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Halftime observations: Raiders 14, Chiefs 3

Chiefs running back De'Anthony Thomas (13) is tripped up by Raiders linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong (57) during Thursday's football game in Oakland, Calif.
Chiefs running back De'Anthony Thomas (13) is tripped up by Raiders linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong (57) during Thursday's football game in Oakland, Calif. THE KANSAS CITY STAR

It’s halftime at O.co Coliseum, and the Chiefs trail the Raiders 14-3. Here are some quick observations.

▪ After putting on a playcalling clinic last week against Seattle, Chiefs’ coach Andy Reid hasn’t gotten anything going this week. The Raiders have swallowed up the short passes and screen passes, and while Jamaal Charles has touched the ball a bunch, the Raiders have stepped up in every big situation. They look very prepared for this game defensively.

▪ The Raiders entered the game averaging 63 rushing yards per game, but speedy rookie Latavius Murray has given them some serious juice. He scored the first rushing touchdown the Chiefs allowed all season in the first quarter, and his 90-yard touchdown jaunt — in which he outran the entire secondary to the end zone — was impressive. He left the game in the second quarter with an injury. If he doesn’t return, it will be a big break for the Chiefs.

▪ The Chiefs are going to be tested. The weather is dreary, the rain is coming down, and if they want to mount a comeback, they’re going to have to dig down deep. It will be easy to spot who the real gamers are on this team, based on their second-half performance.

▪ With Junior Hemingway being evaluated for a concussion, it will be interesting to see if the Chiefs turn to Albert Wilson. Fans have been clamoring for him. Perhaps now is the time to see what he can do, because Hemingway won’t return to the game.

To reach Terez A. Paylor, call 816-234-4489 or send email to tpaylor@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter at @TerezPaylor.

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