- Bill Williamson, ESPN Staff Writer
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A look at two teams going in different directions:
What it means: The Raiders are officially in the hunt in the AFC West and the Chiefs are officially in the hunt for the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. Oakland has won two straight games and is 3-4. Kansas City is 1-6. Give Oakland credit. It has shown it is better than the league’s worst team as it has beaten Jacksonville and Kansas City in the past two weeks. Those are the type of games you must win. Look at San Diego on Sunday. It blew a winnable game at Cleveland and it is now tied with the Raiders. Oakland has won six straight times at Arrowhead Stadium. The game was its first road win of the season. The Chiefs dropped to 0-4 at home, which has to further steam an upset fan base.
Bad streaks continue for Chiefs: The Chiefs have not led at any point during a game this season. Their one win came in overtime. The Chiefs haven’t scored a touchdown on their opening drive dating back to the start of last season.
Quinn out, Cassel in: The strange quarterback situation continues in Kansas City. Last week, Brady Quinn was named the starter. He took over for Matt Cassel after he had a concussion and Quinn kept the job. Yep, you guessed it. Quinn suffered a possible concussion Sunday and Cassel came in. Cassel did OK as he completed 20 of 30 passes for 218 yards. So, yes, the flux continues at quarterback in Kansas City.
Routt routed: Kansas City cornerback Stanford Routt -- who was Oakland’s No. 1 cornerback last season and who was cut by the Raiders’ new regime in February -- was picked on all game and the Raiders made some big plays against him. He did have an interception early.
McFadden pumps up numbers: Oakland running back Darren McFadden had a big fourth quarter to give him a respectable running line. He ended up with 114 yards on 29 carries. Oakland has to find a way to continue McFadden’s fourth-quarter ground success.
Raiders get to quarterback: The Raiders had an improved pass-rush. They had three sacks against a decent team. Oakland had seven sacks in its first six games.
Turnover disaster continues: The Chiefs have committed 25 turnovers, which leads the NFL.
What’s next: The Raiders have another winnable game against Tampa Bay. The Chiefs have to get ready on a short week and play at San Diego on Thursday night in a game which should capture the imagination of the country. Or not.
1hEric D. Williams