November 8th, 2010
12:08 PM ET

SI.com: Raiders rise again

Sebastian Janikowski kicked the winning field goal in Oakland's 23-20 overtime victory Sunday over Kansas City.

The NFL's Oakland Raiders pulled out a 23-20 overtime win over division-leading Kansas City, putting the Raiders above .500 in November for the first time since Rich Gannon was calling the signals in 2002.

The Raiders trailed by 10 points at the half.

"In the past, a lot of Raiders teams would have folded in a game like today," Oakland offensive lineman Khalif Barnes said. "People would have been like, 'Same old Raiders again.'

"But this team, even when it was down today, it just kept doing what it needed to do on offense and defense and special teams. We just kept playing."

SI.com's Don Banks in his Snap Judgments says this victory against an improved Kansas City squad could be a turning point for Oakland as the team is now just half a game behind the Chiefs in the AFC West. The Raiders have won three in a row and are unbeaten within the division, but can they keep up the momentum?

There is plenty of NBA action on tap tonight:

Denver Nuggets vs. Chicago Bulls (8 p.m.) – Carmelo Anthony and the Denver Nuggets will take on Joakim Noah and the Chicago Bulls as Denver looks for its third straight win. But with injuries sidelining Kenyon Martin and Chris Andersen, it won't be easy.

By the Numbers:

$50,000 – amount Charlotte Bobcats guard Stephen Jackson was fined after verbally abusing a ref. "Everybody should be shocked – $50,000?" Jackson said. "If you all saw what happened, $50,000, that's a lot of money. But welcome to the life of Stephen Jackson."

33 – Number of points four-time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson is behind current Chase points leader Denny Hamlin. SI.com's Tom Bowles reviews a wild weekend at Texas in this week's Five Things.

400 – Number of career wins Penn State football coach Joe Paterno has notched with Saturday's 35-21 victory over Northwestern.

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  1. Johnny

    Oh, them. They're the dance people. They're here to keep the, uh, guests happy.

    November 8, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. WhiteKong78

    Is anyone else disgusted by the "sword fighting" reference on the Raiders' logo? I can't believe I'm the first to notice that one.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. dictionary

    Ever heard of pirates? Although in another space and time that word references fruit, or that which comes after the end of a long and difficult journey. So the knife reference indicates a tool necessary to remove the fruit from the vine.
    That was such a fun game to watch!

    November 9, 2010 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
  4. Shaq

    Yes, anything that has black, and has a long sword, is something WhiteKong needs to belittle. He is trying to over-compensate for something.

    November 9, 2010 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
  5. dictionary

    828 posts for Jesus Christ ... no wonder the rest of the board is so slow. Statue aside, he'd probably love football and his new box seat!

    November 9, 2010 at 6:22 am | Report abuse |
  6. dictionary

    And Nascar!
    And Concerts!
    And we just have his boring old mom up above Butte, Montana staring down at ... Butte, Montana.

    November 9, 2010 at 6:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Hayfa

      This hasn't caught up to tancrel Illinois yet. My costs on rebar have almost doubled in the past month. Rumors of an increase in concrete are flying as well. :(Hooray for getting some more internet fame!

      April 22, 2012 at 6:50 am | Report abuse |
  7. WhiteKong78

    Sorry for poking fun at your favorite pastime Shaq. I believe the swords in the logo are silver though. You seem a bit too concerned with my junk. If you'd like to settle your personal issues with me then perhaps we should meet in person. Other than that you are just another sad pathetic blogger who gets tough when you're safe and sound in your parent's basement. Let me know about meeting me. Not that I'd ever expect you to man up. Have a nice day you swashbuckling pirate.

    November 9, 2010 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |