Chiefs hold off Raiders 21-13 to take control of AFC West

Derek Carr #4 of the Oakland Raiders is sacked by Dee Ford #55 of the Kansas City Chiefs during their NFL game at Oakland Alameda County Coliseum

Derek Carr #4 of the Oakland Raiders is sacked by Dee Ford #55 of the Kansas City Chiefs during their NFL game at Oakland Alameda County Coliseum

Oakland was missing three starters at kickoff after offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele was scratched late due to an illness. Rookie safety Karl Joseph had been ruled out Wednesday with a toe injury, while defensive tackle Stacy McGee was sidelined by an ankle injury.

Kansas City jumped on top 21-3, in the first half, and seemed set to cruise to victory.

With the second chance, Oakland almost blew the extra opportunity to put points on the board, as Amari Cooper appeared to fumble after catching a quick slant. The call on the field was Chiefs ball, but it was overturned after an automatic review. Alex Smith is a good quarterback, but only with a good running game behind him. David Amerson was beat on the play. "We know what we're going to get and we didn't get it done". And while the Raiders are chasing their first division title since 2002, the Chiefs are trying for their first since 2010.

Hill scored the first Kansas City on a 36-yard touchdown receptions before turning Arrowhead into a shaking cauldron of sound midway through the second quarter. It was his second touchdown of the game.

With temperatures in the teens and wind whipping, the Raiders offense looked nothing like it's normally explosive self. Oakland totaled just 125 yards of offense in the first half, with 92 of those yards coming on the final drive of the half. The Chiefs accepted the penalty, forcing a second punt. T.J. Carrie picked off an Alex Smith pass, and momentum suddenly was with the Raiders.

Later, King had to reach back for a Jon Condo snap and the Raiders failed to get any points out of Khalil Mack's weekly strip-sack at a point where a comeback looked to be on the horizon. I prepare for them the same way that I do for everybody.

Cold temperatures expected this weekend
This front could drop us back into colder air with lows in the teens and highs only in the 30s for the middle of next week. The cold now moving into the Lower 48 has been a shift from the balmy autumn, but it hasn't widely set records either.

"As the leader of the offense and the team I feel sick to my stomach that we put something like that out there on film and it hurts", Carr said. The always important fourth quarter to be played in 14 degree temps. The 3rd down play after that was a dud so out came Sebastian Janikowski to make the score 3-0 Oakland with a 44 yard field goal.

Stay tuned for more thrilling action that's sure to come in the second half of this AFC West matchup.

Kansas City Chiefs running back Charcandrick West (35) celebrates his touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders in Kansas City, Mo., Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016. Latavius Murray had 103 yards on 22 carries (4.7 YPC) and a touchdown. Carr completed just 17 passes for 117 yards. On 3rd & 1, a fade route was thrown to Andre Holmes, with Marcus Peters in coverage. In chilly conditions at Arrowhead Stadium, Carr turned in the worst performance of his season.

The Chiefs and Raiders now have an identical 10-3 record with Oakland. If they can manage three wins to close the season, they will be the AFC West champions and earn a first-round bye in the playoffs.

In October, the Chiefs defeated Oakland 26-10. That was especially true of Roberts and Michael Crabtree, who couldn't corral golden opportunities. In their earlier meeting with KC, wide out Amari Cooper had 10 receptions for 129 yards and he's gone over 100 yards in two of his past three divisional games.

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