AFC West: 2013 Week 6 OAK at KAN Rapid Reaction

Rapid Reaction: Oakland Raiders

October, 13, 2013

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A few thoughts on the Oakland Raiders' 24-7 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs:

What it means: The Raiders outplayed the Chiefs in virtually every aspect of the game in the first half, and the game was tied 7-7 at the half. A missed 51-yard field goal by Sebastian Janikowski and a pass interference inside the 10-yard line opened the door for Kansas City and injuries to the Raiders' offensive line sealed Oakland’s fate. Depth, on the offensive line, especially, was tested. While Darren McFadden did play, he was not near the home run threat he was in rushing for at least 100 yards in both meetings against the Chiefs last year. And, yes, the noise at Arrowhead, as the crowd tried to set a record, had an effect on the Raiders' offense. Oh, and the Raiders’ seven-game winning streak at Arrowhead came to an end.

Stock watch: Rising -- Jason Tarver. The Raiders’ mad scientist of a defensive coordinator was blitzing with aplomb early and often. Oakland had three sacks of Alex Smith in the first quarter -- by Sio Moore, Nick Roach and Vance Walker -- and it was the first time the Raiders had three sacks since moving back to Oakland in 1995. Tarver drew up enough plays to keep the Raiders in the game, which might have been enough had the offense been able to sustain any drives after taking a 7-0 lead.

More duct tape, please: Let’s see: LT Khalif Barnes, LG Lucas Nix, C Mike Brisiel, RG Lamar Mady, RT Matt McCants. Yes, that was the Raiders’ offensive line in the second half after RT Tony Pashos was lost to a groin injury and C Andre Gurode hurt a knee. And Gurode was replacing Stefen Wisniewski. And Barnes moved over to replace Menelik Watson. And Watson was replacing Jared Veldheer and, you get the picture. This offensive line was not what anyone dressed in silver and black had in mind in training camp, let alone this week.

A learning lesson: Terrelle Pryor, like the Raiders' defense, put on a clinic in the first half. In the second half, behind that makeshift line, and with deafening noise crashing down, Pryor was taken to school. Three ill-advised passes were picked off, resulting in 17 points for the Chiefs, including a pick-six.

What's next: The Raiders (2-4) are off as they try to heal on their bye week.

Rapid Reaction: Kansas City Chiefs

October, 13, 2013

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.