Raiders Sweep AFC West; Top Chiefs 31-10 to End Season 8-8

Jason Campbell got hurt and was out of the game.  Zach Miller had a leg nearly buckle off and thought was it was even worse than it looked.  With no playoffs on the line, was there anything that these 2 were playing for that needed them back on the field?

In a complete show of what affect Tom Cable has installed into this team, both Campbell and Miller did return and helped the Raiders dominate the KC Chiefs 31-10 on Sunday in Arrowhead Stadium.  With the victory, the Raiders become the first team to sweep their division (6-0) and not make the playoffs.

Let’s review how they did it:

Week 17 always brings about interesting matchups.  Teams looking to make the playoffs, teams trying to position their playoff seeding, teams looking to finish their year on a positive note, and teams looking to the April draft and hoping Andrew Luck comes out.

The Oakland Raiders – KC Chiefs game presents 2 of the 4 teams.  KC is looking to maintain their 3 seed giving them a home game in round 1 and avoiding the New England Patriots in round 2.  The Raiders are looking to go 6-0 in the division, finish the year 8-8, and most likely give Tom Cable the opportunity to keep his job.  Let’s preview how the Raiders win on Sunday:

  • Win the Line of Scrimmage Battle

Absolutely.  They held the #1 rushing offense 40 yards below their average and take away Jamal Charles one long run and they completely stifled the Chiefs offense.  Conversely, the Raiders ran for 200+ yards and knocked the the Chiefs defensive line off the ball all game.  The OL and DL have potential to be a dominating force next year.

  • Limit the Noise

Yep.  DHB’s fumble to start the game was a horrible start (his whole game was bad) but the long sustained drives completely nullified the KC crowd.  And it was the Raiders that made a pick 6 and shut up the KC crowd.

  • Let Cassel Lose It

Yep.  The Raiders brought 8 into the box to stop the run and when it was a pass, they attacked Matt Cassel.  And he proved what is still my belief that Cassel is not that good.  His 19.1 rating backs that up today.

  • Razorback Part 2
  • Yes and No.  They didn’t go into a “Wildcat” formation, but the Raiders showed more creativity in getting the ball into their playmakers hands.  Screens to both Michael Bush and Jacoby Ford, reverses, deep throws, etc.  The Raiders game plan (or Hue Jackson’s showcase to potential new jobs) was one of the best all year.  It would have been fun to see DMC get some of those plays, he may have had a memorable game.

    The Raiders accomplished a lot today…6-0 in the division (only 2 games were close) an 8-8 record (best since 2002), knocking the Chiefs into the 4th seed, and making the trade of Richard Seymour and giving up this years #1 pick much more palpable.  This year exceeded my expectations of the team.  Yes, even though at the beginning of the year and at the middle of the year I thought they would go 8-8, it still exceeded how well this team played this year.  They had some turds (9ers, Dolphins, Steelers), but the season is a 17 week journey, and they at least got back to winning as often as they lost.  Raider Nation will be missed during the playoffs, but there are going to be large expectations heading into next year.

    Raiders 31 Chiefs 10

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