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Week 9 Game Recap: Oakland Raiders 23, Kansas City Chiefs 27

What you need to know

Oakland Raiders

It was all field goals for both teams through the first half of play. Through the middle of the third quarter, all of the drives for both teams ended in a punt, a field goal or a turnover. But in the second half, particularly the fourth quarter, the offenses came alive. Kerry Collins led the Raiders on two scoring drives that kept this game very close. He threw two touchdown passes but only completed a little over half of his passing attempts, 21 out of 40 for 175 yards. Many of his incompletions were inaccurate overthrown passes on his part and one was intercepted.

Randy Moss made his only catch in the game count. He scored a seven yard touchdown in the fourth quarter with less than two minutes in the game that put the Raiders ahead. Moss was targeted an additional seven times in the game but was defended well by Dewayne Washington. Jerry Porter made up for attention that Moss was receiving and made seven receptions for 68 yards, including a four yard touchdown catch. Doug Gabriel was the other receiver of note in the game for the Raiders and made a key 19 yard reception that set up the Moss touchdown.

Lamont Jordan rushed for 93 yards on his 19 carries. He was running well, but the Raiders abandoned the rush in the fourth quarter, limiting Jordan. He did play a role in the passing game and made five receptions for 25 yards on his nine targets.

Kansas City Chiefs

It was a very slow start offensively for the Kansas City Chiefs. Trent Green had only 77 passing yards at the end of the first half, but would finish with 235 yards on his 22 completions. Green was responsible for the Chiefs’ one turnover which occurred on their opening drive. He was stepping back to pass and the ball was hit out of his hands and the Raiders recovered his fumble.

Rather than tie the game with a field goal attempt and five seconds on the clock at the one yard line, the Chiefs went for the win. A gutsy call that was successful. After taking a screen catch over the middle 36 yards to the Oakland one yard line, Larry Johnson leaped to score the game winning touchdown. It was Johnson’s second rushing touchdown during the game and he filled in quite well for Priest Holmes who did not play. Johnson rushed for 107 yards on his 22 carries. He also played a significant role in the receiving game with three receptions for 48 yards on his seven targets.

Tony Gonzalez led the Chiefs’ receivers with five catches for 70 yards. Both he and Eddie Kennison were targeted eight times by Trent Green. And like Gonzalez, Kennison made five receptions, his for 60 yards. Kennison made a key 13 yard reception during the Chiefs’ game winning drive.

What you ought to know

QB Kerry Collins, Pass: 21 - 40 - 175 - 2 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 1 - 0 - 0

The Raiders began conservatively. During the first drive, on third and 23, the play called was a handoff to Zack Crockett. The only pass by Collins during that drive, a short eight yard pass to Jordan was called back with a chop block penalty. Collins was called for intentional grounding on a long drive that ended with a field goal. Collins was sacked in the third quarter. Collins threw an interception in the third quarter, his third interception this season so far. He came out throwing after that drive, completing four passes including a four yard touchdown strike to a wide open Jerry Porter. His subsequent two point conversion attempt to Porter failed. Collins threw a second touchdown pass to Randy Moss to give the Raiders the lead with less than two minutes in the game.

RB Lamont Jordan, Rush: 19 - 93 - 0, Rec: 5 - 25 - 0 (9 targets)

Jordan finished the game with 93 yards on his 19 carries. He gained seven yards on his first carry. He gained a first down on his second carry powerfully breaking tackles. He had an eight yard reception brought back with a chop block penalty against the Raiders. Jordan made an 11 yard gain to start the second half. Jordan ran in to make a two point conversion. The Raiders went to a pass happy offense in the second half to match the Chiefs, limiting Jordan’s rushing carries.

RB Zack Crockett, Rush: 5 - 3 - 0

Crockett saw a limited number of carries in the game and rushed five times for three yards. Four of his carries were in the first half.

WR Jerry Porter, Rec: 7 - 68 - 1 (11 targets)

With Randy Moss blanketed in the game, Porter was the leading receiver for the Raiders. Porter made three receptions for 34 yards during the Raiders’ second scoring drive. Porter made a 21 yard catch along the sidelines in coverage. Porter drew a defensive pass interference call in the fourth quarter. He was wide open in the end zone to make a four yard touchdown reception, but was well covered on the subsequent two point conversion attempt.

WR Doug Gabriel, Rush: 1 - 5 - 0, Rec: 3 - 37 - 0 (6 targets)

Gabriel carried the ball on an end around play during the first drive. He made his first reception during the Raiders’ first drive of the second half. Gabriel made a 12 yard catch in the fourth quarter. And then a great 19 yard reception in the fourth quarter that helped to set up the Randy Moss touchdown.

WR Randal Williams, Rec: 2 - 11 - 0 (2 targets)

Williams was a big part of the Raiders’ second scoring drive in the second quarter with two receptions for 11 yards. But other than those two receptions, he was not used the rest of the game.

WR Randy Moss, Rec: 1 - 7 - 1 (8 targets)

Moss was covered unbelievably effectively by Dewayne Washington through the entire game. He was targeted five times in the first half, but did not make a reception. Though it was not entirely his fault as Collins overthrew him twice and one of his targets was tipped. Moss was the target of Collins’ interception; the ball was thrown into heavy coverage on Moss. He was targeted in the end zone, but was overthrown. Moss’ only reception of the day was a seven yard touchdown reception that put the Raiders ahead with less than two minutes in the game.

WR Alvis Whitted

Whitted came in for Randy Moss briefly in the first quarter. Though he was on the field, Collins never once looked to him in the passing game.

