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Here is the thread for the Oakland Raiders, not only my favorite NFL team, but home of the craziest (and most soccer-esque) fans in the country! And the team's not half bad either.




Note: I saw an 04-05 raiders thread, but it was hardly used and only 1-2 posters ever used it. Hopefully this will revive some interest.

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Schedule 2005:

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1	Thu, Sep 8	at New England	9:00 pm	Buy Tickets	ABC
 2	Sun, Sep 18	Kansas City	8:30 pm	Buy Tickets	ESP
 3	Sun, Sep 25	at Philadelphia	1:00 pm	Buy Tickets	CBS
 4	Sun, Oct 2	Dallas	4:15 pm	Buy Tickets	FOX
 5	--	bye	--	--	--
 6	Sun, Oct 16	San Diego	4:15 pm	Buy Tickets	CBS
 7	Sun, Oct 23	Buffalo	4:15 pm	Buy Tickets	CBS
 8	Sun, Oct 30	at Tennessee	1:00 pm	Buy Tickets	CBS
 9	Sun, Nov 6	at Kansas City	1:00 pm	Buy Tickets	CBS
 10	Sun, Nov 13	Denver	4:05 pm	Buy Tickets	CBS
 11	Sun, Nov 20	at Washington	1:00 pm	Buy Tickets	CBS
 12	Sun, Nov 27	Miami	4:05 pm	Buy Tickets	CBS
 13	Sun, Dec 4	at San Diego	8:30 pm	Buy Tickets	ESP
 14	Sun, Dec 11	at NY Jets	1:00 pm	Buy Tickets	CBS
 15	Sun, Dec 18	Cleveland	4:05 pm	Buy Tickets	CBS
 16	Sat, Dec 24	at Denver	4:15 pm	Buy Tickets	CBS
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I'm excited about the upcoming season. Our exhibition games have not been as good, but looking at our roster and depth chart, we could go places this season. We have definite offensive power with Collins and quarterback and Moss and Porter at wide receiver. Robert Gallery is an awesome offensive tackle. Our running game could be a weak point, but hopefully that won't be too much of a problem. Hopefully Moss will bring great things to Oakland. Our defense doesn't look too bad either, with Sapp and Woodson of course being strong points, and then Janikowski being as effective as ever as a kicker, with two field goals against New Orleans yesterday.

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1st Downs 19 22
Total Yards 351 379
Passing 259 306
Rushing 92 73
Penalties 16-149 7-46
3rd Down Conversions 4-13 6-16
4th Down Conversions 0-0 0-1
Turnovers 1 0
Possession 27:40 32:20

Individual Leaders

Oakland Passing
C/ATT YDS TD INT
Collins 18/40 265 3 1
New England Passing
C/ATT YDS TD INT
Brady 24/38 306 2 0

Oakland Rushing
CAR YDS TD LG
Jordan 18 70 0 14
Crockett 3 20 0 19
New England Rushing
CAR YDS TD LG
Dillon 23 63 2 10
Faulk 5 11 0 4

Oakland Receiving
REC YDS TD LG
Moss 5 130 1 73
Porter 3 48 0 27
New England Receiving
REC YDS TD LG
Branch 7 99 1 29
Watson 2 55 0 35


Scoring Summary
FIRST QUARTER OAK NWE
TD 3:09 COURTNEY ANDERSON 2 YD PASS FROM KERRY COLLINS (SEBASTIAN JANIKOWSKI KICK) Drive Info: 3:09, 6 plays, 72 ydsKey Plays:- Collins 29-yard pass to Moss to New England 32- Collins 28-yard pass to Jordan to New England 4 7 0
FG 7:56 ADAM VINATIERI 26 YD Drive Info: 4:47, 10 plays, 60 ydsKey Plays:- Brady 20-yard pass to Watson on 3rd-and-10 to Oakland 48- Brady 35-yard pass to Watson on 3rd-and-6 to Oakland 9 7 3
TD 12:55 DEION BRANCH 18 YD PASS FROM TOM BRADY (ADAM VINATIERI KICK) Drive Info: 2:48, 5 plays, 68 ydsKey Plays:- Brady 39-yard pass to Branch to Oakland 29- Brady 2-yard pass to Brown to Oakland 19- Brady 10-yard pass to Branch to Oakland 24- Brady 4-for-4 for 77 yards 7 10
SECOND QUARTER OAK NWE
TD 6:08 RANDY MOSS 73 YD PASS FROM KERRY COLLINS (SEBASTIAN JANIKOWSKI KICK) Drive Info: :12, 1 plays, 73 yds 14 10
TD 10:11 TIM DWIGHT 5 YD PASS FROM TOM BRADY (ADAM VINATIERI KICK) Drive Info: 4:03, 7 plays, 64 ydsKey Plays:- Brady 5-yard pass to Givens on 3rd-and-4 to New England 47: Brady 26-yard pass to Givens- Brady 17-yard pass to Graham to Oakland 5 14 17
THIRD QUARTER OAK NWE
TD 9:55 COREY DILLON 8 YD RUN (PAT BLOCKED) Drive Info: :47, 3 plays, 20 ydsKey Plays:- Wilfork Interception at Oakland 20, Brady 12 yard pass to Branch to Oakland 8 14 23
FOURTH QUARTER OAK NWE
TD 5:31 COREY DILLON 2 YD RUN (ADAM VINATIERI KICK) Drive Info: 2:34, 6 plays, 84 ydsKey Plays:- Brady 6-yard pass to Branch plus 15-yard unnecessary roughness on Oakland's Routt to New England 47- Brady 25-yard pass to Dillon to Oakland 25- 23-yard pass interference on Raider's Routt to Oakland 2 14 30
TD 11:56 COURTNEY ANDERSON 5 YD PASS FROM KERRY COLLINS (TWO-POINT CONVERSION FAILED) Drive Info: :57, 5 plays, 21 ydsKey Plays:- Brayton recovery of blocked punt at New England 21- Collins 4-yard pass to Moss on 3rd-and-3 to New England 4 20 30
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- New England's quest for an unprecedented three straight Super Bowl victories is in good hands with two stars the Patriots didn't lose: Tom Brady and Richard Seymour.

Brady threw for 306 yards and two touchdowns and Seymour made a game-turning defensive play as the Patriots beat Oakland 30-20 Thursday night, holding Randy Moss, the Raiders' new star, to one big play, a 73-yard touchdown catch.

New England's 35th win in 39 games since the start of the 2003 season was an odd one -- all offense at the start, mostly defense after intermission. One key early adjustment was made by the Patriots, switching from their traditional 3-4 defense to a 4-3 to help fill the gap caused by the loss of inside linebackers Tedy Bruschi and Ted Johnson.

The Patriots, who also lost coordinators Charlie Weis and Romeo Crennel to head coaching jobs, led 17-14 at halftime on touchdown passes by Brady of 29 yards to Super Bowl MVP Deion Branch and 5 yards to newcomer Tim Dwight. That offset a 2-yard TD pass by Kerry Collins to tight end Courtney Anderson on the game's first series and the bomb to Moss, who at 6-foot-4 simply went over 5-8 Tyrone Poole.

Anderson also caught a 5-yard touchdown pass with 3:04 left set up by Randal Williams' block of Josh Miller's punt. But Moss was called for offensive pass interference on the 2-point conversion play.

That wasn't Moss' only mistake. He also dropped a short first-down pass that could have gotten the Raiders out a hole early in the third quarter.

That eventually led to the game-turning play with just under six minutes left in the period, the kind of play that has marked the Patriots' run to three titles in four seasons.

Seymour, who as usual made a half-dozen big plays on defense, was the catalyst, pushing Raiders center Jake Grove into Collins. Meanwhile, Jarvis Green, who became the fourth lineman when the Pats switched to the 4-3, came around from the right side and sandwiched Collins as he was throwing. The ball popped into the air and into the hands of 325-pound nose tackle Vince Wilfork at the Raiders 20.

Three plays later, Corey Dillon ran 8 yards for a score that made it 23-14 after Adam Vinatieri's extra point attempt was blocked by Langston Walker as the Patriots thwarted Oakland's hope for a strong start.

Dillon scored the final touchdown on a 2-yard run in the fourth quarter set up by a 24-yard pass interference penalty on rookie Stanford Routt, as the Patriots won their 21st straight home game. That was one of 14 penalties for 139 yards by Oakland, traditionally one of the NFL's most flagged teams.

The Raiders, 9-23 the last two seasons, showed more improvement on defense than on offense, holding the Patriots to 73 yards on the ground. Dillon started with 11 yards on his first 11 carries before finishing with 69 yards on 23 carries.

Collins, who threw for 159 yards in the first half, finished 18 of 40 for 265 yards.

Moss finished with five catches for 130 yards.

