KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Ticker) -- This week, the
Kansas City Chiefs
don't have to defend their defense.
Sparked by their much-maligned unit that forced two big fourth-quarter turnovers, the Chiefs stopped a five-game losing streak to their AFC West rival
with a 20-10 victory.
Expected to be a shootout between the top two offenses in football, the Chiefs relied on their defense which came into the contest ranked last in the league in the NFL, allowing 32.9 points per contest.
"Our defensive coaches have been criticized, ostracized, blamed, and all those things," Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil said. "We all expect that when you're not playing very good defense. Today, they did a pretty darn good job. They kept them out of the end zone."
Vermeil also praised defensive coordinator Greg Robinson.
"Darn right I feel better for Greg Robinson," Vermeil said. "I believed in the guy and that's why I hired him. He's got two world championship rings coaching defensive football (with Denver) and beat the Raiders I don't know how many times."
Clinging to a 13-10 lead in the fourth quarter, the Chiefs' defense came up with a big play when middle linebacker
inside the Kansas City 30 with 7:42 remaining.
Just under four minutes later, Patton came up huge again.
, the NFL's all-time leading receiver, caught a short pass over the middle but Patton jarred the ball loose. Weak side linebacker
recovered at the Oakland 22 with 4:39 to play.
"I just didn't feel in rhythm today," said Rice, who had five catches for 45 yards. "It is difficult when you've been getting so many loooks in weeks past and today hardly none. That's my fault, and no one else's. I need to do a better job of getting open so that Rich (Gannon) can find me."
Five plays later,
with a four-yard TD pass, giving Kansas City a 20-10 lead.
"The way the defense played and stepped up at the end of the game, you knew it was bound to happen sooner or later," Richardson said. "They (defense) made it easy for us today because we weren't able to score in the red zone today."
accounted for 184 yards and a touchdown for Kansas City (4-4), which had lost its last three meetings to Oakland at home on last-second field goals.
Gannon passed for a touchdown and
kicked a 32-yard field goal for the Raiders (4-3), who have lost three straight games following a season-opening four-game winning streak.
Gannon was busy the entire afternoon against the Chiefs' porous secondary, completing 35-of-55 passes for 334 yards.
had 13 catches for 144 yards and running back
10 for 72.
"I think that we took what they gave us," Brown said. "Rich and I were in a pretty good zone. Whenever I turned, the ball was there every time. And he really made my job easy today. I've got to tell you though it doesn't mean squat if I have a good game and we still lose. We need to figure out what we have to do to change things and fix it quickly."
Oakland did roll up 416 total yards, but managed only Gannon's one-yard touchdown pass to rookie tight end
in the first quarter and Janikowski's field goal early in the fourth.
"I think we moved the ball at times rather well," Raiders coach Bill Callahan said. "I think we just couldn't get down in the red zone and generate points. That's a concern. We've always had success down in that area and to come out in that phase of the game and be unsuccessful uncharachteristic of what we've done in the past."
Kansas City had allowed 35 and 37 points in losing its last two games.
Banged up in the secondary with
sidelined, the Raiders did manage to contain the explosive Chiefs, who came into the contest leading the league in scoring at 34.1 points per contest.
Holmes once again was the horse for the Chiefs, carrying 23 times for 91 yards. The all-purpose back surpassed San Diego's
as the NFL's leading rusher with 857 yards.
"He earned his paycheck today," Vermeil said. "What was it 91 and 93? See,
does more than move the ball, he moves the team. They respect him when they see him battling the way he battles. He inspires everybody. He's a super human being who happens to play football for a living. He's special. You'd better enjoy him."
It did look like another long day was in store for the Kansas City defense after the Raiders drove inside the Chiefs 25 on the game's opening possession.
But the Chiefs' defense stiffened and Janikowski had a 45-yard field goal attempt blocked. Cornerback
scooped up the ball and returned it to the Oakland 37.
The Chiefs moved to the Oakland 2 and Holmes rumbled into the end zone for a touchdown. But the play was nullified by an illegal block on wide receiver
and the Chiefs moved backwards before settling for
's 46-yard field goal.
In the first half, the Chiefs had three possessions inside the Raiders 20, managing two field goals by Andersen while committing a turnover when Green was intercepted by linebacker
Gannon again moved the Raiders on their next possession, taking them 73 yards in 11 plays. He had a 25-yard completion to Brown inside Kansas City territory and a 12-yard connection with Rice to the 27.
On 3rd-and-6 from inside the Kansas City 10, Gannon ran for a yard but a late hit out of bounds by linebacker
kept the drive alive.
Two plays later, Gannon lofted a one-yard TD pass to Jolley, giving the Raiders a 7-3 lead with 12 seconds left in the first quarter.
Kansas City got the only points of the second quarter, when Andersen capped an 11-play, 85-yard drive with a 22-yard field goal with 2:35 left before intermission.
On their initial possession of the third quarter, the Chiefs committed another miscue when cornerback
intercepted Green at the Oakland 14.
But the Chiefs recovered from that turnover, going 77 yards in 13 plays later in the period. Holmes capped the drive with his league-leading 15th touchdown, a three-yard run that gave Kansas City a 13-7 lead with 1:22 left in the quarter.
On the Raiders' ensuing possession of the fourth quarter, Gannon drove his team inside the Chiefs 20. But the drive stalled and Janikowski kicked a 32-yard field goal 3:26 into the period.