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Kansas City Chiefs rout Oakland Raiders 56-31

The Raiders are limping to the finish, their latest effort at playing winning football buried under an avalanche of seven Oakland turnovers and five touchdowns by Jamaal Charles in a 56-31 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday at O.co Coliseum. In falling to 4-10, the Raiders were officially removed from the NFL playoff picture at kickoff when Miami beat New England.

Realistically, they were out of it weeks ago, and the fact that the Raiders had a season-high point total and yet still lost by 25 points is evidence they remain light years from being contenders in the AFC West. Kansas City, 11-3 and only one year removed from winning two games all season, clinched a playoff berth and in the process put up more points on the Raiders than any team in NFL history.

The Chiefs entered the game with an NFL-best plus-16 turnover margin with the Raiders understanding the one thing they couldn't do was give the ball away. Seven turnovers later, Charles had scored five touchdowns, four on passes from quarterback Alex Smith, to go along with a 6-yard pass from Smith to tight end Sean McGrath and a 17-yard run by Knile Davis. Starting quarterback Matt McGloin threw four interceptions and couldn't handle a poor shotgun center snap from center Stefen Wisniewski.

Return specialist Taiwan Jones lost a fumble on a kickoff return, and backup quarterback Terrelle Pryor also threw an interception. Turnovers, aside from creating one score outright on a 47-yard return by Eric Berry, contributed to touchdown drives of 11, 16, 28 and 45 yards. Trailing 35-10 at one point, the Raiders climbed within 35-31 with 4:56 left in the third quarter after McGloin threw touchdown passes of 6 yards to Andre Holmes and 14 yards to Mychal Rivera.

Kansas City immediately restored order less than two minutes later when Smith found Charles isolated on linebacker Miles Burris and hit Charles in stride down the right sideline for a 71-yard catch-and-run on a wheel route. Jones lost a fumble on the ensuing kickoff, setting up the Chiefs at the Raiders' 28, and it took Smith four plays to find McGrath to make it 49-31.

When they weren't turning the ball over, the Raiders were able to move the ball against the Chiefs defense. McGloin completed 18 of 36 passes for 297 yards with six receivers catching passes of 20 or more yards. Two passes into the end zone resulted in pass-interference penalties that set up a pair of 1-yard scoring runs by Rashad Jennings (91 yards on 23 carries).

Smith completed 17 of 20 passes for 287 yards and didn't have to go far downfield to do it, with the first three touchdown passes to Charles coming on screen passes of 49, 39 and 16 yards. Charles, who had just 20 yards rushing on eight carries, caught eight passes for 195 yards. There was confusion on how the Raiders could allow that to happen.

 
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Greg Papa and Tom Flores will continue for their 18th consecutive season as the radio voices of the Oakland Raiders.  
Greg Papa (right) and Tom Flores (left) call the action for Raiders games on the radio. "It is an honor to continue to call the Oakland Raiders games," said Greg Papa. "I look forward to a great season and to working with our new flagship stations in the Bay Area as well as our growing network of affiliate stations."

Added Coach Tom Flores, "2013 promises to be an exciting season and I can't wait to get back into the broadcast booth."

ABOUT GREG PAPA: Greg Papa was voted the California Sportscaster of the Year the last two years by the National Sportscaster and Sportswriters Association. In addition to his work with the Oakland Raiders, Papa is the announcer for select San Francisco Giants on television and has also served as the play-by-play voice of the Oakland As, Golden State Warriors, Indiana Pacers, and San Antonio Spurs.

ABOUT TOM FLORES: Tom Flores coached the Raiders to Super Bowl victories in Super Bowl XV and XVIII. A former quarterback and assistant coach, Flores served as both coach and general manager of the Seattle Seahawks before joining Raiders Radio in 1995.

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2013 RAIDERS FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Day Date Opponent
Pregame (PT)
Game Time (PT)
 
Thu 8/29/2013 SEA 6:30 PM 7:00 PM  
Sun 9/15/2013 JAX ~2:30 PM JIP ~2:30 PM JIP   
Sun 10/13/2013  KC 10:00 AM 10:00 AM  
Sun 11/3/2013  PHI 12:30 PM 1:05 PM  
 Sun 11/10/2013  NYG 10:00 AM 1:05 PM  
 Sun 11/17/2013  HOU 10:00 AM 10:00 AM  
 Sun  11/24/2013  TENN 12:30 PM 1:05 PM  
Thu 11/28/2013  DAL
1:00 PM
1:30 PM
 
 Sun 12/8/2013  NYJ 10:00 AM 10:00 AM  
 Sun 12/15/2013  KC
12:30 PM
1:05 PM  
 Sun 12/22/2013  SD 1:00 PM 1:25 PM  
 Sun 12/29/2013  DEN 1:00 PM 1:25 PM  

 

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