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Raiders started well but the Patriots showed why they are the deffending Super Bowl champs... Randy Moss had a great night though
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23 Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders
1st 2nd 3rd 4th
KAN (2-0) 7 10 3 3 23 FINAL
OAK (0-2) 0 10 7 0 17
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1st Downs 17 16
Total Yards 354 327
Passing 229 256
Rushing 125 71
Penalties 9-78 7-84
3rd Down Conversions 5-16 4-12
4th Down Conversions 2-2 0-1
Turnovers 1 2
Possession 34:34 25:26

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Kansas City Passing
C/ATT YDS TD INT
Green 18/28 237 0 0
Oakland Passing
C/ATT YDS TD INT
Collins 21/35 263 1 0

Kansas City Rushing
CAR YDS TD LG
Holmes 19 75 1 20
Johnson 9 41 1 11
Oakland Rushing
CAR YDS TD LG
Jordan 15 59 1 18
Collins 3 10 0 8

Kansas City Receiving
REC YDS TD LG
Parker 3 86 0 49
Kennison 4 52 0 14
Oakland Receiving
REC YDS TD LG
Moss 5 127 1 64
Porter 5 68 0 22


Scoring Summary
FIRST QUARTER KAN OAK
TD 5:30 Priest Holmes 1 Yd Run (Lawrence Tynes Kick)
Drive: 8 plays, 17 yds, 4:26 7 0
SECOND QUARTER KAN OAK
TD 0:03 Lamont Jordan 1 Yd Run (Sebastian Janikowski Kick)
Drive: 6 plays, 49 yds, 2:59 7 7
TD 1:45 Larry Johnson 6 Yd Run (Lawrence Tynes Kick)
Drive: 4 plays, 70 yds, 1:42 14 7
FG 6:30 Sebastian Janikowski 29 Yd
Drive: 11 plays, 64 yds, 4:49 14 10
FG 12:34 Lawrence Tynes 31 Yd
Drive: 7 plays, 59 yds, 3:03 17 10
THIRD QUARTER KAN OAK
TD 5:42 Randy Moss 64 Yd Pass From Kerry Collins (Sebastian Janikowski Kick)
Drive: 1 plays, 64 yds, :11 17 17
FG 15:00 Lawrence Tynes 39 Yd
Drive: 15 plays, 53 yds, 9:18 20 17
FOURTH QUARTER KAN OAK
FG 6:14 Lawrence Tynes 42 Yd
Drive: 11 plays, 54 yds, 4:38 23 17
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Randy Moss delivered the breathtaking big play the Oakland Raiders expected when they acquired him. But when it came time for a potential game-winning drive, the Kansas City Chiefs made sure he wouldn't get free.

Kansas City's defense came through for a second straight week, stopping Oakland at the 10-yard line in the final minutes of a 23-17 victory Sunday night.

Trent Green offset Moss' 64-yard touchdown catch early in the third quarter with two long field goal drives for the Chiefs (2-0) in the second half. Moss had only one catch after the touchdown and was nowhere to be found on Oakland's final drive.

"He's going to make some plays. That's Randy Moss," Chiefs safety Sammy Knight said. "Hopefully we can contain him and we did that at the end."

Winning with defense is a welcome change in Kansas City, where a high-scoring offense hasn't been enough in recent years. That led to an overhaul of the defense in the offseason and the results after two weeks have been positive.

After taking a shutout into the final minute of a season-opening 27-7 win over the New York Jets, the Chiefs held off the Raiders when they needed to.

"It's just the second game. We don't feel like we're at our peak yet," cornerback Patrick Surtain said. "But to hold a great offense to 17 points is something you can be proud of. But in no way, shape or form are we satisfied with how we played. We know we can play better."

After Samie Parker's fumble set up a final drive for Oakland, Kerry Collins led the Raiders (0-2) to the 10 with 1:58 to go. On fourth down, Collins looked for Moss but he was covered, so instead he lofted a last-ditch pass to Jerry Porter. Porter leaped and had the ball on his fingertips, but Benny Sapp knocked it away.

"They had some people on him," Collins said of Moss. "I was certainly trying to go his way. They were putting two or three guys on him.

After the Raiders took over on their 36 early in the third quarter, Collins dropped back for a play-action pass. Moss ran past Surtain and then outleaped Knight at the 20 before running it in the rest of the way. He turned back toward the defense as he crossed the goal line and then did a dance move as he celebrated with his new fans. He finished with five catches for 127 yards.

The Chiefs answered with a methodical 15-play drive that was slowed by back-to-back holding calls against Jordan Black after Priest Holmes' 20-yard run set up a first-and-goal at the 9. A 39-yard field goal by Lawrence Tynes made it 20-17 after three quarters.

Green then led Kansas City on an 11-play, 54-yard drive, completing key third-down passes to Parker and Tony Gonzalez to set up a 42-yard kick by Tynes.

Green was 18-for-28 for 238 yards, and Holmes ran for 75 yards and a score for Kansas City.

Moss was the last player introduced before the game and received the loudest cheers. He caught an 18-yard pass to set up Oakland's first score, a 1-yard touchdown on the first play of the second quarter by LaMont Jordan.

Moss got louder cheers when he appeared to catch a 6-yard touchdown throw early in the second quarter. But those quickly ended when the play was called back by an pass interference on Moss and Oakland settled for a 29-yard field goal by Sebastian Janikowski.

Jordan also had a touchdown called back when Langston Walker held on a 56-yard run. After committing 16 penalties in the season-opening loss at New England, flags again hurt the Raiders, who committed two key penalties to stall a drive earlier in the fourth quarter.

"We're not lacking for confidence, we're just lacking for wins," Porter said. "It's dumb to get frustrated now, it's Week 2. We have 14 more games to play."

Kansas City struggled on the ground without injured 10-time Pro Bowl tackle Willie Roaf, averaging just 3.5 yards per carry but the Chiefs did get two TDs rushing. Chris Carr muffed a punt at Oakland's 17 after the first drive of the game and the Chiefs converted two fourth downs, including Holmes' 1-yard score.

Holmes briefly left the game after being nicked up in the second quarter, but Larry Johnson came in and carried twice for 17 yards to make it 14-7.

"We knew the yards were going to be hard," Johnson said. "We knew they would try to shut down the run as much as they could. Trent did a good job hitting the receivers on some third-down passes."

Collins was 21-for-35 for 263 yards, but was booed frequently as he often threw the ball short on third downs.

Game notes
Kansas City also had a score called back when Dante Hall's long punt return in the final minute of the first half was negated by an illegal block. ... The Raiders have won nine of their last 11 home openers, with both losses coming to Kansas City. ... Raiders WR Ronald Curry will have an MRI exam Monday after injuring his right leg late -- the same side as his torn Achilles' tendon a year ago.

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20 Oakland Raiders at Philadelphia Eagles
1st 2nd 3rd 4th
OAK (0-3) 7 3 0 10 20 FINAL
PHI (2-1) 0 6 14 3 23
September 25, 2005 - Lincoln Financial Field

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1st Downs 18 26
Total Yards 365 448
Passing 344 365
Rushing 21 83
Penalties 13-94 10-81
3rd Down Conversions 4-14 7-14
4th Down Conversions 0-0 0-0
Turnovers 0 2
Possession 29:57 30:03

Individual Leaders

Oakland Passing
C/ATT YDS TD INT
Collins 24/42 345 2 0
Philadelphia Passing
C/ATT YDS TD INT
McNabb 30/52 365 2 1

Oakland Rushing
CAR YDS TD LG
Jordan 16 19 0 14
Crockett 3 9 0 6
Philadelphia Rushing
CAR YDS TD LG
Westbrook 13 68 1 18
McNabb 3 8 0 5

Oakland Receiving
REC YDS TD LG
Anderson 5 100 0 36
Moss 5 86 0 31
Philadelphia Receiving
REC YDS TD LG
Westbrook 6 140 1 62
Owens 9 80 1 15

Scoring Summary
FIRST QUARTER OAK PHI
TD 2:38 Lamont Jordan 8 Yd Pass From Kerry Collins (Sebastian Janikowski Kick)
Drive: 4 plays, 50 yds, 2:38 7 0
SECOND QUARTER OAK PHI
TD 10:27 Brian Westbrook 18 Yd Run (Pat Blocked)
Drive: 6 plays, 49 yds, 2:06 7 6
FG 14:11 Sebastian Janikowski 28 Yd
Drive: 10 plays, 51 yds, 3:44 10 6
THIRD QUARTER OAK PHI
TD 4:40 Terrell Owens 4 Yd Pass From Donovan Mcnabb (David Akers Kick)
Drive: 11 plays, 71 yds, 4:40 10 13
TD 14:15 Brian Westbrook 5 Yd Pass From Donovan Mcnabb (David Akers Kick)
Drive: 7 plays, 90 yds, 3:51 10 20
FOURTH QUARTER OAK PHI
FG 2:06 Sebastian Janikowski 26 Yd
Drive: 7 plays, 51 yds, 2:49 13 20
TD 12:43 Doug Gabriel 27 Yd Pass From Kerry Collins (Sebastian Janikowski Kick)
Drive: 7 plays, 65 yds, 2:00 20 20
FG 14:51 David Akers 23 Yd
Drive: 11 plays, 75 yds, 2:08 20 23

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- David Akers again fell to the ground, writhing in pain. This time, his teammates piled on and celebrated.

It was over when ...
A gimpy David Akers kicked the winning field goal with nine seconds remaining.
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Akers, who reinjured his hamstring on the opening kickoff but made two extra points and the winning field goal in the second half.
ESPN's take ...
The Eagles wanted to make sure they could continue the momentum they took from last week's victory. They have an excellent secondary and were able to use it to stop Randy Moss from getting into the end zone. The Raiders have to find a way to create mismatches on offense with receivers other than Moss, or teams will be able to continue to play zone against him and limit his opportunities to win games.
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Fighting through a strained right hamstring that temporarily forced him to the bench, Akers made a 23-yard field goal with nine seconds left to lift the Philadelphia Eagles to a 23-20 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.

"You know it's going to hurt for one second and then the game is over," said Akers, a two-time Pro Bowl kicker. "My whole leg hurts right now."

Donovan McNabb also played through pain, throwing for 365 yards and two touchdowns, even though chest and groin injuries limited his mobility and ability to pass.

Brian Westbrook caught a TD pass from McNabb, ran for a score and had 140 yards receiving. Terrell Owens had nine catches, including his 100th career touchdown.

"Donovan battled through like a warrior," Eagles coach Andy Reid said. "He came up with huge throws in the second half."

After Kerry Collins threw a 27-yard TD pass to Doug Gabriel to tie it at 20 with 2:17 left, McNabb drove the Eagles (2-1) downfield.

Westbrook caught passes of 13 and 17 yards, Greg Lewis made a 13-yard catch on third-and-9 and Owens had a 14-yard reception to set up Akers' kick.

"We struggled there on offense. We ended up not taking advantage of a couple situations," Raiders coach Norv Turner said.

