The Oakland Raiders had been on a bit of a roll leading up to Sunday afternoon as they prepared for the struggling Kansas City Chiefs. They had lost their starting quarterback the week before, but Carson Palmer was acquired and most figured Jason Campbell's one week replacement, Kyle Boller, could handle one start.
As Lee Corso would say, "Not so fast, my friend!".
Kyle Boller threw three interceptions in the first half, one of which was taken to the house by Kendrick Lewis to give the Chiefs an early 7-0 lead on the third play of the game. Interestingly enough, Terrell Pryor saw some action on the play before Boller's first interception, though he was called for a false start which negated the first down rush.
Le'Ron McClain rushed for a one-yard touchdown towards the end of the first quarter to give Kansas City a 14-0 lead.
It took just one three-and-out series from Boller in the third quarter before the Carson Palmer era officially begun in Oakland. Unfortunately for the Raiders, it went about as poorly as a debut can go.
Despite a few big throws down the field, Palmer threw three interceptions in the fourth quarter, one of which was returned 58 yards by Brandon Flowers for a touchdown.
Outside of the terrible quarterback play for Oakland, the rest of the team showed performed relatively well. Michael Bush, who was filling in for the injured Darren McFadden, rushed for 99 yards on 17 carries. Darius Heyward-Bey hauled in five passes for 89 yards and was targeted a team-high 11 times. The Raider defense intercepted two passes and allowed just 300 total yards.
The other issue for Oakland was the 14 penalties they committed for 120 yards. That has to improve if the team hopes to win on a weekly basis.