AFC West: 2013 Week 15 KC at OAK Rapid Reaction

Rapid Reaction: Oakland Raiders

December, 15, 2013
12/15/13
7:27
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OAKLAND, Calif. -- A few thoughts on the Oakland Raiders' 56-31 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs:

What it means: This is the type of game that could cost coach Dennis Allen his job. The Raiders surrendered the most points in franchise history -- they gave up 55 to the Baltimore Ravens last season, the San Diego Chargers in 1981 and the Houston Oilers in 1961 -- and looked horrendous doing it. Matt McGloin was a turnover machine early and late, the defense was a sieve early and late, and to think, the Raiders were actually within 35-31 midway through the third quarter. Allen talked about progress this week; this was total regression.

Stock watch: Falling -- McGloin. Playing like a bad fever dream featuring the worst of Marc Wilson and Jay Schroeder, McGloin committed five turnovers -- four interceptions, with a pick-six and a fumble -- yet showed flashes of promise ... at times. He was poked in the eye late in the game before throwing his last pick and was replaced by Terrelle Pryor.

QB shuffle: Before coming in for mop-up duty, Pryor appeared in the middle of two series, once for one play. The second time seemed especially disconcerting, considering Pryor replaced McGloin when McGloin had established a rhythm. The drive ended with a McGloin -- yes, he replaced Pryor in the series -- TD pass, so it worked … somewhat.

Someone tackle Charles: Jamaal Charles caught eight passes for 195 yards and four touchdowns and carried the ball eight more times for 20 yards and another score, equaling a Chiefs franchise record with five TDs. He was particularly effective on third-down screen passes. As former Raiders coach Tom Flores said on the radio broadcast, “That's just poor defense, either by design or play. They're going to run a screen, what do you think?”

What's next: The Raiders (4-10) close out the road portion of their schedule by traveling to take on the San Diego Chargers (7-7). Oakland, with Pryor under center, defeated the Chargers, 27-17, in a late-night game at the O.co Coliseum on Oct. 6 as Pryor completed 18 of 23 passes for 221 yards and two touchdowns. With McGloin's struggles, it would not be surprising to see Pryor start against the Chargers.

Rapid Reaction: Kansas City Chiefs

December, 15, 2013
12/15/13
7:20
PM ET

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Some thoughts on the Kansas City Chiefs' 56-31 victory against the Oakland Raiders:

What it means: The Chiefs clinched at least a wild-card playoff berth with the victory. At 11-3, the Chiefs are tied with the Denver Broncos for first place in the AFC West. The Broncos would hold the tiebreaker at the end of the season by virtue of their season sweep of the Chiefs, so the Chiefs need to pick up a game in the standings over the season's final two weeks to overtake the Broncos and win the division title.

Stock watch: Running back Jamaal Charles had his second straight big game. Charles had 195 yards receiving and rushed for 20 more while scoring five touchdowns. He is the first of the franchise's players to score five touchdowns in a game since Abner Haynes did it for the Dallas Texans in 1961. Quarterback Alex Smith had a perfect passer rating of 158.3. He was 17-of-20 for 287 yards and a career-high five touchdown passes. He lost a fumble, his first of the season, but that doesn't count against his passing statistics.

Safety Eric Berry intercepted two passes and returned one 47 yards for a touchdown. Rookie running back Knile Davis scored a touchdown for the third straight game. Free safety Kendrick Lewis missed a tackle attempt on a long Oakland pass play that set up a touchdown. He also was penalized for removing his helmet on the field after a play. That happened after the Chiefs stopped the Raiders and it allowed Oakland to continue its possession. The Chiefs allowed more than 425 yards for the fifth time in six games. The Chiefs led at one point 35-10 only to see the Raiders slice the deficit to 35-31 before Kansas City pulled away again.

Sweeping the Raiders: The Chiefs won both of their games against Oakland for the first time since 2006. The Chiefs in October broke a six-game losing streak against the Raiders at Arrowhead Stadium with a 24-7 victory. Kansas City is still only 2-3 in games this season against opponents from the AFC West. One divisional game remains, on Dec. 29 against the Chargers in San Diego.

What’s next: The Chiefs play against the 9-5 Indianapolis Colts on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium. The Colts have already clinched the AFC South championship. The teams are on track to meet in a wild-card round playoff game. That game would be played in Indianapolis.

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