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Week Ten Morning Aftermath: Chiefs 16, Raiders 10

Oakland Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell went 9-of-24 for 67 yards in Sunday’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. The sad thing for Raiders fans is that it wasn’t even his worst start of the season.

But it might have been Russell’s last start of the season.  Russell was yanked for Bruce Gradkowski, and after the game coach Tom Cable refused to commit to Russell as the starter going forward.

Gradkowski marched the Raiders down the field late in the fourth quarter and seemed to be getting Oakland close to a come-from-behind win, but when he hit wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey with a perfect pass late in the game, Heyward-Bey acted like a volleyball player, batting the ball up in the air where Chiefs safety Mike Brown picked it off.

Cable did maintain that Russell has talent, but the coach sounded exasperated at how long it’s taking Russell to make that talent translate into productivity.

Some guys take longer than others,” Cable said.  “He’ll get there at some point.  He’s a talented guy.  There’s no question about that.”

The mistakes in the passing game wasted a very good effort by the Raiders’ running attack, especially running back Michael Bush, who carried 14 times for 119 yards. With Bush, Justin Fargas and Darren McFadden, the Raiders have real talent at running back — they just don’t have a passing game that can give them a balanced attack.

The Chiefs do have a balanced offensive attack.  Now that Larry Johnson is gone, running back Jamal Charles is officially the man in Kansas City, and he had a big game against the Raiders, carrying 18 times for 103 yards, including a 44-yard touchdown.  The touchdown showed that Charles can provide the Chiefs with the kind of big-play threat that Johnson wasn’t providing — Johnson’s longest run this season went for just 19 yards.

“I told the coaches I can make the 40-yard runs, I can make the 60-yard runs,” Charles said after the game. “Just give me the chance to prove myself and what type of player I am.  I’m not going to be the biggest back, and I’m not going to be the strongest back, but I will go out there and give you my all.”

Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel still doesn’t look like quite the same guy he was in New England last year, but he had a few big plays on the way to completing 19 of 34 passes for 216 yards. With Dwayne Bowe (six catches for 91 yards) and newcomer Chris Chambers (three for 60) as his favorite receivers, Cassel is starting to look like the offense in Kansas City is an offense in which he can feel comfortable.

The Chiefs and the Raiders now sport identical 2-7 records, and neither team has much to be happy about this season.  But for one day anyway, the Chiefs looked like a team assembling a competent offense with Charles, Cassel, Bowe, and Chambers.

The Raiders, on the other hand, looked like a team that made a couple of major draft-day blunders with Russell and Heyward-Bey.

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14 Responses to “Week Ten Morning Aftermath: Chiefs 16, Raiders 10”
  1. SmackMyVickUp says: Nov 16, 2009 2:33 PM

    Who’s Larry Johnson?
    Oh, that’s right the guy that is number #2 on the Chiefs all time rushing list.

  2. Bobarian says: Nov 16, 2009 2:47 PM

    “But for one day anyway, the Chiefs looked like a team assembling a competent offense with Charles, Cassel, Bowe, and Chambers.”
    What are you smoking over there?
    The Chiefs offense was 1 for 15 on 3rd down conversions.
    The coach lost the last Raiders game because he chose to go for it on 4th down when the team had a chip-shot field goal. He did the same thing this time. If the Raiders weren’t so horribly inept, they’d have los this one too.
    The Chiefs offense is a long way from “competent”.

  3. straverse says: Nov 16, 2009 2:52 PM

    McFadden is terrible. And Fargas has a lot of heart, but not so much talent. The Raiders past 3 drafts have got to go down as the worst 3 year stretch in history, at least as far as early first rounders go.

