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Chiefs report card vs. Raiders

  • The Kansas City Star
  • Published Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, at 5:03 p.m.
  • Updated Monday, Oct. 14, 2013, at 10:20 a.m.

First quarter

Key play: Terrelle Pryor’s 27-yard scramble got the Raiders out of a deep hole after Dustin Colquitt’s punt pinned the Raiders on the 4.

Key stat: No penalties in the first quarter. Was this really a Chiefs-Raiders game?

Second quarter

Key play: Oakland rookie CB DJ Hayden was called for pass interference defending Dwayne Bowe at the Raiders 7 on a third-and-10 play that set up Jamaal Charles’ TD run from the 7.

Key stat: The Chiefs' inability to move the ball put them in third-and-8 or longer eight times in the first half. They converted two on their own and one by penalty.

Third quarter

Key play: Quintin Demps’ interception of a pass by a backpedaling Pryor set up the Chiefs’ go-ahead touchdown.

Key stat: It was Demps’ third straight game with an interception.

Fourth quarter

Key play: Cornerback Marcus Cooper’s interception with 4 minutes to play sealed the victory.

Key stat: It was the second straight game Cooper iced a game with an interception.

Grades

Rushing offense

The Chiefs kept finding themselves in third-and-long because they couldn’t use the running game to create more manageable third downs or break anything big. The longest run of the day was quarterback Alex Smith’s 13-yard run on a college-looking option. Still, they managed 111 hard-earned yards, a 4.1-yard average and Jamaal Charles rammed in two touchdowns.

Grade: B minus

Passing offense

Smith completed less than 50 percent of his passes, and his 128 yards were a season-low. But he used good judgment by throwing the ball away when no one was open, and he did not throw an interception. Quarterbacks are judged by one statistic, and Smith is 6-0 this season.

Grade: C minus

Rushing defense

The Chiefs made Darren McFadden, a long-time nemesis, work hard for his 52 yards in 16 carries with a long of just 8 yards. Containing quarterback Terrelle Pryor was a different issue, allowing him to escape for a some killer breakout runs.

Grade: B minus

Passing defense The Chiefs took advantage of Pryor's inexperience and a banged-up Raiders offensive line to rack up 10 sacks and intercept three passes. Yes, Marcus Cooper was burned for one touchdown pass, but he atoned for it with his second INT in two weeks.

Grade: A

Special teams

Punter Dustin Colquitt kept tilting the field in the Chiefs’ favor all day with four of his eight punts landing inside the 20 -- at the 18, 4, 14 and 18 -- and kicker Ryan Succop booted four of his five kickoffs out of the end zone for touchbacks. As a result, Oakland’s average starting position was its 20; the Chiefs’ average start was their 36.

Grade: A

Coaching

Defensive coordinator Bob Sutton came up with a gem of a game plan, often using seven defensive backs who blanketed receivers and allowed the pass rush to sack Pryor 10 times, the second-most in team history to 11 against Cleveland in 1984. Outside linebackers Tamba Hali and Justin Houston sniffed out some of Oakland’s gadget plays by staying home and not over-committing, another sign of a well-coached team.

Grade: A minus

Player of the Game: Outside linebacker Tamba Hali, who had 3.5 sacks for 30.5 yards in losses plus two hurries.

Reason to Hope: The schedule continues to shine on the Chiefs, who play a reeling Houston team and rebuilding Cleveland team at home before traveling to Buffalo and facing a quarterback promoted from the practice squad.

Reason to Mope: The offense is still feeling its way, and 216 total net yards in a game won’t keep up with what Denver can manage in a quarter.

Looking ahead: The Chiefs will play the second in a three-game homestand next Sunday against Houston. Kickoff has been moved from noon to 3:25 p.m.

To reach Randy Covitz, send email to rcovitz@kcstar.com.

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