For the past few years, the Oakland Raiders and the Kansas City Chiefs have produced some exciting games to add to their historied rivalry. Following an overtime victory over the Jaguars, the Silver&Black look to secure their first back-to-back wins of the year to get one step closer to the top of the AFC West division. The Raiders have won 5 straight games inside the Arrowhead Stadium and a victory today would add to that recent dominance.
Raiders’ players who did not suit up for the game: QB Terrelle Pryor (“C.D.” – Coaches’ Decision), RB Taiwan Jones (knee), G Lucas Nix (C.D.), OT Khalif Barnes (groin), DE Jack Crawford (C.D.), LB Travis Goethel (back) and CB Shawntae Spencer (foot). Notable Chiefs’ inactives include DL Glenn Dorsey (calf).
The Raiders won the coin toss and elected to start the game with possession, but it didn’t last long. On their very first play, Carson Palmer tried to connect with Darrius Heyward-Bey on a fly pattern, but ended up being intercepted by former raider CB Stanford Routt. The Chiefs, starting at the Raiders’ 44 yard line, quickly faced a 3rd&5, which led to a punt due to an incompletion. Starting at their own 6, the Raiders quickly got to the Chiefs’ 24 yard line with a 58 yard catch and run by Denarius Moore on a screen pass. On a 3rd&8, Darren McFadden’ reception was too short, leading to a 36 yard FG by Sebastian Janikowski. Raiders 3 x 0 Chiefs. Oakland could not come up with another 3&out after a short scramble by Brady Quinn up the middle. But 2 plays later, on a 3rd&3, the Raiders forced a punt when Miles Burris drove Jamaal Charles out of bounds after a catch.
Following 2 short McFadden runs, Oakland faced a 3rd&2 at their 25, which went for minus 4 yards on another DMC rush attempt, this time a toss play. The punt return put Kansas City at midfield, but they went back to their 42 yard line due to a Rolando McClain sack, which produced a fumble recovered by the Chiefs. On 2nd down, Quinn feels the heat coming from Matt Shaughnessy and his pass attempt is intercepted by Matt Giordano, returning it to the Chiefs’ 45 yard line. The Raiders avoided a 3&out due to an illegal contact penalty on Routt. A 17-yard catch and run by Moore got the Silver&Black to the redzone. He then dropped a ball inside the endzone. On the ensuing 3rd&10, Palmer, looking for Derek Hagan, was almost intercepted by CB Brandon Flowers. The 35-yard FG by Janikowski is good. Raiders 6 x 0 Chiefs with 14:44 left in the first half. The Chiefs’ offense came back to the field with Matt Cassell as their quarterback due to a head injury sustained by Quinn. A 46 yard completion to WR Dwayne Bowe got the Chiefs to the Raiders’ 13 yard line. On a 3rd&9, Tyvon Branch knocked down a pass inside the endzone but the 30 yard FG by kicker Ryan Succop was good. Raiders 6 x 3 Chiefs.
Despite gaining 9 yards on a DMC catch to begin their next series, the Raiders offense suffered a 3&out after a negative DMC run and an incomplete pass. Richard Seymour initiated the ensuing Chiefs’ drive with a sack. On a 3rd&6, Matt Cassell got Kansas City to the Raiders’ 30 yard line, connecting with TE Tony Moeaki, then getting inside the redzone with a scramble. On a 3rd&3, Philip Wheeler blitzed through the middle to get the sack, forcing the Chiefs to settle for the 42 yard FG, converted by Succop. Raiders 6 x 6 Chiefs. A 24-yard catch and run by McFadden was negated by an illegal block in the back by Jared Veldheer. But Carson Palmer, with a defender all over him, was able to connect with Brandon Myers over the middle for a first down. On a 3rd&4 at midfield with 1:55 left in the half, Palmer’s pass was deflected by the defensive line, leading to a Shane Lechler punt, muffed by returner Javier Arenas and recovered by long snapper Jon Condo at the Chiefs’ 11 yard line. On a 3rd&8, Palmer found Moore in the back of the endzone, over the middle for a raider touchdown. Raiders 13 x 6 Chiefs with 49 seconds to go in the half. The Chiefs got to midfield with 13 seconds left with 3 completed passes by Cassell, but followed by 2 incompletions and a kneel down. At halftime, it’s Raiders 13 x 6 Chiefs.
