Chiefs struggle again in 26-16 loss to Oakland

Associated Press Published: October 28, 2012

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Take your pick of problems and the Kansas City Chiefs probably have them.

Instability at quarterback? Check. Turnover problems, lousy special teams, porous defense, struggling ground game? Check all of them off, too.

The result Sunday was a 26-16 loss to the Oakland Raiders, their fourth straight overall and the sixth in a row at Arrowhead Stadium against the Chiefs' bitter AFC West rivals.

"It's unfortunate because I think the guys put a lot into it during the week," Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel said. "They practiced very hard during the week, they wanted very much to win it and we didn't get it done. You just have to go forward and do the best you can."

The Chiefs (1-6) won't even have time to let this one sink in, either. They return Thursday night against San Diego, where they'll try once again to take a lead in a game.

That's something that hasn't occurred once this season; their lone victory came on a game-winning field goal in overtime, making the Chiefs the first team since at least 1940 to go through their first seven games without a lead, according to STATS LLC.

"A loss is a loss," said quarterback Matt Cassel, who threw for 218 yards and a touchdown after Brady Quinn left Sunday's game in the first half with what the team called a "head injury."

Carson Palmer threw for 209 yards and two touchdowns for Oakland, which won on the road for the first time since beating the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium last December.

Sebastian Janikowski was perfect on four field-goal attempts, and the Raiders (3-4) nearly became the third straight team to keep the Kansas City offense out of the end zone. The Chiefs got their lone touchdown on Dexter McCluster's catch with 2:27 left in the game.

Darren McFadden ran for 114 yards, and Denarius Moore and Darrius Heyward-Bey had touchdown catches for Oakland, which has won two straight after losing four of its first five.

"I feel like it took us a while to get it going," McFadden said, "but once it finally got going, we finished the game out well."

Meanwhile, the Chiefs committed four turnovers to run their league-leading total to 25, and their fourth-quarter touchdown was the first by the offense since Sept. 30 against San Diego.

Jamaal Charles, the Chiefs' biggest offensive weapon, was a nonfactor. He carried only five times for 4 yards and caught three passes for 6 yards.

Altogether, it's little wonder that two more banners appeared prior to the game, towed behind an airplane over Arrowhead Stadium. They were paid for by disgruntled Chiefs fans and renewed their plea from earlier this season that general manager Scott Pioli be fired.

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