Kansas City at Oakland: Live Grades and Analysis for Kansas City

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Kansas City at Oakland: Live Grades and Analysis for Kansas City
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Edited by Brett Gering

Every time that Oakland (4-10) threatened to pull off a gut-wrenching comeback, Kansas City (11-3) stepped up to the plate and delivered a backbreaking blow that took the wind out of its rivals' sails. 

The Chiefs will host Indianapolis next Sunday with a ticket to the playoffs in their back pocket. 


Kansas City - 56

Oakland - 31

Kansas City Chiefs Grades
First-Half Grade Final Grade
Pass Offense A A
Run Offense D+ C-
Run Defense B+ B-
Pass Defense B C+
Special Teams C+ C
Coaching A- A

vs. Oakland Week 15

Final analysis for the Kansas City Chiefs

Pass Offense: The term “fantasy football” never seemed as fitting as it did today, as Jamaal Charles authored a performance that dreams are made of. No. 25 recorded a jaw-dropping 195 receiving yards and four touchdowns on eight receptions. Alex Smith only misfired on three of his 20 passes, totaling 287 yards through the air before resting throughout the bulk of the final quarter. 

Run Offense: Knile Davis, who relieved Charles in the fourth quarter, averaged a respectable 4.4 yards per carry until the final drive, including a steamrolling 17-yard touchdown. His buzz-worthy mentor didn’t benefit from the same brand of blocking, though, as Charles was held to 20 yards on eight hand-offs.

Run Defense: Oakland entered today’s game averaging an impressive 4.8 yards per carry. However, the heart of Kansas City’s defense limited the Raiders backfield to a relatively modest figure of 3.9 yards per carry.

Pass Defense: Matt McGloin nearly eclipsed the 300-yard mark, tallying 297 passing yards before being spelled by Terrelle Pryor. Raiders receivers regularly embarrassed an over-pursuing Chiefs secondary with crossing routes, continually breaking tackles or drawing flags. That being said, Kansas City mitigated the damage by snagging five interceptions, including two by Pro Bowler Eric Berry. 

Special Teams: With the exception of Quintin Demps’ first return, the special teams didn’t contribute anything notable. 

Coaching: Bob Sutton exploited lackluster quarterbacking, and Andy Reid circumvented significant injuries with dynamic play-calling

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First-half analysis for the Kansas City Chiefs 

Pass Offense: Smith completed 11 of his 13 passes for 173 yards and three touchdowns—all three scores and all 116 of those yards stemmed from screens to Charles, who is currently two touchdowns shy of tying Gayle Sayers’ single-game touchdown record (non-quarterback) of six.

Run Offense: Kansas City only averaged 2.7 yards per carry on 10 attempts. Oakland defenders penetrated the backfield with relative ease, making Andy Reid’s decision to favor the aerial attack a no-brainer. 

Run Defense: Dontari Poe and Mike DeVito owned the interior. Although Rashad Jennings tacked two (one-yard) rushing touchdowns onto his stat sheet, both were byproducts of pass-interference flags in the end zone. 

Pass Defense: This is a mixed bag. The bad news? Kansas City’s secondary was routinely victimized by penalties, which served as springboards for both of Oakland’s touchdowns. However, the positives certainly outweighed the negatives as Eric Berry got two interceptions, including one pick-six. 

Special Teams: Demps opened the game with a 51-yard kick return, immediately swaying the momentum in Kansas City’s favor. One of Ryan Succop’s kickoffs did sail out of bounds, serving as the special teams’ lone blemish of the half. 

Coaching: Blitzing tends to be more effective against inexperienced passers as opposed to savvy vets, and this afternoon has served as Exhibit A for that rule of thumb. Matt McGloin was regularly pressured into game-changing miscues.  

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