The second half began with a Janikowski touchback. And right off the bat the Raiders were back with possession again, when Tommy Kelly recovered an exchange fumble between center and quarterback. Starting at the Chiefs’ 18 yard line, the Raiders faced a 3rd&2 following a catch and a drop by Moore. It went for an incompletion due to miscommunication between Palmer and Rod Streater, leading to a 29 yard FG by Seabass. Raiders 16 x 6 Chiefs. Kansas City avoided a 3&out with another catch by Moeaki. A 17-yard gain by RB Peyton Hillis got them into Raiders’ territory. A holding penalty, an easy drop deep in the field and a short catch led to a 3rd&16 at the 41. It went for a Cassell scramble to the 35 yard line. Succop split the uprights from 52 yards out. Raiders 16 x 9 Chiefs. The Raiders’ next drive started with a 19-run by McFadden, followed by a 16-yard catch by Myers into Chiefs’ territory. On a 2nd&8 at the 32 yard line, Palmer hits Heyward-Bey over the first down line, and the wide out turns on the jets, breaks two tackles and takes it to the house. Touchdown Raiders! Raiders 23 x 9 Chiefs with 5:40 left in the 3rd quarter.
The raider defense forced a 3&out to follow the TD, after Bowe was not able to come up with the one-handed catch. Phillip Adams returned the punt all the way to the Chiefs’ 45 yard line. But the Raiders suffered a 3&out of their own, with an incompletion looking for Streater. The defense’s answer for that? Another 3&out, as Wheeler stopped the short completion well shy of the first down line. But the Raiders could not stop the 3-play-drive trend, after McFadden was not able to secure the catch. And Kansas City suffered the 5th straight 3&out of the contest when Tommy Kelly got past his blockers and forced an incompletion. A short McFadden run for a first down broke the slump. DMC followed that with a 28-yard gain through the middle, to the Chiefs’ 37 yard line. Mike Goodson then got a big run of his own, changing directions at the line of scrimmage for a 21 yard gain, to the 12. Two negative rushes set up a 3rd&17, which went for a drop by Streater, who was well behind the first down line anyways. The ensuing 32-yard FG by Janikowski was good. Raiders 26 x 9 Chiefs with 8:14 left in the game.
The Chiefs’ started their next series with 2 consecutive first downs, both made by Dexter McCluster’s receptions. A Matt Cassell scramble moved the chains to the Raiders’ 40 yard line. A catch by Moeaki got them to the 25. But the drive ended on the very next play, when Matt Cassell, hurried by a Wheeler’s blitz, overthrew his receiver and the ball was intercepted by a diving Pat Lee, on what was a very difficult catch made by the cornerback. After 3 short runs by DMC, Shane Lechler’s punt was returned to the Raiders’ 32 yard line with 3:09 left in the game. A quick catch and run by Bowe got the Chiefs to the redzone. A roughing the passer call on Seymour advanced them to the 10. Another quick strike, this time to Dexter McCluster, gets the Chiefs a touchdown. Raiders 26 x 16 Chiefs with 2:27 left.
Kansas City’s attempted onside kick was recovered by Rod Streater. The Raiders got even closer to victory with a 21 yard gain by Darren McFadden. Another DMC run good for a first down secured the win for the Silver&Black. Final score: Raiders 26 x 16 Chiefs.
Carson Palmer finished the game with 14 completions (50%) for 209 yards, 2 TDs and 1 INT. Darren McFadden rushed for 114 yards (3.9 YPC). Denarius Moore led the receivers with 5 catches for 96 yards and 1 TD. Darrius Heyward-Bey contributed with 1 reception for a 32-yard TD. Philip Wheeler led all defenders with 11 total tackles, and also recording 1 sack, as did Richard Seymour and Rolando McClain. Matt Giordano and Pat Lee recorded 1 interception each, and Tommy Kelly recovered a fumble.
The Raiders will now host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on November 4th at 1:05 P.M. (PDT).