OAKLAND, Calif. --The Raiders are limping to the finish, their latest effort at playing winning football buried under an avalanche of seven turnovers and five touchdowns by Jamaal Charles in a 56-31 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday at O.co Coliseum.
In falling to 4-10, the Raiders were officially removed from the NFL playoff picture at kickoff when Miami beat New England.
Realistically, they were out of it weeks ago, and the fact that the Raiders had a season-high point total and yet still lost by 25 points is evidence they remain light years from being contenders in the AFC West.
Kansas City, 11-3 and only one year removed from winning two games all season, clinched a berth and in the process put up more points on the Raiders than any team in NFL history.
The Chiefs came in to the game with an NFL-best plus-16 turnover margin with the Raiders understanding that they one thing they couldn't do was give the ball away.
Seven turnovers later, Charles had scored five touchdowns, four on passes from quarterback Alex Smith, to go along with a 6-yard pass from Smith to tight end Sean McGrath and a 17-yard run by Knile Davis.
Starting quarterback Matt McGloin threw four interceptions and couldn't handle a poor shotgun center snap from center Stefen Wisniewski. Return specialist Taiwan Jones lost a fumble on a kickoff return and backup quarterback Terrelle Pryor also had an interception.
Turnovers, aside from creating one score outright on a 47-yard return by Eric Berry, contributed to touchdown drives of 11, 16, 28 and 45 yards.
"You can't play a good team like that, turn the ball over seven times and give them the ball in scoring position," Raiders coach Dennis Allen said.
Trailing at one point 35-10, the Raiders climbed within 35-31 with 4:56 left in the third quarter after McGloin threw touchdown passes of 6 yards to Andre Holmes and 14 yards to Mychal Rivera.
Kansas City immediately restored order less than two minutes later when Smith found Charles isolated on Miles Burris and hit him in stride down the right sideline for a 71-yard catch-and-run on a wheel route.
Jones lost a fumble on the ensuing kickoff, setting up the Chiefs at the Raiders' 28, and it took Smith four plays to find McGrath to make it 49-31.
"I'm at a loss for words," McGloin said. "It's disappointing. It's frustrating. At the same time, we were still in the game. It was 35-31 at one point even with the turnovers we had. We had a chance to get back in it, but we were hurting ourselves out there."
When they weren't turning the ball over, the Raiders were able to move the ball against the Chiefs defense. McGloin completed 18 of 36 passes for 297 yards with six different receivers catching passes of 20 or more yards. Two passes into the end zone resulted in pass interference penalties that set up a pair of 1-yard scoring runs by Rashad Jennings (91 yards on 23 carries).
Smith completed 17 of 20 passes for 287 yards and didn't have to go far downfield to do it, with the first three touchdown passes on Charles coming on screen passes of 49, 39 and 16 yards.
Charles, who had just 20 yards on eight carries, caught eight passes for 195 yards.
There was confusion on how the Raiders could allow that to happen.
"It's just that football is a very complex game," middle linebacker Nick Roach said. "You can be technically in the right spot one play but if they make a play and they beat you then it goes to them."
"The game is not very hard," safety Charles Woodson said. "It's really not. You do you job. You either make the play or you minimize big plays by the other team, and things will work out fine.'
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