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“That’s three wins in a row, we’re 3-0 in division play, (and) we’ve got a winning record now, which is a very exciting thing around here,” Oakland coach Tom Cable said. “I think that (the Raiders) took the next step.”

The first quarter hadn’t even finished, and each team tried an unsuccessful fake punt.

The Chiefs tried first with Javier Arenas taking the snap. But his running play gained only 5 yards when the Chiefs needed 6, and the Raiders took possession at their 41 late in the period.

“I think the difference is in the past a lot of Raider teams would have folded the tent, and people would have been walking up the stands. They would have said, ‘This is the same old thing over and over again,’ ” said lineman Khalif Barnes, who caught a touchdown pass in the third quarter.

Kansas City could have put itself in control of the AFC West on Sunday, distancing itself by at least 2 1/2 games by all other division teams. Instead, the Chiefs were the only division team to lose Sunday — Denver was off — and the other teams made up ground on them. The team has the softest part of its schedule upcoming, but Sunday was a missed opportunity to come closer to sealing a division title for the first time since 2003.

The Raiders rebounded from a 10-0 halftime deficit and made just enough plays to offset a shoddy performance in a 23-20 overtime win at the rain-drenched Oakland Coliseum.

“It wasn’t the way we draw it up,” Raiders coach Tom Cable said, “but it was the way it was supposed to be. We hung in there, fought, hung in there, fought, got a chance, made a couple of plays, made two kicks, and now we’re all happy.”

have to assume that if you looked at any other team, they probably also have more penalties against their divisional opponents than outside the division – and, it probably makes sense. Either both teams are more aggressive or the officials fear they may be and want to keep it under control. Either way, it means (as a rule) divisional games are probably less “pretty”.

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