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Chiefs report card: Plenty of A’s to go around in win over Raiders

Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters points skyward in his hometown of Oakland after picking off a pass from Raiders quarterback Derek Carr in the first half.
Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters points skyward in his hometown of Oakland after picking off a pass from Raiders quarterback Derek Carr in the first half. jsleezer@kcstar.com

The key plays, stats and grades from the Chiefs’ 26-10 win over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.

The recap

Player of the game: Quarterback Alex Smith set a club record for single-game completion percentage (86.3 percent) and tied a club record for consecutive completions (15).

Reason to hope: The Chiefs, who threw the ball at a 63 percent clip over the first month of the season, finally found some balance on offense, running the ball more than they threw it Sunday. Quarterback Alex Smith looked as comfortable as he has all season, and the defense did a very good job containing a good offense.

Reason to mope: The Raiders’ defense was 27th in the league in run defense and dead last in passing defense entering the game. A pessimist would say the Chiefs should have done this after their bye.

Looking ahead: The Chiefs, 3-2, have a home game Sunday against the New Orleans Saints, 2-3.

Report card

Rushing offense: A

The Chiefs’ running game dominated the day to the tune of 183 yards in 40 carries, an average of 4.6 yards per run. They dominated the line of scrimmage and controlled the pace of the game by getting back to their ground attack. Ware had a terrific day, while Jamaal Charles (nine carries for 33 yards and one touchdown) continues to work himself into the mix.

Passing offense: A

Smith finished 19 of 22 for 224 yards. He did not throw a touchdown, but he also did not turn the ball over and was super-efficient. Of his three incompletions, one was dropped and another could have arguably been ruled offensive pass interference. The offensive line also did a solid job in protection; he was only sacked once.

Rushing defense: A

The Raiders have a massive, physical offensive line, and they aren’t afraid to assert themselves in that manner. They ,repeatedly called on a sixth offensive lineman to run-block Sunday. It didn’t do them much good, as they could only muster 65 yards in 17 carries.

Passing defense: B

Cornerback Marcus Peters’s fifth interception of the season, which came in the first quarter, swung the momentum. Oakland quarterback Derek Carr was okay — he and receiver Amari Cooper (10 catches for 129 yards) had big days — but he was also sacked twice by outside linebacker Dee Ford and turned the ball over twice. The Chiefs did a nice job against Michael Crabtree, limiting him to two catches for 10 yards.

Special teams: C

Kicker Cairo Santos missed an extra point in the second quarter, and he also missed a 38-yard field goal that could have given the Chiefs a 9-point halftime lead, but it was a wet field and he redeemed himself with two second-half field goals. Tyreek Hill had a big punt return in the third quarter.

Coaching: B

Chiefs coach Andy Reid did a nice job getting his guys ready to play after an embarrassing loss to Pittsburgh and the bye week. Just two minor quibbles for the staff: defensive coordinator Bob Sutton had a brief hiccup in the second quarter when the Chiefs ran a boxish defense to protect the deep ball and sidelines. Oakland, which had zero timeouts, simply threw over the middle for 21 yards and downed the ball, setting up a 46-yard field goal that cut the Chiefs’ halftime lead to 3. You can also argue Reid got too cute in the third quarter, when he called two trick plays after getting first-and-goal from the Raiders’ 3. But the Chiefs ended up scoring, so the result is what matters.

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