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Five Key Takeaways From Raiders vs. Chiefs

Oct 13, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor (2) gets away from Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Tamba Hali (91) in the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. Kansas City won the game 24-7. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

In a classic AFC west showdown, the Kansas City Chiefs were able to snap a six year losing streak to the Oakland Raiders at home. Both Defenses were able to shut down the opposing offenses for much of the game, but many other factors contributed to a heart breaking Oakland defeat that saw the score at 7-7 at the end of the 3rd quarter. Here are five takeaways from the game.

Denarius Moore continues to impress and make plays- If you read last week’s “five takeaways” post, you would remember one of them being Moore solidifying himself as the number one receiver. Well Moore continued his streak of consistency with Terrelle Pryor at the helm with an impressive showing. He finished with five catches for 82 yards and a touchdown against a superb Chiefs defense. The only negative to take away from Moore’s performance was that he had two drops, but one of them was inaccurate throw that would have been a very impressive catch if he did snag it.

Oct 13, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Oakland Raiders wide receiver Denarius Moore (17) scores a touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs in the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

The offensive line remains in shambles- LT Khalif Barnes, LG Lucas Nix, C Mike Brisiel, RG Lamar Mady and RT Matt McCants. That is the offensive line that Terrelle Pryor had to work with most of the game. Considering how spectacular the KC pass rush is and the fact that the Raider’s OL consisted of 2nd and 3rd stringers, the OL having allowed 10 sacks seems like a blessing. Decimated by injuries, this offensive line is a far cry from what we saw in training camp when we had Wiz, Veldheer, Pashos and Gurode all healthy. Now we see how much of a factor the offensive line came into play when deciding a starting quarterback, just imagine how many sacks Flynn would have taken this game.

Pryor still making learning mistakes- Lets all come done from cloud 9 now. At one point in this game, Terrelle Pryor had the Raiders up 7-0 with a QB rating of 150.0 heading into the closing minutes of the second quarter. Then everything started to go downhill, the Chiefs scored before the half and rode that momentum into the second half where they collected seven more sacks and 3 interceptions. You can’t put a lot of the blame on Pryor after you saw the offensive line he had to work with though, because he did keep his team in the game until the end of the third quarter. In the 4th quarter it seemed all the injuries combined with the deafening noise of the stadium got the best of him, as he was picked off 3 times trying to throw the ball into coverage. These resulted in 17 points for the Chief,s as they ultimately won by…17 points.

Oct 13, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor (2) is sacked by Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston (50) during the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The defense thrived - The defensive shootout started right as the whistle was blown as there were six sacks among both teams just at the end of the first quarter. The Raiders defense played a spectacular game, limiting Jamaal Charles to just 78 yards and 3.5 yards per carry and Alex Smith to just 14/31 for 128 yards and a 56.9 rating. The defense was not the reason the Raiders lost this game despite the lopsided score, they gave the offense multiple opportunities with all the 3 and outs it produced. It limited the Chiefs to virtually no offense the entire game and the Chiefs first points came when they had excellent field position and another 7 points came from a pick-6 by Pryor.

Oct 13, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) is sacked by Oakland Raiders outside linebacker Sio Moore (55) during the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The Raiders will have to play almost flawlessly to have a winning season- While this was a given before, considering how poorly they performed last year, it struck me many times today. In what is the best division in the NFL based on wins, the Raiders have to deal with the best offense and what could be considered the best defense in the NFL, twice a year. In order to not automatically have 4 loses on their record, the Raiders cannot afford any mistakes or stupid penalties if they want to beat either the Chiefs or the Broncos. Penalties killed this Raiders team toward the end of the game and kept stopping or pushing back offensive drives.

Topics: AFC West, Al Davis, Denarius Moore, Fans, Oakland Raiders, Raider Nation, Terrelle Pryor

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  • Luke Haines

    Sounds like a rack of excuses to me. That’s football ” injuries” that’s why the roster is 53, called depth and the raiders don’t have it. As every team in the league is down many starters, that’s when it comes to depth. KC also has people plugged in on the O line with very poor line play and big key starters out. That’s football, win or lose go chiefs

  • Luke Haines

    As your only points came against a back up/ rookie cb due to flowers not playing as well, Injuries injuries injuries. Wish KC had something better then a 4th string TE for the west coast offense injuries injuries

  • Angel

    We got killed. Fair and square. Enjoy it chiefs. Cause I know I would.

  • cerrone sanchez

    Ur just a hater, were was this last year? So say wat u will, I steal never heard of a chiefs Super Bowl or even if they were in one at all.

  • ……ChiefsFan……

    Learn your history, “son”. Secondly, fix your grammar. You look like a fool. :)

  • ……ChiefsFan……

    Thanks.

    I’ll tell you what, TP really impressed me yesterday. Even impressed me today, when I read his comments he made after the game. You guys definitely have your QB for the future, and he’s proving himself to be a good leader.

  • cerrone sanchez

    I’ve seen my team suite up of the super bowl, ur still to see ur team in one. Must suck out in kc, I feel 4u son ; ) 420 all day cali kash

  • cerrone sanchez

    Ok son

  • Bob

    “The Raiders will have to play almost flawlessly to have a winning season”

    Actually, the Raiders need to play flawlessly to beat above average teams.

  • Bob

    KC has won a Super Bowl. Probably before you were born.

  • Studiophile Music

    Excuse these idiots. Some raider fans are ignorant. This is coming from a raider fan.

  • ……ChiefsFan……

    Every fan base has a few…

  • Luke Haines

    Is this not a what have you done for me lately league? When you look at history it’s been awhile yet we were apart of the 1st Super Bowl ever then got the ring years later. What have you done 4 me lately. Win or lose go Chiefs ;-)

  • Luke Haines

    Chiefs were part of the foundation being in the first ever Super Bowl then getting the ring years later, yet I’ve come to expect more mouth and less facts when argueeing football with some. Far from a hater a cheered even more n louder last year then any other. Win or lose its always go chiefs. In a what have you done for me lately league living in the past don’t get you anywhere even fantasy wise

  • Luke Haines

    I would have wrote the same comment as earlier if things where the other way around and a writer for arrowhead addict had every excuse in the world for the lose. Just makes for a bs read period. Injuries happen in football to every team. No need to use it as a crutch. Pick up the pieces as best as possible and hope your depth comes thru.

  • James K

    If stats win a game then the Raiders Defense posted a win.
    I think both sides will admit it was a tough even matched old fashioned AFC West battle for 3 quarters of football. So kudos to Andy Reid and our red shirted rivals this time.
    Next time it will be in O Town and a packed stadium to support our Raiders!