By: Barry Barnes, Founder/Senior Writer
The Kansas City Chiefs should be bought into questioning after their assault and battery on Oakland’s quarterback Terrell Pryor as he was sacked him 10 times and picked off in the second half three times to defeat the Raiders (2-4) and stay perfect at 6-0, 24-7.
“Great, it feels great (being 6-0). Awesome,” said Chiefs’ quarterback Alex Smith. “You just keep taking them one at a time and it’s cliché but we keep coming out with victories. They’re special, anytime you get them. They’re hard to come by in this league. It’s great.”
Despite what the scoreboard presented, the Raiders held their own through three quarters as they did not allow quarterback Alex Smith to beat them down the field. But with good, sometimes great, field positioning, Smith moved the ball well enough for running back Jammal Charles to pound his way for two short touchdowns of 7 and 2-yards.
“It helps out so much. He’s (Charles) a great running back,” said Chiefs’ center Rodney Hudson. “He helps us out a lot, and we do our best to help him out. He’s a tough guy. We enjoy blocking for him. He does a great job, and we try to do a great job and help him.”
Charles finished the game with 78 yards off 22 carries.
Clearly, the story of the game for the new and improved Chiefs was their defense, which was recognized, quietly, as being the real deal.
“Bob (Sutton) is doing a great job dialing them up and the guys are doing a great job executing when the teams are in a situation when they have had to throw in the fourth quarter,” said Chiefs’ head coach Andy Reid. “Our pass rush, that’s a tough thing to do. But Bob Sutton and the defensive staff had a great game plan against what I think is an up and coming quarterback who is very dangerous and a well-coached football team. Dennis (Allen) is doing a nice job with that team. You look at the improvement they have made over a year or two for him. He’s really doing a nice job.”
Although the Raiders were never out of the game score wise, the Chiefs’ defense was suffocating and the offense was in control.
Pryor was under constant pressure, especially in the second half, throughout the contest and his eagerness to create plays caused him to give the ball away.
“Well he (Pryor) took off and ran and there were a few times I was holding my breath,” said Reid. “I’m not sure about you, but I was holding my breath when he took off. We were able to keep him boxed up for the most part, but when he goes and takes off and runs, he can take off and run.”
After a poor outing with three turnovers, the Raiders’ young signal caller recognizes the importance of throwing the ball away, but he said it’s difficult for him to do.
“It’s hard for me to do because I’m a play-maker,” said Pryor. “I love making plays. I just love making plays. I have to realize sometimes that it’s time to quit. Tamba Hali played a great game. I look forward to playing him again further down the line. Definitely a great defense, they did a phenomenal job. Great job, guys. Great job.”
To put the game on ice, Chiefs’ safety Husain Abdullah picked off Pryor and turned the turnover into a 44-yard touchdown.
“It was really my teammates, just rushing coverage and working together…Actually, it’s the team’s pick-six. It was great all the way around,” said Abdullah.
Game Notes by courtesy of the Kansas City Chiefs
-During today’s 24-7 victory, Chiefs fans set a new Guinness World Record for Loudest Crowd Roar at a Sports Stadium (Outdoors). Chiefs fans reached a peak decibel reading of 137.5 as Guinness Book of World Records adjudicator Philip Robertson monitored the sound levels. The mark was set on a fourth-quarter play that lasted six seconds as LB Derrick Johnson sacked Oakland QB Terrelle Pryor between 0:48 and 0:42 left in the game. The Arrowhead Stadium record passed the old record of 136.6 decibels set on Sept. 15, 2013 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.
-Kansas City recorded 10.0 sacks (-67.0 yards) in the contest, a mark that ties for the second-best single-game sack total in franchise history. It is the first time the Chiefs have recorded 10.0 or more sacks since recording 10.0 sacks vs. Oakland on Sept. 6, 1998. The franchise record for most sacks in a single game is 11.0 set on Sept. 30, 1984 vs. Cleveland.
-Kansas City has recorded two separate 10.0-sack games against the Raiders, tying for the third-highest single-game sack performances Oakland has allowed in franchise history.
-In addition to 10.0 sacks of Pryor, Kansas City’s defense logged three interceptions of the Oakland quarterback in the contest. Chiefs defenders returned those interceptions for 65 yards and one touchdown. It marks the first time Kansas City recorded three or more interceptions in a single game since recording three interceptions at Chicago on Dec. 4, 2011.
