It was yet another perfect day at O.co Coliseum, in stark contrast to last season where it seemed like it rained at every game. I've been taking advantage of the great light by going up into the stands and making portraits of crazy Raiders fans and then when the game starts, sitting on plays until they break into the light.
I made this picture of Raiders head coach Hue Jackson during pre-game, but I wouldn't be surprised if it runs somewhere to illustrate Jackson's frustration with his team's atrocious play against the Chiefs.
New signee Carson Palmer was in uniform, but took no snaps in practice, and was not expected to play.
But after starte Kyle Boller continued his awful play from last week, Palmer relieved him in the third quarter:
Possibly the highlight of Palmer's day (and mine) was drawing a pass interference play:
The rest of the Raiders passing day looked like this...
Matt Cassel had a just-good-enough day for the Chiefs, and benefitted from a bunch of penalties and an injury to Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain.
...but couldn't get the last yard to avoid a shutout:
I spent more time than usual shooing punts because I wanted to play with the light a little bit. On this one, I got Shane Lechler punting, the ball in the air, and Chiefs linebacker Demorrio Williams ripping Chinedum Ndukwe's helmet off:
As time wound down, Palmer and receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey studied the playbook, something they will be doing a lot over the next few weeks as Palmer races to get in step with his new teammates: