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Raiders finish 8-8, 6-0 in division with win in K.C.

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Raiders finish 8-8, 6-0 in division with win in K.C.

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KANSASCITY, Mo. (AP) If this turns out to be Tom Cable's last year asOakland's head coach, at least he'll know he made history.After beating Kansas City 31-10Sunday in their regular-season finale, the 2010 Raiders became the onlyteam since the 1970 merger to go unbeaten in their division and stillnot make the playoffs. The short-handed Raiders (8-8) wrapped up adivision record of 6-0, while the Chiefs (10-6) went 2-4 in thedivision and will host a playoff game next weekend as AFC Westchampions.
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"We are disappointed because we arenot going to the playoffs, but at the same time we stuck to the goaland stuck to the plan as we have done very week, and we got our eighthwin," said Cable, whose job status with the Raiders has been thesubject of speculation. "I'm very happy about that."Michael Bush rushed for 137 yards andJason Campbell threw a TD pass for the Raiders, who beat the Chiefs inArrowhead Stadium for the fourth year in a row and ruined their perfecthome record.Running back Darren McFadden and ProBowl defensive tackle Richard Seymour were inactive because ofinjuries, but the Raiders dominated from start to finish, interceptingtwo of Matt Cassel's passes and getting seven sacks. The interceptionsboth led directly to Oakland's last two scores. Jacoby Ford scored on a10-yard reverse after Michael Huff's interception, and Stanford Routtreturned a pick 22 yards for the Raiders' final TD when Cassel washurried while throwing from his end zone. GUTIERREZ: McFadden, Seymour inactive for Raiders' finale
The Chiefs' worst home game of theseason came on the heels of news that offensive coordinator CharlieWeis is returning to college coaching to become Florida's offensivecoordinator. Weis, in one year with the Chiefs, has been given muchcredit for developing Cassel into a topflight quarterback and turningJamaal Charles into a Pro Bowl running back."Charlie Weis is moving on. He'sgoing to go to the University of Florida as a coordinator," said Chiefscoach Todd Haley. "This is a bittersweet thing for me as the headcoach. Charlie was obviously someone I was excited about having inhere. That being said, Charlie is a family guy and he's got a familysituation, where he can go to Florida and be with his son, who is goingto get into coaching. This is a great situation for Charlie and Irespect it 100 percent."Weis was not made available to the media.The Raiders posted their best recordsince 2002 amid talk that Cable may be out; the team went to 17-27since he became head coach four games into the 2008 season. It was thefirst time since '02, when Oakland went to the Super Bowl, that itdidn't lose at least 11 games.The Raiders had 344 total yards to Kansas City's 201 and held the top-rated rushing offense to 115 yards on the ground.Asked if he thinks he's coming back, Cable did answer directly."We're not losers anymore. We're 8and 8," he said. "That's not what we wanted. We wanted to be a playoffteam. We came here to get the sixth win, which means we went 6-0 in thedivision and most importantly, we are done with that losing. We are notlosers anymore."Charles, who trailed Houston's ArianFoster by 56 yards for the NFL rushing lead, had 87 yards on 14carries, including a 47-yard burst that was KC's offensive highlight.He finished the regular season with 1,467 yards and came within awhisker of catching Jim Brown's NFL record of 6.40 yards per carry. Hefinished at 6.38."I wasn't even paying attention thatI wasn't in the record books. I wasn't even worried about it," saidCharles. "I was just going out there and just running the ball like Ido every week. My goal is to go out and win. I'm disappointed we lost,but we've got to bounce back. We've got another week going. The Raidersdon't."The Chiefs' pass protection, goodmost of the season, began breaking down in the second quarter. Casselwas flagged for intentional grounding and then sacked for an 11-yardloss on the next play by Jarvis Moss.Campbell got the Raiders going witha 9-yard completion to Zach Miller. On third-and-10 from the Oakland46, Campbell dumped off to Bush and he turned it into a 16-yard gain.With 7 seconds left in the half, Sebastian Janikowski kicked a 39-yardfield goal for a 10-3 lead.Campbell, after sitting out a serieswhen he apparently hurt his right knee, scrambled 21 yards during a14-play, 91-yard drive. He hit Ford for a 35-yard gain to the 6and Chaz Schilens was wide open in the end zone for the touchdown passthat gave the Raiders a 7-3 lead.The Chiefs managed a meager 72 yardsin the first half to Oakland's 192, but Charles broke free for a47-yard run to the 8. From the 5, Charles went in almost untouched fora 10-10 tie the Raiders erased on their next possession.Aided by a 15-yard face mask penaltyagainst Jovan Belcher, the Raiders moved 75 yards in nine plays. Bushwent over the right side of the defense virtually untouched for a27-yard touchdown, the first TD rushing the Chiefs allowed at home allseason.NOTES: Kamerion Wimbley had three ofOakland's seven sacks. ... KC's Tamba Hali had 2 12 sacks, the ninthmultisack game of his career. ... Former coach Marty Schottenheimer wasinducted into the Chiefs' Hall of Fame at halftime. ... Huff has fourcareer interceptions against Kansas City.

