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Raiders won't recognize Chiefs QB


Raiders won't recognize Chiefs QB
ALAMEDA The Raiders received their first look at Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Tyler Thigpen in the teams' first meeting Sept. 14. They no doubt liked what they saw that day in a 23-8 victory.


Thigpen relieved injured backup Damon Huard late in the first quarter starter Brodie Croyle sustained an injury in the regular-season opener and completed only 14 of 33 passes, with one interception and several other passes that almost were intercepted. He also was sacked three times.

The Thigpen they see Sunday won't bear much of a resemblance, by all accounts.

"He has done a good job, basically in an offense that we have kind of put together here on the fly," Chiefs coach Herm Edwards said in a conference call.

Croyle and Huard were part of an offense that didn't factor in as much passing and moving of the pocket. Edwards has opened up things as a means of taking advantage of Thigpen's superb running skills he was a running back in high school.

The results have been rather impressive, if not surprising. Thigpen has completed 53.6 percent of his passes for 1,577 yards and 13 touchdowns. He has had seven passes intercepted and been sacked 20 times. He also has rushed for 203 yards.

Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell has 20 yards more passing and three fewer interceptions. However, he trails Thigpen in completion percentage and touchdowns and has been sacked six times more.

"They're a 180 degrees different team offensively because of Thigpen," Raiders coach Tom Cable said. "He's a tremendous threat to run the ball. He's making some good decisions at times. "... He has changed them dramatically."

Thigpen's eye-opening play has caused Edwards to wonder whether he might have stumbled across his long-term answer at the most important position.

"Well, we're going to find out," Edwards said. "The more he plays the next five weeks, that will be great. It will make us have to make a decision. Is he a No. 1 guy or a No. 2 guy?"

Said Thigpen: "I have come a long ways since coming into this league. I have still got a long way to go, and I'm going to continue working hard to get on the right track. "... But the game has slowed down for me just because of the amount of experience that I've gotten under my belt now. That's a real key factor in helping a young guy out."

Quote of the week

"Man, last week I was eating all that candy and my stomach was hurting. It looks like Momma came in and rubbed that stomach and we're back in the candy store." Raiders punt returner Johnnie Lee Higgins on the different feeling he had after a punt return for touchdown against the Broncos came in a victory and not a loss, as happened the previous game

Bring your coats

The Salvation Army and the Raiders are taking part in the Join Hands to Raise Funds for Families in Need by conducting a coat drive Sunday. Those wishing to help can bring "a new or gently used coat" to the game and/or make a donation at one of the many Salvation Army kettles located at all gates. For more information on The Salvation Army, log on to www.tsatoday.org .

Extra points

Defensive tackle Gerard Warren was fined $5,000 for roughing the passer in the first quarter Sunday against Denver. ... Center Jake Grove (calf) and linebacker Ricky Brown (groin) will not play Sunday. Tight end Zach Miller (groin), receiver Chaz Schilens (ankle) and defensive end Kalimba Edwards (hip) were limited in practice and are questionable for Sunday, Cable said.

Steve Corkran



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Added: November 29, 2008

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