Top 5 Headlines 11/21: Chiefs Playoff Outlook

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1. Chiefs have no excuses for this loss, but it doesn't have to ruin their season

By Sam Mellinger - The Kansas City Star

"The excuses are right there on a platter with butter and an assortment of dipping sauces for the hungry folks looking to devour some assurance.

Short week. On the road. The Raiders were dangerous after losing their first 10 games. The rain muddied the field. The Chiefs were tired and sore after beating the Seahawks last week, or maybe they were distracted and apathetic with the Broncos coming to Arrowhead Stadium next. Maybe they fell in the end because they spent so much energy coming back. "    READ MORE…

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2. Raiders stun Chiefs 24-20 for first win of the season

By Randy Covitz - The Kansas City Star

"Eventually, the Oakland Raiders were going to beat somebody. Their quarterback, Derek Carr, all but guaranteed it.

And Carr's 9-yard touchdown pass to James Jones with 1 minute, 42 seconds left in regulation gave the previously winless Raiders a stunning 24-20 victory over the Chiefs on a rainy and dreary Thursday night at O.co Coliseum."    READ MORE…

3. Chiefs Blitz: A look at the good, the bad and the ugly from Thursday's loss to the Raiders

By Terez Paylor - The Kansas City Star

"1. So the trap game is real, huh?

Yes. The Chiefs scoffed at the notion all week — they said the right things — but actions speak louder than words, and it's clear the Chiefs didn't come out particularly fired up on Thursday. It's only human nature to ease back after a huge emotional win, but there was a general belief that the quick turnaround and national television audience would keep them from overlooking the winless Raiders. To be fair, though, Oakland played hard and made enough plays to win. That's why they beat the Chiefs.

  1. What the heck happened to the offensive play-calling?

After putting on a play-calling clinic last week against Seattle, Chiefs coach Andy Reid struggled to get anything going against the Raiders on Thursday — at least early on. Oakland swallowed up the short passes and screen passes, and while Jamaal Charles touched the ball a bunch, the Raiders still stepped up in every big situation. They were very prepared for this game defensively, and it's safe to say their embarrassing performance last year (when they allowed 56 points) motivated them to get some revenge. Reid settled into a play-calling groove in the second half, and put Travis Kelce and Jamaal Charles in position to make plays, but in the end, it was too little, too late."    READ MORE…

4. Kansas City Chiefs super fans travel to Oakland for Chiefs vs. Raiders game

By Jadiann Thompson - KSHB

"Two recognizable Kansas City sports super fans have traveled to Oakland for the Chiefs v Raiders game.

X-Factor has been to hundreds of football games, and he travels regularly so the Oakland game was no exception."    READ MORE…

5. Nothing gets in Jamaal Charles' way

By Jeffri Chadiha - ESPN.com

"PORT ARTHUR, Texas -- The little boy with the soft eyes and easy smile couldn't stop crying. He wept inside that dilapidated, three-bedroom house, wondering how cancer could take his grandmother's life. Grandma was always so strong, so sure of herself, so capable of handling anything that came her way. That's how Mazelle Smith Miller set such a fine example for the 32 grandkids who always found their way into her home. She didn't take any crap from anybody.

The little boy thought about this often. He was only 8 years old, a second-grader who was known for drawing his grandmother's adoration, but he knew even then all that she had done. He walked outside, tears still streaming down his face, and noticed a bright light surrounding the house. The way Jamaal Charles describes it, it was as if his grandmother was providing one last reminder of what she'd meant to so many lives."    READ MORE…

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