Oakland Raiders showcase best performance of year

By Josh Walfish

For the sixth consecutive season, the Oakland Raiders marched into Arrowhead Stadium and beat the Kansas City Chiefs. In their best performance of the season, the Raiders forced four turnovers and dominated both lines of scrimmage in the dominating victory.

Quarterbacks- The day could not have started out worse for Carson Palmer, but he did a nice job rebounding from the interception to toss two touchdowns. Normally, 50 percent passing won’t cut it, but it didn’t matter Sunday. B

Running Backs- This is the game we were waiting for from Darren McFadden all season. He ran the ball 29 times for 114 yards and although he did not break many long runs, he worked for yards and helped keep the Oakland offense on the field. A-

Wide Receivers- This unit showed up in a big way for Palmer on Sunday. Denarius Moore and Darrius Heyward-Bey caught touchdown passes and Palmer was able to exploit the Chiefs deep time and time again. A-

Offensive Line- When an offensive line allows the running backs to get four yards per carry and keeps the quarterback clean, it had an excellent game. This was the best game of the year for this unit and gives the Raiders confidence moving forward. A

Defensive Line- The domination in the trenches was completed by this defensive line group, which has played well in recent weeks. The front four got a sack and was credited with eight quarterback hits, but they did a poor job keeping the quarterbacks in contain after putting pressure on them. B+

Linebackers- Let’s repeat the question of whether a team out there will limit Philip Wheeler? He had 11 solo tackles, a sack, and two quarterback hurries. The other two linebackers each had a tackle-for-loss and Rolando McClain added a sack of his own. A

Secondary- Granted it was Kansas City, but Oakland limited the Chiefs to 219 yards passing and picked off Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn once each. The defensive backs may have allowed a lot more completions than necessary, but they kept the play in front of them and made the quick tackle. A

Special Teams- For the first time all season, this section will not all be about Sebastian Janikowski and Shane Lechler. Janikowski hit four field goals and Lechler had an okay day punting, but it was the punt coverage unit that forced a crucial fumble at the end of the second quarter. The turnover led to a touchdown and the Raiders led going into halftime instead of being tied, a major swing in the game. A

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