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.

Injury report: Raiders interior D-line ailing; Amerson says he's ready

Injury report: Raiders interior D-line ailing; Amerson says he's ready

ALAMEDA – The Raiders interior defensive line is ailing, with tackles Darius Latham and Stacy McGee ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills.

They were formally designated unavailable Friday on the team’s official injury report.

The timing isn’t great from a Raiders perspective. They’re facing the NFL’s best rushing attack, and will need others to play more snaps and stop Buffalo’s run game effectively.

Dan Williams and Justin Ellis are effective run stoppers and must carry an increased workload. Jihad Ward and Denico Autry will also work extensively in the middle.

While a significant hamstring injury will forced the Raiders to place DJ Hayden on injured reserve, David Amerson expects to be back after missing last game with a knee injury.

He was limited in practice all week and is considered questionable, but feels good enough to go.

“I feel good, man,” Amerson said. “I'm ready to get back out there and compete.”

They’ll need him and Sean Smith to anchor on the outside, with TJ Carrie now stepping into the slot role.

The Raiders will also be without reserve edge rusher Shilique Calhoun, out a second game after having a procedure on his knee.

Starting interior linebackers Perry Riley and Malcolm Smith are considered questionable with hamstring strains.

Quarterback Derek Carr was a full participant every practice this week and was taken off the injury report. He threw a second straight day without a glove.

Bills head coach Rex Ryan said receiver Sammy Watkins will play on Sunday against the Raiders despite a broken foot. Local reporters have suggested his snap count may be down.

Buffalo will miss cornerback Ronald Darby and receivers Percy Harvin and Robert Woods, who were ruled out with injury.

Bills Injury Report
Out

WR Robert Woods (knee), CB Ronald Darby (concussion), WR Percy Harvin (illness)
Questionable
OLB Lorenzo Alexander (ankle), OT Cordy Glenn (back), S James Ihedigbo (ankle), WR Sammy Watkins (foot), TE Charles Clay (knee), G Richie Incognito (neck), DT Marcell Dareus (abdominal), RB Mike Gillislee (hamstring), S Sergio Brown (wrist), G John Miller (shoulder), WR Marquise Goodwin (wrist)

Raiders Injury Report
Out
LB Shilique Calhoun (knee), DT Stacy McGee (ankle), DT Darius Latham (ankle)
Questionable
CB David Amerson (knee), WR Michael Crabtree (ankle), C Rodney Hudson (knee), RB Latavius Murray (ankle), OL Kelechi Osemele (knee), LB Perry Riley Jr. (hamstring), LB Malcolm Smith (hamstring)

Raiders to place DJ Hayden on injured reserve: 'A big blow'

Raiders to place DJ Hayden on injured reserve: 'A big blow'

ALAMEDA – Raiders cornerback DJ Hayden was a productive member of the Raiders secondary this season. He found a role in the slot and filled it well, playing with aggressiveness and confidence as the team’s third corner.

This was a positive step after injuries and effectiveness plagued the 2013 first round pick early in his NFL tenure. During Sunday’s victory over Carolina, his career took another cruel twist.

He got tangled up with receiver Kelvin Benjamin early in the fourth quarter, landed awkwardly and suffered a hamstring injury that ended his season early.

The Raiders will place Hayden on injured reserve before their home game against Buffalo, head coach Jack Del Rio announced on Friday afternoon.

"He has a substantial hamstring injury, and won’t be returning this year for us,” Del Rio said. “That was a big blow. It’s unfortunate. He was playing well.”

Hayden has played his last down of the season. He might’ve played his last down as a Raider as well. He was not offered a fifth-year team option afforded to first-round picks, and is set to be an unrestricted free agent at season’s end.

The Raiders locked up David Amerson and Sean Smith to long-term contracts this offseason.

If Hayden walks, it would mark a disappointing end for Reggie McKenzie’s initial first-round pick. Hayden battled with injuries early in his career. He was drafted No. 12 overall despite having a heart issue stemming from a practice incident at the University of Houston. He played eight games as a rookie and landed on IR with a groin strain.

Hayden missed the first six games of 2016 with a foot issue, but rebounded well and played 37 consecutive games before hurting his hamstring against Carolina.

“It's tough,” Amerson said. “It's the way the league goes, man. It sucks individually for DJ and for us as a DB unit because he was an important piece.”

TJ Carrie will become the Raiders’ slot cornerback, a position he held as a rookie. He started 14 games last season, but has taken a backseat with Amerson and Smith established on the outside.

“He’s been a pro all year,” Del Rio said. “He’s really been good for us. He played a lot bigger role last year, and has been prepared at all times to go in. We have a lot of confidence in TJ.”

Carrie has stepped in a lot lately, with Smith and Amerson missing time with injury in November. Rookie Antonio Hamilton now sits behind him as the No. 4 cornerback.