Raiders find a way to win in KC

For the second straight week the Raiders were in a game that was decided in the final minutes. Fortunately this time they came out on the right side of things, scoring on a Darren McFadden run late in the fourth quarter to beat the Kansas City Chiefs. See what S&BI's Michael Wagaman thought of the game.

Highlights and news from Sunday's 13-10 win over the Kansas City Chiefs:

-- It wasn't pretty, and in comparison to the season-opener against San Diego, it was downright ugly at times. But what it was, was a win, and for a team whose victories have been few and far between over the past seven years, you take what you can get.

Just like when the Chargers won a game they shouldn't have, the Raiders snuck out of Arrowhead Stadium knowing they pulled a fast one. And just like San Diego, it was Oakland's calm under pressure late in the game that made the difference.

Given an overall grade, we'd probably say a C+ but at 1-1 and a shot to move into a first-place tie next week with Denver coming to town, the Raiders are actually in pretty good shape.

-- McFadden's touchdown is proof positive he has to be the focal point of the offense. While he didn't have a lot of success running the ball, Oakland's entire ground game was off and the Chiefs kept stacking the box daring quarterback JaMarcus Russell to throw. Yet when it counted most, McFadden found a way into the end zone, which is what all good backs do when the game is on the line.

-- Michael Huff continues to be the best story of the season. The former first-round draft pick, who spent the first three years of his career bordering somewhere between disappointment and bust, has been brilliant through two weeks. He had two interceptions off Kansas City QB Matt Cassel on Sunday and has accounted for four turnovers alone already, having picked off San Diego QB Philip Rivers in Week 1 and also recovering a fumble.

Tom Cable said last week that he intended to continue to rotate Huff in at strong safety with Hiram Eugene but he might be re-thinking things now.

To his credit, Huff never complained about the criticism he received earlier in his career even when it was at it's harshest. Instead, he looked in the mirror and figured out how he could get better. This past off season, he watched hours and hours of film studying some of the game's best safeties past and present in an effort to improve himself. It obviously has paid off in a big way, both for Huff and for the Raiders.

-- That run defense that looked really good against San Diego? Notsomuch against Kansas City. It was particularly frustrating to see Larry Johnson looking like the LJ of old far too often as Oakland's defense struggled to contain him.

The truth is the Raiders are probably somewhere in between the two games, good enough to come up with a few big stops but not consistent enough yet to be strength. With two good running teams next up -- Denver and Houston -- that has to change.

-- Sebastian Janikowski is 4-for-4 on field goal attempts this season, including a 54-yarder against the Chiefs that ultimately was the difference in the score. A lot has been said and written about Jano over the years, much of it deserved, but he's matured a lot since entering the league as a surprising first-round draft pick and has become a mostly reliable scoring threat.

Considering how the Raiders have struggled offensively so far, Janikowski's kicking has taken on an even greater significance.

-- Speaking of kickers, Shane Lechler absolutely nailed one of his punts against the Chiefs when he ripped off a 70-yarder. At the rate he's going, the Raiders are going to have two punters with Hall of Fame credentials waiting for voters to quit being stubborn and open the doors at Canton.

-- It was good to see first-round pick Darrius Heyward-Bey get his first NFL catch. Chiefs' WR Dwayne Bowe talked before the game about how antsy he was until he made his first reception, so maybe now DHB can relax and start showing the potential the Raiders saw when they made him the seventh overall selection in last April's draft.

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