Oakland Raiders Won The Battle, Sebastian Janikowski Loses The War

D.J. O'ConnorSenior Analyst IIISeptember 26, 2010

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 26:  Kicker Sebastian Janikowski #11 of the Oakland Raiders walks off the field after missing the game winning 32 yard field goal against the Arizona Cardinals during the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 26, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Raiders 24-23.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The Raiders were on their way to another Bruce Gradkowski comeback, much like the way he beat the Benglas and Steelers last year. 

Gradkowski hit Zach Miller on a 3rd and 10 to move the chains and then he hit Darrius Heyward-Bey to convert a 4th and 10 as the clock was winding down in the final two minutes.

Sebastian Janikowski has been making a case to be the new bust of the Oakland Raiders as the first round pick in 2000 missed three of six field goals including the potential game winner as time expired.

Darren McFadden and Darrius Heyward-Bey were the Raiders who were being threatened with a bust tag during the off-season.  Those rumors have faded quickly as both men have set a pace to reach career years for themselves.

Nnamdi Asomugha was clearly the better man in the match up between himself and Larry Fitzgerald.  Fitzgerald had two catches, including a touchdown as he fell at the goal line catching the ball.  Asomugha had backed away from Fitzgerald into a zone, so it was not a pass allowed by Asomugha. 

The Raiders were surprisingly pass happy on the game where Michael Bush was ready to play along side with a healthy Darren McFadden.  But Bush had only two carries while McFadden had 25 carries.  Gradkowski threw 34 passes.  Even in the red zone the Raiders were calling pass plays.

Gradkowski's magic has made him look lie a super hero and he was called "Bruce Almighty" by Raiders radio announcer Greg Papa.  But every super hero has an enemy, and "Bruce Almighty"'s enemy is wearing #11 for the silver and black and his name is "Sea Bust".