Paul G's Instant Replay: Raiders 26, Chiefs 16

Paul G's Instant Replay: Raiders 26, Chiefs 16
October 28, 2012, 11:06 pm
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KANSAS CITY -- For the first time in the history of this rivalry, the Raiders have won six straight games in Kansas City, with Oakland beating the Chiefs, 26-16, before an announced and silenced crowd of 74,730.The Raiders won the turnover battle, its offense was just opportunistic enough and the defense continued its ascent. The crowd was never a factor. At least, not after the first play of the game, when Carson Palmer tried to hit Darrius Heyward-Bey deep down the left sideline against former seven-year Raiders cornerback Stanford Routt and underthrew the ball for an interception.Also, Denarius Moore had a touchdown reception for the third straight game, the first Raiders pass catcher with such a streak since Zach Miller in 2010.Then there's this: if Denver loses to New Orleans Sunday night, the Raiders will be in a three-way tie for first place in the AFC West at 3-4.Taking advantagekinda: The Raiders recovered two Chiefs fumbles -- a muffed punt and a blown snap on the first play of the second half -- and intercepted a Brady Quinn pass and a Matt Cassel toss to win the turnover battle by a plus-three margin. The only Oakland turnover was Carson Palmer getting picked off by Stanford Routt on the first play of the game. The four turnovers resulted in two field goals and a touchdown for the Raiders, who would have preferred three TDs, of course, given the advantage in field position.A first for McClain: Rolando McClain has responded positively to his role being reduced of late. The middle linebacker had his first sack of the season in the first quarter, dropping Brady Quinn. McClain also got the first forced fumble of his career on the play as Quinn dropped the ball, though Kansas City recovered.A second home?: Sebastian Janikowski has said this is his favorite stadium in which to kick, and the numbers show it. After going four-for-four Sunday, Janikowski has converted 32 of his 36 field-goal attempts here. He did miss from 37 yards out midway through the fourth quarter, but Kansas City was offsides so Janikowski moved up and converted from 32 yards.Sacks galore: Oakland entered the game with seven sacks on the year. They had three against the Chiefs with McClain, Richard Seymour and Philip Wheeler doing the honors.Dirty play?: Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali called the Raiders a "dirty" team this week. He had a nearly "clean" sheet of his own, getting credited with two tackles and no sacks. And the Raiders were called for two penalties for 20 yards after having 21 penalties for 168 yards the previous two games combined.
Remember me?: Much was made of the Raiders targeting Chiefs cornerback Stanford Routt and his big contracts with the Raiders and Kansas City. Darrius Heyward-Bey made him pay dearly when he used him on an out-route on a 32-yard catch and run touchdown in the third quarter.Up next: The Raiders (3-4) are home to play host to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-4), who are coming off a big win at Minnesota.