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    • 5 things to note after Chiefs defeat Raiders
      DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer
      KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Games inside Arrowhead Stadium at the end of last season seemed as if they were bei...
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      5 things to note after Chiefs defeat Raiders
      DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer
      KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Games inside Arrowhead Stadium at the end of last season seemed as if they were being played inside a morgue. There was no energy. There was certainly no sound.
      Not with the Chiefs headed to a two-win season, one of the worst in franchise history.
      Things have changed dramatically in the less than a year, though. The roar has been restored in Kansas City — a record-setting one at that — and the team is off to a perfect start through its first six games for just the second times in its storied history.
      The Chiefs beat the Oakland Raiders 24-7 on Sunday, propelled along by a crowd that at one point reached 137.5 decibels, setting a new Guinness World Record for an outdoor sports stadium.
      "The fans cheered their hearts out," said Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles, who had two touchdown runs. "It felt like it was the playoffs. They were putting themselves on the line for us."
      It's easier to roar for a team that's winning.
      It was the first time in seven meetings at Arrowhead Stadium that the Chiefs (6-0) had beaten the Raiders (2-4), and it allowed them to press on with the second-best start in franchise history.
      The Chiefs won their first nine games during the 2003 season.
      "We knew that this was an extremely good defense. They played very good on special teams and they didn't make a lot of mistakes on offense," Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. "We knew that we were going to have to create some field position with our defense, create some field position with our special teams, and knew we were going to have to try and take the ball away and protect the ball on offense.
      "You can't make the type of mistakes that we made," he said, "and expect to win the game."
      Here are five things to take away from the Chiefs' win over the Raiders:
      PRYOR IS A WORK IN PROGRESS: Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor played well in the first half, but he started to wilt under the Chiefs' intense pressure in the second half. He was responsible for several delay-of-game penalties, and threw three second-half interceptions that the Chiefs turned into 17 points. "Things happen. Some of the greatest quarterbacks in the game throw picks," he said. "I have to understand why they happen, who's at fault, whether it's me or whoever, and learn from it."
      CHIEFS ARE SACK MASTERS: The Chiefs piled up 10 sacks in the game, one shy of the franchise record, and now have 31 on the season — four more than they had all of last year. Tamba Hali had 3½ sacks on the day, but he wasn't alone in getting in on the action. Seven different Chiefs got their hands on Pryor during a sack. "Our coaches had a great game plan," Hali said, "and put us in the right positions to have some success."
      AILING RAIDERS: The Raiders couldn't have asked for their week off to come at a better time. Not only is running back Darren McFadden still dealing with a troublesome hamstring, the offensive line has been shredded by injuries. They were down to their third center when Andre Gurode got hurt on Sunday, and their backup right tackle when Tony Pashos got hurt. "Hopefully the injuries that occurred on the offensive line today are not serious," Allen said.
      SMITH STILL STRUGGLING: All the hoopla of a perfect start in Kansas City in part masks the trouble that quarterback Alex Smith has been having in delivering the ball downfield. He was just 14 of 31 for 128 yards without a touchdown, and had a quarterback rating of just 56.9. "We struggled to get into a rhythm at all early," he said. "They did a great job of mixing it up. We never got a bead on them."
      OAKLAND STILL HAS HOPE: Pryor threw for 216 yards and a touchdown, and the Oakland defense kept the Chiefs offense in check until late in the third quarter. So even though the Raiders fell to 2-4 heading into their bye, they believe there is still reason to be optimistic. "I think we're close," Raiders cornerback Charles Woodson said. "You play a good football team and they capitalize on mistakes that you make. That's the reason why they're 6-0. ... They capitalized on it. We come up with the loss."
  • KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Andy Reid swore he could feel the ground shake.
    Alex Smith couldn't hear himself talking to his teammates. Dwayne Bowe said the deafening din inside Arrowhead Stadium reminded him of college.
