KANSAS CITY -- Arrowhead Stadium was the Raiders’ vacation home in recent seasons. They won six straight times in these unfriendly confines but, on Sunday, it turned into a house of horrors.
The offensive line was decimated by injury, the crowd harassed the Raiders as much as the Chiefs pass rush as the Raiders suffered a 24-7 loss in a winnable game.
The Raiders had momentum and completely lost it in the second half, when injury woes were more than they could bear. Kansas City took the lead on a 2-yard run on Jamaal Charles' second touchdown of the day, and the Raiders offense could not respond.
Quarterback Terrelle Pryor was sacked 10 times and struggled under the little time provided by awful pass protection. His second interception of the day, thrown late in the fourth quarter, confirmed a disappointing result that dropped the Raiders to 2-4 heading into their bye week. The Chiefs improved to 6-0.
Pryor started hot, completing 7-of-11 passes for 100 yards and a touchdown. He finished far worse. He was 18-of-34 passing for 216 yards, a touchdown and three costly interceptions.
He also rushed for 60 yards.
His third interception came with under 2 minutes remaining and Chiefs cornerback Husain Abdullah returned it 44 yards for a touchdown.
The Raiders took a 7-0 lead on a big play in the second quarter. Pryor connected with Denarius Moore on a 37-yard touchdown pass that completed a six-play, 78-yard drive with the offense at it’s best.
The Raiders defense had a shutout until late in the first half, when Charles scored on a 7-yard run with 1 minute, 6 seconds left in the half.
McFadden plays: Raiders running back Darren McFadden played on Sunday after being listed as questionable on the team’s injury report with a hamstring strain that kept him out last week.
He was average at best in the run game, gaining 52 yards on 16 carries. He also had 3 catches for 31 yards. McFadden was to be leaned on against a Chiefs defense that entered the game allowing 115 rushing yards per game. The team faced several unmanageable third downs due to penalties and the inability to produce on early running downs.
Pryor’s big mistake: Pryor hadn’t committed a turnover since Week 1 at Indianapolis. He picked a poor time to snap a positive streak, throwing a careless pass over the middle to no one in particular late in the third quarter. Chiefs safety Quentin Demps intercepted it and set up an tide-turning touchdown drive.
Jamaal Charles eventually scored from two yards out to give Kansas City its first lead a 14-7, an advantage they would not relinquish.
O-line left in shambles: The Raiders started Sunday’s game with a patchwork offensive line that featured just two projected starters in the right place. The played the second half in poor shape.
Andre Gurode left in the first half with a knee injury and right tackle Tony Pashos was pulled in the third quarter after re-aggravating a groin injury that kept him out last week against San Diego.
Matt McCants stepped in at right tackle, and Mike Brisiel moved from right guard to center and Lamar Mady came in Brisiel’s place.
This line couldn’t give Pryor the time required to run the offense, which grinded to a halt in the second half.
Let’s get loud: Chiefs fans at Arrowhead Stadium tried to set a world record for the loudest stadium venue. Mission accomplished.
The Raiders' decimated offensive line struggled in execution and was penalized for several drive-killing false starts. The Raiders were also hurt by delay-of-game penalties that sapped whatever strength the team could muster against a potent Chiefs pass rush.
Sitting it out: Raiders center Stefen Wizniewski missed his second straight game with a knee sprain, and his absence was felt when backup Andre Gurode left early with a knee injury. That forced right guard Mike Brisiel to play center, with Lamar Mady filling in at guard.
Outside linebacker Kaluka Maiava missed the game with a groin injury, but right tackle Tony Pashos was able to play after sitting last week.
The Raiders rendered seven players inactive, including strong safety Tyvon Branch, defensive tackle Daniel Muir, defensive lineman Christo Bilukidi, offensive tackle Menelik Watson, receiver Juron Criner.
What's next: The Raiders will be home for a while. They have a bye next week and host Pittsburgh and Philadelphia in consecutive weeks.
The breather should improve the team’s health along the offensive line and at linebacker, where Mile Burris is eligible to come of the physically unable to perform list.