Raiders Blog and Q&A

News, observations and reader questions about the Oakland Raiders

September 20, 2009
Raiders-Chiefs live game blog

Settling in at Arrowhead Stadium after walking through a maze of Middle American tailgaters and the smoky haze of BBQ pits...follow me on Twitter @paulhgutierrez

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Reports floating that Matt Cassel will start at QB for the Chiefs after missing the season opener with a knee injury

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INACTIVES
Raiders - Johnnie Lee Higgins, Justin Fargas, Khalif Barnes, Paul McQuistan, Chaz Shilens, Brandon Myers, Nick MIller. Charlie Frye is the third quarterback.

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Raiders captains - Richard Seymour, Tony Stewart and Zach Miller

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Raiders go 3 and out; Chiefs get a first down and then punt. Hiram Eugene, who has not returned punts since at least junior college, waves for fair catch before ball reaches its apex. Raiders ball, 1st and 10 at own 24 yard line, 12:31 of 1st quarter

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JaMarcus Russell is 0 for his first 4 passing, badly missing open receivers

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Chiefs drive 74 yards on 17 plays in 9:25, ending with 23-yard field goal by Ryan Succop, 3-0 Chiefs with 2:01 to play in 1st quarter

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At the end of the 1st quarter, Raiders have -2 yards of offense in first quarter, Russell is 0-for-5 passing and looks more than shaky

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Raiders go 58 yards in 12 plays in 6:49, culminating in 49-yard field goal by Sebastian Janikowski field goal. With 4:45 remaining in first half, Raiders 3, Chiefs 3


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Included in the drive, Russell completes his first pass, a seven-yard reception by Louis Murphy on a 3rd-and-4; and Darrius Heyward-Bey catches first pass as a pro, an impressive 18-yard pick-up across the middle of the field one play later.

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Halftime, Raiders 3, Chiefs 3...after some clock mismanagement by Chiefs before the half

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Not a good half for JaMarcus Russell, who was just three of 12 passing for 42 yards and should have had an interception returned for a touchdown by Brandon Flowers...Kansas City's Matt Cassel, making his Chiefs regular season debut, was 11 of 20 for 75 yards. Both QBs were missing targets BADLY...

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Halftime team stats - First downs, Raiders (3), Chiefs (13); total net yards, Raiders (61), Chiefs (183); Time of possession, Raiders (10:56), Chiefs (19:04)


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SECOND HALF BEGINS

Michael Huff with an interception of Cassel's throw to Sean Ryan, Huff jumps in front of ball and returns it 10 yards

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SeaBass with 54-yard field goal at 8:33 of 3rd quarter. Raiders 6, Chiefs 3. Russell still missing open receivers.

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Chiefs allow ball to roll into end zone when could have downed it inside the one...Hiram Euegene not even trying to return punts

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Raiders offense is giving their defense no time to rest. Seems like a recipe for disaster, or, for the defense to crack...Russell should have been picked off again, throwing ball blindly into triple coverage in middle of field and, strangely, Zach Miller should have caught the wounded duck.

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start of 4th quarter and Raiders, despite being outgained in yardage 313-77, lead the game, 6-3. Chiefs have ball on Raiders' 26-yard line, though, and Raiders defense, which has been on the field for 29 minutes, 36 seconds, looks spent...

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Michael Huff showing he was worth the No. 7 overall pick in the draft...IN 2006!!! Second interception for the heretofore underachiever

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JaMarcus is 3 for 16 passing for 42 yards and has missed eight consecutive passes...not good. Not good at all

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Nnamdi Asomugha just driven off the field in cart with 9:21 to play...no idea what injury is


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Stanford Routt in at CB for Asomugha. 7:01 to play, Chiefs have ball at own 28 yard line...Hiram Eugene back on sidelines.

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Nnamdi jogging back to sidelines...TV says dehydrated. He was driking a bottle of liquid on his way out


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Before Nnamdi can get back on field, Cassel hits Bowe for 29-yard TD...using Routt in the process

And the Raiders answer. WOW...McFadden runs it in from 5 yards out and maybe bails out JaMarcus...Raiders 13, Chiefs 10...1:07 to play

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Wow. Michael Huff breaks up 4th down pass and Raiders take over on downs. JaMarcus sits on ball...Raiders win, 13-10. Time to head to the locker room. Type at ya later...PG

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post-game update....Raiders LG Robert Gallery has a broken left fibula...

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About Raiders Blog and Q&A

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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