It was "ground-shaking loud," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said, and receiver Dexter McCluster swore he felt his helmet rattling.
Len Dawson, who has been attached to the Chiefs either as their quarterback or broadcaster for most of their 50-year existence, had "never heard it like that before here in Kansas City." Cornerback Dunta Robinson felt energy unlike he'd ever experienced surge through his body.
That's what it was like on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium, where the resurrected Chiefs improved to 6-0 for just the second time in franchise history by thumping the Oakland Raiders 24-7 before a crowd of 76,394 and ... Philip Robertson, the self-described "adjudicator" from Guinness World Records.
"Ten sacks? I didn't know it was 10," Johnson said with a smile. "Everybody's trying to eat around here, everybody's hungry and everybody's thirsty."
In all, they racked up 14 quarterback hits, with seven different Chiefs finishing with at least a half-sack. But perhaps the biggest "eater" Sunday was outside linebacker Tamba Hali, who pushed his season total to 7 1/2 sacks with a 3 1/2-sack performance.
Hali credited the coaching staff for coming up with a strong game plan designed to rattle Pryor, who turned the ball over three times Sunday after doing so only twice in his first five games.
"It's the coaches, I promise," Hali said with a laugh, referring to the difference between this year's team and last year's group, which went 2-14. "Because it's the same team we had last year, minus a couple of guys, and we're having this much success."
Game Recap: Raiders vs Chiefs from The Mothership
The Raiders began their next drive from their own 20-yard line, with 4:29 to play in the fourth quarter. The Oakland drive eventually ended in the hands of Chiefs CB
Marcus Cooper,who picked off Terrelle Pryor.
"It was a formation I recognized from earlier," Cooper said of his INT. "They had some success on that same play and I saw the spread and formation and knew the down and distance that calls for that type of play, so I just jumped it, when I saw the throw."
Coop's INT led to three more points for the Chiefs as Ryan Succop nailed a 33-yard FG on the ensuing drive.
Chiefs Snap Raiders Jinx With 24-7 Win At Arrowhead from KC Star
The Kansas City players had heard about the bitter Chiefs-Raiders rivalry, but most of them had never seen it.
That all changed during the week leading up to Sunday's 108th meeting between the teams as coach Andy Reid dusted off some out old game film of Chiefs-Raiders games from the 1960s, '70s and '90s, when this was one of pro football's hallowed rivalries.
"We broke out some old Emmitt Thomas tape and showed them what it was all about," Reid said, referring to the Chiefs Hall of Fame cornerback and current secondary coach.
The Chiefs also took pages out of both Hank Stram's and Marty Schottenheimer's game plans in whipping Oakland 24-7 and snapping the Raiders' six-game winning streak at Arrowhead Stadium.
Andy Reid: "We Don't Take Any Wins For Granted" from The Mothership
Alex Smith's lack of efficiency? Why are his numbers not so great?
"I wouldn't say it's lack of efficiency. He's taking care of the football. When it counts, he makes the play. I appreciate him. We're winning football games, and he's doing a nice job managing it. Everybody feeds off of it, on both sides of the ball; (they) feed off his leadership and his ability to manage a football game. Then, we have a punter that's a pretty good punter. That's a nice combination to have and a kicker who can back him up, too."
Blood trickles down his left shin as Jamaal Charles explains to a reporter why he's wearing only a towel.
"Got these cuts," he says, rubbing his arm and shoulder. "Can't put clothes on just yet."
Charles is headed to the trainer's room soon. Bandages will keep him clean, and protect his clothes. He just got out of the cold tub. Hopefully the swelling will stay down this way. Too early to know for sure.
Here's what the Chiefs' most irreplaceable player does know, though: No new blisters on his toes, which means the bottom of his feet aren't more gruesome than before the Chiefs' 24-7 win over the Raiders. By now, that qualifies as good news.
Alex Smith Press Conference Transcript from The Mothership
Were you under a little more duress this week again?
