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Halftime observations: Chiefs 14, Raiders 10

Jeremy Maclin scored a first-quarter touchdown for the Chiefs.
Jeremy Maclin scored a first-quarter touchdown for the Chiefs. jsleezer@kcstar.com

It’s halftime at Arrowhead Stadium, and the Chiefs lead the Oakland Raiders 14-10. Here are five observations.

1. Andy Reid’s playcalling in the first quarter was superb. He was constantly a step ahead of the defense as the Chiefs jumped to a 14-0 lead.

2. The offense after that wasn’t great, however. Quarterback Alex Smith’s two interceptions were uncharacteristic and don’t exactly inspire confidence going forward.

3. Ron Parker’s second-quarter interception was outstanding. Derek Carr had Amari Cooper open in the end zone, and Parker read his eyes, drifted to the man and made a play on the ball.

4. Parker also recorded his fifth sack of the season in the first half. He’s become an effective swiss-army sort of safety.

5. Marcus Peters continues to shine. He read a wide-receiver screen in the first half all the way for a short loss, and it was an example of the instincts that have allowed him to make the Pro Bowl.

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