Chiefs KO Raiders, seize con­trol of the AFC West

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KANSAS CITY:

The Kansas City Chiefs took con­trol of the AFC West with a 21-13 vic­tory over the Oak­land Raiders on Thurs­day in chilly weather con­di­tions. The re­sult left the teams with iden­ti­cal 10-3 records, how­ever, Kansas City has the tiebreak edge with two vic­to­ries over Oak­land this sea­son. The loss snapped a six-game Raiders win­ning streak. The Chiefs suf­fered a big loss when in­side line­backer Der­rick John­son went down with five min­utes to play in the first half and needed help get­ting off the field.

The 34-year old first-round choice by Kansas City in the 2005 draft, missed 15 games in the 2014 sea­son with a torn right Achilles. The Chiefs con­trolled the game in the first half thanks to rookie re­ceiver-re­turner Tyreek Hill. He scored on a 36-yard touch­down pass from quar­ter­back Alex Smith and added a 78-yard punt re­turn for a touch­down. Run­ning back Char­can­drick West also con­trib­uted a three-yard scor­ing run. But in the sec­ond half, Kansas City was sud­denly in a giv­ing mood as Smith threw an in­ter­cep­tion and then was stripped of the ball on a sack by Oak­land’s Khalil Mack.

The Raiders were not able to take ad­van­tage, scor­ing only on a 33-yard field goal from Se­bas­tian Janikowski. An­other field goal at­tempt in the third quar­ter went awry due to a bad snap. Kansas City kept hand­ing the ball back to the vis­i­tors, as its of­fense was un­able to gen­er­ate any first downs or long pos­ses­sions. Oak­land quar­ter­back Derek Carr com­pleted just 41.5 per­cent of his throws (17 of 41). The only re­li­able part of Oak­land’s of­fense was the run­ning game as they rushed for 135 yards as a team with Latavius Mur­ray con­tribut­ing 103 yards on 22 car­ries. —Reuters

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