Carson Palmer completed 14-of-28 passes for 209 yards, two touchdowns and one interception, and the Oakland Raiders picked up a 26-16 win over the rival Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium Sunday.
Palmer hooked up with Denarius Moore and Darrius Heyward-Bey on his touchdown throws. The first broke a 6-6 tie with 49 seconds left before halftime, and the second extended Oakland's lead to 23-9 midway through the third quarter. After a tightly contested first half, the Raiders controlled the game for the final 30 minutes. Kansas City quarterback Matt Cassel fumbled on the first play of the third quarter, leading to an Oakland field goal. After that, the Raiders never led by fewer than 10 points.
Moore led all receivers with 96 yards on five catches. Darren McFadden gained 114 yards on 29 carries and was the game's top rusher.
Cassel completed 20-of-30 passes for 218 yards, a touchdown and an interception. He came on late in the first quarter to relieve the injured Brady Quinn. Quinn completed 2-of-4 passes for seven yards and an interception. He also lost a fumble. Cassel's 35 yards led the Kansas City rushing attack, and Dwayne Bowe had 65 yards on three catches to lead Chiefs receivers.
The Kansas City offense struggled all afternoon, turning the ball over four times and gaining just 299 yards. Oakland complied 344 total yards and one turnover.
With the win, the Raiders improved to 3-4 and moved into a tie for second place with the San Diego Chargers in the AFC West. The loss dropped Kansas City to 1-6. The Chiefs are one of three teams that have one victory this season.
Fantasy studs and duds
Perhaps the biggest winners were fantasy owners who started kickers Sebastian Janikowski and Ryan Succop. Janikowski was 4-of-4 on field goal attempts and made both of his extra points for the Raiders. Succop connected on 3-of-3 field goals, including a 52-yarder, and added an extra point. With his 96 yards and a touchdown, Moore had a fine day catching the ball. Palmer was a good fantasy start at quarterback with more than 200 yards and two scores.
Anyone relying on running backs in this game came away a bit disappointed. No rusher on either side found the end zone on the ground, although, McFadden's 114 yards were a nice consolation. Kansas City's Dexter McCluster did have a touchdown catch, but he totaled just 64 yards.
Quinn left the game late in the first quarter with an apparent head injury, and he did not return. No further details on the injury have been released.
Did they cover?
The game opened at even-money odds, and Kansas City was a one-point favorite at most sportsbooks by kickoff. The Chiefs failed to cover by a wide margin.
Nov. 4, 4:05 p.m. ET: Oakland vs. Tampa Bay
Nov. 1, 8:20 p.m. ET: Kansas City at San Diego