    Just imagine what it must have been like for the Oakland Raiders.
    Buoyed by the loudest crowd to attend an outdoor sporting event, the unbeaten Chiefs took advantage of three second-half interceptions thrown by Terrelle Pryor to pull away for a 24-7 victory Sunday.
    It was the first time in seven meetings at Arrowhead Stadium that the Chiefs (6-0) had beaten the Raiders (2-4), and it allowed them to press on with the second-best start in franchise history.
    The Chiefs won their first nine games during the 2003 season.
    "Every win is a great win, and when you can win with a crowd like this, it makes it even better," Reid said. "That was loud, real loud. The ground was shaking."
    According to an official from Guinness World Records, the volume reached 137.5 decibels in the closing minutes of the game, breaking the record of 136.6 set by Seahawks fans earlier this year.
    "I was sitting there on the sideline and I could tell, it's a hard environment to execute in," said Smith, who threw for just 128 yards but didn't make any big mistakes. "It was pretty special."
    It wouldn't have been nearly as special without a win.
    Jamaal Charles ran for two touchdowns, and the Chiefs had 10 sacks while ending a three-game skid to the Raiders (2-4). They also held Darren McFadden, a thorn in their side, to 52 yards rushing.
    "We were right there in the game, and we were punching back and forth," said Pryor, who threw for 216 yards and a touchdown. "I lost the game for us."
    That's because the Chiefs turned his three interceptions into 17 points. The first led to Charles' go-ahead touchdown in the third quarter, the second resulted in Ryan Succop's 33-yard field in the fourth quarter and Husain Abdullah returned the final one 44 yards for a score with 1:35 left.
    Part of the problem, Pryor said, was the combination of crowd noise and a patchwork offensive line.
    On one possession, Pryor was twice whistled for delay of game penalties because third-string center Mike Brisiel couldn't hear him. Oakland also had a false start on the same drive, which ended in a punt.
    The Raiders finished with 11 penalties for 68 yards.
    "It's a tough environment, but we've got to be mentally strong as a team," Pryor said. "I know sometimes I let it get away from me with the delay of game. Like I said, it's experience."
    Oakland actually struck first in the second quarter when Denarius Moore beat Chiefs defensive back Marcus Cooper, starting in place of the injured Brandon Flowers, on a quick slant over the middle. Moore caught the pass from Pryor in stride and went 39 yards for the touchdown.
    Page 2 of 2 - It remained 7-0 until the waning minutes of the first half, when the Chiefs took over at the Oakland 45. Pass interference on the Raiders' D.J. Hayden on third-and-10 kept the drive alive, and Charles squirmed the 7 yards for the tying score with 1:06 left.
    The Chiefs were poised to take the lead early in the third quarter, but Hayden stripped Donnie Avery of the ball inside the Oakland 10 and Charles Woodson recovered it. But the Raiders gave it right back when Kansas City brought a blitz and Pryor lobbed a pass that Quintin Demps picked off.
    Five plays later, Charles plunged into the end zone to give the Chiefs a 14-7 lead.
    The way their defense was playing, that proved to be enough. Kansas City kept up the heat on Pryor the rest of the way — on one drive, two penalties and two sacks left the Raiders facing fourth-and-48 at their 12. Not even their punt made it to the first down marker.
    Cooper's interception set up Succop's field goal with 2 minutes left to put the game out of reach, and Abdullah's pick-6 left the crowd packed inside Arrowhead Stadium rocking at the end.
    "Opportunistic team," Woodson said. "They've been doing it all year long, late in games coming up with turnovers and things like that to give them a chance to win. That's what happened today."
    Notes: Chiefs LT Branden Albert left the game with a bruised left knee. ... Raiders C Andre Gurode (knee) and RT Tony Pashos (groin) were injured in the game. ... Chiefs OLB Tamba Hali had 3½ sacks. ... Charles finished with 78 yards rushing. ... Pryor added 60 yards rushing.
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