Oakland Raiders Are Back: Rookie Jacoby Ford Powers the Raiders to Tough Win

Am I breathing? 

I didn't pass out mid-way through the game and then wind-up in a coma, did I?  For all I know, I could be on life support right now.  It would explain the annoying beeping noise I hear.  Those golden arches I see are either the gates of heaven, or...a McDonald's.

Uh, oh.  The beeping has started to flat-line.

Oh, well. 

Perhaps this is only a dream or blogging from the afterlife (I now hear angelic music), but I'll take it.

The Oakland Raiders defeated the Kansas City Chiefs today, 23-20 in overtime, in quite easily the most nerve-racking and emotional game of importance that the Raiders have played in a very long time.

The game also serves as a kick in the teeth to all those that believed the Raiders would only return to relevance after the death of owner, Al Davis.

Instead, Al Davis must be cackling, "I told you so." 

Tom Cable can coach; Jason Campbell has a little Jim Plunkett in him; Darren McFadden is a franchise back; a first round pick for the veteran Richard Seymour was a steal and Tommy Kelly was worth the big contract.

Track stars like Darrius Heyward-Bey and Jacoby Ford can make big plays; defensive back Michael Huff and guard Robert Gallery are not busts; and Matt Shaughnessy and Mike Mitchell were not reaches.

I would also like to remind everyone that Lane Kiffin is a rat. 

And JaMarcus Russell, is, well...okay, even Al Davis can't win 'em all.

Many believed that today's game would determine which team is a contender and which team is the pretender, and a game in which the Raiders have improved to 5-4 and 3-0 in the AFC West after defeating the San Diego Chargers, Denver Broncos and now the Kansas City Chiefs.

Save for a bad day by kicker Sebastian Janikowski against Arizona in Week 3, the Raiders would be 6-3.

Offensively, the Rai...

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