Akers reinjured his hamstring on the opening kickoff, forcing linebacker Mark Simoneau to try one extra point -- it was blocked -- and third-string tight end Mike Bartrum had to kick off.

But Akers came back to make two extra points and the winning field goal in the second half.

"I can't leave the team hanging, especially on kickoffs," Akers said. "I never want anyone to think I'm trying to wimp out."

Randy Moss had five catches for 86 yards but didn't score as Oakland fell to 0-3 for the first time since 1992. Moss had two receptions for 26 yards through the first three quarters.

"We showed a lot of heart. We showed a lot of character," said Collins, who was 24-of-42 for 345 yards. "We should have won. But I don't think our guys are going to go in the tank."

A week after tying his career-best with five TD passes in a 42-3 rout over San Francisco, McNabb was out of sync early. Bothered by the injuries that have limited him in practice, McNabb couldn't follow through on some passes, struggled to get up after a few hits and walked around gingerly.

But McNabb found his rhythm in the second half and finished 30-of-52 with one interception.

"In the first half, I was rushing things, trying to get the ball out quicker and using my upper body," McNabb said. "In the second half, I reevaluated and said I have to use my legs."

McNabb was examined for a sports hernia last week, but Reid said his injury is an abdominal strain. It's possible he could have more tests this week.

"If it's a possibility that being out there, I can't damage it any worse, then I'll be out there," McNabb said.

McNabb's 4-yard pass to Owens put the Eagles ahead for the first time early in the third quarter, and Akers made the extra point for a 13-10 lead. DeLawrence Grant was penalized for roughing the passer on third down, prolonging the drive leading to Owens' 100th score, including two on runs.

Known for his flamboyant celebrations, Owens again was low-key this week, though he did wiggle his hips a little and flip the ball.

A 62-yard pass to Westbrook set up Westbrook's 5-yard TD catch on a shovel pass that made it 20-10 late in the third period.

Sebastian Janikowski hit a 26-yard field goal. But after L.J. Smith fumbled at Oakland's 2, the Raiders drove to the Eagles 19 and Janikowski missed a 37-yarder. He hit the left upright on a 49-yard attempt earlier.

Moss helped set up Philadelphia's first score by dropping a long pass that would have allowed Oakland to convert a third-and-9 from its 5. Westbrook then ran in from the 18 to complete a 51-yard drive. Simoneau, who made an extra point last week, couldn't convert this time.

Once the Raiders finally got the ball after three kickoffs to start the game, they had little trouble finding the end zone on an 8-yard pass from Collins to LaMont Jordan. The Eagles were offside on the first two kickoffs by Akers, and Bartrum then kicked off out of bounds, giving Oakland the ball at midfield.

After Akers' second kickoff, he collapsed to the ground, grabbing his leg and needing help getting off the field.

The Eagles signed Todd France to the practice squad earlier in the week but still decided to go with Akers.

Game notes
Eagles defensive tackle Darwin Walker, who had 2˝ sacks in the first two games, didn't play because of a thigh injury, allowing first-round pick Mike Patterson to get his first career start. Patterson got his first sack. ... Westbrook had 161 combined yards in the second half. ... Raiders tight end Courtney Anderson caught five passes for 100 yards. ... The Eagles are undefeated at home (9-0) with Owens in the lineup.

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13 Dallas Cowboys at Oakland Raiders
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DAL (2-2) 0 3 3 7 13 FINAL
OAK (1-3) 10 0 3 6 19
October 2, 2005 - Network Associates Coliseum

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1st Downs 16 16
Total Yards 303 333
Passing 187 204
Rushing 116 129
Penalties 6-35 13-85
3rd Down Conversions 6-15 2-10
4th Down Conversions 0-1 0-0
Turnovers 1 0
Possession 30:46 29:14

Individual Leaders

Dallas Passing
C/ATT YDS TD INT
Bledsoe 11/26 212 1 1
Johnson 0/1 0 0 0
Oakland Passing
C/ATT YDS TD INT
Collins 13/23 218 0 0

Dallas Rushing
CAR YDS TD LG
Jones 22 76 0 14
Thompson 7 32 0 7
Oakland Rushing
CAR YDS TD LG
Jordan 26 126 1 24
Crockett 1 2 0 2

Dallas Receiving
REC YDS TD LG
Glenn 2 64 0 57
Crayton 1 63 1 63
Oakland Receiving
REC YDS TD LG
Moss 4 123 0 79
Porter 3 41 0 23


Scoring Summary
FIRST QUARTER DAL OAK
FG 7:38 Sebastian Janikowski 30 Yd
Drive: 6 plays, 79 yds, 2:44 0 3
TD 11:53 Lamont Jordan 2 Yd Run (Sebastian Janikowski Kick)
Drive: 6 plays, 36 yds, 2:38 0 10
SECOND QUARTER DAL OAK
FG 9:01 Jose Cortez 29 Yd
Drive: 11 plays, 69 yds, 6:32 3 10
THIRD QUARTER DAL OAK
FG 6:45 Sebastian Janikowski 23 Yd
Drive: 13 plays, 75 yds, 6:41 3 13
FG 13:55 Jose Cortez 30 Yd
Drive: 13 plays, 48 yds, 7:10 6 13
FOURTH QUARTER DAL OAK
FG 4:35 Sebastian Janikowski 49 Yd
Drive: 5 plays, 23 yds, 1:57 6 16
TD 6:09 Patrick Crayton 63 Yd Pass From Drew Bledsoe (Jose Cortez Kick)
Drive: 3 plays, 80 yds, 1:31 13 16
FG 10:31 Sebastian Janikowski 43 Yd
Drive: 10 plays, 41 yds, 4:22 13 19

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Randy Moss burned Dallas early, catching a 79-yard pass on Oakland's second play. After that, his biggest contribution to the Raiders' first win came in the running game.

It was over when ...
the Raiders' defense stepped up with the money on the table. Dallas had a second-and-2 at the Raiders' 3 with 2:00 left, but the Raiders dropped Julius Jones for a two-yard loss, then forced two Drew Bledsoe incompletions, saving Oakland's first win.
Game ball goes to ...
LaMont Jordan, who carried 26 times for a career-high 126 yards and a touchdown. He bounced back from a 19-yard performance at Philadelphia last week and showed what the Raiders were looking for when they signed him.
ESPN's take ...
This was a huge win for the Raiders because a 0-4 start in the AFC West would have essentially ended their season. They started the season against three teams that were simply better than they were and needed this win to build confidence entering the bye week. The Raiders still need to find a way to get more production from receivers other than Randy Moss on a consistent basis.
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But the talented receiver didn't run a long reverse or throw a big downfield block. Instead, his presence kept the Cowboys' safeties away from the line.

Enter Lamont Jordan.

The Raiders' other big acquisition on offense ran for a career-high 126 yards and a score, Sebastian Janikowski kicked four field goals and Oakland's defense mounted a late goal-line stand in a 19-13 win Sunday.

"I will forever look at it as teams saying we can't run the ball," said Jordan, who bounced back from a 19-yard performance last week against Philadelphia. "I encourage defenses to play that way. If you play two-deep defense against us with the way we're capable of running the ball ... we are going to run the ball down your throat. I think today was a true test of that."

A week after gaining just 21 yards as a team, Jordan and the offensive line took it upon themselves to fix the running game. They succeeded from the start, as Jordan frequently got tough yards up the middle.

"We were determined to get running yards, especially after being shut down last week," offensive lineman Barry Sims said. "We really wanted to get LaMont going. And you can't go when there's no where to go, so we really wanted to get some lanes opened up for him."

The Cowboys kept it interesting until the final 2 minutes. Trailing 19-13 after Janikowski's 43-yard field goal with 4:29 left, Dallas (2-2) drove inside the 5 with help from a 57-yard pass from Drew Bledsoe to Terry Glenn.

But Tommy Kelly dropped Julius Jones for a 2-yard loss on second down from the 3, and Bledsoe followed with incompletions to Keyshawn Johnson and Glenn to turn it over with 1:45 to go.

Jason Witten was open in the end zone on the last play, but Bledsoe said he had chosen to go toward Glenn's side and didn't see Witten.

"It's a three-step drop. He just has to make a decision to go the other way with the ball," Witten said. "I'm not doubting his decision. He's got Keyshawn and Terry over there. He's got to make a quick decision and go with it. I was open. That's for sure."

Jordan then ran twice for a first down and Oakland (1-3) ran out the clock, heading into the bye week with a much-needed win.

Kerry Collins threw to Moss only three times in the opening half, connecting on the long pass on the first drive to set up Janikowski's 30-yard field goal and throwing his direction on back-to-back plays to open the second quarter.

Moss, who had 10 touchdowns in his first five games against Dallas, finished with four receptions for 123 yards and remained unbeaten in six games against the Cowboys.

Collins finished 13-for-23 for 218 yards, extending his streak without an interception to a career-high 149 passes, dating to last season.

"I definitely didn't play my best game today but I didn't turn it over and I made some smart decisions at times that ultimately helped us win the ballgame," Collins said. "The other guys picked me up today. LaMont and the other guys up front did an excellent job."

Oakland's defense played a big role too, holding Jones to 76 yards on 22 carries and limiting Dallas to 146 yards through three quarters.

"I know they think Julius Jones is the next Emmitt Smith," Oakland safety Stuart Schweigert said. "I played against the guy in college and he's a good running back but he's not a great running back. We knew we were going to shut down the running. That allowed us to get some sacks and pressure on Bledsoe."

Janikowski, who missed four field goals the first three games, kicked short field goals in the first half and a 49- and 43-yarder in the fourth quarter.

"I didn't change a thing,' Janikowski said. "I worked the whole week with the same approach I always do."

Bledsoe hit Patrick Crayton on a 63-yard touchdown pass midway through the fourth quarter to make it 16-13. Bledsoe finished 11-for-26 for 212 yards.

