Chiefs spear Raiders in Oakland

Louis LaVenture,
News and Sports Editor

For most teams, a trip to Oakland and the black hole at the Coliseum is not how they want to spend their Sunday.

However, for the Kansas City Chiefs and some of their defensive players, it was a homecoming of sorts. Rookie cornerback and the 18th overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft, Marcus Peters, an Oakland native, had over 100 friends and family at the contest on Sunday. The McClymonds High School graduate felt right at home during the 34-20 victory over the Oakland Raiders.

“It’s a blessing and a dream come true to be able to play in a storied venue like the Coliseum in front of my family, friends and community,” Peters said during a postgame interview. “Early in the game my emotions were everywhere so it took for coach and the other leaders on the team to just bring me back.”

Peters picked off a pass from Raiders’ second-year quarterback Derek Carr, with the score tied at 20 and just over eight minutes left in the game. Peters then handed the ball to his mother after the interception and they scored just a few plays later to go up by a touchdown.

Then a former Raider got into the act. Longtime former Oakland safety Tyvon Branch intercepted Carr on Oakland’s next possession and returned it 38 yards for a touchdown that made the score 34-20.

“I would say you can’t turn the ball over,” Raiders Head Coach Jack Del Rio said after the game. “And in doing so, we put ourselves in some really bad spots.”

Carr imploded in the second half as he threw 3 interceptions, which all led to Chiefs touchdowns. Oakland fell 5-7 overall despite taking a 14-7 lead into halftime and a 20-14 lead into the fourth quarter. The Chiefs scored 20 unanswered points in the final frame thanks in large part to the Oakland mistakes. Car owned the miscues following the AFC West division loss.

Oakland got things started early when running back Latavius Murray found the end zone for the first score of the game. Kansas City came back quick and tied the game at 7 when quarterback Alex Smith ran in a score from three yards out. The Raiders got on the board once more before the half when Carr found former San Francisco 49er wide receiver for a 25-yard pass that gave the silver and black a 14-7 lead.

Chiefs running back Spencer Ware scored on a 10-yard run in the third quarter which tied the game at 14. Oakland then took the lead back after tight end Lee Smith caught a five-yard pass from Carr that made the score 20-14, following kicker Sebastian Janikowski’s missed extra point attempt.

The Raiders out rushed Kansas City 99 yards to 89 yards and out passed them 262 yards to 143 yards, but they couldn’t overcome the mistakes. The Chiefs returned their three interceptions for 162 yards and a touchdown, which proved to be the difference in the game.

The Chiefs are now 7-5 overall, which is good enough for second place in the division and would be a wild card team in the playoffs. The loss leaves the silver and black on the outside of the playoff picture looking in. With just four games left in the regular season, Oakland is still in the hunt for a much coveted playoff position. There are three teams ahead of them for a wild card spot and the Miami Dolphins are also 5-7 and tied with Oakland.

The Raiders will travel to Denver on Sunday to take on the first place team in the division and the current second seed overall in the AFC playoffs the Broncos. Denver is 10-2 this year and has a firm grasp on first place in the division. The Broncos have been without their starting quarterback Peyton Manning for the last couple weeks due to a foot injury. Backup Brock Osweiler has the team undefeated in his absence and will likely be the starter on Sunday in Denver.