Oakland, CA – Jason Campbell made a surprise appearance on the field in plain clothes during pre-game work outs. His return showed support for his team and new quarterback. What he didn’t expect was watching his team and offense collapse to the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Chiefs recorded six interceptions and shutout the Oakland Raiders 28-0. This was the first time the Raiders threw six interceptions in a game since 1998 when they played the Miami Dolphins. Nothing went well for both backup Kyle Boller and newly acquired Carson Palmer. They both fell apart trying to lead Oakland to a victory.
“It’s extremely frustrating, I feel like I let my teammates down,” said Boller. “I just have to put it behind me and move on. I’ve thrown two interceptions before and turned around and thrown two touchdowns, so I know how to get past it.”
Kyle became the first quarterback for the Raiders to throw three interceptions since Donald Hollas in 1998 against Miami. He went 7 for 14 for 61 yards. The first interception came when Kendrick Lewis picked off Boller to run 15-yards for a touchdown to give Kansas City a 7-0 lead.
After that it was no shock Oakland’s passing game quickly switched to the rushing game. But the loss of Darren McFadden who injured his right foot in the first quarter made it worse. Kyle’s second interception came late in the in the first quarter which led to the Chiefs back to the end zone.
With 2:19 left in the first quarter the Kansas City fumble in the end zone and recover for the touchdown, they lead 14-0. After that chants for Palmer got louder in the stadium. Their wish was not granted as Boller remained in the game through the entire first half.
The only opportunity to get back in this game was when a wide open Michael Bush who rushed for 35-yards to put the Raiders at first and goal. On the third down Oakland found themselves in a desperate situation.
Fourth and goal the play began with no quarterback on the field but a timeout was called immediately. Once the play resumed Bush was held at the line and the Chiefs took over. The Raiders defense prevented Kansas City from gaining any yards and had another chance before the half ended.
Under the two minute warning the Raiders were in good position to make somethings happen but Boller threw his third interception of the game. Halftime couldn’t come any sooner as coach Hue Jackson must wrestle with making a change at quarterback for the second half.
“We lost and I’ll take full responsibility and the blame,” Jackson said. “We’re not going to blink, this team is resilient. I didn’t get this team truly ready to win, they were on today and they stopped us.”
Kyle returned to start the third quarter but after four plays he was finally replaced by Carson who was seen talking to Jackson on the sideline. But before Oakland got their offense back on track, Javier Arenas rushed for a 8-yard touchdown to give the Chiefs a 21-0 lead.
Palmer’s first pass to Darius Heyward-Bey for 18-yards was complete. he looked good moving the offense down field but got stronger and better forcing the Raiders to punt. Carson threw his first interception to Brandon Flowers who rushed for 54-yard touchdown. Kansas leads 28-0 and at this point many began to realize just how good Campbell is…
Palmer finished 8 for 21 for 116 yards. He was picked off two more times and tied Boller with three interceptions. Oakland now 4-3 had their eight game winning streak snapped and was shut out for the first time in 31 games.
“We knew they had a quarterback controversy,” said Lewis. “We studied film and studied their routes and knew they would have a limited playbook. When we had the opportunity to make big plays and capitalize, that’s what we did.”
The Raiders had no chance of competing in this game, they finished with 155 yards on 27 carries, with Michael Bush rushing 99 yards on 17 attempts. Their offense was not dominant as in the past and that’s partly because of a new quarterback. Oakland will take this time during the upcoming bye to make necessary adjustments.
Written by: Malaika Bobino