Raiders fall short to Chiefs, fall to 3-9

The Raiders went into Sunday's game against Kansas City favored for the first time this season. It didn't matter. The offense once again failed to deliver, the defense had no answer for Tyler Thigpen and Tony Gonzalez and the special teams delivered an all-time gaffe as Oakland came up short to the Chiefs, 20-13.

WHAT WENT RIGHT

· Chris Johnson's 44-yard interception return in the third quarter set up the Raiders only touchdown of the day and was one of the few bright spots for Oakland's defense. Johnson has played very well since taking over for DeAngelo Hall and Sunday's game was just his latest round of solid performances.

· Running back Justin Fargas finally made it into the end zone for the first time this season when he dove over from a yard out following Johnson's interception. Fargas, who finished the afternoon with a respectable 82 yards on 18 carries, had not scored a touchdown since he had one against Indianapolis on Dec. 16, 2007.

· Despite getting drilled numerous times, Oakland tight end Zach Miller came up strong with five catches for 79 yards. Miller is the Raiders only true downfield threat outside of rookie running back Darren McFadden (3 catches, 50 yards) and he proved it against the Chiefs despite being the focus of Kansas City's secondary.

· The one trick play the Raiders tried that worked was a truck-and-trailer call in the first half when JaMarcus Russell threw a short completion to wide receiver Ronald Curry, who then pitched the ball back to Darren McFadden and McFadden gained 20 yards out of it. The Chiefs were caught sleeping and Oakland used the play to set up its first field goal.



WHAT WENT WRONG

· Calling a fake field goal which required Sebastian Janikowski to run at least 15 yards from where he took a pitch was baffling and foolish. Not only did the team waste a shot at an easy three points but it resulted in a Chiefs' touchdown, a 10-point swing in a game that was decided by a touchdown. It ranks high on the list of all-time bad ideas and is even worse considering the team worked on it for two years, according to Cable.

· The Raiders were well aware of Tyler Thigpen's background as a former running back but they didn't do much to stop him. Thigpen was only sacked once and scrambled out of pressure numerous times but did his most damage on designed QB draws and runs, running for 48 yards to keep several drives alive.

· Oakland's offense drove from its own 9 down to Chiefs' 22 when interim head coach Tom Cable made the call to go for it on 4th-and-2. Rather than running, the Raiders tried to pass but Russell's throw into the end zone eluded Ronald Curry and Oakland came away with nothing.

· Safety Gibril Wilson dropped a sure interception in the third quarter that would have killed a Kansas City drive near midfield. Instead the ball bounced off his hands and fell incomplete, and the Chiefs went on to score the go-ahead touchdown a few minutes later.

· On Oakland's first play following Kansas City's go-ahead touchdown that made it 17-10, running back Justin Fargas fumbled deep on the Raiders side of the field after a 7-yard gain. The Chiefs recovered, got an easy quick field goal out of it and essentially closed the door on the game.

· Quarterback JaMarcus Russell opened the game well enough but lost his touch as the afternoon went on. He missed several open receivers and sailed his passes high or just wide of the mark, and put some of his receivers in dangerous situations along the way. While he showed good moxy and toughness in scrambling 20 yards for a first down, Russell never found a rhythm with his receivers and finished 10 of 28 for 132 yards and a 51.5 rating.



BY THE NUMBERS

0: Fake field goals attempted by Sebastian Janikowski in his NFL career prior to Sunday's game against the Chiefs.

1: Pass caught by an Oakland wide receiver. Tight end Zach Miller led the Raiders with five receptions and running back Darren McFadden had three but Ronald Curry was the lone wide receiver with a catch and that lone reception netted zero yards.

1: Time McFadden touched the ball in the second half after carrying six times and catching three passes in the second half for a combined 63 yards.



INJURIES

· Right guard Cooper Carlisle came off the field briefly in the first quarter with a minor ankel injury. Carlisle later returned and interim head coach Tom Cable said it wasn‘t a serious injury.



THEY SAID IT

· "I did, and he's like, `Damn, your quarterback's got to stop hanging you out to dry. I did, and he's like, `Damn, your quarterback's got to stop hanging you out to dry. You need t let him know.'^"

-- Raiders tight end Zach Miller on if he talked to Chiefs tight end Tony Gonzalez during the game

·"I didn't even see it. I just saw the guy running down the other way. We do that in practice all the time, but I never knew that it was a real thing that we were going to attempt. When they told me that's what happened, that it wasn't a blocked field goal, I was a little surprised."

-- Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, stunned Oakland attempted a fake field goal

· "We haven't had a problem handling it for almost two years now. It's been something we've worked for really two years. We've handled it well. It's something we've come up with. We just didn't execute it."

-- Raiders interim head coach Tom Cable, defending his decision to try the fake field goal

· "It was one of those days. You have good days and you have bad days. Today he had a bad day. I still feel like he did a great job, running around in the pocket and making his reads."

-- Raiders running back Darren McFadden on the performance of quarterback JaMarcus Russell

· "It's not about the drop, it's just about us being on the field still and giving them seven points. That's a huge turnaround. It could have been a tie game going the other way. We can't leave stuff like that out on the field."

-- Raiders safety Gibril Wilson, whose miss on an interception try allowed the Chiefs to keep possession and eventually score a touchdown


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