Much of the talk this week surrounded the Oakland Raiders quarterbacking decision. On Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs showed it didn't matter who lined up behind center, as Kansas City dismantled Oakland on the road, entering itself back in the thick of the AFC West race.
The Chiefs shut out the Raiders, the first road shut out for the franchise since 1973 against the Chargers. It marked just the sixth time in franchise history that the Raiders were shutout at home.
Kyle Boller got the start for the Raiders, but was largely ineffective throwing three interceptions before being replaced by Carson Palmer, including one returned 59 yards by Kendrick Lewis for a touchdown.
Palmer was equally ineffective for the Raiders, completing only eight of his 21 pass attempts, while throwing three interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown as well.
This marked just the second time in Raiders team history that they had two interceptions returned for touchdowns against them at home. The only other time happened in 1998 against the Dolphins. That game also marked the last time the Raiders threw six interceptions.
However, Sunday's game was unique as this marked the first time in franchise history the Raiders threw six or more interceptions without throwing at least one touchdown. They are one of only two teams to accomplish the feat since 2000. The other was the 2009 New York Jets. One silver --and black -- lining for the Raiders, that Jets team went on to reach the AFC Championship Game.
The bigger story from this game could be the rebirth of the Chiefs, who have won three straight after starting the season with three consecutive losses. They entered the game last in the NFL in scoring defense and had just five takeaways. They surpassed that total today with the six interceptions, the first time since 1984 they had at least six picks.
DeMarco Murray's Record Day
200+ Rushing Yards In Single Game Cowboys History
The previous record of 237 was set by Emmitt Smith back during the 1993 season. The only other Cowboys player in franchise history to rush for more than 200 yards was Tony Dorsett who did so in 1977 against the Philadelphia Eagles. His 253 rushing yards were second-most all-time by a rookie running back. Only Adrian Peterson, who racked up 296 yards back in his rookie campaign in 2007 had more in a single game.
Murray also took a stab at another franchise mark, falling eight yards shy, as his 91-yard touchdown run in the first quarter was just the second Cowboys rushing touchdown of 90 or more yards in franchise history. Dorsett's 99-yard touchdown run in 1983 against the Vikings is the only longer touchdown run.