Oakland Raiders Offense Struggles in 24-7 Loss to Chiefs

Oct 13, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (25) runs the ball as Oakland Raiders linebacker Kaelin Burnett (95) attempts the tackle during the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs won 24-7. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The Oakland Raiders “almost” handed the Kansas City Chiefs their first loss of their season, but as good as their defense was, their offense needed a lot of work. Terrelle Pryor was sacked 10 times; he threw three interceptions, but also a 39-yard touchdown pass. Unfortunately for the Raiders, however, the Chiefs were able to capitalize on their mistakes and win the game. Jamaal Charles carried the load by scoring two rushing touchdowns.

In the first quarter of this game, both teams opened with excellent defense as we saw a couple of sacks and a scoreless period. In the first possession of the game, the Chiefs only gained 13 yards, and were forced to punt at their own 33. This gave Oakland their first chance to score. On their first possession, however, they lost three yards in four downs, and were forced to punt right back. Offense started out slow for both teams, but the defense was proving to be phenomenal.

The first signs of any offensive life became apparent when the Chiefs had their third possession, where they advanced to Oakland’s 42-yard line. Unfortunately for them, however, they were able to go no further, and punted. In this first quarter, neither teams were particularly close to scoring, but luckily, Pryor and the Raiders got things started in the second.

Early in this second quarter, the Raiders were able to advance all the way to the Kansas City’s 33-yard line. They set up for a field goal, but in a rare occurrence, Sebastian Janikowski missed it short. But the defense was able to get the job done and give the Chiefs no yards at all on the ensuing drive. Alex Smith was thwarted on all three of his pass attempts, and the ball went right back to the Raiders.

On the second drive of the quarter, Pryor’s 39-yard touchdown pass to Denarius Moore put the Raiders on the scoreboard for the first time. Kansas City got on the board later in the second quarter when Charles snuck up the middle for a gain of seven and a touchdown. The game was tied 7-7 heading into halftime.

Both teams were able to stop each other defensively for most of the third quarter until the four-minute mark, where the Chiefs struck again. Pryor’s pass, intended for Rod Streater was picked off by Quintin Demps, who was taken down at Oakland’s 23-yard line. The Chiefs advanced to the two-yard line, where Charles ran two yards down the middle for another touchdown. The Chiefs closed the third leading 14-7.

The Raiders didn’t have much luck in the fourth quarter either. In their second possession of the fourth quarter, they found themselves at their own 12-yard line with 48 yards to go on a fourth down. A penalty and sack cost the Raiders a lot of yards, and they suffered the consequences. On their next drive, Pryor threw another pass right into the hands of Marcus Cooper. A field goal by the Chiefs sealed the deal with 2:09 remaining in the quarter, making it 17-7.

To add insult to injury, the Chiefs got the ball back and scored once again picking off another pass from Pryor. This time, it was Husain Abdullah who got his hands in the passing lane. He ran it all the way into the end zone for a touchdown. As the clock expired, the Raiders found themselves on the losing end of a 24-7 score.

The key stat of the day, for the Chiefs at least, was the seven sacks that they recorded on Pryor. The Raiders haven’t been looking bad lately, but a couple of offensive holes have made them very vulnerable. If they want to salvage this season, they need to find a way to cover up these holes, as Pryor continues to develop as a starting quarterback.

Topics: Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders

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  • DTVTechGuy

    Was 10 sacks.
    Almost handed the Chiefs a loss? Almost is a horrible word to use. One 40 yard TD play, aside from that, didn’t even SEE the end zone, none the less almost score.

    It was a tough, close game for 3 quarters of football. Respect to the Raiders for the fight.

    Go Chiefs!

    • Tej Kamaraju

      I put quotations around almost.

      • DTVTechGuy

        LOL… It’s all good man… Was a good game. Sat and watched with a good buddy who is a Raiders fan… It was tough to call for a long time.

        • Tej Kamaraju

          watching the Raiders is tough.

  • Blake Molina

    Pryor could be good for you guys, get a healthy line and healthy backfield and the Raiders will have an offense

    • Tej Kamaraju

      Not us. For the Raiders. We aren’t apart of their organization. Hopefully their O-line can shape up soon. Defense isn’t a problem, it’s the offense.

      • travis

        Right..because u didnt know what he meant did u?