"We feel like we missed out on an opportunity here," Bledsoe said. "We made a lot of mistakes in the ballgame that really hurt us in the end."

The Raiders, the most penalized team in the NFL, committed 13 more infractions, including three in the first 74 seconds of the fourth quarter.

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27 San Diego Chargers at Oakland Raiders
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SDG (3-3) 14 10 3 0 27 FINAL
OAK (1-4) 7 0 7 0 14
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1st Downs 22 19
Total Yards 346 310
Passing 156 271
Rushing 190 39
Penalties 5-35 8-51
3rd Down Conversions 2-11 3-13
4th Down Conversions 0-0 2-4
Turnovers 0 1
Possession 35:18 24:42

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San Diego Passing
C/ATT YDS TD INT
Brees 14/20 164 1 0
Tomlinson 1/1 4 1 0
Oakland Passing
C/ATT YDS TD INT
Collins 24/48 292 0 1

San Diego Rushing
CAR YDS TD LG
Tomlinson 31 140 1 29
Turner 7 50 0 15
Oakland Rushing
CAR YDS TD LG
Jordan 12 36 2 7
Crockett 1 3 0 3

San Diego Receiving
REC YDS TD LG
Tomlinson 2 39 1 35
Caldwell 1 32 0 32
Oakland Receiving
REC YDS TD LG
Gabriel 5 84 0 32
Porter 5 63 0 21


Scoring Summary
FIRST QUARTER SDG OAK
TD 6:18 Ladainian Tomlinson 35 Yd Pass From Drew Brees (Nate Kaeding Kick)
Drive: 7 plays, 70 yds, 3:48 7 0
TD 10:58 Ladainian Tomlinson 7 Yd Run (Nate Kaeding Kick)
Drive: 6 plays, 55 yds, 4:04 14 0
TD 14:03 Lamont Jordan 4 Yd Run (Sebastian Janikowski Kick)
Drive: 8 plays, 66 yds, 3:05 14 7
SECOND QUARTER SDG OAK
FG 4:35 Nate Kaeding 32 Yd
Drive: 11 plays, 59 yds, 5:32 17 7
TD 12:21 Justin Peelle 4 Yd Pass From Ladainian Tomlinson (Nate Kaeding Kick)
Drive: 11 plays, 84 yds, 6:17 24 7
THIRD QUARTER SDG OAK
FG 8:58 Nate Kaeding 32 Yd
Drive: 6 plays, 41 yds, 2:56 27 7
TD 14:26 Lamont Jordan 1 Yd Run (Sebastian Janikowski Kick)
Drive: 13 plays, 76 yds, 5:28 27 14

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Drew Brees might need to feel threatened about his job security. It's not first-round pick Philip Rivers breathing down his neck, it's star running back LaDainian Tomlinson.

It was over when ...
LaDainian Tomlinson entered the game. Tomlinson threw, ran for and caught TD passes, becoming the first player since 2001 to do all three in one game. He also tied an NFL record by scoring a TD in his 18th straight game.
Game ball goes to ...
Philip Rivers. Just kidding. Tomlinson, of course.
ESPN's take ...
Today's game was a great opportunity to find out if the Chargers were going to let LaDainian Tomlinson dominate the Raiders as he has in the past. He's proven once again that he's the most dominant player in the AFC as no one was able to keep up with him all day. You could see the Raiders' defensive coordinator Rob Ryan on the sideline jumping up and down in complete disgust at his defensive unit's mistakes.
-- Eric Allen

Tomlinson threw his second touchdown pass of the season and added scores running and catching the ball in a performance for the record books, leading the San Diego Chargers to a 27-14 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.

"In the celebration in the end zone I said, 'Superman, you can do it all,'" Brees said. "He can do a lot of things. Obviously, he had a big game today."

Tomlinson delivered another big performance against the Raiders (1-4) -- he has 620 yards rushing in the last four meetings -- to help San Diego (3-3) dominate this rivalry in a way they haven't since Al Davis was on the Chargers' side.

They have won four straight over the Raiders for the first time since taking the first six meetings from 1960-62, when Davis was their defensive ends coach. Chargers coach Marty Schottenheimer improved to 24-7 in his career against the Raiders.

"Marty hates the Raiders. I don't know why," safety Terrence Kiel said. "He told us that last night. It's something personal."

The Raiders, who had been competitive in their first three losses, regressed coming out of the bye week and struggled after losing Randy Moss with bruised ribs and a strained groin in the first quarter.

Oakland committed penalties to extend San Diego's first two touchdown drives; Kerry Collins was just 24-for-48 for 292 yards and threw his first interception of the season; and the Raiders had only 39 yards rushing.

"You don't feel good about anything when you played the way we played," Raiders coach Norv Turner said.

Tomlinson showed off his all-around skills with 140 yards rushing and 39 yards receiving. But his biggest thrill came from his 4-yard touchdown pass to Justin Peelle late in the second quarter.

He is now 4-for-5 with three TD passes in his career, including two against the Raiders. He is the first player to pull off the touchdown trifecta -- running, catching and throwing for a score in one game -- since David Patten did it for New England in 2001.

"I always take pride in throwing a touchdown because as a running back it's not something you're supposed to do," Tomlinson said. "So I really enjoy throwing the football."

Operating out of the no-huddle offense at times, the Chargers scored 24 points in the opening half. After a third-down holding call on Nnamdi Asomugha gave San Diego a first down on its second drive of the game, the Chargers took advantage of a blown coverage.

Tomlinson came out of the backfield uncovered and caught a pass from Brees at about the 20 and jogged into the end zone, tying Lenny Moore's NFL record by scoring a touchdown in his 18th straight game. Brees was 14-for-20 for 164 yards.

"When you make mental mistakes you give yourself no chance," Raiders linebacker Danny Clark said. "Physically I don't feel like a team can beat us. It's about mental things. I take full responsibility on the play where 21 flared open and got that ball with no one covering him. No one is good enough to overcome that."

On Oakland's next play from scrimmage, rookie Shawne Merriman drilled Collins as he threw deep to Moss. The ball was intercepted by Bhawoh Jue and returned 20 yards to San Diego's 45. The Chargers drove down to the 7, aided by a roughing the passer call on Derrick Burgess.

Tomlinson then ran it in from there, extending his NFL record of consecutive games with a rushing touchdown to 18.

"We tried different ways to get him the ball," Schottenheimer said. "If you give him the ball enough times he's going to make plenty of yards."

Oakland lost Moss late in the first quarter when Collins underthrew him on a deep pass. Moss leaped in between two defenders before falling awkwardly to the ground. Moss was attended to by trainers and limped off the field. He played only one more play the rest of the game, finishing with no catches. He underwent X-rays and his status for next week isn't known.

"When he left the game, it gave us more of an edge," Merriman said. "They tried to hit us two times for big plays. When they finally figured out they weren't going to beat us with 60 or 70-yard plays, they had to change their game."

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Tomlinson became the first player in NFL history to have at least 10 rushing TDs in each of his first five seasons. ... Collins had gone a career-high 150 consecutive passes without an interception, dating to last season.

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Updated: Oct. 17, 2005, 1:00 AM ET
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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Oakland receiver Randy Moss missed the final three quarters of Sunday's 27-14 loss to San Diego after injuring his groin and ribs when he crashed hard to the ground after trying to make a leaping catch.



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Randy Moss was in pain after injuring his groin Sunday, but it will be the Raiders who hurt if Moss misses more time.

Moss was hurt late in the first quarter when Kerry Collins underthrew him on a deep pass. Moss leaped in between two defenders before falling awkwardly to the ground. He was attended to by trainers and limped off the field.

Coach Norv Turner said Moss had bruised ribs and a strained groin and would undergo X-rays. Turner didn't know what Moss' status would be for next week's game against Buffalo.

"He got hit pretty good, so he was in pain," Turner said.

After sitting out three plays, Moss returned to the field for LaMont Jordan's 4-yard touchdown run. He then sat out the rest of the game. Trainers spent the first half stretching his legs on the sideline and Moss never returned to the field after halftime, limiting the Raiders' effectiveness offensively.

"There's no question that [missing] the big-play element that he brings was obviously a factor," Chargers coach Marty Schottenheimer said. "I know that Kerry threw a couple of balls down the field that were overthrown. Had they been thrown to Randy, maybe they wouldn't have been overthrown."

Collins finished 24-for-48 for 292 yards and threw his first interception of the season on a miscommunication with Moss in the first quarter. But the Chargers held Collins under wraps for most of the game, as 131 of his yards came in the fourth quarter with San Diego in control.

"It was hard to find a rhythm today," Collins said. "It comes down to execution and making plays and we didn't."

Without the threat of Moss and because they were playing from behind most of the game, the Raiders struggled on the ground with only 39 yards rushing.

Moss had no catches in the game for just the third time in his career. He had no receptions in consecutive weeks last October against Tennessee and the New York Giants when he was slowed by a hamstring injury.

