Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (25) catches a 71 yard touchdown pass against the Oakland Raiders in the third quarter at O.co Coliseum. The Chiefs defeated the Raiders 56-31. (Cary Edmondson, USA TODAY Sports)

Three Thoughts: Kansas City Chiefs Beat the Oakland Raiders

Jamaal Charles, Chiefs’ Leading Receiver

The Oakland Raiders played a decent game today, but there developed a glaring hole in their game plan. Jamaal Charles was able to rack up 195 passing yards on 8 catches and 4 touchdowns, including 20 rushing yards and another touchdown. Charles became the first running back in NFL history with 4 scores on passing plays.

The accomplishment came from a combination of hardly anyone covering Charles, good blocking by the Chiefs’ linemen, and Charles’ ridiculous speed. The second of Charles’ touchdown catches was helped massively by Jeff Allen’s downfield block, when one Raider stumbled into another essentially clearing the final 20 yards.

Charles is the best player on the Kansas City offense, no questions. Get him the ball as much as possible. If that means letting him explode from the open lateral, let him do it. Let’s just hope that in future games the wide receivers will get open, because opponents aren’t going to allow Charles a chance to catch many passes after a day like this.


New Kind of Defense

It’s another Sunday where the Chiefs’ defense was unable to acquire a sack. After finishing the first half of the season leading the league in sacks, the Chiefs have fallen to third. Not terrible, but when you remember that they were setting mid-season sack records back in Week 8, it makes you simultaneously in awe and envious of those October days

However today featured the Chiefs’ new favorite form of defense: the interception. They picked off the Raider quarterbacks five times, which gives them 20 interceptions on the season. The pass rush may not have gotten to the quarterback, but it affected the passes of Matt McGloin in particular. Would you rather have sacks or the interceptions? The sack allows the opposing team to keep the ball while the interception stops the opposing team completely. I’d take the picks.


Back Where They Belong

With the win over the rival Raiders (I love it when the Chiefs beat the Raiders), the Kansas City Chiefs are now guaranteed a spot in the playoffs!!! At this time last year, there was no possible hope of such a rememberable and successful season. Andy Reid will forever be a genius in my eyes. Jamaal Charles will become legend to my future children. The defense of 2013 will be the measure of Chiefs’ defense for years to come.

Not since the days of 2010/11 have the Chiefs been considered one of the top twelve teams. This time around, it looks like a lock that the Chiefs will visit the Indianapolis Colts in the Wild Card round. Funny enough, the Colts come to Arrowhead this coming Sunday. The Chiefs need to collect as much data as they can, without showing all their secret weapons.

What a fantastic year to be a Chiefs fan!


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    A new kind of defense? Really? Do you mean no defense? Because that is exactly what the Chiefs put up today. The Raiders are just a crappy team. I don’t think that the Chiefs can take any solace from this game today. The Raiders put up numbers that will get us beat in the playoffs. This team has a mountain of work to do in the next two weeks.

    • bassline70

      I wouldn’t agree there was ‘no defense’, but their threat certainly diminished in the past few weeks and it sure helped to add five in the turnover battle. They do need to step up on the rushing defense and the penalties were ridiculous but then again it is the Raiders. If they expect to compete in the playoffs the defense has work to do. Offense and special teams was awesome today.

    • Curtis

      Since when does “no defense” mean a +6 turnover differential in a game?!

      • Andy

        Umm we gave up over 460 yards to the 20th ranked offense.

        • Curtis

          We have the 20th ranked Defense. Does that really tell the whole story of this season? Really?

    • Larry Devore

      I wouldn’t call 5 int’s no defense

      • TAZMOSIS

        The Chiefs gave up 500 yds and 31 points to one of the worst teams in the NFL with a rookie QB who played like a rookie. They do that in the playoffs to a good team, and we can start looking toward the draft.

  • DTVTechGuy

    Houston can’t return soon enough.

  • Doug McD

    All the turn overs and they still put 31 on us. We need a healthy Houston back ASAP! Still happy about the season but I don’t want a one and done playoff result. Next weeks game will tell us a lot.

  • Andy

    Good try on trying to sugar coat the lack of recent sacks. Rookies will throw the int, Manning won’t. Hopefully Houston can make a difference. Houston needs to sit for the Indy game. We don’t want to give them any Houston to prepare during the playoffs.

  • Guest

    Chiefs looked so good today that it doesn’t matter that it was against another terrible, terrible team. Good way to end it, because they won’t win another game this season. Colts and Chargers are both really good teams, and the Chiefs lose when they play good teams.

    Out in the wildcard.