Published: Mon, December 11, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Who needs Marcus Peters? Chiefs snuff Raiders without him

Who needs Marcus Peters? Chiefs snuff Raiders without him

The Kansas City Chiefs dominated the Oakland Raiders for three quarters on the way to a 26-15 victory Sunday. As Vic Tafur of the Athletic noted on Twitter, the two late scores by Oakland made the game appear closer than it was.

The lackluster effort left Raiders fans feeling a mixture of emotions. and all were negative.

The Chiefs moved to 7-6 and set up next Saturday night's showdown with the Los Angeles Chargers at Arrowhead (8:25 ET, NFL Network). The Chiefs did get a pick three weeks ago against the New York Giants, but that came on a pass from a running back and should never have been thrown.

What was especially important about the showing against the Raiders was the fact that Kareem Hunt got back on track. Such numbers would be solid for most wide outs, but not Cooper, who established himself as one of football's most unsafe play-makers over the first two years of his career.

The loss leaves the Raiders one game behind the Chiefs in the AFC West race.

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That loss was part of a midseason swoon for Kansas City, which started 5-0 but lost six of seven to fall into a tie for the division lead - and put its once-solid playoff prospects in peril. Starters Terrance Mitchell and Steven Nelson played that well.

Inactive for the Chiefs today are cornerback Marcus Peters, who is serving a one-game suspension, center Mitch Morse, safety Eric Murray, linebacker Ramik Wilson, offensive lineman Parker Ehinger, quarterback Tyler Bray and defensive lineman Justin Hamilton.

So did Kansas City's offense, which produced for the second straight week as offensive coordinator Matt Nagy called the plays. Then, after recovering an onside kick, the Raiders added another TD on Derek Carr's 29-yard pass to tight end Jared Cook, followed by a two-point conversion pass to Michael Crabtree. Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt established an National Football League record earlier this season with 100 yards or more from scrimmage in his first seven games as a rookie, but his 138 yards from scrimmage against Oakland ended a five-game streak with fewer than 100 yards from scrimmage.

Cooper entered the game as questionable with an ankle injury. Carr was also sacked three times.

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