Raiders Crush Chiefs 31-10; Ravens Up Next


From Arrowhead Stadium

All week leading up to Sunday’s regular season finale, the Chiefs said they were preparing to win just like they did 15 times before.

They may have prepared to win, but they certainly didn’t play to win. If they were trying to build momentum going into the AFC playoffs they failed miserably as the Raiders grabbed a 31-10 victory.

The loss coupled with an Indianapolis victory to give the Colts the AFC South, dropped the Chiefs to the No. 4 seed in the AFC bracket of the NFL playoffs. They’ll host wildcard team the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium. Kickoff is set for 12 noon.

It was just a seven-point game at half-time and the Chiefs tied it at 10-10 in the third quarter on a TD run by RB Jamaal Charles. The rest of the second half belonged to the Raiders, who finish the season 8-8, but more impressively they went 6-0 within the division.

As always a lot of angles to this game and we’ve got them covered here:


4 Responses to “Raiders Crush Chiefs 31-10; Ravens Up Next”

  • January 3, 2011  - Bob Gretz says:

    January 2, 2011 – aPauled says:
    New Year’s hangover? Content with getting to the playoffs? Resting on laurels with 3 Pro Bowlers?

    The heart of this team showed again…and it’s very questionable. As with the previous 2 whoopings the O-Line got dominated. This time they were joined by Matt Cassel who was off from the start. The upside, after the previous 2 whoopings…we came out and played well the following week…although the competition is going to be much better next week.

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    January 2, 2011 – el cid says:
    There was a real stink about this effort. Blame?, take you pick. Cassel looked bad at the beginning, Albert was beat all game, Haley did his statue impression. The playoff game is next but this team better make a lot of adjustments. Haley says he was brought here to get this team ready for “big games”…..well if may not have been a big game but, in the playoffs, they could get their butts kicked by Pitts if they are not better prepared and ready to play.

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    January 2, 2011 – el cid says:
    Radio media says we will play Ravens, not Steelers. Sorry.

    Does anyone else realize that the Chiefs have looked bad against every team in their division. And have not beaten a good team yet. Sort of like herm’s playoff game, we made it but is the team any good?

    As for Weis, no matter what the spin the Chiefs put on it, Weis did not want to coach in KC (for whatever/any reason). Good by and good luck, Charlie.

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    January 2, 2011 – Nate says:
    If I were Todd Haley, I would call Charlie Wiess in monday morning and tell him he is fired and to leave the building and not come back. He has the right to coach where ever he wants, however the way it had been handled is inexcusable. He and his agent havn’t made any attemp to keep it out of the media. He may have a grudge against Todd Haley, but what about his commitment to Matt Cassel and the Chief’s offensive players. This had to be a huge factor in Cassel’s performance as well as the rest of the team. This team has been built on the principle of putting the team first, before personal goals.Now we have a high profile coach who throws that principle out the window, at the most critical time of the season. The players feel they have been betrayed and they have a right to.

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    January 2, 2011 – Edward says:
    Steelers winning the divison so we’ll play the Ravens unless Colts lose to the Titans which want happen. As for the game players got caught into the old trap of looking ahead. With nothing to play for but pride they played exactly that way today. Haley could’ve put the backups in the way they played today.

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    January 2, 2011 – Edward says:
    As for Weis he didn’t want to coach in the NFL not just the Chiefs. I think the grind of the NFL compared to college was the ultimate factor into to why Weis is going back to college. IF it was a KC thing he could’ve got a OC job with another NFL team. Either way doesn’t matter Haley will do a good job in finding his replacement.

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    January 2, 2011 – el cid says:
    Does it bother anyone else? Two OC left at critical times, one fired and one got another job before the end of the year. Both had some sort of problem with getting along with HC. We go from excitement about making the playoffs to we will be one and done after all we are a young team. While it is not Haley’s fault both today and losing two coor, in two years, he is the commonality thru it all.

    Noticed the Chiefs are already spinning that the QB coach “really had the hand” in developing Cassel and not so much Weis.

    We will see but it seems like a soap opera at Arrowhead, and not a good one.

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    January 2, 2011 – el cid says:
    While I am making you crazy, consider. The Chiefs made the playoffs, hurrah. But in the AFC West, they have the worst record against the teams they have to face twice each year. Three games were pure blowouts where the Chiefs did not show up. There is a lot of fixing to do for next year (after the playoffs end). Not just a new OC but a mental fix to be prepared against the AFC West.

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    January 2, 2011 – aPauled says:
    re: “Does it bother anyone else? Two OC left at critical times”

    That’s the risk with a young HC and an experienced OC. If the OC still has aspirations to be a HC (I think Weiss wants a college HC job)there is going to be friction esp with a dominating, offensive focused HC like Haley.

    I wonder if there is any chance that Weiss holds off on the Florida OC job now that the Pitt HC job is open again.

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    January 2, 2011 – el cid says:
    Do not understand your reasoning, aPauled. Why would this “risk” happen, seems to me both has what the other lacks and if the vet OC want a HC job, he would work harder than ever before. As for friction, would imagine someone would be trying to smooth things over to make it work at least til the end of the year.

    I cannot imagine Weis getting offered a HC job for any reason, look at what he did at ND and now “getting offered” another job in the middle of a regular season? No body would want him as the guy in charge, would they?

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    January 2, 2011 – el cid says:
    Oh, and where is Haley going to find someone he can live/work with as OC, high school? Seems he need a large dose of maturity, sometimes we have to work with the best and let our personal feelings slide, if you want the best, demand the best, and get the best.

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  • January 3, 2011  - Gerardo says:

    I can’t figure out why the play calling is so stubborn, McCluster was dopping or getting incomplete passes all day and Moeaki had only 2 maybe 3 passes thrown his way, if you need quick passes and one receiver is having a hard time, why stick to him?


  • January 3, 2011  - Rick says:

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    Anyone who thought Weis was going to be in KC long doesn’t know Charlie Weis. Anyone who thinks this is Haley’s doing wasn’t paying attention while Weis was at Notre Dame. Charlie Weis is a self centered, egotist of the first order. He alienated nearly every alum in South Bend.


  • January 4, 2011  - BigJimInWisconsin says:

    While watching this at a bar with another WI Chiefs fan, I just kept thinking that this is Weis’ fault. The offense was offensive and not focused at all. Raiders looked like they wanted the win more than the Chiefs.

    Go CHIEFS! You need some luck next Sunday.




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