Five things we learned from the Chiefs' 24-7 whipping of the Raiders
By JEFFREY FLANAGANFS Kansas City
KANSAS CITY, Mo. --Five things we learned from the Chiefs' 24-7 whipping of the Raiders.
10 sacks are "stupid"
If these 2013 Chiefs aren't starting to remind you of the fun Marty Schottenheimer teams from the 1990s, you're not paying attention. Indeed, this "Andyball" is an awful lot like Martyball -- a great defense that creates sacks and turnovers, and an offense that runs effectively, throws efficiently (and only when absolutely necessary) and doesn't turn the ball over.
Andy Reid's Chiefs are now 6-0 and after dispatching the Raiders on Sunday, we see many similarities to the 1990s teams -- Tamba Hali and Justin Houston are the new Derrick Thomas and Neil Smith.
On Sunday, the Chiefs terrorized Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor, sacking him 10 times and forcing three interceptions.
Houston couldn't really believe the Chiefs had that many sacks.
"We had 10 sacks? Ten? Man, some teams don't get 10 sacks in a season," Houston said from the locker room. "And we get 10 in one game? Man, that's stupid."
Hali led the sack brigade with three and a half.
"I didn't know we had 10, but that's great," Hali said. "Give the credit to the coaches. They trust us with their schemes to put us in the right spots."
Believe it or not, the 10 sacks by the Chiefs weren't even a franchise record -- the Chiefs had 11 in 1984 against the Browns. They also had 10 against the Raiders in 1998 during the final days of Martyball.
"It's really about just playing smart football all around the team," Hali said of the Chiefs' style of play. "We all have jobs to do and we all do our jobs for each other. It's team first."
As you might expect, the players most enthused about the team's ferocious rush on Sunday were the defensive backs, who pounced on three poor throws from Pryor for easy picks. Marcus Cooper, Husain Abdullah and Quintin Demps all were grateful for the gifts they received.
Abdullah was especially thankful -- he got the pick-6 in the fourth quarter, a 44-yard touchdown that sealed the victory.
"Oh man, that was all my teammates, those guys up front rushing the passer," Abdullah said. "They were all over (Pryor) today."
And actually, Abdullah contributed to the sack total, too, after getting to Pryor on a blitz.
"Just a half-sack, though," Abdullah said. "Tamba was on (Pryor's) back, too. But the pick-6 was just mine -- well, actually, it's the team's pick-6."
Ho-hum to Raiders streak
Chiefs players didn't really play up the whole "Raiders Week" rivalry thing this week, and they didn't make a big deal of it after the game, either.
In fact, Chiefs players hardly mentioned the Raiders, who, by the way, saw their streak of winning six straight at Arrowhead come to an end.
"The most important thing is that we won and we won a division game," running back Jamaal Charles said. "It just happened to be them today. We're just focused on getting wins right now and getting wins in our division our big."
Linebacker Derrick Johnson said no one is going to get complacent after this win.
"Oh, no. Everybody's trying to eat around here," he said. "Everybody's hungry, everybody's thirsty. We're not done yet at 6-0."
You know what else we learned Sunday? We learned how powerfully Jamaal Charles can run.
Everyone knows about Charles' breakaway speed. But on Sunday, Charles was a grinder, getting 78 yards on 22 carries with two touchdowns. And many of those yards came with Raiders on his back.
On his second touchdown, a 2-yard run in the third quarter, Charles lowered his helmet and powered into three or four Raiders and drove hard into the end zone.
"When I heard the crowd today and how loud it was," Charles said, "it really made we run harder. The louder they cheered, the harder I wanted to run."
While we're on the subject of Martyball, one of Schottenheimer's favorite sayings about the Raiders was that if you just hang around long enough, the Raiders will find a way to beat themselves (though Marty said it much more colorfully).
And on Sunday, that seemed to be the case when Pryor threw two picks that gave the Chiefs 10 points and turned a tight 14-7 game into a relatively routine 24-7 win.
Raiders coach Dennis Allen predictably said the fourth-quarter meltdown was more Chiefs-induced than self-induced.
"They're good, really good," he said of the Chiefs' defense. "You look at every level of defense and they're exceptional. I would put them at the top of the league."