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17 Buffalo Bills at Oakland Raiders
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BUF (3-4) 7 3 0 7 17 FINAL
OAK (2-4) 0 17 7 14 38
October 23, 2005 - Network Associates Coliseum

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1st Downs 15 26
3rd down efficiency 3-10 7-11
4th down efficiency 0-1 0-0
Total Yards 210 416
Passing 126 254
Comp-Att 19-27 19-27
Yards per pass 4.7 9.4
Rushing 84 162
Rushing Attempts 23 37
Yards per rush 3.7 4.4
Penalties 7-51 8-53
Possession 27:09 32:51

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Buffalo Passing
C/ATT YDS TD INT
Holcomb 19/27 159 2 0
Oakland Passing
C/ATT YDS TD INT
Collins 19/27 261 1 0

Buffalo Rushing
CAR YDS TD LG
McGahee 16 50 0 9
Williams 4 27 0 14
Oakland Rushing
CAR YDS TD LG
Jordan 28 122 3 17
Crockett 7 33 1 12

Buffalo Receiving
REC YDS TD LG
McGahee 3 36 0 17
Moulds 4 36 0 11
Oakland Receiving
REC YDS TD LG
Gabriel 5 101 0 38
Moss 3 43 1 22


Scoring Summary
FIRST QUARTER BUF OAK
TD 6:42 Lee Evans, 5 yd pass from Kelly Holcomb (Rian Lindell kick is good)
Drive info: 18 plays, 108 yds, 8:19 7 0
SECOND QUARTER BUF OAK
FG 14:50 Sebastian Janikowski 20 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 72 yds, 11:55 7 3
TD 11:51 Randy Moss, 22 yd pass from Kerry Collins (Sebastian Janikowski kick is good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 35 yds, 1:18 7 10
FG 4:08 Rian Lindell 35 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 4 plays, 6 yds, 0:57 10 17
TD 0:42 LaMont Jordan, 1 yd run (Sebastian Janikowski kick is good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 60 yds, 3:16 10 17
THIRD QUARTER BUF OAK
TD 10:17 LaMont Jordan, 17 yd run (Sebastian Janikowski kick is good)
Drive info: 10 plays, 80 yds, 4:38 10 24
FOURTH QUARTER BUF OAK
TD 15:00 Josh Reed, 9 yd pass from Kelly Holcomb (Rian Lindell kick is good)
Drive info: 7 plays, 38 yds, 12:11 17 24
TD 8:55 LaMont Jordan, 7 yd run (Sebastian Janikowski kick is good)
Drive info: 11 plays, 73 yds, 5:52 17 31
TD 0:18 Zack Crockett, 2 yd run (Sebastian Janikowski kick is good)
Drive info: 15 plays, 68 yds, 7:23 17 38

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- During the preseason, LaMont Jordan hustled to the sidelines and told Norv Turner what plays to call, checking later with the coach to make sure he hadn't overstepped his bounds.

This past week, Jordan met with Turner and asked to shoulder the load with the season slipping away and Randy Moss nursing several injuries.

Jordan did just that Sunday. And his Oakland teammates contributed, too -- even the banged-up Moss.

Jordan ran for 122 yards and a career-high three touchdowns, Moss added a 22-yard TD catch after being listed as doubtful to play, and the Raiders beat the Buffalo Bills 38-17.

"Those are the runs I've been waiting for all year," Jordan said. "It means a lot to me. I'm a competitor."

Kerry Collins, sacked on Oakland's opening drive and booed afterward, completed nine of 10 passes on consecutive touchdown drives late in the second quarter and early in the third as the Raiders (2-4) took control. He finished 19-for-27 for 261 yards for Oakland, which scored more than 20 points for the first time all season.

Doug Gabriel had five catches for a career-high 101 yards, and Moss had three receptions for 43 yards in a limited role after bruising his ribs, straining a groin and bruising his pelvic area last Sunday against San Diego.

Moss even made a key block on Jordan's second TD, a 17-yard run in the third.

"We thought he was going to be out," defensive end Bobby Hamilton said. "You can't coach heart. That motivates you."

Jordan took charge with his second 100-yard rushing game with the Raiders and added four catches for 40 yards. During the week, he emphatically called for more touches, saying the team needed to give him the ball 23-26 times per game to win. He pointed to the only other game Oakland won, a 19-13 victory over Dallas on Oct. 2, when Jordan ran 26 times for 126 yards and a touchdown.

Jordan had a career-high 28 carries Sunday and his three rushing touchdowns are the most by a Raiders player since Rich Gannon did it Sept. 10, 2000, against Indianapolis.

"When I was in New York, people were saying I was disgruntled," Jordan said of his four seasons as Curtis Martin's backup with the Jets. "It had nothing to do with that. It's just that when my team loses, I take it personal. Being out here in Oakland, being a big part of whether we win or lose, I'm going to make sure I'm on the winning side of that."

Moss went out for the coin flip and made his first appearance late in the opening quarter, catching a 15-yard pass on his second play to set up Sebastian Janikowski's 25-yard field goal.

"Whether it was running the ball or giving up the Moss touchdown, we really had no chance to stop them," Bills coach Mike Mularkey said. "We lost the line of scrimmage on both sides."

Derrick Burgess sacked Kelly Holcomb twice, giving him seven sacks on the year -- three more than any Oakland defender had all last season. He anchored a defense that held Willis McGahee to 50 yards on 16 attempts a week after he ran for a career-high 143 yards in the Bills' 27-17 victory over the Jets.

McGahee said this past week that he is the NFL's best running back, and the Raiders' defense took that as a challenge.

"He's a good back, but he wasn't someone we were going to fear," Oakland defensive tackle Warren Sapp said. "No, no doubt about it. Just step up to the challenge and put ourselves in position to where, 'Hey, come on, you want something it's a four-quarter game, you get 60 minutes and I hope you get 40 carries. But we're going to do something about it."

Holcomb, also sacked by Sapp, lost for the first time in three games as Buffalo's starter after replacing J.P. Losman. Holcomb threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Josh Reed on the first play of the fourth quarter to pull the Bills (3-4) to 24-17. Lee Evans caught a 5-yard TD pass as Buffalo used the first 8:23 of the game and scored on an opening drive for the sixth time in seven games this season.

"You don't ever want to say this as a football team, but I think they were more physical today than we were," said Holcomb, who finished 19-of-27 for 159 yards. "We had some protection problems. Their defensive line put some pressure on us. I don't think I've ever been hit so much. Even after the play was over, I was getting hit."

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Gannon, the 2002 NFL MVP quarterback who retired after breaking his neck last season, worked as television analyst for CBS. But the game was blacked out locally. "I'm ready to roll, man," Gannon joked on the field beforehand. "I feel good, ready to throw the ball." ... The Raiders paid tribute to Bill King, their former radio announcer who died Tuesday at age 78. ... Oakland lost DBs Derrick Gibson (left wrist) and Charles Woodson (right leg) to injuries in the first half.

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Raiders' Woodson, Gibson likely out at least a monthAssociated Press

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Charles Woodson broke his right leg, and Derrick Gibson dislocated his left wrist Sunday, leaving the Oakland Raiders without two key starters in their secondary for up to two months.

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Coach Norv Turner gave the preliminary diagnosis of the two players after Oakland's 38-17 victory over Buffalo and said the players would undergo further tests Monday, holding out hope for a more positive diagnosis.

"Those are six-to-eight week injuries, but I can't say that's the final deal," Turner said. "We'll know more in the morning."

Woodson was banged up while making a tackle on Bills running back Willis McGahee with about 4 minutes left in the quarter. Woodson was attended to by trainers on the field before limping to the sideline.

Woodson had a boot on his right foot and would only shake his head and say "it's broken" when asked how he was doing. Woodson, a four-time Pro Bowler, is being paid about $10.5 million this season as the Raiders' franchise player. His versatility has been extremely valuable as he has played cornerback, safety and provided strong run support.

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Gibson was hurt on the Bills' opening drive, holding his left wrist as he walked off the field following Kelly Holcomb's 5-yard touchdown pass to Lee Evans.

"We're going to miss both of them a hell of a lot," defensive tackle Warren Sapp said. "But the show goes on."

The injuries forced the Raiders to rely on rookies and special teams players to shut down the Bills.

Oakland frequently used three rookies at a time in the secondary -- Fabian Washington, Stanford Routt and Chris Carr -- and special teams standout Jarrod Cooper got his most extensive playing time yet on defense. Carr had been used primarily as a kick returner and had barely played defensive back in practice so far this season. Cooper has also gotten only limited time in practice.

"I thought maybe they would try to exploit those guys a little bit," starting free safety Stuart Schweigert said. "Even when they tried, they were knocking down passes, making tackles and stopping them short on third downs. It was awesome to see."

The Raiders limited Kelly Holcomb to 159 yards passing and McGahee to 50 yards on 16 carries. After scoring a touchdown on a 14-play drive to open the game, the Bills made only eight first downs the rest of the way.

"All of us got reps in practice so if something like this would happen, we'd be ready," Washington said.

The Raiders did have one positive injury note. Randy Moss, listed as doubtful with injured ribs, groin and pelvic area, was able to play. He entered the game late in the first quarter and caught a 15-yard pass from Kerry Collins on the receiver's second play in the game.

Moss added a 22-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter, his third score of the season, and finished with three catches for 43 yards.

Turner said he didn't know if Moss would be available to play until just before the game time. With Moss still limited, the Raiders mostly used him when they were deep in Buffalo territory.

"This morning he went out and ran and was excited about the way he felt," Turner said. "We tried to plot a plan on how we'd use him. That's what we did. ... He made a couple of big plays that helped us."

