Jan. 3, 2011
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KANSAS CITY Michael Bush made the most of his opportunity in theRaiders 31-10 beatdown of Kansas City at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday,rushing for a game-high 137 yards on 25 carries with Darren McFaddeninactive with turf toe.
The line did a great job, said Bush, who also had a 26-yard touchdownrun in the third quarter. We came in this week knowing we were goingto run the ball against them. Everybody executed according to plan.
It was more than a familiar game for Bush, who rushed for 177 yards andtwo touchdowns in the 2008 season finale at Tampa Bay. It was astatement game. Bushs contract is up and depending upon a new CBA, hecould be an unrestricted free agent. Or restricted. Either way, heprobably made a lot of money against the Chiefs.
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With 10 penalties for 77 yards, the Raiders set a new franchise recordfor penalty yardage in a season, the 1,276 yards eclipsing the 1,274they had in a 14-game season in 1969.
It is the second-highest penalty yardage mark in NFL history, trailing only the 1,304 yards assessed the 1998 Chiefs.
With 148 penalties on the season, the Raiders led the NFL for a record-tying 16th time, along with Chicago.
Still, the Raiders improved to 8-3 when called for nine-or-more penalties.
The Raiders had eight sacks, with Kamerion Wimbley leading the way with three. He led the team with nine on the season.
As a team, the Raiders had 47 sacks, second in the NFL and one behindPittsburghs total. Oakland, did, however, have more sacks than the NewYork Giants, a source of pride for defensive line coach Mike Waufle,who came back to Oakland from the Meadowlands this season.
STATS: NFL sack leaders
Pending a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, a sampling of Raiderswho may have played their final game for Oakland, pending their freeagent status Bush, Nnamdi Asomugha, Richard Seymour, Robert Gallery,Zach Miller, Michael Huff, Thomas Howard, Stanford Routt, JohnHenderson, Mario Henderson and Johnnie Lee Higgins.
I want to be here, Huff said. This is home. I want to see this thingturned around so Im sure everything will be worked out and Ill beback here.
With the CBA, we still dont know whats going to happen but Im planning on being here. This is where I want to be.
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The Raiders harassed playoff-bound quarterback Matt Cassel into a 19.1passer rating as he completed just 11 of 33 passes for 115 yards withtwo interceptions.
The quarterback was spooked, said defensive tackle Tommy Kelly. Hewas running away when no one was even in the pocket. I was telling(Chiefs guard) Brian Waters, You need to take him out of the game,man.
He was rattled, bad. It was ugly.
A quick look at next seasons opponents, based on the 8-8 Raiders third-place finish and resultant schedule:
Home San Diego, Denver, Kansas City, New York Jets, New England, Detroit, Chicago, Cleveland.
Road San Diego, Denver, Kansas City, Miami, Buffalo, Green Bay, Minnesota, Houston.