Oakland Raiders vs. Kansas City Chiefs: Analysis and Post-Game Recap

Brett Gering@BrettGeringCorrespondent IOctober 28, 2012

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 28:  Quarterback Carson Palmer #3 of the Oakland Raiders looks to pass during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on October 28, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Final: Raiders 26, Chiefs 16

On Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs' disappointing season snowballed into a sixth loss in seven games. The Oakland Raiders gashed the Chiefs defense with highlight-worthy plays throughout the game, and the Chiefs offense reeked with mediocrity.

A marriage of turnovers and inopportune penalties have evolved into open wounds for Kansas City, and Oakland doused them with salt. 

Carson Palmer opened the contest with a poorly thrown interception, but the nine-year veteran mushed adversity and finished with a relatively decent stat line (14-28, 209 YDS, 2 TD, INT).

Brady Quinn left today's matchup with a head injury, and Matt Cassel operated effectively throughout the first half. However, a fumbled center-quarterback exchange was indicative of the offense's second-half (lack of) success. At certain points, Cassel (20-30, 218 YDS, TD, INT) provided the unit with a breath of new life, but the Raiders defense repeatedly countered by suffocating the opposition once it crossed midfield. 

Darren McFadden looked revitalized in the second half and poured on 114 rushing yards before the final whistle. Denarius Moore helped relieve the pressure off of his running back by supplying 96 yards through the air. 

The Oakland Raiders (3-4) will host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-4) next Sunday. The Kansas City Chiefs (1-6) will travel out west to take on the San Diego Chargers (3-4) this Thursday night.

Season statistics provided by NFL.com. Box score provided by ESPN.