  • marco

    everything was good til the raiders center (backup center to add) got hurt and we were already playing with a makeshift o-line. but we showed that we have a good secondary and a decent line up front on our defense

    • Tej Kamaraju

      Agreed, Poor Pryor was getting hammered out there!

  • Rory Miller

    Same old shit! Different Sunday offense sucked. Gotta get a real coach. Pryor needs more games under shit belt.

    • Tej Kamaraju

      He continues to develop along with the franchise, so we’ll see jus how good he can be when the Raiders continue to rebuild.

      • Rory Miller

        I understand but next year’s draft if there’s a real qb available do we draft him or wait until pryor becomes a franchise qb?

        • DanfromVegas

          Unless he has a stellar season we have to draft a top quality QB if one is available.

          • DF Rellom

            Nah… i say he gets the raiders to at least 7 or 8 games….and learns not do the many mistakes he did in that awful 2 half….draft a running back or another offensive linemen.

          • marco

            mcfadden wont cut it, we need a running back in this upcoming draft or free agency. and maybe a wide receiver. though i do like moore and streater i know they’re not number ones, we need a true number one option

        • Tej Kamaraju

          Agreed with the rest. It all depends on the type of season that he has, but as we can tell, he’s got a lot of potential.

  • mccall316

    There was no chance to win this game with the oline playing that poorly. I know Pryor told the media the loss is on him. Yes the picks were crucial but the flood of defensive players in the backfield would have made any quarterback nervous. It is a real shame because the defense played outstanding. Aside from one drive, the defense held their own. Hard to do when having to deal with a short field in the 2nd half. The oline is just pieces put together now. I would love to see Wiz, Watson and Veldeer back to see exactly what the Raiders have with their line. I’m sure the coaches would also. The organization has to figure it out before the end of the year to see if they need to pursue in the offseason. By the way, any chiefs fan who believes they are going deep is in for a rude awakening. Their schedule has been soft and I’d take the bet the Broncos crush them because of how mediocre their offense really is.

    • DanfromVegas

      Hell no dude. You gonna give them man all the credit when we win, you gotta call him out on his crappy play. I like Pryor and think he can be good. The dude was awful today. The o line is banged up, but it was a winnable game until he started chucking the ball up. He’s done that before and been lucky not to have gotten picked on those games we won. Pryor lost the game for us.

      • mccall316

        I must have missed the play when Pryor snapped it to Pryor and then threw a pass to Pryor. You can’t give Pryor all the blame or credit. Football is 11 on 11. If you watched the entire Chargers game, you would know the offense was so stagnant in the 2nd half that if it weren’t for the defense causing turnovers, the Raiders lose. Are you one of the fans that would blame Romo for that loss against the Broncos because 500 yards and 4tds wasn’t good enough? How about the corner for the Saints Greer, for giving up the Tom Brady touchdown to end the game yesterday? Forgetting how the play calling in the final two drives was so conservative that it gave Brady two chances to win the damn game. In two wins this season, it has been the defense along with a competent offense that has won those games. You can’t place all the blame or credit on one guy. Football doesn’t work that way. If you really want to throw some blame at Pryor, then why not mention how during the Chiefs series he is on the bench doing nothing! That was my issue. When have you ever seen good qbs go to the sideline and not look at pictures from the drive, see what the defense is doing and learn. I hated every time they panned the camera over to him and he’s sitting on the bench. Olson or the qb coach should be sitting there with him going over the mistakes. There is a lot of blame that should be thrown around after this game. You move on, get some guys back on the line and hopefully they improve.

  • DanfromVegas

    Who you guys kidding? Yes, the O line was in shambles, and Pryor was pressured. The bottom line is that the O -line still played well enough to win the game but Pryor’s interceptions were mind boggling bad throws not under enough pressure to warrant those mistakes. I applauded Pryor for his play when we won, but we have to admit that he sometimes makes terrible decisions and terrible throws. He missed two receivers deep and under threw the pass both times. He held on to the ball way too long, and his picks were a consequence of high school football quality passes.

    • DF Rellom

      Late 3rd quarter and Chief defenders were on him the second he touched the ball. That beat up line didnt give him any chance to check around. He hasnt seen a defense like that. He tried to do too much . Hes still learning. But wow!! what a lesson!!

    • Tej Kamaraju

      He was looking solid until the second half of the fourth quarter. That’s where things started to go wrong.