"Yeah, it's kind of a little bit ugly, the last two weeks, for sure. It's tough. It's so easy to get caught up in the stats and the QB rating and all that stuff, the QBR and all that stuff now; for me, throwing it away is still the smart play though, if you're a rusher and you can get out of the pocket and throw it away, then it's a good play. I'm going to continue to do that and no question, there's definitely room for improvement. We have to get better and we will. We have to and the great thing is we got the win. We're 6-0 and the way we played on offense today can certainly get a lot better; (it was) frustrating a little bit, but encouraging at the same time. We'll try to continue it. This is the first year and some of these things we're going through for the first time. We have to continue to take steps."
Chiefs Quarterback Alex Smith Has Another Tough Game from KC Star
Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith was as frustrated as anyone in Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday.
Completing fewer than 50 percent of his passes is not acceptable. Failing to throw a touchdown pass for the second straight week is unsatisfactory.
But Smith knows the statistic by which all quarterbacks are measured:
For all the plays he has made over the last three weeks, rookie cornerback Marcus Cooper said he didn't know he would start against the Raiders until he arrived Sunday morning at Arrowhead Stadium.
That was when he found out starting cornerback Brandon Flowers, who was questionable after tweaking his left knee in practice Friday, wouldn't be able to play.
Cooper, however, was no worse for wear. He stepped up with his third straight strong performance, finishing with an interception and five pass deflections in his quest to show what San Francisco missed out on when they released him at the 53-man roster deadline before the season.
"What a big pickup for us," said nickel cornerback Dunta Robinson. "We want to thank San Francisco for releasing him and allowing us to pick that guy up. He added depth to an already deep secondary."
Records Broken from The Mothership
When I originally became a member of the Chiefs Kingdom last year, I heard all about, "Arrowhead in the 90's." Fans and Chiefs staff members have told me all sorts of stories about how loud the stadium was, how it was the toughest stadium in the NFL and how teams would fear visiting this deafening stadium.
Now, I know exactly what long time Chiefs fans have been talking about. Today, Arrowhead Stadium was electrifying, ear ringing, deafening and intense.
The Chiefs racked up 10 sacks and 14 quarterback hits against the Raiders on Sunday, but when asked afterward how he felt, Oakland quarterback Terrelle Pryor rejected the notion he "took a beating," as the reporter who asked him put it.
"I didn't take a beating," said the 6-foot-4, 233-pound Pryor. "I'm a big man, a grown man. They just tackled me. They got me and made great plays. It was not a beating, though."
The Raiders allowed only 21 quarterback hits combined in their first five games in the season.
Did the crowd noise really make a difference?
I think it did. Here's Chiefs defensive end Tamba Hali, when asked a similar question: "Oh, a lot. I think Terrelle could not balance looking at the clock and trying to get his checks in, so everytime he was trying to snap the ball, the (offensive linemen) were not paying attention to him and the clock ran out."
Chiefs Report Card vs Raiders from KC Star
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.
Chiefs 24, Raiders 7: Insta-Reaction from KC Star
This will be the first of these insta-reactions where I don't talk about Jamaal Charles being right that his toughness is underrated (oops), but I will say that Andy Reid and Doug Pederson seem to want to test that toughness. He's the AFC's leading rusher and the Chiefs' leading receiver (by far), and instead of finding ways to ease off the gas the Chiefs give Charles two carries at the end of the first half. Sure, he might break a long one. But realistically, you're just giving the Raiders two extra chances to hit him.
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Kansas City Chiefs' Defense Smothers Oakland Raiders from NFL.com
Chiefs pass rusher Tamba Hali will haunt Pryor's dreamlife after racking up 3.5 sacks on a Sunday that saw Kansas City notch a whopping 10 takedowns.
The Chiefs are 6-0 because of a defense draped in strength at every level. Kansas City's paint-by-numbers offense, however, is a different story and the reason this team ultimately will fail, despite the pretty record.
Here's what else we learned:
He brought three sets of earplugs and burned through two of them. A half-hour after the Kansas City Chiefs drubbed Oakland, 24-7, the man in the Guinness Book of World Records blazer was still buzzing.
"It was incredible," Phillip Robertson said, his English accent breathlessly caressing each syllable in the tunnels beneath Arrowhead Stadium.
"A real fun atmosphere to listen to. (The fans) were really excited, really upbeat, really behind their team, there was no booing -- it was just incredible to watch. They were really supporting their team as the true '12th Man.'"
