Hot Topic and Player Notes: Raiders

Already in last place at 3-5 overall and 0-3 in the AFC West, the Raiders could fall further into the abyss and damage the job security of their coaching staff with a loss to the division-leading Broncos.

Oakland was swept by Kansas City for the third consecutive season and has just won two of its last 13 games in the division. Coach Norv Turner is 1-8 in division games.

When asked if a 27-23 loss to Kansas City was worse than most, Turner declined to put the defeats in order.

"I don't rank them," Turner said. "They all hurt."

The Raiders, who had taken a 23-20 lead with 1:45 to play on a 7-yard pass from Kerry Collins to Randy Moss, were moments away from hitting midseason with a .500 record before suffering a punch to the solar plexus.

"The taste you get in your mouth after a game like this doesn't get any worse than it is right now," tight end and special teams standout Randal Williams said. "There's a 24-hour rule. We deal with it and get ready for Denver."


The Raiders gained a season-low 263 yards against the NFL's 29th-ranked defense in a 27-23 loss to Kansas City.

Quarterback Kerry Collins completed 21 of 40 passes for 175 yards, overthrowing receivers several times and throwing an interception on a pass well over the head of Randy Moss.

It was a mixed effort for the Oakland defense, which played well in the first half but gave up 197 yards on 22 carries to Larry Johnson as well as a Trent Green-to-Johnson pass for 36 yards to the 1-yard line with five seconds to play.

With Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil opting for one play to decide the game rather than attempt a field goal and send it into overtime, the Raiders' short-yardage unit could not stop Johnson's 1-yard plunge.


--RB LaMont Jordan appeared headed for a 100-yard game until the Chiefs took a 20-9 lead early in the fourth quarter and Oakland was forced to throw more often. He finished with 93 yards on 19 carries.

--WR Jerry Porter, who had not scored a touchdown until scoring two in the previous week's win over Tennessee, caught a 4-yard scoring pass from Collins. Porter had seven receptions for 68 yards against Kansas City.

--WR Randy Moss was the target of eight passes against Kansas City and caught one pass for a 7-yard touchdown. None of the other passes was close, and one was overthrown by Kerry Collins and intercepted by Greg Wesley.

--KOR Chris Carr averaged 38.5 yards on five kickoff returns with a long of 62. He won a personal duel with the Chiefs' Dante Hall (15.8-yard average on four kickoff returns, 6.4-yard average on two punt returns).

--CB Nnamdi Asomugha, a third-year player who still does not have an NFL interception, dropped an easy one on the first series of the second half at Kansas City.

--K Sebastian Janikowski successfully converted field-goal attempts of 32, 49 and 48 yards at Kansas City. He has hit his last 10 in a row.

--P Shane Lechler had a 53-yard punt at Kansas City and now has a 50-plus-yard punt in 28 consecutive games.

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