The Oakland Raiders came into Sunday's road game against the Kansas City Chiefs with six consecutive wins in their building. That streak ended in brutal fashion as quarterback Terrelle Pryor threw three interceptions and the offensive line gave up a whopping 10 sacks. The Raiders fall to 2-4 with the 24-7 defeat and the Chiefs remain a perfect 6-0.
This was a growth game for Pryor as everything went wrong in the second half. The offensive line injuries finally caught up to Oakland, who was missing left tackle Jared Veldheer and center Stefen Wisniewski. Right tackle Tony Pashos re-injured his groin and left the game as well as back-up center Andre Gurode. That left the Raiders with guard Mike Brisiel moving to center and a patch work line that was destroyed by the Chiefs defense, in particular linebacker Tamba Hali, who recorded 3.5 sacks alone.
Pryor was directly affected by the breakdowns up front. He started to get hit and press. He forced ill-advised throws and was intercepted three times in the second half. He held the ball trying it make plays, but the pressure never ceased. As the Raiders stumbled, the noise level grew. The Raiders had all kinds of communication problems resulting in three delay of game penalties and several false starts. For the game, Oakland was penalized 11 times for 68 yards.
The offense found a rhythm on their third drive but kicker Sabastian Janikowski pushed his 51 yard field goal just wide. On the next Raiders' possession, Pryor found wide receiver Denarius Moore on a slant. He took the pass, put on the jets, and went 39 yards for the touchdown, giving Oakland a 7-0 lead. That was all the offense could muster. Their drives from that point forward resulted in six punts and the three interceptions. Pryor finished the 18-34 for 216 yards. Running back Darren McFadden returned after missing last week and contributed 52 rushing yards on 16 carries and three catches for 31 yards.
Despite the offensive troubles, the Raiders defense came to play. They were able to get to quarterback Alex Smith for three sacks. Linebacker Sio Moore stared the game with a sack and defensive tackle Vance Walker and linebacker Nick Roach added two more. The Raiders defense held the Chiefs to 216 total yards. Safety Charles Woodson recovered a fumble after a DJ Hayden hit for Kansas City's only turnover.
Smith finished the game 14-31 for only 128 yards. Running back Jamaal Charles led the way offensively for the Chiefs rushing 22 times for 78 yards and two scores. He also caught five passes for 50 yards. The Raiders defense held the Chiefs to punts on their first five possessions. Then, Kansas City went 55 yards capped off on a Charles seven yard run. After an interception by Quintin Demps, the Chiefs traveled 23 yards and punched in on a Charles two yard run, making it 14-7.
The game did not get any closer and it ended when Pryor was intercepted by Husain Abdullah and returned 44 yards for the score. The Raiders will have a bye next week to try and get healthy along the offensive line. It devastated them in this loss. Pryor will have some time to shake off his worst NFL start of his young career. They will face the Pittsburgh Steelers coming off the bye week.
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