"True 12th Man," huh?
Put that in your espresso machine and steam it, Seattle.
Kansas City Chiefs Overwhelm Terrell Pryor, Oakland from The San Jose Mercury News
Raiders will spend the next several days trying to learn from their uneven play against the Chiefs and probably several more days expelling the bitter taste from their mouths.
The Chiefs feasted on a Raiders team that committed 11 penalties, allowed 10 sacks and served up three interceptions by quarterback Terrelle Pryor.
Andy Reid swore he could feel the ground shake.
Alex Smith couldn't hear himself talking to his teammates. Dwayne Bowe said the deafening din inside Arrowhead Stadium reminded him of college.
Just imagine what it must have been like for the Oakland Raiders.
Buoyed by the loudest crowd to attend an outdoor sporting event, the unbeaten Chiefs took advantage of three second-half interceptions thrown by Terrelle Pryor to pull away for a 24-7 victory Sunday.
Alex Smith Is Up to Old Tricks With Kansas City Chiefs from The San Jose Mercury News
Some of those incompletions came on dump-offs against tight coverage, but plenty of those balls sailed long, short, wide and near.
"I felt we could never get a bead on what they were doing defensively," Smith said following the Chiefs' 24-7 victory. "They caught us off-guard a few times. Caught me off-guard."
Perhaps, but the Raiders couldn't keep Smith from continuing a remarkable three-year run in which he's 25-5-1 as a starter. His winning percentage of over .800 during that span is better than anyone in the NFL not named Peyton Manning.
Rapid Reaction: Kansas City Chiefs from ESPN
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.
Flanny: 'Andyball' Looks A Lot Like Martyball from FS Kansas City
If these 2013 Chiefs aren't starting to remind you of the fun Marty Schottenheimer teams from the 1990s, you're not paying attention. Indeed, this "Andyball" is an awful lot like Martyball -- a great defense that creates sacks and turnovers, and an offense that runs effectively, throws efficiently (and only when absolutely necessary) and doesn't turn the ball over.
Andy Reid's Chiefs are now 6-0 and after dispatching the Raiders on Sunday, we see many similarities to the 1990s teams -- Tamba Hali and Justin Houston are the new Derrick Thomas and Neil Smith.
Locker Room Buzz: Kansas City Chiefs from ESPN
Even before Chiefs fans set the record, it was loud at Arrowhead Stadium. The Raiders had three penalties each for delay of game and false start. "I give this to the crowd," coach Andy Reid said, referring to the six penalties. "That's pretty impressive."
Grading The Raiders' 24-7 Loss To The Chiefs from San Jose Mercury News
Passing offense: Quarterback Terrelle Pryor started 7 of 11 for 100 yards and a 39-yard touchdown pass to Denarius Moore in the first half. The second half was another matter. Pryor was 11 of 23 for 116 yards and three interceptions, including a 44-yard interception return by Husain Abdullah for a touchdown. Pryor was sacked 10 times, hit 14 others behind a makeshift offensive line. Moore caught five passes for 82 yards including the touchdown.
Chiefs Need To Get Tony Gonzalez from ESPN
What started as intriguing watercooler speculation should grow into a much hotter conversation. That is the ultimate takeaway in the Kansas City Chiefs' 24-7 win over the Oakland Raiders. Yes, the Chiefs improved to 6-0. Yes, they found another way to grind out a victory in a resourceful manner. But Sunday's win also revealed something else about this team: The Chiefs need to make a deal to bring tight end Tony Gonzalez back home.
Oakland Raiders Had 3rd And 48 Against Kansas City Chiefs from For The Win
On what could have been a game-tying drive in the fourth quarter, the Oakland Raiders stormed down the field near the end zone. In true Raiders fashion, they were driving toward the wrong end zone.
Recap: Chiefs Defeat Raiders 24-7 To Remain Unbeaten from The Associated Press via FS Kansas City
The Kansas City Chiefs finally got the best of the Oakland Raiders at Arrowhead Stadium.
