4:05 PM ET, September 23, 2007
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- As Phil Dawson lined up for the potential game-winning field goal, Oakland coach Lane Kiffin told the line judge he wanted to call a timeout before the kick.After watching Denver coach Mike Shanahan use that same strategy to beat his Raiders in overtime last week, Kiffin figured he'd try it himself.
The Oakland Raiders special teams got their revenge this week against the Cleveland Browns. Although the Raiders gave up a long touchdown return to Cleveland's Josh Cribbs, they redeemed themselves at the end of the game when they blocked a Phil Dawson field goal. Dawson is not to blame in this case. The left guard and left tackle on the Cleveland field goal team were split and that's what caused the field goal block. Oakland special teams coach Brian Schneider called a triple middle block, which has three Oakland defenders pushing three down lineman on the right of the long snapper. It caused leakage against the Browns and allowed the Raiders to block the field goal and earn their first win of the season.
-- Marwan Maalouf, Scouts Inc.
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Cribbs had two long kick returns last year against Oakland, taking one back 65 yards and another for 53 yards to help Cleveland win 24-21. ... Raiders LB Kirk Morrison, who had two INTs his first two years, has three so far this season. ... Raiders Hall of Fame center Jim Otto, who had his right leg amputated earlier this year, attended the game.
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Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||5.5||5.7|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|FG||00:37||Sebastian Janikowski 32 Yd||0||3|
|FG||11:00||Sebastian Janikowski 22 Yd||0||6|
|TD||04:45||Ronald Curry 41 Yd Pass From Josh Mccown (Sebastian Janikowski Kick)||0||13|
|FG||02:05||Sebastian Janikowski 23 Yd||0||16|
|TD||01:53||Josh Cribbs 99 Yd Kickoff Return (Phil Dawson Kick)||7||16|
|FG||00:11||Phil Dawson 23 Yd||10||16|
|TD||09:16||Braylon Edwards 21 Yd Pass From Derek Anderson (Phil Dawson Kick)||17||16|
|TD||00:10||Lamont Jordan 1 Yd Run (Sebastian Janikowski Kick)||17||23|
|FG||08:11||Sebastian Janikowski 48 Yd||17||26|
|TD||03:33||Derek Anderson 1 Yd Run (Phil Dawson Kick)||24||26|