The Kansas City Chiefs stayed perfect Sunday when they took out the Oakland Raiders 24-7 at Arrowhead Stadium. Getting to 7-0 wasn’t as easy as the score would indicate, but with the help of a dominating defense and historically loud crowd, Andy Reid and Co. remained perfect.
Out of the gate, neither team could really get into a rhythm on offense and we saw the first quarter come to a close with no points on the board. But in the second quarter the Raiders used some of their track speed on a 39-yard touchdown from Terrelle Pryor to Denarious Moore for a 7-0 lead.
As we know, the Chiefs have their own track star in Jamaal Charles and he wasn’t going to be held down for long. Charles found the end zone with just over a minute left in the half to tie things up and give Kansas City some momentum for the second half.
The Chiefs were trying to capitalize on that momentum with a promising drive deep in Raiders territory, but seemed to lose it when WR Donnie Avery fumbled after a catch to give Oakland life.
As it did most of the day, the Kansas City defense worked quickly to take that life away, this time in the form of a Quintin Demps interception. Suddenly an impressive Pryor was starting to look lost under the constant pressure.
Helped out by a pass interference call in the end zone on third down, the Chiefs were able to punch it in for a second Charles touchdown and a 14-7 lead.
That’s when the Chiefs defense really took over. In chasing Pryor all over the field, Bob Sutton’s unit only allowed the Raiders to put together two drives longer than five plays the rest of the second half.
Along the way, Pryor was intercepted on back-to-back possessions. The second was returned 44 yards by Husain Abdullah for a pick six and the final score of 24-7.
The Chiefs managed to overcome a stagnant offense to stay undefeated and now get to welcome a struggling Houston Texans team to Arrowhead next weekend. But before we start looking forward, here are the players that were most impressive on offense, defense and special teams against the Raiders.
Offense: Jamaal Charles
It’s easy to understand why Charles continues to suffer from severe blisters on his feet. He is carrying the entire Kansas City offense on his back week after week. Sunday was no exception, especially with Alex Smith unable to get in a groove all day.
Charles carried the ball 22 times for 78 yards and two scores on the ground while once again serving as the Chiefs top receiver with five catches for 50 yards. It’s scary to think how good the explosive running back could be if the rest of the offense could give him some support.
It was cute of offensive coordinator Doug Pederson to talk about giving Charles a breather, but no other running back on the roster carried the ball. Backup Knile Davis did have one catch, but lost a yard as he fumbled.
Defense: Tamba Hali
The Raiders did an admirable job at slowing down Justin Houston and Dontari Poe. The problem? Hali is still at the top of his game and ready — along with Derrick Johnson — to clean up as offenses focus on Houston and Poe.
Hali welcomed Pryor to Arrowhead with 3.5 sacks and officially five quarterback hits (it seemed more like seven or eight). Short of a strip-sack and one issue in coverage, Hali played a nearly perfect game.
Special Teams: Ryan Succop
There won’t be anyone holding up Succop’s hand after this game, but he did everything right.
He hit all of his extra points and made his only field goal attempt. But he also took the return game away from the Raiders, something especially important when you have a team with as much speed as Oakland.
Four of Succop’s five kickoffs were touchbacks and the one that was returned had to be taken out of the end zone by Jacoby Ford and only reached the 18.