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

Raiders finish 8-8, 6-0 in division with win in K.C.
January 2, 2011, 9:06 pm
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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.