Jamaal Charles ran for two touchdowns, the Kansas City defense harassed Terrelle Pryor into throwing three second-half interceptions and the Chiefs remained unbeaten with a 24-7 victory Sunday.
But now, I can no longer say I was at the loudest game in history. Somehow, someway, that record has been upended by the folks in Kansas City.
Chiefs Win By Staying True To Identity from ESPN
The Chiefs sacked Pryor six times in the fourth period and intercepted him twice, returning one for their third pick-six of the season.
When it was over, they had beaten the Raiders 24-7 merely by staying true to what they do.
"It was only a matter of time," veteran nickelback Dunta Robinson said. "We just had to stay patient. We knew the plays were going to come. We knew what kind of quarterback we were facing. Things were going to happen. In the second half, things started happening. We smelled blood and we went for it.
"We just did what we do."
Kansas City Puts Smile On Alex Smith's Face from The San Francisco Chronicle
When asked if he believes in karma, Alex Smith smiled. That's something he does a lot these days.
"No," Smith said. "But I do believe in hard work and doing things the right way. Over time, if it's karma or whatever you want to call it, I think doing things the right way, working hard and focusing on the details makes good things happen."
Good things are happening to Smith.
Chiefs Fans At Arrowhead Stadium Break World Record For Stadium Noise Level from The Associated Press via The NY Daily News
"I had people who'd been coming to Chiefs games for decades come up to me and say, ‘I've never heard it that loud,"' said Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt, whose family's franchise has long claimed that Arrowhead Stadium is the loudest in the league. "It's very difficult for a team to play in that."
That may be an understatement.
The Raiders struggled with the reverberating sound all afternoon, and where whistled for 11 penalties - several of them were false starts and for delay of game, simply because nobody in the visiting huddle could hear each other talking.
5 Things To Note After Chiefs Defeat Raiders from The Associated Press via The State
"We knew that this was an extremely good defense. They played very good on special teams and they didn't make a lot of mistakes on offense," Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. "We knew that we were going to have to create some field position with our defense, create some field position with our special teams, and knew we were going to have to try and take the ball away and protect the ball on offense.
"You can't make the type of mistakes that we made," he said, "and expect to win the game."
New Coach, QB Have Helped Flip The Script In K.C. from The San Francisco Chronicle
Kansas City's formula is a stifling defense, a solid, risk-free offense and smart coaching.Andy Reid took the talent he inherited, including six Pro Bowl players, and enhanced it with 30 new players - among them quarterback Alex Smith.
Add an intimidating, rejuvenated home-field environment and the Chiefs have everything in place for success.
"We don't take any wins for granted," Reid said after Kansas City beat the Raiders at home for the first time since 2006. "When you can win with a crowd like this, it makes it even better."
Broncos & Chiefs -- Which Loses First? from ESPN
But here they are, 6-0 despite some struggles Sunday, with K.C. topping the Oakland Raiders 24-7, the Broncos winning -- but not covering -- against the Jacksonville Jaguars, and the New Orleans Saints finally falling thanks to a last-minute Tom Brady touchdown. So now we ask: Which team loses first?
Decibel That KC from Warpaint Illustrated
On Sunday afternoon, the world found out a pair of key items. First, the Chiefs are the best fourth quarter team in the NFL. Secondly, Arrowhead is the loudest stadium on the planet.
In true fashion the Chiefs defense was dominant while KC's offense was not so good. But in crunch time, they came together as one to extend the Chiefs record to 6-0.
Arrowhead was at her best on Sunday afternoon. Not only did she break the Guinness Book of World Records sound barrier by raising the roof to jet fighter 137.5 decimals but also she told the rest of the NFL you're not coming into Arrowhead and leaving here with anything but a loss.
Pryor Struggles As Raiders Fall To Chiefs from The Associated Press via The San Francisco Examiner
Raiders coach Dennis Allen insists that Terrelle Pryor is growing with every play in the NFL, even the ones that end up with the young quarterback flat on his back.
There were 10 of those on Sunday.
Chiefs Defense Offers Loud Response from The Topeka Capital Journal
In the Olde English weights and measures used for American football, the distance seems like roughly an acre when trying to attain a first down.
On Sunday, a third-and-48 play was run midway through the fourth quarter from the 12-yard line.