-Kansas City now owns three interceptions returned for touchdowns in 2013, marking the most interception returns for scores since 2010.
-Oakland was flagged 11 times in the contest for 68 yards. Oakland’s 11 penalties mark the most penalties by an opponent since the Raiders had 15 penalties on Dec. 24, 2011.
-Linebacker Tamba Hali recorded 3.5 sacks in today’s contest for a combined loss of 30.5 yards. He owns 70.0 sacks (-441.5 yards) for his career. His 70.0 sacks rank fourth in team history and his 441.5 sacks yards rank third.
-He own 16 career multi-sack games and the Chiefs hold an 11-5 record in games when Hali has 1.5 or more sacks.
-Charles recorded 22 carries for 78 yards (3.5 avg.) with two rushing touchdowns. His two rushing touchdowns tie his single-game career high. The last time he registered two rushing touchdowns was at Denver on Jan. 3, 2010. He finished that game with 25 carries for the franchise-best single-game rushing output of 259 yards to go with his two rushing touchdowns.
-It marks the sixth consecutive game for Charles recording at least one rushing or receiving touchdown. He now has five rushing touchdowns to go with two receiving touchdowns in 2013. He has 22 career rushing touchdowns and nine career receiving touchdowns.
-With his 78 yards on the ground, he becomes just the third Chiefs player to pass 5,000 career rushing yards, trailing Priest Holmes (6,070) and Larry Johnson (6,015), ranking third in franchise history with 5,011 career rushing yards.
-With 128 yards from scrimmage (78 rushing, 50 receiving) in today’s contest, Charles passes RB Abner Haynes (6,553) for seventh place on the franchise’s all-time scrimmage yards list with 6,593 scrimmage yards. He also passed RB Marcus Allen (1,073 – 932 rushes, 141 receptions) for fifth place on the club’s all-time attempts from scrimmage list with 1,083 attempts (898 rushes, 185 receptions).
-Charles led all Chiefs pass-catchers with five receptions for 50 yards.
-Linebacker Derrick Johnson sacked Oakland QB Terrell Pryor two times (-8.0 yards). Johnson now has 2.5 sacks (-13.0 yards) in 2013. He has 20.5 sacks (-129.0 yards) in his career. Johnson added nine tackles (eight solo) to pace the defense, including two for loss, and also had two QB pressures. Johnson’s 2.5 sacks are his highest total since recording 4.0 sacks in 2007.
-Abdullah recorded his first interception in a Kansas City uniform as he intercepted QB Terrelle Pryor and returned it 44 yards for a touchdown, marking his fifth-career interception and his first interception returned for a touchdown. Abdullah added 0.5 sack (-3.5 yards), two tackles (ones solo), one QB pressure and one pass defensed in the contest. He now owns 2.5 career sacks (-25.5 yards).
-Safety Quintin Demps intercepted a Pryor pass and returned it nine yards in today’s game. It is Demps’ third interception in as many weeks as he recorded an interception vs. the N.Y. Giants (9/29) and at Tennessee (10/6). He now has a single-season career-high with three interceptions returned for a career-high 61 yards.
-Linebacker Justin Houston recorded a sack (-0.0 yards) of QB Terrelle Pryor in the contest. Houston now leads the team with 9.5 sacks (–55.0 yards) this season. He has 25.0 career sacks (-151.0 yards). Houston added two solo tackles and three QB pressures in the game.
-Cornerback Marcus Cooper recorded his second interception in as many weeks as he intercepted QB Terrelle Pryor and returned it 12 yards in the fourth quarter to help seal the victory. Last week in Tennessee, Cooper recorded his first career interception, a fourth-quarter pick of QB Ryan Fitzpatrick to help seal Kansas City’s win against the Titans. Cooper made his first-career start in place of an injured CB Brandon Flowers.
-P Dustin Colquitt punted eight times for 392 yards (49.0 gross, 42.3 net) with four inside the 20-yard line, one touchback and a long of 60 yards. Entering Week 6 of the regular season, Colquitt was second in the NFL with 15 punts inside the 20-yard line. He now owns 19 punts inside the 20 for the season. He has landed 269 career punts inside the 20 for the franchise lead. His 269 punts inside the 20 rank 16th in NFL history.
-K Ryan Succop had six points in today’s contest on a 33-yard field goal and three PATs. He now has 449 career points to rank fifth in team history. He has made 108 career field goals on 132 attempts, good for a 81.8% career field goal percentage, the highest mark in team history.
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