Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders 10/23/11

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. Raider fan


Raiders fans

Raiders fan

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.

Hue Jackson

New signee Carson Palmer was in uniform, but took no snaps in practice, and was not expected to play.

Carson Palmer

But after starte Kyle Boller continued his awful play from last week, Palmer relieved him in the third quarter:

Carson Palmer

Possibly the highlight of Palmer's day (and mine) was drawing a pass interference play:

Brandon Flowers & Derek Hagan

The rest of the Raiders passing day looked like this...

Brandon Flowers, Kendrick Lewis & Denarius Moore

...and this:

Louis Murphy & Brandon Carr

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.

Matt Cassel

Matt Cassel

Michael Bush got the bulk of the Raiders carries, and went for 99 yards total... Michael Bush

...but couldn't get the last yard to avoid a shutout:

Michael Bush

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:

Shane Lechler, Chinedum Ndukwe & Demorrio Williams

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:

Carson Palmer & Darrius Heyward-Bey