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34 Oakland Raiders at Tennessee Titans
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OAK (3-4) 17 7 3 7 34 FINAL
TEN (2-6) 0 22 0 3 25
October 30, 2005 - The Coliseum

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1st Downs 17 19
Total Yards 324 326
Passing 232 186
Rushing 92 140
Penalties 7-55 9-79
3rd Down Conversions 4-11 10-17
4th Down Conversions 0-1 0-1
Turnovers 1 2
Possession 24:23 35:37

Individual Leaders

Oakland Passing
C/ATT YDS TD INT
Collins 17/29 238 3 1
Tennessee Passing
C/ATT YDS TD INT
McNair 26/40 229 1 0

Oakland Rushing
CAR YDS TD LG
Jordan 20 67 0 20
Whitted 1 24 0 24
Tennessee Rushing
CAR YDS TD LG
Brown 19 97 1 38
McNair 5 41 0 19

Oakland Receiving
REC YDS TD LG
Porter 6 123 2 44
Jordan 5 69 1 18
Tennessee Receiving
REC YDS TD LG
Roby 7 83 1 31
Kinney 5 69 0 19


Scoring Summary
FIRST QUARTER OAK TEN
TD 2:56 Jerry Porter 26 Yd Pass From Kerry Collins (Sebastian Janikowski Kick)
Drive: 6 plays, 66 yds, 2:56 7 0
FG 8:36 Sebastian Janikowski 22 Yd
Drive: 8 plays, 58 yds, 4:07 10 0
TD 14:25 Lamont Jordan 18 Yd Pass From Kerry Collins (Sebastian Janikowski Kick)
Drive: 8 plays, 67 yds, 4:13 17 0
SECOND QUARTER OAK TEN
TD 4:47 Courtney Roby 19 Yd Pass From Steve Mcnair (Pat Failed)
Drive: 10 plays, 80 yds, 5:22 17 6
TD 7:02 Chris Brown 38 Yd Run (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed)
Drive: 2 plays, 34 yds, :38 17 12
TD 9:13 Jarrod Cooper Recovered Fumble In End Zone (Sebastian Janikowski Kick) 24 12
FG 14:09 Rob Bironas 39 Yd
Drive: 12 plays, 43 yds, 4:56 24 15
TD 14:48 Reynaldo Hill 52 Yd Interception Return (Rob Bironas Kick) 24 22
THIRD QUARTER OAK TEN
FG 13:31 Sebastian Janikowski 32 Yd
Drive: 9 plays, 31 yds, 4:00 27 22
FOURTH QUARTER OAK TEN
FG 7:12 Rob Bironas 24 Yd
Drive: 15 plays, 84 yds, 8:41 27 25
TD 10:23 Jerry Porter 44 Yd Pass From Kerry Collins (Sebastian Janikowski Kick)
Drive: 6 plays, 69 yds, 3:11 34 25

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Record: 2-4

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- For a change, the yellow flag fell in favor of the oft-penalized Oakland Raiders.

It was over when ...
A penalty wiped out an 82-yard punt return for a TD, which would have been the go-ahead score for Tennessee. The Titans weren't able to recover.
Game ball goes to ...
The Raiders' defense, for getting six sacks and forcing two turnovers that were converted into 10 points.
ESPN's take ...
The Raiders seem to have found their offensive balance. In the beginning of the season, I think they were so enamored with Randy Moss and his ability to score at any time that they ignored RB Lamont Jordan. Now they have an opportunity to be balanced and also become an explosive offensive team. Jordan is a multi-purpose threat who gives the Raiders yet another offensive option.
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A personal foul call wiped out Tennessee's 82-yard punt return for a touchdown and Warren Sapp sacked Steve McNair three plays later, forcing a fumble that Jarrod Cooper recovered in the end zone, lifting the Raiders to a 34-25 victory over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.

McNair criticized the penalty, which wiped out a TD that would've given Tennessee the lead.

Not the Raiders, who came into this game tied for the league lead in penalties with 65.

"Call it lucky, call it fortunate, call it what you will," Raiders quarterback Kerry Collins said. "We've had a bunch of them go against us. We were able to handle those kinds of things, and I think that was a big key to winning the game."

Collins threw for three touchdowns for the Raiders (3-4), who won for the third time in their last four games. The defense came up with six sacks, including 2˝ by Sapp, and two turnovers they converted into 10 points.

They also won their first road game this season, and they did it with their first victory in Tennessee against a team that had won the first three in this series.

The Titans (2-6) again blew a game they had a chance to win with the league's youngest team making repeated mistakes.

They outdid the Raiders by racking up nine penalties for 79 yards. They had a punt return for a TD wiped out by a roughness penalty, dropped passes, a botched extra point and a rookie who never looked for a ball thrown his way: A wide-open Bo Scaife was too busy running upfield and apparently forgot the ball might be thrown to him.

"Their best effort right now is not good enough for us not only to win but, more specifically, to overcome our own mistakes," Titans coach Jeff Fisher said. "Until we do that, we are going to be in this situation."

Titans defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth was more succinct.

"We shot ourselves in the foot? It's more like we shot ourselves in the face. We're killing ourselves," he said.

Typical of the Titans' problems was the sequence in the second quarter.

Trailing 17-12, Pacman Jones returned a punt 82 yards for a touchdown that would have given Tennessee its first lead. But officials flagged Titans safety Tank Williams for unnecessary roughness for blocking someone out of bounds at the line of scrimmage, wiping out the touchdown. Williams said later it wasn't him.

Sapp sacked McNair, knocking the ball into the end zone where safety Cooper recovered for the TD and a 24-12 lead with 5:47 to go in the second.

"That kind of stuff usually happens to us," Oakland safety Stuart Schweigert said. "To have it happen to them was nice to see. ... It was huge for us."

Oakland coach Norv Turner called the penalty a relief. Fisher declined to comment until he reviews the play on film, but he said his assistants told him it should not have been called.

McNair didn't hold himself back.

"You look for great things to happen," McNair said. "It doesn't happen often, but when it happens, you get excited about it. Then it's brought back for a penalty that shouldn't have been called."

Oakland clinched the victory when Collins tossed a short pass to Jerry Porter on the left sideline. Jones tried to shove Porter out of bounds with an arm, only to see Porter keep his feet and finish off a 44-yard TD with 4:37 left for a 34-25 lead.

LaMont Jordan had 20 carries for 67 yards and caught five passes for 69 more. Randy Moss, used more as decoy, had three catches for 26 yards.

Collins was 17-of-29 for 238 yards and had only his second interception of the season. Reynaldo Hill returned that pick 52 yards for a TD, but that only pulled the Titans within 24-22 just before halftime.

Tennessee held the ball for more than 35 minutes and outgained Oakland 326-324 on offense.

The Titans had a chance to take the lead at the end of an 84-yard drive in the fourth quarter. But McNair was stopped short of a first down after scrambling to the Oakland 6, and they settled for a 24-yard field goal by Rob Bironas that pulled them within 27-25 with 7:48 left.

That was as close as they would get.

Game notes
The Raiders had been only 2-16 on the road over the past two seasons. They scored the first 17 points of the game. ... Oakland defensive end Bobby Hamilton hurt his left ankle but returned. ... The loss ruined Chris Brown's best day this season. The Titans running back rushed 19 times for a season-high 97 yards.

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23 Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs
1st 2nd 3rd 4th
OAK (3-5) 3 6 0 14 23 FINAL
KAN (5-3) 0 6 7 14 27
November 6, 2005 - Arrowhead Stadium

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1st Downs 21 18
Total Yards 263 321
Passing 162 207
Rushing 101 114
Penalties 9-84 11-87
3rd Down Conversions 10-17 6-14
4th Down Conversions 0-0 0-0
Turnovers 1 1
Possession 31:54 28:06

Individual Leaders

Oakland Passing
C/ATT YDS TD INT
Collins 21/40 175 2 1
Kansas City Passing
C/ATT YDS TD INT
Green 22/35 235 1 0

Oakland Rushing
CAR YDS TD LG
Jordan 19 93 0 13
Gabriel 1 5 0 5
Kansas City Rushing
CAR YDS TD LG
Johnson 22 107 2 15
Hall 1 7 0 7

Oakland Receiving
REC YDS TD LG
Porter 7 68 1 21
Gabriel 3 37 0 19
Kansas City Receiving
REC YDS TD LG
Gonzalez 5 70 0 33
Kennison 5 60 0 18


Scoring Summary
FIRST QUARTER OAK KAN
FG 6:10 Sebastian Janikowski 32 Yd
Drive: 4 plays, 4 yds, :52 3 0
SECOND QUARTER OAK KAN
FG 0:13 Sebastian Janikowski 49 Yd
Drive: 15 plays, 53 yds, 6:22 6 0
FG 10:01 Lawrence Tynes 27 Yd
Drive: 11 plays, 52 yds, 5:36 6 3
FG 14:31 Lawrence Tynes 47 Yd
Drive: 9 plays, 61 yds, 2:32 6 6
FG 14:55 Sebastian Janikowski 48 Yd
Drive: 3 plays, 3 yds, :24 9 6
THIRD QUARTER OAK KAN
TD 14:05 Tony Richardson 6 Yd Pass From Trent Green (Lawrence Tynes Kick)
Drive: 11 plays, 72 yds, 6:01 9 13
FOURTH QUARTER OAK KAN
TD 2:04 Larry Johnson 15 Yd Run (Lawrence Tynes Kick)
Drive: 5 plays, 35 yds, 2:42 9 20
TD 4:29 Jerry Porter 4 Yd Pass From Kerry Collins (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed)
Drive: 6 plays, 71 yds, 2:25 15 20
TD 13:15 Randy Moss 7 Yd Pass From Kerry Collins (Lamont Jordan Run For Two-Point Conversion)
Drive: 14 plays, 84 yds, 6:22 23 20
TD 15:00 Larry Johnson 1 Yd Run (Lawrence Tynes Kick)
Drive: 8 plays, 72 yds, 1:45 23 27

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Dick Vermeil was going to be the biggest fool or the shrewdest gambler in the NFL.

It was over when ...
The clock ran out. The Raiders had taken the lead behind two fourth-quarter TDs, but Larry Johnson's TD run as time expired gave the Chiefs the improbable win.
Game ball goes to ...
Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil. DV could have settled for a field goal on K.C.'s final drive, which would have sent the game to overtime, but instead went for the touchdown -- and it paid off.
ESPN's take ...
This was a huge divisional game for the Chiefs and they won a tough game against a Raiders' team that has played excellent football as of late. Larry Johnson broke a big run at the end, but credit also must go to the coaching staff for making a gutsy call to go for the win. This team didn't wilt in the fourth quarter and regained their momentum at home.
-- Eric Allen

With five seconds left, Kansas City trailed by three and had the ball on the Oakland 1 and Vermeil faced one of the toughest decisions of his long coaching career.

