From Arrowhead Stadium
Wallace Gilberry was speaking only for himself, but it may have been words that stood for every player on the Chiefs defense.
“I didn’t show up today,” Gilberry said after the Raiders handed the Chiefs a 31-10 loss on Sunday. “I have to do better than that. We all do.”
That’s for sure. The Chiefs had troubles all day against the Raiders offense. Even without Darren McFadden, Oakland was able to run the ball with Michael Bush. He went for 137 yards on 25 carries and became the first running back not named Knowshon Moreno to run for over 100 yards against the Kansas City defense.
“I cannot give any excuses,” said ILB Derrick Johnson. “We got beat up today. They made more plays than us and it just got out of hand.
“We didn’t do a good job of playing team defense today. We were out of position at times and the times we were out of position, they got a big play out of it.”
There were plenty of big plays for the Raiders offense, especially from Bush. He had runs for 15, 16, 22 and 26 yards. That’s 79 yards of his 137 rushing yards on four plays. The biggest run was a 26-yarder for a touchdown in the third quarter where Bush zipped through the Chiefs defense with only a few arm tackles in his way.
“I felt like we fought with them; it was a tough fought game,” said Gilberry. “We made some mistakes and they capitalized on them and got away with the victory.”
They had four sacks, but only one of those came in the second half when they needed pressure on Oakland QB Jason Campbell. OLB Tamba Hali with 2.5 sacks was the only defender consistently in the neighborhood of the quarterback. DE Glenn Dorsey shared a sack with Hali and ILB Jovan Belcher earned his first sack of the season.
“That wasn’t the type of performance we prepared for,” said Johnson. “I thought we prepared well during the week. We didn’t slack off at all during the week.”
Added Flowers: “We had a very good week of practice. We were flying around out there on Friday afternoon and making things happen. We came into the game ready and well prepared.”
That wasn’t visible in what happened on the field. The Raiders put together several long scoring drives and ended up with 6:56 time of possession advantage, thanks to converting six of 13 on third down.
“We couldn’t get ourselves off the field,” said FS Kendrick Lewis. “We had them in some tough situations, but they were able to convert.”
The Raiders converted on average a 3rd-and-4.5 that included a 3rd-and-10 play where they got 16 yards and a 3rd-and-2 where they gave up a 20-yard completion.
“We’ve got to get off the field and we didn’t do that consistently,” said Johnson.
Largely because they didn’t get the kind of performance from the defense that they’ve put on the field over the last two weeks in victories over St. Louis and Tennessee.
“We’ve got to be a pro in this and not let today affect next week,” Johnson said.