Week 2 Game Recap: Kansas City Chiefs 23, Oakland Raiders 17
What you need to know
The offense of the Kansas City Chiefs was characteristically dangerous. However it was their special teams and, amazingly enough, their defense that provided the knockout punch against the Oakland Raiders. For the second straight week, the Chiefs’ defense shined. They are quickly losing their reputation for being a pushover defensive team. It appears that the Chiefs’ brain trust may have finally provided the tools for defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham to stand up to a top NFL offense.
They scored with impressive play calling and execution. Trent Green connected with Samie Parker on a 49 yard completion setting the stage for the Kansas City running game. Priest Holmes was injured on the next play and was taken out for a couple series. The Chiefs then demonstrated to the Raiders why their rushing attack is becoming so feared this year. Larry Johnson came in and ran two plays for 17 yards and a touchdown. The injury to Priest, apparently to his left arm, later seemed to clear up as he came back in looking as effective as ever.
Kansas City did save one final piece of drama for the last quarter. Leading 23 to 17, the Chiefs had control of the game when Parker fumbled the ball after recording a 23 yard gain on a complete pass from Green. The Raiders drove in close but the Chiefs defense held them out of the end zone and was able to then eat up the rest of the clock. They find themselves now undefeated and alone at the top of their division after the first two weeks of the season.
The Raiders were not treated particularly kind by the National Football League schedulers. After a difficult task opening the season at the home of the New England Patriots, they had to play host to the powerful, red hot Kansas City Chiefs. The Raiders consistently held back the Chiefs and displayed as strong an offense and defense as Kansas City.
The Raiders even held their penalties down a little from their normal totals. But the timing of the penalties and multiple fumbles proved their undoing. From the opening punt kicked to them by the Chiefs, Oakland experienced too many misfortunes. Chris Carr muffed the Chiefs’ punt and then Kansas City was able to score a relatively easy touchdown. The Raiders were able to match that touchdown later with a strong drive of their own concluded by a Lamont Jordan touchdown dive.
In the third quarter, it appeared that momentum had moved sufficiently to the Raiders when Kerry Collins hooked up with Randy Moss for 64 yards on a one play drive for a touchdown. That was unfortunately for the Raiders, the last points they were able to tally for the contest.
The Raiders received good production from new acquisitions Lamont Jordan, demonstrating power running and Randy Moss, showing why he is one of the most feared wide receivers. It appeared that Moss could have been utilized more often to the Raiders’ advantage. He seemed open quite often and even when he wasn’t open, he seemed like he could come up with any pass thrown near him in any crowd. Given a bit more time for Collins, Jordan, and Moss to work together, the Raiders should have a very strong and dreaded offense. He did score a TD that was nullified on an offensive pass interference call.
What you ought to know
|QB Trent Green, Pass: 18 - 28 - 237 - 0 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 4 - 2 - 0|
Green was accurate throughout the game completing eight of 12 in the first half and 18 of 28 for the entire game. He was never intercepted and he distributed the ball well. He threw passes to nine different receivers. His obvious favorite target was Eddie Kennison, but he was comfortable sending opportunities all over the field. Green finished with good statistics and demonstrated his toughness. He showed no ill effects of the leg surgery he had before the first game. He received some crushing hits during the game, but always bounced back and kept control of the game. This was his 66th straight game started as a Kansas City Chief.
Holmes played solid against a strong Raiders’ front four, anchored by Ted Washington and Warren Sapp. He scored the first touchdown of the game on power running even though he was missing his favorite hole producer, Willie Roaf (Roaf did not play due to injury). Holmes finished with 75 yards rushing and 15 receiving in addition to his lone touchdown. He did provide the Kansas City faithful with a scare when he came down on his left side while being tackled during the Chiefs‘ first drive of the second quarter. He seemed to have trouble with bending his left arm and left the field on his own power. After sitting out for a few series, he returned and seemed as strong as ever. With the Chiefs’ dual rushing attack, Holmes was limited to 19 carries and hopefully will be stronger for it in the latter parts of the season. After the game, coach Vermeil said it was just a shoulder stinger and he was fine.
Johnson once again proved he is an excellent substitution at any point in the game and for any length of time for Priest Holmes. On only nine carries, he picked up 41 yards and scored one touchdown. He ran with his normal power and effectiveness.
Richardson did not need to run the ball to contribute significantly for the Chiefs. After being questionable earlier in the week due to an injury last week, he provided his usual exceptional pass and run blocking as the Kansas City fullback. In particular he provided an excellent block during Larry Johnson’s touchdown run.
