OAKLAND – The Raiders are still in search of a signature win they may not get this season. They had the Kansas City Chiefs at home, without several key starters. If the Raiders were going to upset an AFC power, Sunday seemed as good a day as any.
The opposite happened. The Raiders got embarrassed by a hated rival.
They gave up the most points in franchise history during a 56-31 loss to Kansas City at Oakland Coliseum.
This one’s on everybody. The offense made costly, often careless mistakes. They turned the ball over on special teams. The defense didn’t heed a scouting report that said Jamaal Charles is pretty darn good.
The Raiders couldn’t do anything right. Matt McGloin had his worst game as a pro. As a team, they committed seven turnovers. They conceded easy touchdowns to Charles, who had five on the day. The Raiders never showed an ability to compete with a rival that clinched a playoff spot on their home field
Despite a disastrous first half that end 35-17, the Raiders got within four on a 14-yard touchdown catch by Mychal Rivera made it 35-31.
Then the wheels came off.
Charles took a short pass 71 yards for a touchdown. Then Taiwan Jones fumbled the ensuing kickoff. The Chiefs scored four plays later to make it 49-31.
The entire sequence took 3 minutes, 36 seconds. It exemplified a season where the Raiders made it competitive yet failed in key, clutch moments.
The team has games against San Diego and Denver left on the schedule, and wins will be hard to come by.
A win could’ve quieted talked that head coach Dennis Allen’s on the hot seat. A loss of this magnitude warms it considerably.
The Raiders defense struggled to tackle well, and gave up big plays that should’ve been far smaller.
The Raiders fall to 4-10, and could end up with a 4-12record identical to last season. The Chiefs improve to 11-3 and will be wild card entrant at the very least.
McGloin’s rookie moments: Raiders quarterback Matt McGloin makes a few foolish plays per game, but his first-half performance really set the Raiders back. He threw two interceptions and returned the first 47 yards for a touchdown.
He also fumbled a snap deep in Raiders territory that led to a Chiefs touchdown. All told, Kansas City scored 21 points off of McGloin’s first-half mistakes.
McGloin also cost his team on the first drive. He missed a wide open Marcel Reece near the goal line. The team settled for a field goal on that drive when they should’ve scored an easy touchdown.
All told, McGloin threw four interceptions before being pulled in the fourth quarter. He was 18-of-36 passing for 297 yards.
Pryor re-enters the fray: Backup quarterback Terrelle Pryor entered the game at two points. He ran a read option near the goal line in the first half, and played half a series in the second.
The timing of Pryor’s second appearance seemed strange because McGloin had built positive momentum when he was pulled for five plays. McGloin re-entered on a third-and-long, converted it and threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to tight end Mychal Rivera three plays later.
He came back again after McGloin’s fourth interception, but the Raiders would not score again. Pryor was 1-for-4 for 12 yards.
Watch the screen!!!: Chiefs running back Jamal Charles had four first-half touchdowns and just 16 rushing yards. Charles scored three times as a receiver, including a 49-yard TD on the first play of the game.
The Chiefs set up a perfect screen pass on that play, so they naturally went back to the well. Charles scored a 39-yard touchdown the next time a screen was called, helping the Chiefs jump out to a 21-3 lead.
All told, Charles had 215 yards total offense and scored five touchdowns in the contest. He’s the first running back to have four receiving touchdowns in a game.
Sitting it out: The Raiders didn’t have defensive tackle Vance Walker against the Chiefs, adding responsibility to Daniel Muir and Stacy McGee on the inside.
The team was fairly healthy outside that, with running backs Darren McFadden and Jeremy Stewart. Rashad Jennings and Marcel Reece ran well without them, and kept the ground game going strong.
What's next: The Raiders travel south for their annual contest against the red-hot San Diego Chargers. They posted victories over the New York Giants and Denver Broncos in consecutive weeks, and will be motivated to avenge an early-season loss at Oakland Coliseum.
The Chargers could be eliminated from playoff contention by the afternoon kickoff – if Miami wins a morning game – which could stunt their efforts.
If the Chargers are still in it, expect them to come out firing and the Raiders could be in for a long afternoon at Qualcomm Stadium.