And they’re back…to .500. It wasn’t the prettiest game, but the Chiefs went to Oakland and came out with a victory.
In a game where the biggest storyline was the Raiders’ quarterback controversy the Chiefs’ defense dominated. The defense combined for six interceptions and scored as many points as the offense. On the Raiders’ opening drive Kyle Boller threw a pass that was intercepted by Kendrick Lewis and run back for six. The pick fest continued from there.
After Boller threw three interceptions Coach Hue Jackson decided it was time to bring in Carson Palmer. Unfortunately for Oakland Palmer did not have much more success. He threw three interceptions on twenty-one pass attempts, including a fourth quarter Brandon Flowers interception that was returned for a touchdown.
Offensively the Chiefs did not need to do much. They scored on drives of 61 and 64 yards, but never truly got in a groove.
Jackie Battle led the team in rushing with 76 yards on 16 carries, but did not make it into the end zone. The touchdowns were scored by Le’Ron McClain and cornerback Javier Arenas. It was exciting to see Todd Haley get innovative and bring in Arenas. It paid off and maybe we’ll see other creative plays as the season goes on.
Matt Cassel was not as in sync as he had been in the previous two games. He completed fifty percent of his passes and finished the day with two interceptions. It wasn’t exactly what the Chiefs had hoped for, but it was good enough to get the job done.
Kansas City has now dug itself out of the 0-3 start to the season and has to feel good about the past three games. The Chiefs are definitely happy to be sitting at 3-3 and shutting out the Raiders is always sweet.
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Written by Matt Brody