The Raiders returned to practice Monday after spending three days basking in the glow of their first victory in 11 games this season. Coach Tony Sparano was interested to see how his players would respond. Continue Reading
The return to practice of wide receiver Rod Streater on Monday helped offset the news that running back Latavius Murray and guard Gabe Jackson weren’t able to take part in any drills. Continue Reading
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
The whispers grew louder as the losses mounted. Raiders rookie quarterback Derek Carr is regressing, some said, and it’s time to give the youngster a break. Continue Reading
The Raiders extended their lead over the Kansas City Chiefs to 14-3 on the strength of a 90-yard run by Latavius Murray for his second touchdown of the game. Continue Reading
The Raiders scored on an 11-yard run by running back Latavius Murray midway through the first quarter for the only scoring, as the Raiders entered the second quarter with a rare lead. Continue Reading
Punter Ray Guy is on hand at the Raiders game against the Kansas City Chiefs so that he can receive his Pro Football Hall of Fame ring. Continue Reading
Starting left guard Gabe Jackson (knee) is one of the Raiders seven inactives for tonight’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Khalif Barnes will start in place of Jackson for the third straight game. Continue Reading
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.
Wide receiver Rod Streater’s rehab from a broken left foot is ahead of schedule, and he remains hopeful of playing in another game this season. Continue Reading