Raiders far from Merry

Things are going so badly for the Oakland Raiders they can't even count on their "good" losses anymore.

That the Raiders would lose to a team in the AFC West is not news. That they wouldn't be in the game into the fourth quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs is a new development.

The Chiefs beat the Raiders 20-9 Saturday night at McAfee Coliseum, their eighth straight win against their arch-rivals since the start of the 2003 season.

The difference this time is that unlike the other seven, all of which went down to the last possession before the game was settled, Kansas City led 17-6 at halftime and essentially sat on the ball the entire second half, knowing full well the Raiders weren't about to score.

Trent Green threw the ball only five times and Larry Johnson gained 97 of his 145 yards (on 31 carries) in the second half as the Chiefs remained on the periphery of the playoff race with an 8-7 record.

The Raiders fell to 2-13, the worst in the Al Davis era (1963-present), with only a game against the New York Jets at the Meadowlands on New Year's Eve to put them out of their misery.

Oakland continued its season of giving with five turnovers, three lost fumbles and a pair of interceptions. Quarterback Andrew Walter, a surprise starter because of a neck injury to Aaron Brooks, lost two fumbles and threw two interceptions.

Both interceptions were in the end zone. The first, on a Hail Mary pass to end the first half, wasn't a big deal -- although there wasn't a Raiders receiver in the same area code -- because time had run out.

The second, which was stolen by safety Jarrad Page in front of tight end Courtney Anderson, came when the Raiders were still trying to make a game of it in the second half.

The Raiders managed field goals of 25, 37 and 53 yards by Sebastian Janikowski. They have just 12 offensive touchdowns in 14 games.

Walter completed 27 of 37 passes, but gained just 226 yards as the Raiders managed to put a few drives together although none reached the end zone.

Running back Justin Fargas, who has struggled as the lead back since LaMont Jordan went down with a torn MCL, had a career-high 90 yards on 19 carries.

Fargas was gaining yards at a greater clip than Johnson early. He had 40 yards on six carries on Oakland's first drive, had 68 yards at halftime and 89 after three quarters.

But with the Raiders needing to pass the ball in the fourth quarter, Fargas had just two carries. Meanwhile, Johnson had nine carries for 51 yards in the fourth quarter alone.

"When you turn the ball over, they're going to keep giving it to Larry Johnson and he's going to make some plays," Shell said.

Oakland outgained Kansas City 307 to 292 and was 8-for-15 on third down conversions, but was still unable to score. The Raiders lost 20-0 to St. Louis in their previous game.


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