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November 26, 2008
Raiders better not overlook the Chiefs

ALAMEDA - Someone asked Raiders interim head coach Tom Cable if the Raiders might (giggle) have a letdown against the 1-10 Kansas City Chiefs this Sunday.

"That's ridiculous," Cable said. "First of all we can't have a letdown of any kind because we haven't done anything. Whether it's the Chiefs, the Giants or whoever coming in, that doesn't matter to us. We have to still take care of us."

The Raiders have made a habit of losing at least once at home to a team that most would assume the Raiders should be able to beat at home.

A couple of times it's been the Houston Texans, when the Raiders somehow managed to make Ron Dayne look like the Dayne of his Heisman Trophy days at Wisconsin.

Many assumed the Raiders could knock off the Detroit Lions in their home opener last season.

Of course, the Raiders lost.

Back in 2005, the Raiders lost 9-7 to a bad Cleveland team.

The Chiefs are set up perfectly to be that team this season.

They haven't won since Sept. 28 and are coming off a 54-31 loss to the Buffalo Bills.

And the Raiders handled the Chiefs 23-8 in Week 2.

But the Chiefs can run the ball, and that could be trouble if the Raiders start thinking about walking over them.

"Those guys are going to look back at the film and see everything," said quarterback JaMarcus Russell. "We're ready to come for a dogfight."

*The Raiders signed guard Dylan Gandy and placed wide receiver Javon Walker on injured reserve today.

Gandy was a fourth-round pick of the Indianapolis Colts in 2005 out of Texas Tech. He spent part of this season with the Denver Broncos.

Gandy started 11 games during the Colts' Super Bowl season of 2006.

*Center Jake Grove (calf) and linebacker Ricky Brown (groin) were the only players to not practice.

Wide receiver Chaz Schilens (ankle) and tight end Zach Miller (groin) were limited.

Cable said Miller's injury isn't serious.

*There was a little talk in the locker room about Lane Kiffin possibly landing the head coaching job at the University of Tennessee.

Raiders safeties Rashad Baker and Gibril Wilson both played at Tennessee.

Baker was quick to point out one thing: "You better win right away in the SEC."

*By the way, Sunday's game is sold out and will be televised locally.

--Jason Jones

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Matt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee's sports staff in fall 2011.

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