Game of Words Costs the Raiders a Possession

By Sajid Farooq
|  Friday, Aug 12, 2011  |  Updated 9:28 AM PDT
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Game of Words Costs the Raiders a Possession

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Shortly after fans were done roasting pigs in the O.co Coliseum parking lot, the Raiders were busy messing up the coin toss.

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The debut of Hue Jackson's Oakland Raiders had some ups and downs but one play that sent some alarm bells ringing took place before the game started.

The Oakland Raiders were forced to kick off to start the game and the second half because of a game of semantics that the NFL employs during the pre-game coin toss.

Jackson's captain won the coin toss, who decided he wanted his team to receive the kick off at the start of the second half.

The problem was the Raiders elected to kick off when asked what the team wanted to do in the first half.

Because of strange NFL rules, the team that wins the coin toss that wants to receive the ball to start the second half, must elect to defer and not kick off.

The Raiders' captain apparently didn't know the rule or had a momentarily brain lapse. The wrong words forced Oakland to kick off the start of both halves.

Something Jackson will certainly not allow to happen during the regular season.

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