Raiders vs. Chiefs: Live Grades and Analysis for Kansas City

Brett GeringCorrespondent IOctober 13, 2013

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An overwhelming defensive effort spearheaded a second-half surge for the Kansas City Chiefs' sixth win of the season.


Oakland - 7

Kansas City - 24

Pass Offense: After a sluggish start, Alex Smith redeemed himself in the third quarter, evading seemingly surefire sacks and converting third downs. He somewhat regressed again in the fourth quarter, though. Dwayne Bowe was the only wideout to put a kink in the Raiders' coverage.

Run Offense: Jamaal Charles often found daylight on the edges, but the crevices hurriedly closed on the inside. Alex Smith also chipped in 29 yards on four scrambles. 

Run Defense: Bob Sutton made halftime adjustments and periodically assigned defenders to spy on Pryor (due to his scrambling), including Eric Berry who bolted in for a critical sack. Darren McFadden was routinely swallowed up at the line of scrimmage and averaged a meager 3.3 yards per carry.

Pass Defense: Kansas City's pass-rushers made it look like Terrelle Pryor threw a right hook at their beehive. The overwhelming pressure and penalty-inducing crowd noise forced the Raiders into a 3rd-and-48. Marcus Cooper delivered the coffin with a fourth-quarter pick on a slant route, and Husain Abdullah then hammered the proverbial nail with a pick-six.

Special Teams: Dustin Colquitt repeatedly showcased why he's (arguably) the best punter in the league. The punt-return unit failed to open alleys for Dexter McCluster, though. 

Coaching: Kansas City's halftime adjustments, particularly on the defensive side of the ball, proved to be what dictated the outcome. 

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 13: Linebacker Tamba Hali #91 of the Kansas City Chiefs sacks quarterback Terrelle Pryor #2 of the Oakland Raiders during the first half on October 13, 2013 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Get
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Pass Offense: If I wasn't obligated to fill this out, I would just stamp "N/A" here. Alex Smith has been under siege throughout much of the first half. And on the occasions that he's had time, the passes have been inaccurate. Screen passes, at which Kansas City's athletic line excels, have served as the only glimmers of hope.

Run Offense: The interior of the offensive line has failed to create movement. Jamaal Charles has found blips of success on the outside, but they're few and far between. Charles did, however, wedge his way through the teeth of Oakland's defense for a seven-yard score. 

Run Defense: This has been a double-edged sword and a recurring theme for the Chiefs defense: Running backs have been stonewalled at the point of attack, but when blitzes haven't reaped the desired rewards, Terrelle Pryor has torched Kansas City on the ground. 

Pass Defense: With Brandon Flowers out and rookie Marcus Cooper in, Bob Sutton hasn't budged on his blitz-heavy philosophy. It has paid dividends from a pass-rushing standpoint, but Cooper did allow his receiver to dart inside while playing Cover 1, which resulted in a touchdown. 

Special Teams: On a punt, Nico Johnson was flagged for a neutral zone infraction, which paved the way for a field-goal attempt (missed). Dustin Colquitt has worked his usual magic.

Coaching: Andy Reid has attempted to circumvent shoddy pass protection through rollouts, but the receivers have failed to create separation. Bob Sutton may need to assign Derrick Johnson or Akeem Jordan to spy on Pryor if he continues eluding the pass rush. 


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