Kennison has developed an excellent rapport with Trent Green. He was the favorite target for Green while hauling in 4 passes for 52 yards. He also contributed to one special end around play rushing for eight yards.
|WR Dante Hall, Rush: 2 - -7 - 0, Rec: 1 - 15 - 0 (1 targets)|
Hall was kept out of most offensive plays due to his skill as a kickoff and punt returner. He provided his normal excitement with several excellent returns, almost breaking free a couple times for scores. On one occasion he did break through, even rolling over one defender and ran to the end zone, but a receiving team penalty nullified the return and brought the ball back.
Parker mostly had a good game. He was Trent Green’s second favorite target. He also had better than a 28 yard average per catch. His one fault was a fumble on the Chiefs’ next to last series that looked like it might have led to disaster for the Chiefs. Fortunately the defense stopped the Raiders and Parker may avoid nightmares about that mistake.
Chris Horn ran sharp routes and was dependable as he caught both passes thrown to him.
Gonzalez was perfect when thrown to. He caught all passes thrown to him. He also drew a lot of defensive attention in his direction as the Raiders obviously did not want to let Gonzalez run free and hurt them too much.
Kris Wilson was utilized once on an end around as a runner. He did not catch any passes during the game.
Jason Dunn primarily contributed as an extra blocker. He did not have any receptions for the game.
Tynes converted successfully on both extra point attempts he tried. He made a 31 yard field goal in the second quarter, but then in the third quarter he had a 46 yard attempt blocked. He finished well for the Chiefs as he redeemed himself by kicking the eventual game winner, a 39 yarder in the third quarter and a 42 yard insurance score in the fourth quarter.
The Chiefs’ rush defense was not able to stop Lamont Jordan quite as thoroughly as they had frustrated Curtis Martin last week. They were close however. They held all of the Raiders rushers to just 71 yards and kept their average gain to a low 3.7 yards per carry. They also forced one fumble. The only possible concern was the long Jordan run that would have counted for a score if not for the Raiders’ penalty.
Kansas City’s pass defense bent a little but did not break. They allowed the one monster play to Randy Moss, but they consistently converged quickly to the ball, gang tackling as necessary. They were relentless and prevented much production to one of the league’s better passers. They did not make any interceptions but they did force a fumble by Kerry Collins.
|QB Kerry Collins, Pass: 21 - 35 - 263 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 3 - 10 - 0|
Collins sometimes seemed very effective. He finished the day with okay statistics, completing 21 of 35 passes for 263 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions. He only sent passes toward three different wide receivers. He made 30 throws to just Porter, Moss, and Jordan. He may still need to get used to some of the players. He also was not always aware of some receivers who were open down the field.
|RB Lamont Jordan, Rush: 15 - 59 - 1, Rec: 6 - 32 - 0 (11 targets)|
Jordan managed to be Kerry Collins’ favorite outlet receiver. However the passes were not for many yards. He had a good day rushing, which included one touchdown score on a strong goal line dive. His stats would have looked much more impressive if not for a long touchdown run called back by a penalty.
Crockett looked impressive when catching the ball and running with it. A significant point was that Crockett did not steal goal line touches from Jordan.
Moss displayed his talents as one of the best wide receivers in the league. He caught five of the eight passes thrown his way for 127 yards. He actually caught a sixth pass in the end zone but it was disallowed after terrible interference call. Moss appeared to be free many more times on routes but not noticed by Kerry Collins.
Porter was a favorite target of Kerry Collins, catching five passes for 68 yards. With the attention that Randy Moss commands, Porter should regularly see a large number of passes thrown his way. He looked to be close to 100% after battling a hamstring injury this summer.
Curry caught both catches thrown his way but had to leave the game early due to an injury when he twisted his left leg badly late in the fourth quarter. He was away from the play and was not hit when he went down and he needed help walking off the field.
Whitted was not targeted in the passing game, but contributed 27 yards on an end around play in the fourth quarter.
Foschi did not have any receptions in this game and should not be counted on for fantasy production.
Janikowski was successful in his only extra point attempt, which happened early in the second quarter. He later in the second quarter connected on a 29 yard field goal. His only other scoring attempt was a 50 yard field goal attempt in the third quarter. He kicked it wide left.
The Oakland rush defense was able to usually stop the Chiefs’ multiple threat rush attack. The Chiefs had rush attempts by six different players. The Raiders held them to under a four yard per rush average. They did give up the two rushing scores. Warren Sapp and Ted Washington were able to block up most everything. Warren Sapp left the game for a while late after landing on his left shoulder during one play.
The Raiders’ pass defense prevented large gains for scores, but Samie Parker did catch one huge play for 49 yards. They later forced a fumble from Parker giving the offense one last chance to pull out a win. The defense valiantly kept the Raiders close in this game limiting the production of one of the most powerful offenses in the NFL.