Have placekicker Lawrence Tynes -- who's on a 13-for-13 streak -- kick a virtually automatic field goal and force overtime? Or roll the dice and go for the win?

Vermeil went for the TD. Behind center Casey Wiegmann and 10-time Pro Bowl right guard Will Shields, Larry Johnson dived over the pile into the end zone for a 27-23 victory that brought a roar from the sellout crowd and left the emotional head coach in tears.

"Wow! I was scared. I just figured I'm too old to wait," said Vermeil, who recently turned 69. "If we had not made it, then you guys [reporters] would have had a lot of fun with that. It was not an impulsive thing. It was the right thing for us to do."

The sixth straight victory for the Chiefs (5-3) over the Raiders (3-5) kept them one game behind Denver in the AFC West and dealt Oakland a painful loss.

"This is about as bitter a defeat as you could have," said Oakland quarterback Kerry Collins, whose two fourth-quarter touchdown passes put the Raiders on top. "It's tough. You fight your way back in a rough game and find a way to get ahead, and then it doesn't work out. That's about as tough as it gets."

Johnson and Trent Green made the sensational finish possible when Green hit the wide-open running back over the middle. He sped 36 yards before Nnamdi Asomugha and Stuart Schweigert ran him down at the 1.

"Down in the red zone, he put the ball in my hands," said Johnson, who has publicly complained that Vermeil does not give him enough carries. "I'm glad they gave me the opportunity."

Randy Moss, who hadn't caught a pass all day, beat Dewayne Washington in the corner of the end zone for a 7-yard reception with 1:45 left that gave the Raiders the lead.

Then Green, playing through the pain of his father's funeral just four days earlier, whipped the Chiefs 72 yards down the field.

Before going for it, Vermeil checked with his coaches and players.

"He was asking questions of everybody to see what everybody thought, what everybody's attitude was," said Green. "No matter how that play ended up, that's where you have to send a message on a football team and I think that was great on his part to have the confidence in us."

The Chiefs were missing their best running back (Priest Holmes), best offensive lineman (Willie Roaf) and best cornerback (Patrick Surtain), as well as two of their top backups in the secondary.

The Raiders were without two starters, defensive backs Charles Woodson and Derrick Gibson, and that could have made a difference in Kansas City's final drive.

Johnson, who had 107 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries, scored on a 15-yard run for a 20-9 lead with 12:56 left.

But then the Oakland offense, shut down most of the day, came alive. Collins hit Jerry Porter with a 4-yard TD pass and Moss, hobbled most of the week in practice, caught his first pass. A run by LaMont Jordan converted the two-point play and put the Raiders on top 23-20.

"When we made the two-point conversion we went up by three. You thought at worst it would be overtime," said Oakland coach Norv Turner.

Green tossed a 6-yard TD pass to Tony Richardson for a 13-9 lead at the end of third quarter and, two plays later, Greg Wesley intercepted Collins' poorly thrown pass. The Chiefs took over on the Oakland 35.

Johnson broke Schweigert's attempted ankle tackle and went in from the 15.

Tynes and Sebastian Janikowski each kicked two field goals through a dull first half, and then Chris Carr's 62-yard kickoff return set up Janikowski for a third 3-pointer, from 48 yards, in the final seconds.

Tynes had made it 6-6 with a 47-yarder with 34 seconds left in the half.

Janikowski also had a 49-yarder in the second quarter.

Game notes
Six of the last seven Chiefs-Raiders games in Arrowhead have been decided in overtime or the last 25 seconds of regulation. The teams are 3-3 in those six games, but the last three have gone to the Chiefs. ... Shields appeared in his 200th consecutive game, all with the Chiefs and all but one as a starter. Only former kicker Nick Lowery (212 games) and longtime punter Jerrel Wilson (203) had more regular-season appearances for Kansas City. ... After most of the Raiders left the field following Johnson's game-winning touchdown, Collins took the safety position for the Chiefs' conversion kick.

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31 Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders
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DEN (7-2) 0 13 10 8 31 FINAL
OAK (3-6) 0 0 0 17 17
November 13, 2005 - Network Associates Coliseum

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1st Downs 18 20
3rd down efficiency 5-13 4-15
4th down efficiency 0-0 3-3
Total Yards 326 335
Passing 205 275
Comp-Att 16-22 26-50
Yards per pass 9.3 5.5
Rushing 121 60
Rushing Attempts 38 17
Yards per rush 3.2 3.5
Penalties 4-30 9-58
Possession 30:47 29:13

Individual Leaders

Denver Passing
C/ATT YDS TD INT
Plummer 16/22 205 1 0
Oakland Passing
C/ATT YDS TD INT
Collins 26/50 310 2 3

Denver Rushing
CAR YDS TD LG
Anderson 17 65 1 23
Bell 16 44 0 14
Oakland Rushing
CAR YDS TD LG
Jordan 14 48 0 11
Crockett 3 12 0 6

Denver Receiving
REC YDS TD LG
Lelie 3 76 0 41
Smith 5 50 1 27
Oakland Receiving
REC YDS TD LG
Moss 6 87 1 29
Jordan 7 60 0 23


Scoring Summary
SECOND QUARTER DEN OAK
TD 15:00 Rod Smith, 27 yd pass from Jake Plummer (Jason Elam kick is good)
Drive info: 2 plays, 30 yds, 14:27 7 0
FG 8:16 Jason Elam 17 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 55 yds, 5:00 10 0
FG 0:02 Jason Elam 32 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 11 plays, 45 yds, 2:25 13 0
THIRD QUARTER DEN OAK
TD 7:27 Mike Anderson, 1 yd run (Jason Elam kick is good)
Drive info: 12 plays, 80 yds, 5:22 20 0
FG 1:02 Jason Elam 19 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 8 plays, 32 yds, 4:38 23 0
FOURTH QUARTER DEN OAK
TD 14:24 Randy Moss, 29 yd pass from Kerry Collins (Sebastian Janikowski kick is good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 75 yds, 13:30 23 7
FG 12:05 Sebastian Janikowski 35 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 6 plays, 26 yds, 1:58 23 10
TD 7:16 Darrent Williams, 80 yd interception return(2pt conversion)
Drive info: 1 plays, 80 yds, 1:18 31 10
TD 2:04 Doug Gabriel, 14 yd pass from Kerry Collins (Sebastian Janikowski kick is good)
Drive info: 16 plays, 72 yds, 4:53 31 17

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Record: 6-2

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Jake Plummer threw a slant pass toward Rod Smith when Kirk Morrison stepped in front, seemingly poised for an interception and maybe even a touchdown return.

It was over when ...
Bronco cornerback Darrent Williams returned a Kerry Collins interception 80 yards for a touchdown. Oakland had climbed back into the game at 23-10, and had the ball in Denver territory, but Williams' score and the subsequent 2-point conversion put the game out of reach.
Game ball goes to ...
Williams. Along with the interception return, Williams also returned a punt 52 yards at the end of the first quarter to set up Denver's first touchdown.
ESPN's take ...
Mike Shanahan has done a remarkable job with QB Jake Plummer. They are limiting mistakes while also still taking shots downfield. That's the difference between this team and past Broncos' teams post-Elway. This team played well defensively today and did a good job of rattling Kerry Collins' cage and now they're starting the climb to becoming one of the elite AFC teams.
-- Eric Allen

He dropped the ball. That's the kind of season it's been for Plummer: Even when he makes mistakes, somehow he escapes unscathed.

Now, his Denver Broncos are in command of the AFC West.

Plummer passed for 205 yards and a touchdown, had no interceptions and wasn't sacked all day, and Jason Elam kicked three field goals to lead Denver past the Oakland Raiders 31-17 on Sunday.

"You saw it today, there was somebody looking out for me, football love, or something like that," Plummer said. "That ball was in No. 52's hands. He should have run it back for a touchdown, but it fell to the ground. There have been a lot of balls that have been tipped up during my time in the league that have sat up there and hovered like a spaceship. I've been marked as a guy who has thrown a lot of picks."

Twenty last season. He has three this year.

Plummer worked tirelessly to eliminate all the mistakes that plagued him in the past. He's been near perfect, catching some long-awaited breaks.

"I just dropped the ball," Morrison said. "You have to make that play, especially at that time of the game. I could have helped our team swing the momentum and help us win the game."

Darrent Williams did that for Denver. He had a 52-yard punt return to set up the Broncos' first touchdown, then made an 80-yard interception return for a fourth-quarter score that ended Oakland's chance at a comeback.

Ashley Lelie caught passes of 41 and 38 yards as the Broncos (7-2) took a two-game division lead after the Kansas City Chiefs lost 14-3 at Buffalo. Mike Anderson ran for a 1-yard score and Denver looked sharp coming off its bye week, methodically handling the Raiders (3-6) on both sides of the ball.

Plummer completed 10 of 13 passes in the first half and had plenty of time to throw on most of his chances thanks to the strong play of his offensive line.

"That's what we do, we make plays when necessary," said Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey, who enjoyed his first career matchup with Randy Moss. "We got it done, and that's what matters. There's nothing we can do except win games."

Moss had a 29-yard touchdown among his six receptions, his most catches since joining the Raiders from Minnesota in March. He now has five TDs, but that didn't seem to matter to Moss. While the rest of the players shook hands afterward, a seething Moss walked off the field alone. He hasn't spoken to the media since the season opener Sept. 8 at New England.

Quarterback Kerry Collins couldn't do much right in his worst game of the year. He completed 26 of 50 passes for 310 yards, doubled his season total with three interceptions and was sacked four times. Collins connected with Moss in the opening minute of the fourth quarter for one of the few highlights by the Oakland offense.

Moss, again playing in a limited role because of bruised ribs, a strained groin and bruised pelvic area from a fall against San Diego on Oct. 16, caught the ball in the corner of the end zone just over the outstretched hand of Domonique Foxworth.

