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Chiefs Blitz | Breaking down the loss to the Raiders

A look at the good, the bad and the ugly from Sunday’s loss to the Raiders.

Updated: 2012-12-20T17:55:10Z


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How much did Dwayne Bowe’s leverage increase after this debacle?

Bowe, who was paid $9.5 million as the Chiefs’ franchise player, can drive a Brinks truck into Arrowhead Stadium when negotiating a contract for 2013. Clearly, Jon Baldwin is not the answer at wide receiver. And there’s a reason guys like Jamar Newsome and Josh Bellamy were practice-squad guys. So Bowe’s bargaining power could be too rich for Clark Hunt’s checkbook.

Have we seen enough of Brady Quinn?

Though Quinn had no legitimate receivers and his protection wasn’t stellar, we’ve seen what Cleveland and Denver saw. Quinn’s a standup guy and a fine athlete, but he should be a backup to a franchise starting quarterback.

Did you notice Oakland gave third-team quarterback Terrelle Pryor a look?

It was just for one series in the second quarter, but Pryor, taken in the supplemental draft last year, threw his first NFL pass. If the Raiders can dress and give a few snaps to Pryor in a meaningless game between two teams going nowhere, what’s the harm in the Chiefs doing the same with Ricky Stanzi?

What are the chances the Chiefs can score a touchdown next week?

The Indianapolis Colts are 9-5 but they have allowed more points (358) than they have scored (309) this year. So maybe Jamaal Charles can break a long one. Or maybe Brandon Flowers can return an Andrew Luck pass for a pick-six.

What will Clark Hunt give Kansas City fans for Christmas besides a season-ticket renewal?

A broom for a housecleaning at Arrowhead Stadium.

The number

40:06 Oakland’s time of possession was its fourth-highest of all time and most since 40:15 on Dec. 28, 2002, vs the Chiefs.

| Randy Covitz,

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