DENVER - DECEMBER 20: (L-R) Brandon Meyers #83, Sebastian Janikowski #11 and Shane Lechler #9 of the Oakland Raiders celebrate a 54 yard field goal by Janikowski in the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at Invesco Field at Mile High on December 20, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Brandon Meyers;Sebastian Janikowski;Shane Lechler
So much for the old "Stays in Vegas" motto.
If you're going to have to resort to a UFL punter for a game with enormous playoff ramifications, Danny Baugher is the right guy to resort to. He led the UFL with a 44.6-yard average this season.
With any luck, the point of signing Baugher will be moot. Lechler may be good to go by Sunday, but Raiders coach Tom Cable isn't leaving anything to chance in the biggest home game of his head coaching career.
If the Raiders beat Indianapolis Sunday, they can make the playoffs only through wining the AFC West outright by beating the Chiefs Jan. 2, combined with a Chiefs loss to Tennessee this Sunday plus a San Diego loss or tie to Cincinnati and/or Denver in the Chargers' final two games.
Joe Kukura is a freelance writer make his flight only if he beats traffic, combined with a scheduling delay by JetBlue and another passenger's loss or tie on the standby flight list.