The streak is over. The Chiefs behind a relentless defense snapped the almost inexplicable six-game home-field losing streak to the Oakland Raiders by defeating their AFC West rivals 24-7 on Sunday in front of 76394 at Arrowhead Stadium. Running back Jamaal Charles scored a pair of touchdowns but the defense was mostly responsible for beating the Raiders at Arrowhead for the first time since 2006 and improving their record to 6-0 in the first of a three-game homestand. Houston which lost 38-13 at home to St. Louis on Sunday will bring a four-game losing streak into Arrowhead next week. Oakland fell to 2-4. The Chiefs sacked Oakland’s first-year starting quarterback Terrell Pryor 10 times including 3.5 sacks by outside linebacker Tamba Hali and intercepted three of his passes. Safety Quintin Demps’ third interception in three weeks set up the Chiefs’ go-ahead touchdown in the third quarter. And rookie cornerback Marcus Cooper for the second straight week made a late interception and it set up Ryan Succop’s 33-yard field goal that iced the game with 2:13 to play. The piece de resistance was Husain Abdullah’s 44-yard touchdown return of an interception with 1:34 to play for the game’s final points. Pryor under pressure from a blitzing Eric Berry threw off-balance off his back foot down the middle of the field when Demps intercepted at the Oakland 32 and returned it nine yards to the 23. Dexter McCluster gained three yards on a run and then from the slot caught a pass from Alex Smith for 10 yards. A run by Charles for five yards to the 4 was followed by a defensive holding penalty against the Raiders putting the ball at the 2 from where Charles scored his second touchdown of the game for a 14-7 lead with 2:01 left in the third quarter.
Chiefs snap Raiders jinx with 24-7, improve to 6-0
Kansas City Star | Oct 13