Raiders Get Serious Backfield Penetration, Almost Blow First Win
That was one of the weirdest NFL games in years. The Raiders got their first win despite themselves. The Chiefs uncharacteristically gave up not one, but two rushing TDs, and got beaten for the second time this season in the Bay Area. And for one night, the Raiders got a legion of bandwagon fans, rooting for the Cinderella that looked more like an ugly stepsister by the end of the game.
First, with the Chiefs down to a fourth and three late in the fourth, the Raiders' D committed not one, not two, but three penalties. It was a buffet of yellow flags. Refs were throwing their underwear to mark the infractions. Second - and this one is the reason I won't be rooting for Oakland the rest of the season - after a big sack and the clock ticking, four Raiders decided it was more important to celebrate than get back across the line of scrimmage. By the time Alex Smith got the Chiefs lined up, two had gotten back, but two were totally oblivious and continued to celebrate.
— Brian Floyd (@BrianMFloyd) November 21, 2014
Keep in mind this is an 0-10 team that still hadn't sown up tonight's first win of the season at this point. But someone - perhaps QB Derek Carr's buddy Jesus - was looking out for this team, and a quick T.O. called by Justin Tuck saved the penalty, and allowed the Raiders to seal up the win.
So enjoy it tonight, RaidersNation, because if the team keeps playing like boneheads, this will likely be your only win.
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David Young has been a columnist for ESPN and Sports Illustrated, and is now one for SpotsGrid.com. Follow him on Twitter @turkeysflying.
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