The Oakland Raiders are no longer the punchline of the NFL, and they showed it by beating up on a playoff-bound Kansas City Chiefs all afternoon long. Despite Michael Bush powering the Raiders offense with 137 rushing yards, one touchdown, and 34 receiving yards, and Jason Campbell managing the game effectively with 155 yards on 15 of 25 throwing and 33 rushing yards on the ground, the story of the game was the Oakland defense, which overpowered Kansas City’s offensive line the entire game and forced Matt Cassel into a terrible offensive performance.
Despite Jamaal Charles playing well (87 yards and a touchdown on Kansas City’s lone successful drive), Cassel could not get going, throwing 11 of 33 for 115 yards and two interceptions. He was also constantly battered, sacked five times and pressured numerous other times. Kamerion Wimbley led the way with three sacks, and Jarvis Moss, Lamarr Houston, Desmond Bryant and Tyvon Branch added one apiece. The Raiders secondary rewarded their front seven by grabbing the two crucial interceptions to wrap up the contest. The Chiefs managed only 17 first downs and 201 yards of total offense.
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