Kansas City Chiefs Raid Oakland In 31-13 Victory

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Man, we needed this.

The Kansas City Chiefs rolled over the Oakland Raiders, 31-13, to snap a three-game losing streak and keep their playoff hopes alive. Pending the result of the Chargers-Broncos game later this afternoon, the Chiefs would be the seventh ranked team in the AFC with games against the Pittsburgh Steelers and San Diego Chargers remaining.

De’Anthony Thomas was the spark that got everything going. An 81-yard punt return for a touchdown represented the Chiefs only touchdown of the half. He would add another 75 yards in punt returns to set a franchise record for punt return yardage in a game. His 156 yards broke J.T. Smith’s record of 141 yards, which he set in an 1979 games against – wait for it- the Raiders.

Alex Smith threw for 297 yards and got some big plays in the passing game. Knile Davis scored a 70-yard touchdown on a blown coverage by the Raiders, Albert Wilson had a 48-yard catch, Dwayne Bowe had a couple of long plays, and Travis Kelce had a nice catch-and-run for a touchdown. Yes, it is the Raiders, but at least the Chiefs flashed an ability to create big plays on offense for the first since the Patriots game in September.

Finally, the Chiefs defense stepped up big. Justin Houston, Tamba Hali and the gang sacked Derek Carr four times and held him to only 222 yards passing. Even Dee Ford recorded a half-sack and two quarterback hits in the game. Kansas City has yet to give up a 300-yard passer, and even managed to hold an opponent to under 100 yards rushing.

Big win for the Chiefs. Pick up two more and they’ll be in the playoffs.