Report Card: Chiefs vs. Raiders

The Chiefs offense got it cranked into high gear in the second half but the defense, though it made some strides in the second half, still must get better play from its secondary.

PASSING OFFENSE: A
Trent Green hit his first 12 passes of the second half and 14-of-15 in the final two quarters en route to a 23-for-40 day with 340 yards and three touchdowns only one interception (when a receiver fell down). His 114 passer rating was sixth 100-plus mark in 12 games this year. His protection was solid all day.

RUSHING OFFENSE: A
Larry Johnson averaged 5.9 yards a carry in filling in for injured Derrick Blaylock, who was filling in for injured Priest Holmes. Johnson ran into some of his blockers early, but then showed some ability to find his hole better as he played more in the second half.

RUSHING DEFEENSE: A-
The only knock on a rush defense that gave up but 30 yards is that the Raiders ran only 10 times with Tyrone Wheatley on the sideline.

PASS DEFENSE: D+
Kansas City was pretty bad, especially in the first half when Collins was 14 of 19 for 140 yards, with touchdown passes of 34 yards to Ronald Curry and 51 yards to Jerry Porter. The Chiefs were better in the second half until Curry broke an open-field tackle en route to a 26-yard touchdown -- Oakland's only score of the half. But the Chiefs made the play it needed most when Gary Stills sacked Collins on a second-down play from the Kansas City 46 with just over a minute remaining.

SPECIAL TEAMS: C-
Lawrence Tynes kicked two short field goals with some reasonably deep kickoffs. Dante Hall was held in check and punter Steve Cheek had another shank. He seems to get one a game. Kickoff coverage was barely acceptable.


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