Report Card: Chiefs vs. Raiders

From the Coliseum, Oakland, California

RUSHING OFFENSE: C – It was not one of the better afternoons for the run game, even though the Chiefs finished with 139 yards on the afternoon. They had just 28 yards on 11 carries in the first half. At the end of three quarters, they had 89 yards on 23 carries. They did pick up 50 yards in the fourth quarter when they needed it most, to run out the clock and protect their lead.

PASSING OFFENSE: C – This was not one of Matt Cassel’s better performances, as he connected on just half of his 30 throws and threw two interceptions. They had just 161 yards or an average of just 5.4 yards per passing attempt. WRs Dwayne Bowe and Steve Breaston had the bulk of the action, combining for 11 catches for 140 yards. Lifting the grade one full letter was pass protection that did not allow a sack on the day.

RUSHING DEFENSE: C – With Darren McFadden leaving the game early with a foot injury, the Raiders relied on Michael Bush who ended up with 99 yards on 17 carries, including a 35-yard run. As a team, Oakland finished with 155 yards on 27 carries, but they got 29 of those yards on four runs by QB Kyle Boller. The Chiefs defense earned an improved grade with its goal line stand, holding the Raiders offense out of the end zone on four running plays from the 5-yard line.

PASSING DEFENSE: A – With six interceptions, two returned for touchdowns and good pressure on both Kyle Boller and Carson Palmer, it was the defense’s best effort of the season vs. the passing game. Every member of the starting secondary had at least one interception. Boller-Palmer completed just 15 of 35 throws, and averaged just 5.1 yards per pass attempt. While the Chiefs managed just one sack, they were credited with six hits on the passer.

SPECIAL TEAMS: A – Excellent effort by the Chiefs in containing a big-play opponent in the kicking game. Raiders WR Jacoby Ford has four career kickoff return TDs, but he was able to return just one for six yards in this game. On punts, the Chiefs had a net average of 47 yards, while Dustin Colquitt averaged 52.6 yards on seven punts. They didn’t accomplish much on returns, but coverage was top notch.

COACHING: A – Todd Haley and his staff did a good job in preparing the team for the Raiders. On defense, Romeo Crennel and staff prepared their guys for everything, including surprise Wildcat plays. Haley and Bill Muir pulled a Wildcat play out of their playbook and scored with it. Steve Hoffman had the kicking game making solid decisions, even when put in difficult situations.

4 Responses to “Report Card: Chiefs vs. Raiders”

  • October 24, 2011  - Blake says:

    I think the passing game could have been better. The receivers were getting open. Cassel just cant find them. I think they should have passed the ball more. The Raiders had trouble stopping KC but KC didnt really try and throw it a lot. Baldwin looked pretty good in the plays that I saw.

  • October 24, 2011  - napahank says:

    Lost in the report is the fact that the Chiefs offense had two less possessions due to INT touchdowns, a prime starting drive for the offense at the end of the first half that was negated by a punt penalty and a grind it out end the game drive where they were running out the clock. Add the “possible” stats from those FOUR drives and then grade them out.

    Also, the Chiefs passed on first down much more than in the past and they coverted on 3rd down quite often. My biggest pleasant surprise was how well the O-line protected Cassel considering the Raiders O-line starters were all in.

  • October 24, 2011  - ED J says:

    Yeah O-line stepped up big time and played great. I’m with you Blake Cassel missed Baldwin open a bunch of times. I disagree with you in passing more we needed to run the ball more. If defense hadn’t played so well Raiders could’ve gotten back in this one. Before Cassel threw 2nd pick we were passing way too much and should’ve been using Battle more to burn some clock instead of those delayed draws to Mcluster. Muir needs to do better job of understand situational football. With 21 pt lead why are we airing it out on every play. Nothing wrong with not wanting to be too conservative and wanting to stay aggressive but I would have preferred better balance.

  • October 25, 2011  - Kenneth says:

    I was extreemly impressed on the Chiefs keeping Jacoby Ford neutralized and bottled up in the kick return game.

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