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Chiefs hit new low

Russell, Raiders struggle … but win

Oakland quarterback JaMarcus Russell (2) throws over Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Maurice Leggett in the fourth quarter. Russell struggled early, but caught fire late to lead the Raiders to a 13-10 victory Sunday in Kansas City, Mo.

Oakland quarterback JaMarcus Russell (2) throws over Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Maurice Leggett in the fourth quarter. Russell struggled early, but caught fire late to lead the Raiders to a 13-10 victory Sunday in Kansas City, Mo.

September 21, 2009


— On one of the most miserable days of his career, JaMarcus Russell got more than a win. He also put his name in the Oakland Raiders history book.

Missing high, low and everywhere in-between, the overall No. 1 draft choice of 2007 completed only seven of 24 passes for 109 yards. But Russell came into focus when he had to, engineering a 69-yard scoring march in the final two minutes for a wildly improbable 13-10 victory over mistake-prone Kansas City.

The Chiefs outgained the Raiders (1-1), 409-166, while Russell became just the second quarterback since the start of the 1997 season to try 20 or more passes and complete less than 30 percent of them but still win.

And it’s the first time in the Raiders’ 50-year history they’ve emerged with a victory after giving up more than 400 yards and gaining fewer than 200 themselves.

“I felt really good. The ball was just coming out different for me,” Russell said. “Other than that, I felt good.”

Russell’s teammates knew it was a fight from start to finish.

“From the first quarter all the way to the fourth quarter it was a struggle for us, until the last two or three minutes left in the game,” said Darren McFadden, whose five-yard touchdown run around left end with 1:07 left made the difference.

“It’s probably one of the strangest wins. But a win is a win.”

Matt Cassel, making his long-awaited Kansas City debut after being out a month with a knee injury, had given the Chiefs (0-2) the lead with a 29-yard touchdown strike to Dwayne Bowe with 2:38 to go. Cassel wound up throwing for 241 yards.

Oakland’s victory may not have seemed so improbable to coach Todd Haley.

“When you have nine penalties, two turnovers and a couple other lapses, you’re not going to win most of the time,” he said. “We didn’t get the result we wanted. We’re going to have a smart team here. Nine penalties and a couple of those things don’t reflect a smart team. We’re going to get back to work because we’re going to have a smart team here.”

But Tom Cable agreed it was about as strange as they come.

“It’s as poor as I think you can play offensively and still find a way at the end there to win a football game,” the Oakland coach said.

While Cassel clearly outplayed his Oakland counterpart, he did make one mistake that Russell did not. Russell avoided interceptions while two of Cassel’s passes wound up in the arms of Oakland defensive back Michael Huff.

“We had things that happened throughout the day that we hurt ourselves with, whether it was offense or defense or special teams,” Cassel said. “The Raiders did a good job and made the plays when it counted. Therefore, they’re going home with the victory.”


cowboy 8 years, 7 months ago

If Haley was a commander in vietnam he would most likely be fragged in the outhouse

webmocker 8 years, 7 months ago

For those without a military background who might misinterpret the above statement:

"The term [fragging] originated in the Vietnam War and was most commonly used to mean assassination of an unpopular officer of one's own fighting unit, often by means of a fragmentation grenade, hence the term." (Wikipedia)

CLARKKENT 8 years, 7 months ago



Mike Wagner 8 years, 7 months ago

How can anybody even root for the chiefs after the way they did Tony Gonzalez? They need to fire everybody and start fresh...

KEITHMILES05 8 years, 7 months ago

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Ricky_Vaughn 8 years, 7 months ago


Have you not been paying attention? New QB, new GM, new head coach......

Ricky_Vaughn 8 years, 7 months ago

I don't think Haley's the problem. He has been a successful coach in the NFL for several years now. It's hard to win with players that suck...just ask Trey Hillman.

MrShades 8 years, 7 months ago

Hey Vaughn, We wear caps and sleeves at this level. Haley was O-Coordinator, This is his first shot as coach Give him time, at least they looked like they care, and are trying. Agree with your comment on Hillman. You can only do so much with two stars and a bunch of slightly above average players

riverdrifter 8 years, 7 months ago

This team is the product of the incompetence of Carl Peterson and to a lesser degree, Herm Edwards. Years and years of failed drafts and flawed player personnel decisions. Lots of bad football players and lots of young football players on this team. Oakland and KC are the dregs of the NFL but I think Pioli and Haley will lead the Chiefs out of the wilderness.

JohnElway 8 years, 7 months ago

You are all cheering for the wrong team.

jonas_opines 8 years, 7 months ago

Man, stop paying attention to the NFL for a decade and both the Chiefs And the Raiders drop to the bottom of the whole speal. Oh well, the NFL sucks. They should hire some more felons to spruce things up.

Hey! Maybe we could make a new football league composed Entirely of criminals, as opposed to the 50/50 balance we have now. Bonus points because they could all go in to the game armed with spears and swords and we could Really start to see some action.

/also, mandatory steroid injections. Level the playing field.

jaywalker 8 years, 7 months ago

What are you talking about, bigmike? Tony wanted out to play for a contender and they granted his wish. I'm glad they did, Peterson should have come through for him last year. The man gave us a decade of heart, least we could do is grant him his release.

Oh, and it's going to be another looooong year for the Chiefs. Thank goodness for the Jayhawks!

Chad Collins 8 years, 7 months ago

What a horrible game....I thank the TV gods for DirecTV.

The Broncos are 2-0!! Hooray for me!

acg 8 years, 7 months ago

I'm afraid this might by my fault people. Every single time I watch or attend a chief's game, they lose.

gsxr600 8 years, 7 months ago

I can't believe the Chiefs were a -150 favorite. Cha-Ching +130 Raiders!!

Mike Wagner 8 years, 6 months ago

hey ricky, they still have the same GM? new coach: no good new QB: no good i still say start over and try again

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