Coleman spent five seasons with the Oakland Raiders before voiding the last year of his contract and signing with the Falcons as a free agent. Coleman totaled one tackle but matched his team’s end zone production when he returned a Kerry Collins interception 39-yards for a touchdown.
After the Raiders 21-14 season-ending loss to San Diego, Coleman adamantly stated that he would leave the Raiders even thought he had two years left on his contract.
Oakland Raiders safety Ray Buchanan had a volatile ending to his Atlanta Falcons career. Buchanan recorded nine tackles Sunday but many were after Falcon running backs were into the Oakland secondary.
Buchanan spent seven years in Atlanta and blasted teammates for not trying and not caring, which didn’t exactly land him on the Christmas card list of then-coach Dan Reeves or owner Arthur Blank. The Falcons didn’t retain Buchanan at his $6 million salary for 2004.
Raiders run game awakens
The good news was that the Raiders ran for 100 yards for the first time in eight games. The bad news was that Oakland’s defense gave up 219.
Oakland ran the ball just 10 times, seven by running backs, in a 34-27 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. The Raiders stayed more committed to the run this week in attempting 23 runs but one would think they would have ran the ball more if Atlanta did not have a 36:33-27:23 time of possession advantage.
More problems for Schweigert
Rookie safety Stuart Schweigert continued to have his problems missing tackles. Schweigert missed a tackle on a 29-yard T.J. Duckett touchdown.
Schweigert missed a tackle in last week’s loss to Kansas City on what turned out to be the game-winning touchown for the Chiefs’ Eddie Kennison. Schweigert attributed that missed tackle to trying to strip the ball instead of simply trying to secure the tackle. On Duckett’s touchdown, Schweigert did not wrap up the ball-carrier.
The Raiders recorded their first sack in 12 quarters and 104 pass attempts when linebacker Tim Johnson and cornerback Charles Woodson shared on a sack of Michael Vick.
ESPNnews reported that the Raiders and kicker Sebastian Janikowski agreed to a five-year contract extension.
Falcons running back T.J. Duckett scored a franchise record four touchdowns.
The Raiders inactive players were WR Johnnie Morant, S Marques Anderson, RB Tyrone Wheatley, LB DeLawrence Grant, G Ron Stone, TE Courtney Anderson, DE/LB Akbar Gbaja-Biamila.
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