Chiefs finally rely on blueprint for victory in Oakland


With two weeks to stew over a lopsided loss, the Chiefs went back to basics and put together a balanced offense that let the running game shine. "Can't keep on the downward spiral".

When the ball was snapped, Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith threw a backward pass to Poe, who was behind his diamond formation, then charged ahead for the easy score.

On this rainy day in the Bay Area, Oakland grabbed an early lead, but the resilient Chiefs looked nothing like the team that had been blown out in Pittsburgh (43-14) just two weeks earlier heading into a bye week.

Cornerback Marcus Peters set the tone early, with a first-quarter interception of Raiders' quarterback, Derek Carr. Prior to today's meeting, the Raiders' Derek Carr had only been sacked five times, a league low. "We didn't do good enough at all".

That statement came from Kansas City coach Andy Reid on Sunday afternoon after the Chiefs' 26-10 victory over the Oakland Raiders in Oakland, Calif.

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Kansas City turned that interception into a touchdown to tie the game when Ware, who had 131 rushing yards, scored from two yards out. "We had the same thing in Pittsburgh so they had a little bit of a lead up to it". So we're talking about a team that beat two bottom feeders, one mediocre foe and one team that just didn't show.

That wasn't almost enough to overcome a defense that allowed 183 yards rushing, gave up more than 390 yards of offense (406) for the sixth straight week, and forced just three punts and no turnovers. He initially lined up in the backfield before shifting out wide right. Just two minor quibbles for the staff: defensive coordinator Bob Sutton had a brief hiccup in the second quarter when the Chiefs ran a box-ish defense to protect the deep ball and sidelines.

Poe motioned out into a bunch formation, lining up behind three teammates to take a quick lateral into the end zone, making him a hero of a 26-10 win over their division-rival Raiders. It was the first TD run by a defensive player since Poe had won a year ago against San Diego. Del Rio hinted he might take a bigger role in calling the defense in the future, but said he didn't do it against the Chiefs.

Dontari Poe plays plenty of important roles for the Kansas City Chiefs. Ware had a terrific day, while Jamaal Charles (nine carries, 33 yards, one touchdown) continues to work himself into the mix. The play has reportedly never not worked in practice, but until Week 6, the Chiefs hadn't actually run it in a game. He scored his second career touchdown run on a 1-yard run in the third quarter that pushed the Chiefs' lead to 20-10. To have gone to 5-1 and 2-0 in the division would have been such a very large step forward, but the loss knocks them back down to a tie for the AFC West with Denver.

Oakland got off to the fast start it wanted, taking the ball on the opening drive and feeding Amari Cooper three times for 41 yards. That was about it for highlights for the Raiders as Carr struggled in the rain and wasn't helped by dropped third-down passes from Seth Roberts and Richard.