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The Oakland Raiders finally have something to celebrate about. For the first time in 368 days and in 17 games, the Raiders won a game. That’s right Oakland WON A GAME! The bumbling Raiders came out on Thursday to face the Kansas City Chiefs at home.  The Chiefs went into the game 7-3 and tied with Denver Broncos for first place in the AFC West. It seemed clear that KC overlooked this game on the calendar and planned ahead to their next game, which is a primetime against the Broncos.

Oakland’s third string running back Latavius Murray got some carries last week against the Chargers. His runs were impressive. He hit the proper holes and made the right cuts. Murray also broke tackles. He gained the love and trust of interim head coach Tony Sparano. Murray was given the opportunity to get carries in the game last night. His second carry was an 11-yard touchdown run. The team’s next offensive play was a Murray 90-yard touchdown run up the middle. Latavius Murray’s next run was his last. He was hit in the head and lost the ball. Murray left the game and was taken back to the locker room to get tested for a concussion.

Kansas City’s offensive was never able to find a rhythm. Quarterback Alex Smith missed his first five attempts. When he did complete passes, they were to a variety of running backs, receivers, and tight ends. Jamaal Charles rushed 19 times for 80 yards. That’s a 4.2 yards per carry average, and yet it seems light for him. Charles has established himself as an elite running back in the NFL, but he didn’t really perform like it. The offense was essentially non-existent in the first half. In the second half however, the offense came alive. Kansas City had two nice touchdown drives one ending in an Anthony Fasano 19-yard touchdown pass and the other, a 30-yard touchdown to Charles.

Raiders’ rookie quarterback Derek Carr from Fresno State played beautifully throughout the entire game. He had help from the backs and the receivers. There were no bad plays or drops. Carr hit his targets and put the ball in tight windows. Oakland got the ball with nine minutes and three seconds left in the game with the team down a field goal. This looked like a stereotypical Raiders collapse. But they had other plans. The team finally decided to give the ball to fullback Marcel Reece instead of Darren McFadden. Reece rushed the ball seven times for 34 yards. In between the Reece rushes, Carr had multiple completions down the field. The drive ended in a 9-yard Carr to James Jones connection to recapture the lead 24-20.

The Raiders have not and will not be favored to win a game this season. But that’s okay now. Now that they have one win, it’s perfectly fine. As long as the team won one game, the Raiders wouldn’t go down in history with the 2008 Detroit Lions as 0-16. But, here’s my bold prediction: Oakland will win another game before the season is over. The offense played well. The defense played well. The special teams were okay, but they did commit four penalties on special team plays alone. Don’t be surprised in this team winds up 2-14 (and yes, I would consider that a  victorious season).

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