TE Courtney Anderson, Rec: 2 - 26 - 0 (5 targets)

Anderson was overthrown by Collins on both of his targets in the second quarter. He made two 13 yard catches in the fourth quarter.

TE John Paul Foschi, Rec: 1 - 1 - 0 (2 targets)

Foschi made a one yard reception in the second quarter. He dropped a pass near the end of the first half.

PK Sebastian Janikowski 3 - 3 FG, 0 - 0 XP, 9 points

Janikowski made a 32 yard field goal in the first quarter. He made a 49 and 48 yard field goals in the second quarter. He did not make any extra point attempts on the Raiders’ two touchdowns as they decided to go for the two point conversions.

OAK Rush Defense

The Raiders gave up 107 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns to Larry Johnson. Tommy Kelly recorded all three sacks on Trent Green. Fabian Washington led the team with nine tackles.

OAK Pass Defense

After a quiet start, Trent Green got things going in the second half and threw for 235 yards against the Raiders, including one touchdown pass. Tommy Kelly knocked the ball out of Green’s hands as he was going back to throw, and the fumble was recovered by Derrick Burgess. Renaldo Hill left the game in the third quarter with a hip injury. Tommy Kelly also left the game injured, but was able to return.

QB Trent Green, Pass: 22 - 35 - 235 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 1 - 0 - 0

Like last week, Green played a terrible first half but came back in the second half strong to secure a Chiefs’ victory. Green fumbled on the Chiefs’ opening drive, the Raiders knocked the ball out of his arm as he was going back to throw. The Chiefs were forced to punt on their second drive. And at the beginning of the second quarter, Green had yet to complete a pass. Green’s second completion of the game was a sharply thrown pass to Dante Hall for 19 yards. Green put it where only Hall could catch it. In the second half, Green was sacked and fumbled the ball. It was recovered by Kansas City but it was a third down play and for the second series of that half, the Chiefs were forced to punt. Green saw his best drive in the third quarter, completing four passes for 54 yards culminating with a six yard touchdown pass to Tony Richardson. With the Raiders up by three in the fourth quarter and less than two minutes, Green led the Chiefs into scoring position to win the game.

RB Larry Johnson, Rush: 22 - 107 - 2, Rec: 3 - 48 - 0 (7 targets)

All eyes were on Johnson who was the feature running back for the Chiefs with Priest Holmes not playing. And he filled in quite effectively. Johnson dropped his first target. He had a great 15 yard carry near the end of the first half. He had a three yard carry brought back with an offensive holding penalty. On the very next play he had a 15 yard screen catch brought back with another offensive holding penalty. He had a 12 yard carry that took the Chiefs into the red zone in the third quarter. After Collins’ interception, Johnson rushed three times, once for five yards, then three yards, and then breaking tackles for a very powerful 15 yard touchdown run. Johnson made a 36 yard catch to the Kansas City one yard line. He dove in to score the game winning touchdown on the next play.

RB Tony Richardson, Rec: 2 - 8 - 1 (2 targets)

Richardson made a two yard catch in the second quarter. His second reception was a six yard touchdown catch in the third quarter.

RB Priest Holmes

Holmes did not play in the game, with a lingering head trauma injury.

WR Eddie Kennison, Rec: 5 - 60 - 0 (8 targets)

Kennison bobbled and dropped his first target along the sidelines. He was targeted in the end zone, but fell down trying to come back to the ball which was poorly thrown by Green. He made his first receptions near the end of the first half, a sixteen yard grab followed by a four yard gain on a catch. Kennison made a catch near the sidelines, he fell down, he got up to gain some additional yards but was ruled down by contact and was two yards short of gaining a first down. Kennison made a 13 yard reception during the Chiefs’ game winning drive.

WR Chris Horn, Rec: 4 - 25 - 0 (6 targets)

Horn was targeted in the end zone. He made the first reception of the game, a short one yard catch. Horn also made a 12 yard catch during the Chiefs’ game winning drive.

WR Dante Hall, Rush: 1 - 7 - 0, Rec: 3 - 24 - 0 (5 targets)

Hall made a great 19 yard catch in the second quarter. He gained seven yards on an end around carry on the very next play.

TE Tony Gonzalez, Rec: 5 - 70 - 0 (8 targets)

Gonzalez was targeted in the first quarter, but covered well by Renaldo Hill. He made a 16 yard catch during the second quarter. Gonzalez drew a defensive pass interference against Jarrod Cooper call at the end of the first half. He made a 33 yard catch over the middle in the third quarter.

PK Lawrence Tynes 2 - 2 FG, 3 - 3 XP, 9 points

Tynes made a 27 yard field goal and then a 47 yard attempt in the second quarter. He also converted three extra point attempts.

KC Rush Defense

The Chiefs allowed 93 rushing yards to Lamont Jordan, an impressive five yards per carry average and a total of 101 rushing yards to the Raiders. Kawika Mitchell recorded the only sack on Kerry Collins. Eric Warfield led the Chiefs with ten tackles before leaving the game injured in the fourth quarter.

KC Pass Defense

The Chiefs were without Patrick Surtain in this game, but they were able to get pressure on Kerry Collins forcing him to overthrow his receivers and he completed just a little over half of his passing attempts. They were called for three penalties on the Raiders’ first scoring drive in the fourth quarter. And they were successful in taking Randy Moss out of the game until his touchdown reception very late in the game. Greg Wesley intercepted Kerry Collins.

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