 111.1 rating.

14: Rushing first downs for the Raiders, who had 18 first downs total.


· Running back Justin Fargas left the game in the first half with a groin injury and will undergo additional tests when the team returns to Oakland. Head coach Lane Kiffin hopes to have Fargas available next week against Buffalo but won't know for sure until later in the week.

· Rookie running back Darren McFadden was the team's workhorse on offense but spent most of the final few minutes on the sidelines after injuring his toe. The initial diagnosis is turf toe, which can be very painful and have a tendency to linger.


"You saw it time and time again, the run game, and that sets the tone if you can stop the run. We did it and you saw Larry Johnson get frustrated."

-- Raiders head coach Lane Kiffin on the team's success shutting down Kansas City's running game

"It means a lot. It just goes to show you that we can't worry about things we can't control. That's the media and outside forces trying to tear us apart. I'm so proud of our guys, how they prepared and how focused they were. We kind of had the theme of assassins. We were going to come in here, get this thing and get on out."

-- Kiffin, summing up Oakland's win after a rocky week for the franchise.

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