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Chiefs vs. Raiders: 5 Things We Learned from Kansas City's 28-0 Win

Bill RobbinsCorrespondent IOctober 23, 2011

Chiefs vs. Raiders: 5 Things We Learned from Kansas City's 28-0 Win

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    The Kansas City Chiefs went into Oakland thinking that they were going to be in for a dogfight against a more physical Raiders team.

    In the end, it was an easy victory for KC, as they shut out their division rivals 28-0, thanks to six interceptions from their defense.

    Here are five things that we learned about Kansas City's victory in Week 7 at Oakland.

Bowe and Breaston Are Becoming a Solid Tandem

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    KC wideouts Dwayne Bowe and Steve Breaston have been on fire over the last three games.

    The pair combined for 11 catches and 140 yards against the Raiders in Week 7, which was most of the Chiefs' passing offense.

    Bowe turned in a couple more spectacular catches, while Breaston continues to show why Arizona made a mistake by not re-signing him this offseason.

    These two will continue to be the main targets for QB Matt Cassel as the season goes on, and opposing defenses will have to account for them at all times when they are in the game.

Jackie Battle Should Continue to Be the Featured Back

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    New starting RB Jackie Battle didn't have a great game on Sunday, but he did have a productive one.

    The former University of Houston star carried the ball 16 times for 76 yards in his team's win against Oakland.

    He even had a 24-yard run towards the end of the game to help ice the victory for the Chiefs.

    Battle should continue to start at running back for the time being, as he is the team's best option at that position until star RB Jamaal Charles makes his likely return next season.

The KC Secondary Is Alive and Well

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    The Chiefs' secondary easily had their best game of the season Sunday afternoon.

    They picked off six Oakland passes, including three from newly-acquired QB Carson Palmer in the second half.

    CB Brandon Flowers had one of his best games ever as a Chief, as he grabbed two interceptions, taking one of them back for a 55-yard score.

    This was great to see for a unit that has been burned for many big plays already this year.

The Chiefs Can Play Physical as Well

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    Coming into this come, the Chiefs knew that they were going to have to play physical with the hated Raiders.

    They did just that, as they didn't allow a sack against a solid Oakland defensive front, and they also put a lot of pressure on Raiders QBs Kyle Boller and Carson Palmer.

    This was a big game for KC, considering they were manhandled by these same Raiders the last time the two squads met in Week 17 of last season.

    Thanks to a few offseason additions on both sides of the ball and two full weeks of preparation, Kansas City was able dominate the Raiders in this game.

Matt Cassel Can Still Win with This Team

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    I realize that Chiefs QB Matt Cassel was aided with the help of six interceptions from his defense in this game.

    I also realize that he only threw for 161 yards and tossed a couple of his own interceptions as well.

    However, Cassel showed today and in the previous two games that he can still get the job done for this squad.

    Although he will likely have to play better against tougher defense that KC will face later this season, he has done a decent job of leading this team back to a .500 record.

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