Ouch. Just ouch. Once you get away from the KC media, today's news is less about how bad the Kansas City Chiefs were yesterday, and more about how the Raiders are back. Ouch. Here's your news.
The truth is the Chiefs gave the game away in its middle section with a 9-minute stretch so horrible it altered the course of their season.
Without those 9 minutes, the Chiefs would have a lead in the AFC West so comfortable they’d be threatening to clinch the division title by Thanksgiving. Instead, they coughed up a 23-20 verdict that was settled by Janikowski’s 33-yard field goal less than 3 minutes into overtime.
The Chiefs don’t deserve your disappointment and frustration just because they lost to the Raiders 23-20 here on Sunday. They lost twice before, and showed more good than bad each time.
No, the Chiefs deserve your disappointment and frustration because of the way they lost. There can be no rationalizations here, no talk about steps being taken or arrows pointing up or a young and developing team getting closer to being good.
Because here is the cold, plain truth: The Chiefs failed in exactly the kind of game they’re built to win.
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Tucker, a rookie wide receiver, had a big day. Not only did he catch his first NFL pass, but he made it a big one. He hauled in a fade pass from Cassel in the end zone for an 11-yard touchdown in the second quarter.
The Raiders ordered a video review hoping Tucker failed to get both feet down in bounds, but after looking at the replay, referee Jeff Triplette upheld the call. Because the call was upheld, it left Oakland out of challenges for the rest of the game.
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The three-game winning streak is the first for Oakland since the 2002 season, when the Raiders made the Super Bowl. Entering this season, the Raiders were 29-83 since then, with seven consecutive seasons with at least 11 losses, a first in NFL history. There were false starts along the way — last year, Oakland beat the Eagles and Bengals — both playoff teams — only to lose the next week each time. The Raiders also beat the defending Super Bowl champion Steelers — and lost the following game.
Even more impressive was the fact Oakland won on Sunday without standout tight end Zach Miller and all-everything cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, as well as leading wide receiver Louis Murphy, all injured.
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What does this mean for the rest of the season?
Kansas City could have put itself in control of the AFC West on Sunday, distancing itself by at least 2 1/2 games by all other division teams. Instead, the Chiefs were the only division team to lose Sunday — Denver was off — and the other teams made up ground on them. The team has the softest part of its schedule upcoming, but Sunday was a missed opportunity to come closer to sealing a division title for the first time since 2003.
"We just couldn’t really get going," Jones said after the Chiefs lost 23-20 in overtime at Oakland Coliseum.
Jones finished with 32 yards in 19 carries. Charles averaged 5.3 yards in his 10 carries, but he was a victim Sunday of a team that appeared to panic when its best weapons began firing blanks.
When the Chiefs’ rush offense struggled against the Raiders, the team turned to its pass offense and quarterback Matt Cassel, and neither has been especially inspiring this year.
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The Chiefs entered Sunday having been whistled for 35 penalties in seven games, and that kind of discipline was among the best in the league. Its turnover differential was plus-five. This wasn’t a team that put itself in harm’s way or that stepped too close to unsteady slopes.
That changed in Oakland. The Chiefs committed a dozen penalties for 100 yards. They fumbled twice, and Matt Cassel threw an interception in the red zone. They allowed a 94-yard kickoff return for a touchdown starting the second half.
Whether it was a one-day breakdown, an example of playing down to the Raiders and their own 15 penalties, or the sign of something worse, the Chiefs did this. They did it to themselves.
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Coaching: The Raiders dodged threat after threat by the Chiefs, rallied at halftime and persevered in a game in which they committed 15 penalties and three turnovers. They showed they have learned how to win close games. Grade: B+
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Those among the sellout crowd who came expecting to see yet another Raiders offensive explosion Sunday were disappointed. The Raiders got the only thing they wanted, a victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in an AFC West showdown.
The Raiders rebounded from a 10-0 halftime deficit and made just enough plays to offset a shoddy performance in a 23-20 overtime win at the rain-drenched Oakland Coliseum. It was their third straight victory.
Oakland Raiders overcome sloppy play, penalties to beat Chiefs in overtime in key AFC West game from The San Jose Mercury News
Tom Cable walked into the interview room with a big smile and proudly declared: "How was that for exciting?"
It sure was, coach.
Jason Campbell and Jacoby Ford connected on two big pass plays to set up a tying field goal in the final seconds of regulation and then Sebastian Janikowski's 33-yard game-winner in overtime to give the Oakland Raiders a 23-20 win over the AFC West rival Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.
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Best drama: The Raiders -- who were down 10-0 at halftime -- capped an afternoon with three-come-from-behind overtime wins (also done by the Jets and Vikings) with a 33-yard field goal that clinched a 23-20 win against Kansas City. The victory left Oakland (5-4) just a half-game behind the Chiefs in the AFC West and marked the team's first three-game winning streak since 2002.
The forecast called for dark clouds Sunday, as injuries to Nnamdi Asomugha and Zach Miller threatened to ruin the second-place Raiders' AFC West matchup with the first-place Chiefs. And though it rained down penalty flags and the Raiders' offense was stuck in the muck and mire at the Coliseum for the first half, the sun finally came out.
Raiders overcome sloppiness, get past Chiefs in OT from The San Francisco Chronicle
The Black Hole was rocking, the Raiders were driving and Dr. Death was making a full-house visit to the Coliseum on Sunday.
"We're back!" said the costumed 32-year-old fan from Sacramento with knives in his helmet and a perpetually crazed look painted into his face. "Look at this place, I love it!"
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I hardly know where to begin with how torturous this game was to watch! If the game wasn't being stopped because of penalties then it was being stopped because of challenges or replays. Constant delays. If this were the only NFL game I had everseen, it would remain the only NFL game I ever saw. I'm not sure who to blame, but whenever in doubt and the Raiders are playing, I'm going to default to them.
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