  4. ignoringthehaters says: Nov 16, 2009 2:55 PM

    Russell is garbage, but to say the same for DHB when he has not gotten a chance is unfair and unrealistic. How many times has Jamarcus even thrown him the ball? He NEVER has any catches with Jamarcus, all J does is check down to slants, TE’s, and RB’s. So to call this guy crap after one drop is ridiculous, even for you Raider Haters (i.e. Florio)

  5. Tinbender says: Nov 16, 2009 2:57 PM

    The biggest problem with Russell is he doesn’t THINK he’s playing that bad. He may have talent, he may have potential, but if you can’t admit to yourself you suck, how will you ever get better? Admit you have a problem, that’s step #1

  6. rodstiffington says: Nov 16, 2009 3:10 PM

    Draft busts? Please.
    Russell can throw the ball on one knee 60 yards and Heyward-Bay can run a 4.3. It has the makings of “Montana-Rice” all over it.

  7. as big as a hat says: Nov 16, 2009 3:15 PM

    Russell was wild again with his throws yesterday. He was late, high, and low, but when he was on target guys just dropped it. He hit Hayward-Bey right in the nuts on that skinny post. That drop was inexcusable.

  8. schism says: Nov 16, 2009 4:09 PM

    Does anybody think that if JaMarcus was traded to another program he could be coached into somthing productive?

  9. comment_submission_error says: Nov 16, 2009 4:25 PM

    MDS says:
    But for one day anyway, the Chiefs looked like a team assembling a competent offense with Charles, Cassel, Bowe, and Chambers.
    Don’t know about that. If the Raiders could have gotten out of their own way on more than one drive they would have won that game.

  10. Brewster says: Nov 16, 2009 4:41 PM

    ignoringthehaters says:
    November 16, 2009 2:55 PM
    Russell is garbage, but to say the same for DHB when he has not gotten a chance is unfair and unrealistic. How many times has Jamarcus even thrown him the ball? He NEVER has any catches with Jamarcus, all J does is check down to slants, TE’s, and RB’s. So to call this guy crap after one drop is ridiculous, even for you Raider Haters (i.e. Florio)
    ________________________-
    Oh please!
    One drop? You mean the one(s) in week 1 or week 2? Russell is horrific, no doubt. But DHB has had many chances to showcase why he was drafted in the top 10 in round 1 and has to date failed to perform. He’s had 6 catches YTD and been targeted (not sure what that means with Russell, the ball within 10 yards?) 29 times. That’s a 20% success rate. Murphy, Higgins & Watkins all have 30-33% success rates catching balls from the same bad QB. While 30% isn’t good none of them were a top 10 draft pick.
    Face it, while DHB may develop into a servicable WR at some point he wasn’t even close to being a first round draft choice.
    Crabtree who the Raiders passed on, had more receptions in his first game than DHB had year to date in week 7 when Crabtree played his first game.
    I think a guy by the name of Al Davis was insistent on drafting Russell and DHB, could it be this guy Davis is part of the problem?

  11. falstaff1962 says: Nov 16, 2009 5:23 PM

    Based on comments I’ve read elsewhere, Russell still doesn’t understand why he got yanked from the game. I can’t tell if this guy is being sarcastic or if he’s simply one of the stupidest people on the planet. My guess is the second.

  12. Joe in Toronto, Canada says: Nov 16, 2009 5:48 PM

    Check out “Brewster”, talking like he actually watched the game, lol.
    Nice try, hater.

  13. Wellsee says: Nov 16, 2009 6:10 PM

    Too bad for the Raiders (and their fans) that Garcia didn’t stick around.

  14. Brewster says: Nov 17, 2009 10:59 AM

    Joe in Toronto, Canada says:
    November 16, 2009 5:48 PM
    Check out “Brewster”, talking like he actually watched the game, lol.
    Nice try, hater.
    _______________
    Who said anything about watching the game. I challenged a comment from another poster re: people being critical of DHB for “one drop”, and provided stats to support my position.
    Then provided additional stats to support the DHB vs Crabtree draft decision made by Al Davis.
    Only in Raider Nation is providing facts or stats to support one’s position considered Raider hating.
    Al Davis is the problem and you know it, admit it.

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