The Raiders got another chance right away when Smith fumbled after a catch and Fabian Washington recovered, but Oakland settled for a 40-yard field goal by Sebastian Janikowski after Collins was sacked and fumbled.

"I'm real disappointed in the way I played," Collins said. "It's pretty simple. I need to play better. I can't do the things I did today."

The Raiders, trying to bounce back from a demoralizing last-second 27-23 road defeat to the Chiefs, are 2-14 against the division since losing the Super Bowl to Tampa Bay after the 2002 season and winless in four games against the AFC West this season.

Collins was picked off by Bailey on Oakland's second drive of the game when Collins threw behind Jerry Porter in Denver territory, but the Broncos went three-and-out.

On Denver's next drive, Williams returned the punt 52 yards to the Oakland 30. Two plays later, Plummer hit Smith on a 27-yard touchdown pass.

Plummer completed a 38-yard pass to Lelie on the Broncos' following possession, again exploiting the injury-depleted Oakland secondary. That set up Elam's 22-yard field goal. He also kicked field goals of 38 and 25 yards.

Game notes
Elam's 11 points give him 193 for his career against the Raiders, moving past Nick Lowery (189) for the most ever against Al Davis' team. ... The visiting team has won the last four meetings in this rivalry -- the longest stretch of road teams winning in the series.

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16 Oakland Raiders at Washington Redskins
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OAK (4-6) 3 0 7 6 16 FINAL
WAS (5-5) 7 6 0 0 13
November 20, 2005 - FedEx Field

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1st Downs 16 13
Total Yards 336 246
Passing 286 138
Rushing 50 108
Penalties 10-101 6-50
3rd Down Conversions 6-16 6-15
4th Down Conversions 0-0 0-1
Turnovers 1 3
Possession 31:35 28:25

Individual Leaders

Oakland Passing
C/ATT YDS TD INT
Collins 19/36 289 1 1
Washington Passing
C/ATT YDS TD INT
Brunell 14/32 155 0 0

Oakland Rushing
CAR YDS TD LG
Jordan 27 52 0 10
Collins 2 -2 0 0
Washington Rushing
CAR YDS TD LG
Portis 22 92 0 13
Brunell 2 10 0 6

Oakland Receiving
REC YDS TD LG
Porter 6 142 1 49
Moss 3 40 0 26
Washington Receiving
REC YDS TD LG
Cooley 5 74 0 24
Moss 4 53 0 27


Scoring Summary
FIRST QUARTER OAK WAS
TD 4:26 Lemar Marshall 17 Yd Interception Return (John Hall Kick) 0 7
FG 14:29 Sebastian Janikowski 30 Yd
Drive: 7 plays, 3 yds, 3:03 3 7
SECOND QUARTER OAK WAS
FG 7:03 John Hall 24 Yd
Drive: 13 plays, 44 yds, 7:33 3 10
FG 14:44 John Hall 45 Yd
Drive: 9 plays, 38 yds, 2:23 3 13
THIRD QUARTER OAK WAS
TD 1:58 Jerry Porter 49 Yd Pass From Kerry Collins (Sebastian Janikowski Kick)
Drive: 4 plays, 61 yds, 1:58 10 13
FOURTH QUARTER OAK WAS
FG 7:04 Sebastian Janikowski 25 Yd
Drive: 11 plays, 87 yds, 6:39 13 13
FG 13:52 Sebastian Janikowski 19 Yd
Drive: 11 plays, 50 yds, 4:33 16 13

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Record: 3-6

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Record: 5-4

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LANDOVER, Md. (AP) -- Warren Sapp presented the game ball to an emotional Norv Turner, who got to leave on time and without a second thought to the whim of Dan Snyder.

It was over when ...
Derrick Burgess stripped Mark Brunell on fourth down near midfield with 10 seconds to go and the Raiders up by 3. In what some thought was a must-win game for Washington, Brunell could not manage to get his team into field goal range to send the game into overtime.
Game ball goes to ...
Jerry Porter. Oakland's No. 2 receiver caught six balls for a season-high 142 yards and one touchdown -- the Raiders' only trip to the end zone.
ESPN's take ...
I think the 'Skins have played their way out of a playoff spot over the past two weeks. If you look at their division, you see the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants at the top. The 'Skins have lost two games they could've won against the Bucs and Raiders, but both games slipped through their fingers. The Raiders did a great job of getting it done offensively with Lamont Jordan and Jerry Porter, and defensively they kept a solid rush on Brunell.
-- Eric Allen

Turner was victorious Sunday in his return to FedEx Field, leading his Oakland Raiders to a 16-13 victory over the Washington Redskins, coming out on the winning side of the type of cliffhanger that never seemed to go his way when he was the head coach in the nation's capital for seven years.

"We know what happened, we know the emotion and the excitement he had to come back here," defensive end Bobby Hamilton said. "We gave him the game ball, coming back to the team who ran him out. He was very excited, very emotional. He dropped his head. He was excited because he got a win."

Turner's last game at the stadium was Dec. 3, 2000, when he was left waiting for several hours while owner Snyder plotted a coaching change that was announced the next morning. Turner's final loss was a 9-7 defeat to the New York Giants, which left him with a heartbreaking 10-20-1 record in games decided by three points or fewer.

Those nail-biters came to mind in the final minute Sunday, when Derrick Burgess stripped Mark Brunell of the ball on fourth down after the Redskins had moved the ball to Oakland's 43-yard line.

"I coached in a lot of games here where if we could've got a sack on the last play like that before they had a chance to throw the ball, we would've won a lot more games. That's how you win and lose," said Turner, who has also seen his Raiders lose three games decided in the final minute this season.

"I had seven great years here," Turner said. "So, yeah, it's great to come back. It was important for our team to get a win."

Sebastian Janikowski's 19-yard field goal with 1:08 remaining was the difference. Kerry Collins' 49-yard touchdown pass to Jerry Porter was the game's only offensive touchdown as the Raiders (4-6) rallied from a 13-3 halftime deficit.

But the end didn't come without some 1-yard-line controversy for the second straight week for the Redskins. Last week, coach Joe Gibbs felt Mike Alstott's decisive 2-point conversion in the final minute should have been overturned by instant replay in a 36-35 defeat at Tampa Bay. This week, Gibbs was unhappy when the officials ruled that LaMont Jordan was down before fumbling at the 1 on the Raiders' game-winning drive.

"That's one of those calls where you see the ball out and you think it's going to go your way, but the refs call him down, and that's what you've got to live with," Gibbs said.

The Redskins (5-5) have had six games decided by three points or fewer. They have lost five of their last seven and fell two games behind the Dallas and the Giants in the NFC East. They also dropped to 4-1 at home and -- after losing three more fumbles -- have an terrible minus-13 turnover differential.

"We lost it, we've got to deal with it," linebacker LaVar Arrington said. "This team has got to cross over from being close to winning games to understanding that we can win those games."

Collins went 5-for-6 on the winning drive, moving his team 50 yards in a series that typified the game. The Raiders kept getting in the red zone, but they couldn't punch it in. Still, Porter's touchdown -- when he was mismatched against linebacker Lemar Marshall -- and Janikowski's field goals were enough against the sputtering Redskins.

The Raiders' defense held Washington to 28 yards in the fourth quarter. The two quarterbacks' fourth-quarter numbers tell the story: Collins was 9-for-12, while Mark Brunell went 2-for-11.

Porter finished with six catches for a season-high 142 yards. Collins went 19-for-36 for 289 yards with a touchdown, plus an interception that was returned 17 yards by Marshall for a touchdown in the first quarter.

But this game was all about the coach.

"The guy loves this game, he loves our team, and he loves what he does," Collins said. "He puts his heart and soul into this thing, so when you have days like this it's gratifying to see him as happy as he was after the game."

Game notes
The Redskins, who put David Patten on injured reserve on Friday, lost another receiver when James Thrash pulled a hamstring in the second quarter. ... Redskins H-back Mike Sellers hospitalized for a possible bruised kidney after a fourth-quarter clip by Isaiah Ekejiuba. ... Oakland's Shane Lechler had a punt of 50-plus yards for the 31st straight game, breaking the record held by Rich Tuten (Seattle, 1993-95) for the longest such streak since 1970. ... The Redskins have lost nine straight to AFC teams.

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Sapp to have season-ending shoulder surgeryESPN.com news services

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- The Oakland Raiders placed defensive tackle Warren Sapp on injured reserve Saturday with a right shoulder injury, prematurely ending his 11th NFL season.

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Sapp, who turns 33 next month, had been listed as doubtful during the week for Sunday's home game against the Miami Dolphins after injuring his shoulder during the Raiders' 16-13 win at Washington last Sunday.

He has a torn rotator cuff, the team said.

Sapp wasn't sure when he got hurt in the game. He had an MRI exam Wednesday and coach Norv Turner didn't immediately know the results, though Oakland downgraded Sapp to out on Friday's injury report.

"It's not a separation, no," Turner said Friday. "They're just making sure in terms of the structure and everything inside. I think we'll know something in a few days where he's at."

The team decided Saturday to place Sapp on IR for the final six games because the injury wasn't getting better. But it isn't considered career-threatening.

The loss of Sapp is a big blow for a Raiders defense that has made significant strides this season, and Sapp was having a comeback year after struggling in his first season with the Raiders in 2004 after nine years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He agreed to a seven-year, $36.6 million contract with the Raiders in March 2004, two months after winning the Super Bowl with the Bucs.

After spending much of last season as a defensive end in coordinator Rob Ryan's three-man front that didn't suit his skills, Sapp had moved back to the tackle position in the 4-3 alignment that he excelled in while making seven consecutive Pro Bowls for Tampa Bay.

To take Sapp's roster spot, the Raiders promoted offensive tackle Brad Lekkerkerker from the practice squad to the active roster. The 6-foot-7, 330-pound Lekkerkerker also was on the Raiders practice squad last season.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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