Sunday, October 13, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Kansas City Chiefs
By Adam Teicher
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A few thoughts on the Kansas City Chiefs' 24-7 win over the Oakland Raiders:
What it means: The Chiefs stayed undefeated at 6-0 and at least will keep pace with Denver in the AFC West, depending on how the Broncos fare in their late game against Jacksonville. The teams face one another in the first of their two annual games on Nov. 17 in Denver and both teams could be 9-0.
Stock watch: Linebacker Tamba Hali led an aggressive defense with 3.5 sacks. His fourth-quarter sack of Terrelle Pryor stopped an Oakland drive. Wide receiver Donnie Avery fumbled after catching a short pass inside the Oakland 10-yard line in the third quarter. Jamaal Charles didn’t have his best statistical game but led the Chiefs in rushing, receptions and receiving yards and scored their two touchdowns.
Harassing Pryor: The Chiefs sacked the Oakland quarterback 10 times and the Raiders struggled with the crowd noise. They had several delay-of-game and false-start penalties, including two on one play. Pryor did a nice job of keeping his poise, but he did make three big mistakes. The Chiefs put Pryor under pressure on a third down in the third quarter and he blindly heaved a pass deep down the middle. It was intercepted by safety Quintin Demps, who returned it to the Oakland 23. Two plays later, Charles scored his second touchdown of the game to put the Chiefs ahead 14-7. Pryor wasn’t under pressure in the fourth quarter when he threw his second interception. Rookie cornerback Marcus Cooper got a nice break on the throw and jumped in front of Denarius Moore to make the pick. That play set up the field goal that put the Chiefs ahead 17-7. Husain Abdullah finished the scoring when he returned a late interception 44 yards for a touchdown.
What’s next: The Chiefs play the second of three straight home games next Sunday when they meet the struggling Houston Texans. A victory makes it possible the Chiefs could end the day in first place, as the Broncos are at Indianapolis that night.