From Arrowhead Stadium
The Chiefs had quite a few bumps and bruises coming out of Sunday’s game, although it did not appear that anything was in the category of serious.
Inside linebacker Josh Mauga left the game with an oblique strain (stomach). Head coach Andy Reid said they’ll have to evaluate him over the next several days as to his status for this coming Sunday’s game against Pittsburgh.
Cornerback Sean Smith left the game because of cramps.
Defensive end Jaye Howard had a shoulder sprain but he went back in the game after being examined.
Outside linebacker Justin Houston briefly left the game in the second half after he was poked in the eye.
There were a lot of questions after the game about the condition of Jamaal Charles. He left the game in the third quarter after taking a big hit from Raiders safety Brandian Ross. Examined by the team’s medical staff, he was cleared to return to play. He went back in for one more snap, before Reid pulled him from the game.
“Yeah, I feel good,” Charles said after the game, where he talked more about his sore ankle than any possible concussion. “I just think I need to get off it and ice it and heal it and get it back right because it’s still tender.”
Link gets his first start with Chiefs
Offensive lineman Jeff Linkenbach opened the game at left guard and took every snap in making his first start with the Chiefs. Mike McGlynn started at the spot for the 13 previous games, but nagging injuries and a drop in his play had the coaching staff making a change.
“You practice every week here as the starter,” Linkenbach said. “Everybody does so you are always prepared. Coach gave me a call and said ‘you’re going to go’ so I was ready to go and get a win.”
So how did he play?
“There are always a couple of plays you’d like to do over,” said Linkenbach. “One was a draw play where everyone was just a hair off. There is always room for improvement.”
Was it a fake punt, or not?
Chiefs punter Dustin Colquitt looked like he was about to throw a pass in the second quarter.
Colquitt took the snap from Thomas Gafford and immediately set up like he was looking for somewhere to throw the ball in a fake punt. He then pulled the ball down and was still able to get off a punt that went 31 yards and bounced out of bounds at the Raiders 6-yard line.
So what happened? Was it a fake that broke down?
“I can’t answer that,” Colquitt said.
Head coach Andy Reid didn’t exactly shed any light on the subject when he was asked.
“He was just faking the fake,” Reid said.
What? No matter, Colquitt did not have a big yardage day punting the ball, averaging 39.9 yards on seven punts. His net average was 36.9 yards, due mostly to a touchback. But he did put five balls inside the 20-yard line and got off a 62-yard punt in his first kick of the game that immediately turned the field position.
Tough day for rookie kicker
Cairo Santos had a rough day, missing two of his three field goal tries. He was good from 41 yards, but missed wide left from 44 and 47 yards. It ended a streak of 14 consecutive field goals for the rookie kicker.
Santos had a good day on his kickoffs, hitting five of his six into the end zone. Three never game back out. The other two were returned to the 18 and 24-yard lines. His first kickoff landed at the Raiders 3-yard line and was returned to the Oakland 27.
What they had to say
Raiders safety Charles Woodson: “I think we failed to rise to the occasion this week. We had a great team victory last week (over San Francisco). Today we didn’t rise to the occasion. I give credit to Kansas City regardless of what we did. When you get beat in all phases of the game, that’s kind of what happens.”
Chiefs outside linebacker Frank Zombo on his recovery of a fumbled snap by Raiders QB Derek Carr: “I just walked back to the sideline and everyone’s laughing and telling me I’m living right. I’m in there for one play and I come up with a fumble recovery. I was just in the right place at the right time.”
Raiders defensive end Justin Tuck: “We were in the game, it was 10-6, 3rd-and-9 and they made a play. On the next drive, they made another play. That’s how it goes in this game. You can’t relax. You can’t let up at all. It’s such a fine line between wins and losses in a game. If we could have four plays back in the third quarter, it’s a totally different game. But it’s not. We have to find a way to play more consistent football and we didn’t do that today.”
Chiefs safety Ron Parker on the Chiefs defense holding the Raiders to five conversions on 18 third down plays: “A good defense can find a way to get off the field on third down. We were challenged all week in practice just to get off the field on third down because the last time we played Oakland we kind of struggled getting off on third down.”
The inactive players for the Chiefs against the Raiders were quarterback Aaron Murray (coach’s decision), wide receiver Donnie Avery (coach’s decision), cornerback Phillip Gaines (concussion), center Eric Kush (coach’s decision), guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (coach’s decision), tight end Richard Gordon (coach’s decision) and defensive Allen Bailey (concussion.)
Jeff Linkenbach started at left guard for the first time this season, replacing Mike McGlynn who opened the first 13 games at the position. McGlynn was the only Chiefs player that was active that did not play. At left cornerback, Jamell Fleming started for Gaines. The Chiefs opened in the nickel, so Kurt Coleman gets credit for a start as well. Joe Mays picked up his second straight start at inside linebacker. Also, Vance Walker got the start at right defensive end, replacing Bailey.
The inactive players for the Raiders against the Chiefs were quarterback Matt McGloin (coach’s decision), tight end Brian Leonhardt (concussion), wide receiver Denarius Moore (knee/ankle), linebacker Sio Moore (hip), offensive tackle Menelik Watson (foot), guard Tony Bergstrom (coach’s decision) and defensive tackle Stacy McGee (coach’s decision.)
The Raiders made several roster moves on Saturday, promoting safety Ras-I Dowling and linebacker Bojay Filimoeatu from the practice squad. They placed safety Larry Asante on the injured-reserve list because of a shoulder injury. Both Dowling and Filimoeatu were active and played against the Chiefs.
Notes on notes
The Chiefs have allowed only two rushing touchdowns this season. The NFL record for fewest rush TDs allowed in a season is two, set by four different teams: 1934 Detroit Lions, 1944 New York Giants, 1968 Dallas Cowboys and the 1971 Minnesota Vikings. All four of those teams played 14 games or less . . . in the last three games, the Chiefs defense has not allowed an opponent to complete more than 50 percent of his passes. Oakland’s Derek Carr hit on 48 percent . . . De’Anthony Thomas’ 81-yard TD was the 12th longest punt return score in club history . . . with his sack, Justin Houston passed former Chiefs defensive end Jared Allen on the club’s sack list. Houston has 43.5 sacks, while Allen had 43 during his time with the Chiefs . . . WR Dwayne Bowe caught three passes for 69 yards and passed the 7,000-yard mark for his career. Bowe now has 7,068 yards, ranking third in club history behind Tony Gonzalez and Otis Taylor. He’s only the third Chiefs receiver to top the 7,000-yard mark. Bowe did it in 116 games, fewer than Taylor (122) and Gonzalez (129.)