Oakland Raiders Not as Perfect as the Score

By Josh Walfish
Ed Szczepanski- USA TODAY Sports


The Oakland Raiders played some great defense and mediocre offense and it was enough to beat the Kansas City Chiefs. It may not have been a work of art, but a win is a win in the NFL.

Quarterbacks- Carson Palmer was not spectacular, and he wasn’t horrendous. It was truly an average game for him. He didn’t throw for many yards, but he protected the football. B

Running Backs- Darren McFadden is back in a big way, tearing up the Kansas City defense for 110 yards. Mike Goodson added 89 rushing yards as Oakland grinded out a hard-earned victory.  A

Wide Receivers- The Raiders ran the ball so much, it’s tough to say whether or not the receivers had a good game. Denarius Moore played pretty well, but Darrius Heyward-Bey was absent. Luckily, Rod Streater picked up the slack for Oakland’s offense.  B+

Offensive Line- They kept the quarterback clean and the running game escaped for more than 200 yards. That seems like a pretty great day for the offensive line. A

Defensive Line- If the Oakland defensive front could have played this well all season, the Raiders would have won a few more games. The defensive line held Jamaal Charles to 10 yards rushing and they put Brady Quinn on his butt three times, each time by a different lineman. A

Linebackers- This unit showed up in a big way for the Raiders, helping to plug up any room to run. Philip Wheeler had an excellent game with seven tackles and a sack and the linebackers did not have to break too big of a sweat. A

Secondary- It was the best game the Oakland secondary has played all year. Kansas City’s top targets were held in check and Quinn only had 136 yards passing. A

Special Teams- For a team that dominated the game, the Raiders used the special teams a lot more than they should have. Sebastian Janikowski hit five of six field goals including going two-of-three from beyond 50 yards. Shane Lechler had one of his best games punting with a stellar 51.3 yard average. A

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