Raiders 24, Chiefs 20

Here’s the early version of beat writer Jerry McDonald’s game story. Check the Raiders home page for an updated version, complete with quotes from coach Tony Sparano and other players.

Derek Carr threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to James Jones with 1:42 to play to give the Raiders a 24-20 win Thursday night over the Kansas City Chiefs at O.co Coliseum, their first win in 368 days. Continue Reading

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Breaking Down The Chiefs

* The skinny: The Chiefs have shaken off a 1-2 start by winning seven of their past eight games. They are fresh from an impressive victory over the defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks. Overall, the Chiefs are one of only a handful of franchises with an all-time winning record against the Raiders (55-50-2). Running back Jamaal Charles scored five touchdowns against the Raiders the last time these teams played in Oakland. Quarterback Alex Smith is 4-0 all-time vs. the Raiders, with the 49ers and Chiefs. Kansas City is tied with the Denver Broncos for first place in the rugged AFC West, so they won’t be looking past the winless Raiders.

* Players to fear/Offense
Smith. He has 10 touchdown passes and one interception and is doing an admirable job of running the offense. Of note, he has yet to connect with a wide receiver for a touchdown this season.
Charles. He rushed for 159 yards and two touchdowns last Sunday against a stout Seahawks defense.
TE Travis Kelce. He leads Chiefs receivers with four touchdowns. He’s also second on the team in receptions (37) and receiving yards (475).

* Players to fear/Defense
LB Justin Houston. He leads the league with 12 sacks. Houston has developed into one of the most disruptive players in the NFL.
DT Dontari Poe. He has at least one sack in each of the past three games. Poe anchors an imposing defensive line that makes life difficult on quarterbacks and easier on the Chiefs back seven.
LB Tamba Hali. He teams with Houston to give the Chiefs one of the most-feared pass-rush duos in recent memory. He has five sacks so far.

* Key numbers
186.8. – Average yards passing per game, the second-lowest figure in the league.
0. – Teams have been able to run well against the Chiefs, but no runner has found the end zone against the Chiefs this season.
4.8. – Average yards allowed per rush, the second-worst figure.
28.6 – The Chiefs are third in the league in kick-return average.

* Injury report: WR A.J. Jenkins (shoulder), WR Donnie Avery (groin), CB Chris Owens (knee), TE Anthony Fasano (knee), G Mike McGlynn (knee) and Hali (knee).

* Vegas says: Chiefs by 7

* What others are saying: Twelve of the 13 so-called ESPN experts that predict the outcome of games each week have the Chiefs beating the Raiders.

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