I woke up at 5a so excited to hit the road and see the Raiders smash the Chiefs. I was taking my sisters with me, one a Raiders fan and the other a Cowboy fan but neither of them had been to a NFL game. This would be great. We got to Oakland in enough time to go see the final resting place of Raiders owner Al Davis at the Chapel of Chimes before the game so the day was going great for me. I’ve got my burger, my drink and my fam sitting 8 rows up behind Kansas City ready to do some heckling. The Raiders take the field and I’m screaming. Even though Campbell or Janikowski wasn’t playing I felt good about taking on a KC team that we swept year. I mean they only had wins against the Colts and Minnesota.
I can tell you I was a bit disappointed that Palmer didn’t start even though in my heart I felt he shouldn’t.I was more than ready for this game.
Boller and Terrelle Pryor take the field and I knew that Hue had something up his sleeve. We never got a chance to see what it was because TP was called for a false start because he wasn’t set. Now I didn’t get mad because this was his first shot at action. He should be mad because he blew it! The very next play Boller throws and interception. Not only did was it a pick it was a PICK SIX! O-M-G the fans immediately started chanting for Palmer to take the field; I had a bit more patience. My patience wore then however when Boller threw his SECOND interception (after he recovered his own fumble the play before) that led to ANOTHER KC touchdown! I then started calling for the benching of Boller and it was only the first quarter. This was HORRIBLE.
We had no Quarterback, Sebastian wasn’t playing and the Darren McFadden goes out with an ankle injury. We couldn’t do anything with our passing game but they weren’t running ball. I just let out a loud scream run the ball dammnit! Hue finally decides to stop passing and starting running. That seemed to be going well. In DMC absence, Bush was able to get us to the goal line however we were unable to convert at the goal line. On 4th and 1 the KC defense stopped Bush at the goal line, turnover on downs. The Raiders force a 3 and out for KC but were unable to come up with any points and end up going 3 and out as well. The Raiders ended up intercepting Cassel’s pass at the end of the half but that did us no good!
Our first half was played terribly. The KC Special Teams wasn’t kicking to any of our Punt Returners leaving the Raiders no choice but to get something going on the offensive side of the ball. I knew that the 2nd half Hue would come with Carson Palmer even with his limited knowledge of the playbook. We needed to try to get something done we were down at home 14-0. Any spark of life could have turned this game around but instead Hue started Kyle Boller again and once again the Raiders went 3 and out and start went the penalties.
KC takes the field and if Matt Cassel didn’t eat his Wheaties…he drove his team down the field for a THIRD touchdown for the Chiefs. Oakland had 4 series of three and outs in the 3rd quarter and I still sat there like it was a chance we could come back from this hole we were in. I looked to the side and my poor sisters were burning up in this heat and watching the Raiders get thrashed.
Finally we get to see what Carson Palmer has to offer, providing he’s not as rusty as people think. Because he is rusty so I wasn’t expecting him to put up Tom Brady numbers but I thought he would do better than Boller. Instead he throws a PICK 6 to add to the KC score making it 28-0. To add insult to injury Palmer threw two more interceptions after that back to back!! The Coliseum was shook. What a day for the Raiders. This was a total collapse. The defense was being drug through the trenches and despite the two Cassel interceptions and the offensive efforts of Moore, Heyward-Bey and Bush they just couldn’t provide their defense any time to rest. Fourteen penalties, 6 turnovers (3 INT for ea QB)for Oakland and 2 D/St Touchdowns and wise clock management for KC was the reason the Raiders taking an L. The KC Chiefs are nasty and Oakland played nastier. There is nothing else to say.
Needless to say, it was a long ride home.
I expect the Raiders to take full advantage of this bye week working out Carson Palmer and Terrelle Pryor. I’m sure that Carson will have memorized the play book so when we play Denver he has a better performance than he did yesterday. I know he wants to be helpful to his team. While this was an UGLY, HORRIBLE, UNBELIEVABLE loss, I’m not going to get too upset because we’ve been broke down at the QB, RB and Kicker position and Oakland just has to find chemistry amongst the guys that are able to go.
27-20 Raiders will be the score when we play the Broncos. I’ve never predicted a score before so let’s see how this goes. See yall next week.
JUST WIN BABY
Rest in Peace Al