Andy Reid Admits Chiefs Didn't Take Advantage of Opportunities from The Mothership
"We didn't take advantages of some opportunities early and it swung," Reid said of the momentum. "I know their record was 0-10, but it's evident when you turn on the tape and you study [the Raiders] that they've got some good football players.
"Against the best of teams, [the Raiders] were in it or ahead getting close into the third quarter, fourth quarter. You've got to stay on and execute. That's one area on both sides of the ball. We can do better at it. We didn't do a great job there."
Chiefs Failed on Thursday Where They Normally Succeed from The Mothership
Almost every time Chiefs head coach Andy Reid or quarterback
Alex Smithis asked about offensive success, they bring up third-down conversions and red-zone touchdown efficiency.
In the first 10 games of the season, the Chiefs were converting 48 percent of their third downs, which ranked third in the NFL, and they were scoring touchdowns almost 70 percent of the time they got inside an opponent's 20-yard line, which also ranked third in the NFL.
On Thursday against the Oakland Raiders, the Chiefs offense really struggled in both of these areas.
Chiefs' season remains to be defined from KC Star
So it was a wasted night for the Chiefs, 7-4, one that put a dent in their playoff chances and left their season bookended by curious losses to Tennessee and Oakland, who are 1-18 otherwise, as they prepare for the showdown against Denver on Nov. 30 at Arrowhead Stadium.
But it's also a lot of wasted energy to panic or conclude the worst here.
For one thing, there's plenty of time for that soon if the Chiefs lose again to the Broncos, 7-3, before they travel to Arizona, 9-1.
For another, the nine games between the duds against Tennessee and Oakland probably say a lot more about the Chiefs than the two outliers.
NFL whip around: What we're watching in Week 12 from USA Today
There was no one in Denver happier to see the Oakland Raiders beat the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night than Broncos second-year running back C.J. Anderson.
A native of Vallejo, Calif. , near Oakland, Anderson understands just how desperate the Raiders - as well as its fan base - were to snap a losing streak that dated back a calendar year. Anderson also considered the personal stakes for his own team.
Kansas City's loss means the Broncos can recapture their stop atop the AFC West with a win Sunday against the Miami Dolphins.
"We'll take care of that on Sunday," Anderson said.
For Steelers, a fight to finish for playoff berth from The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
With so many teams bunched in the AFC and particularly the AFC North - it's the only division that doesn't have a team with a losing record - tiebreakers all but are assured to come into play.
Steelers sitting pretty at the bye from TimesOnline.com
Kansas City: The Chiefs' loss in Oakland might look even worse in three weeks after they face Denver, currently a No. 2 seed in the AFC and Arizona, the No. 1 in the NFC. Oh, and the Chiefs haven't won in Pittsburgh since 1986.
Auburn notebook: Bray accomplishes program first from TimesDaily.com
Corey Grant's 13-yard touchdown catch was the first scoring reception of his career. ... Kris Frost had his first career interception with 4:47 to go in the third quarter. Auburn failed to score on the ensuing drive. ... Josh Holsey came in as a backup at "star" safety. ... NFL scouts from the San Francisco 49ers, New York Giants, Kansas City Chiefs, Jacksonville Jaguars and Indianapolis Colts were in attendance.
Aaron Murray can feel Todd Gurley's pain from Athens Online
Aaron Murray immediately fired off a text to his father seconds after Todd Gurley went to the ground on his final carry against Auburn with what was later proven to be a season-ending knee injury.
"I think Todd just tore his ACL."
The former Georgia star quarterback knew the worst had happened well before the Sanford Stadium faithful had any reason for concern, before the training staff reached him on the field, before news spread Gurley left the locker room via cart.
The same thing happened to him on a similarly cold November night last season against Kentucky.
Paige: Denver issues? Let us count the many ways from The Denver Post
The Broncos will mash Miami, Buffalo and Oakland here.
Looming, though, are games at Kansas City, San Diego and Cincinnati. As tourists, the Broncos are 2-3 - defeating only the Raiders and the New York Jets, who have a total of three victories combined.
Thanks to Oakland, which finally did win one - against the Chiefs. The Broncos will be hard-pressed, however, to prevail against K.C. in the rematch at Arrowhead Stadium on Nov. 30.
FLASHBACK: Raiders celebration was bad, this one was way worse from CBS Sports
Moore's celebration was bad, but it could have been worse: it could have cost the Raiders a win, something that happened to Dwayne Rudd and the Browns in 2002.
In a game against the Chiefs, Rudd thought he sacked Trent Green on the final play what Rudd thought was a 39-37 Browns win. To celebrate the win, Rudd tore his helmet off and threw it while he was still on the field.