Notes: Del Rio wants Raiders to reflect inward after ugly loss in Washington

Notes: Del Rio wants Raiders to reflect inward after ugly loss in Washington

ALAMEDA – Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio gives his players Monday off. Tuesday is generally an in-season rest day, but the Silver and Black get the day after a game to be away from the facility.

“There’s some raw emotion on the day after the game, so I think that helps you maybe teach a little better,” Del Rio said in his Monday press conference. Things need to be taught. That’s one of the biggest benefits to the structure.”

Del Rio called this a "miserable Monday," where his team will be widely criticized for a disatrous 27-10 loss to Washington. 

They’ll spend one more day reviewing it during what Del Rio dubs “Tell the Truth Tuesday." It won't be terribly fun, especially after getting outplayed and outcoached.

It’s a day for corrections, development and one last look back before pouring focus forward the Denver Broncos.

The Washington loss only counts as one. It can become two if that game’s hangover lasts all week. Del Rio is good keeping his players locked on the next task.

He’ll also have to keep them from pressing like they did in Washington.

“We were really looking for that spark, probably pressing early in the game,” Del Rio said. “Offensively, we got out of rhythm. We threw, in the first four drives, two picks and two three-and-outs. We weren’t in rhythm, obviously. They executed. It really wasn’t anything overwhelming. They played some solid, basic coverage and we didn’t execute and they did. It’s just one of those days. It’s an opportunity to learn. Recognize what went wrong.”

Explaining what went awry will be key this Tuesday. There was a lot. Quarterback Derek Carr tried to put the team on his back, to no avail. Carr had a rare dud, and took full responsibility for the loss after the game.

“That’s good for all of us,” Del Rio said. “To me, that’s what we need to do. It starts with me, obviously there are a lot of things that each guy can look at and say ‘this is what I can do better.’ That’s what I want. I want us to reflect inward and see how we can do things ourselves better and then pull together as a team. Stick together, pull together and go forward. That’s what you do.”

Keeping an eye on Crabtree:
Receiver Michael Crabtree took a big hit to the chest from Montae Nicholson on Sunday night and did not return to the game. That leaves his availability in some question.

“We’ll take a close look at him and make sure there’s nothing significant going on,” Del Rio said. “I know the doctors cleared for him to travel with us coming back which was good. He took a good shot. It was a clean hit, a good shot. Crab’s a tough guy so I’m sure he’ll bounce back.”

More Marshawn?
Raiders lead running back Marshawn Lynch only touched the ball seven times at Washington. He had six carries for 18 yards and an eight-yard catch. That isn’t enough for this Raiders offense to function well, but Sunday was a unique circumstance. The Raiders fell behind early and couldn’t sustain drives.

“When you have as many three-and-outs and you only take 50 snaps of offense, you can talk about all the things that you left on the drawing board that you would have liked to have gotten to,” Del Rio said. “Certainly, there was a lot of offense that we had designed to get to, including touches for him, but 0-for-11 on third down says all you need to know. When you’re talking about, does your running back get a chance to run it as much as you’d like, when you’re 0-for-11 on third down you’re not going to get a lot of opportunities anywhere with your offense.”

Norman targets Crabtree, Cooper in postgame rant after Raiders loss

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Norman targets Crabtree, Cooper in postgame rant after Raiders loss

Josh Norman isn’t afraid to speak his mind, especially about opposing receivers who he feels slight him in some way.

Raiders wideouts Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper were his latest targets, subjects of a postgame rant following Washington’s 27-10 victory over the Silver and Black.

Washington’s premier cornerback said the duo talked trash to him during pregame warmups about big numbers they planned to post against Washington’s secondary.

That didn’t happen in an awful day for the Raiders offense. Crabtree had one seven-yard catch on the night and two drops. Cooper was even worse, with a six-yard catch on five targets and a crucial drop.

That gave Norman license to fire at the typically reserved Raiders receiving corps. Norman says he took the pregame exchange personally.

"What was personal, other than them getting their tails whupped?" Norman said, with quotes via ESPN.com. "I mean, first and foremost, you don't come up in here and say what you're going to put up on somebody. Two hundred yards? (Crabtree) didn't catch two balls. He only caught one, huh? So please, whatever you do, do not run your mouth if you're a wide receiver and expect to show up on Sundays, because I'm telling you, we are here and we are waiting.

"Don't come out here and tell me what you're going to do. Show me. You're going to have to run through me to get that."

It’s hard to imagine the quiet, often stoic Cooper inciting a rivalry with words. Crabtree has had a previous squabble with Seahawks corner Richard Sherman back when he was with the 49ers, but even he's typically quiet during the course of a game.

"Sherm was right,” Norman said. “(Crabtree) ain't going to say he's sorry, but I don't think he's sorry," Norman said. "He sucked, to be honest with you. You don't come out here and do that extra stuff, man. We don't play that out here."

Norman had several public exchanges with rival receivers, and may find motivation from these beefs.

"Whatever that young cat said, Coop, go and take it back," Norman said. "Crabtree? I have nothing to say to you. Yes, I may be Cover 2, but I'm Cover 1 too. I'm Cover 1, Cover 2, Cover 3 and Cover 4. All of them. All of the ingredients to make a perfect attack. We do all the extra stuff. When you come out on this field, you going to see about us."