Heading into the matchup at Arrowhead Stadium something had to give.
The Kansas City Chiefs has started the season 5-0, but the Oakland Raiders had won six straight games in the Chiefs’ house.
Early on, it was all Terrelle Pryor. The Raiders grabbed a 7-0 lead midway through the second quarter thanks to a 39-yard touchdown pass to Denarius Moore. For the receiver, it was his fourth touchdown catch of the year.
For most of the first half, the Chiefs offense floundered badly. Kansas City had to punt on each of the team’s first five drives before punching in a late score. With just over a minute until halftime, D.J. Hayden was called for pass interference on the 7-yard line.
On the very next play, Jamal Charles rumbled into the endzone to pull the Chiefs even at 7-7.
The Chiefs held onto the momentum heading out of the locker room. Kansas City had the chance to open up an advantage before the Raiders stepped up with a huge redzone takeaway. The rookie Hayden forced a fumble that was recovered by Charles Woodson on the 8-yard line.
However, the game quickly spiraled out of control for Oakland despite the big play from the defense. With the crowd roaring, the Raiders’ offensive line simply could not protect Pryor. On the day, the quarterback was sacked 10 times by the Chiefs. According to ESPN Stats & Info, that had’t happened for quite awhile:
Terrelle Pryor is the 1st Raiders QB sacked 10 times in a game since Jeff George in 1998.
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 13, 2013
Kansas City would score 17 second-half points coming off three interceptions from Pyror.
The first pick came on Pryor’s first big mistake of the afternoon. On third down and 13, the quarterback tossed the ball up for grabs and Quintin Demps came down with it. The miscue left the Chiefs with excellent field position, and just moments later Charles would make it 14-7 after his second score of the afternoon.
Pryor’s second interception set up 33-yard kick from Ryan Succop as the Chiefs jumped out to a 17-7 lead. The Raiders would have one final try to make a late run. Instead, Pryor delivered his third pick of the day. This one went to Husain Abdullah, as the Kansas City safety took it 44 yards for the score.
In the end, the Chiefs ripped off 24 unanswered points.
As bad as the interceptions were, though, nothing better epitomized the team’s futility than a single series in the fourth quarter. Due to penalties and sacks, the Raiders punted away on fourth down and 48.
Oakland has a bye in Week 7, which comes at a perfect time as the team looks to get healthy. The Raiders return to action on October 27 when they play host to the Pittsburgh Steelers at the O.co Coliseum.
Against the Chiefs, Sebastian Janikowski actually missed his fourth kick of the year, which means he’s already missed more field goals than in all of 2012.
Last year in Week 3, though, Janikowski played a vital role in edging the Steelers. The veteran hit a 43-yard field goal as timed expired to give the Oakland a 34-31 win. The victory was also Dennis Allen’s first as coach of the Raiders.