"That's fun . Call that play," said Alex Smith.
The smile on Smith's face said it all. The Kansas City Chiefs quarterback did not have to call that play. The challenge belonged instead to Terrelle Pryor. And no, the Oakland Raiders did not navigate the cross-country distance. Pryor threw incomplete. The Raiders punted.
Chiefs End Home Slide To Raiders Behind Defense from Chiefs Spin
It's often said championships are won with defenses, and there's no arguing an elite unit resides at Arrowhead Stadium.
The Chiefs defense turned in a dominating performance, notching 10 sacks and three interceptions, including a pick-six by safety Husain Abdullah, catapulting the Chiefs (6-0) to a 24-7 win over the Oakland Raiders (2-4).
Chiefs Fans Establish Noise Record from Chiefs Spin
The crowd noise throughout the game likely played a large role in the Raiders getting flagged 11 times for 68 yards, which included three false starts and three delay of game penalties.
"We had some trouble getting in and out of the huddle with some communication and we had some trouble with the snap count, so obviously it was a factor," Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. "I don't know if it limited what we could do, but it was a factor in our communication."
Raiders-Chiefs: What We Learned from Lindy's Sports
Coach Andy Reid has stressed the importance of every man on his 53-man roster and that contributions are needed from all of them, no matter how they found themselves in the Kansas City locker room. One of the best examples would be safety Husain Abdullah. Last year, Abdullah did not play in the NFL, walking away from the Minnesota Vikings so he could make a pilgrimage to Mecca to celebrate his Muslim religion. He signed with the Chiefs in March. "A year ago I was in Mecca right at this time," said Abdullah, who returned an interception 44 yards for a touchdown on Sunday. "I loved being there and I loved being here today. They were both moments I'll never forget."
Raiders Wilt In Kansas City from NBC Bay Area
He had no time to throw, and the Raiders' line also struggled with holding penalties and false-start flags while trying to hold off the Chiefs' constant pressure in a loud stadium in which the Raiders had trouble hearing their own calls.
Kansas City sacked Pryor 10 times Sunday for 67 yards in losses, with seven coming in the second half.
On many Raiders possessions, their drives went nowhere - or backwards.
Week 6: Not Road Weary from ESPN
On a perfectly sunny fall day, Reid unleashed the perfect plan against the Raiders. Houston spied Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor and Hali chased him down. Pryor was sacked 10 times. To make matters worse for Oakland, the Chiefs set the new world record for sports noise level by registering a 137.7 decibel reading, topping the Seahawks' record in Week 2. That noise caused three false starts and three delay of game penalties.
But let's look ahead and see why the Chiefs should be 9-0. The next two weeks are home games in the loud environment. They face either a struggling Schaub or Yates of the Texans followed by Weeden and the Browns. After that they travel to Buffalo to play the Bills, who still might have Lewis at quarterback. Then they get a bye before the Denver game. Old school is working well.
What We Know After Week 6 from FOX Sports
For years, Arrowhead Stadium has been a very unfriendly place to visit. That was until the past couple seasons, when fans demonstrated their disdain for the struggling franchise by showing up to the stadium with brown paper bags over their heads. Well, the Andy Reid era couldn't be more different.
Arrowhead Stadium rumbled to deafening levels because of Kansas City's defense, which sacked Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor 10 times. Tamba Hali was a mainstay in Oakland's backfield, getting five hits on the quarterback, including three sacks. At times, Pryor was able to scramble to extend drives, but Kansas City's defense would buckle down when it mattered most.
T.J. Yates is not an upgrade on Schaub. In his first 11 attempts, Yates underthrew DeAndre Hopkins on a potential touchdown, tossed a pick-six in the red zone and threw another interception in the end zone. As long as Schaub's ankle allows him to play, he will be under center at the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs in Week 7.
Chiefs Help KC Church Cash In from KSHB
When the Chiefs are losing, Kivett says they will still park about 175 cars. When the Chiefs took on the Raiders Sunday, they easily parked more than 300 cars.
That $15 per car goes to help fill their food and clothing pantry, send kids to camp, even rehabilitate drug and alcohol addicts.