Inside slant - Chiefs/Raiders

The Chiefs should have beaten Cleveland and Miami, but they didn't. The Chiefs probably should have stayed with Damon Huard, but they didn't. The Chiefs should be a playoff team, but they probably aren't.

With the win over Oakland, Kansas City still is not eliminated from the playoffs, but it needs to win and get help from everybody short of the President.

When the Chiefs finally get the non-invitation letter from the league, it's the misses that this season will be remembered for.

"We were a 7-4 team four weeks ago," Chiefs coach Herm Edwards said. "All of a sudden, we started going the wrong way."

The offense and defense took turns falling apart, and three straight losses later, the Chiefs are all but finished.

But beating Oakland kept them on life support for another week. Now, all they can do is beat Jacksonville and hope for a miracle.

"All you can do is ask for a chance," safety Sammy Knight said. "We gave ourselves a chance."

NOTES, QUOTES

--Chiefs coach Herm Edwards said there is nothing to the sideline conversations he had with Raiders DT Warren Sapp on Saturday.

During a couple of timeouts, Sapp ran to the Chiefs sideline and engaged Edwards, who coached Sapp as an assistant when the two were in Tampa Bay.

"Just pleasantries," Edwards said. "It's the season of giving."

The speculation was that Sapp was asking Edwards to get him out of Oakland, an in-game strategy that former Raiders DT Chester McGlockton once used to get the Chiefs to sign him.

STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL

PLAYER NOTES

--Rookie DE Tamba Hali had another forced fumble and Jared Allen had another recovery Saturday on Oakland's second possession.

Hali, who also recorded his seventh sack on the play, made his sixth forced fumble of the season, extending his Chiefs rookie record.

Allen made his team-leading fifth fumble recovery.

REPORT CARD VS. RAIDERS

PASSING OFFENSE: C - Trent Green still doesn't look like his old self. He has faced some extra pressure in the pocket in recent weeks, but is struggling to even complete screen passes at this point. He's thrown seven interceptions in five games and put up another bad one Saturday in Oakland.

RUSHING OFFENSE: B -- The Chiefs didn't get it rolling on the ground until the second half, but give Larry Johnson credit. It seems like every time he suffers through a tough stretch during a game, he breaks off a long run to get himself going, just as he did Saturday.

PASS DEFENSE: A -- The Chiefs intercepted Andrew Walter twice and made some big plays in the pass rush, which had been an issue for most of the season's second half. The Chiefs did give up one big pass play, but we can't count it against them because it was nullified by a penalty.

RUSH DEFENSE: B-minus -- This was Oakland's only chance at offensive effectiveness and it worked early. Justin Fargas gashed the Chiefs repeatedly in the first half, but Kansas City realized Oakland was not going to even attempt long-range passes and started packing against the run.

SPECIAL TEAMS: A -- P Dustin Colquitt could be pressing Larry Johnson for team MVP and he made his case Saturday with a 72-yard punt, the third-longest in Chiefs history.

COACHING: B -- The Chiefs did nothing surprising or especially masterful against Oakland, although it's clear someone has told Dante Hall to just hit the hole and stop dancing. The coaching matters little when the opponent turns it over five times.

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