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Andy Reid's Kansas City Chiefs rely on defense for 6-0 start

Football: Chiefs force three interceptions, 10 sacks in record-setting 24-7 win over Oakland Raiders Sunday.

October 14, 2013|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com
  • ARCHIVE PHOTO: Former Glendale Community College football player Andy Reid has led the Kansas City Chiefs to a 6-0 start with a win over the Oakland Raiders Sunday.
ARCHIVE PHOTO: Former Glendale Community College football… (Courtesy of Steve…)

The following are final updates on area athletes and coaches in the National Football League for the 2013 season.

REID’S CHIEFS

STILL PERFECT

Six weeks and six wins into the season, it’s now clear what the Kansas City Chiefs’ identity is under first-year coach Andy Reid, a former Glendale Community College football player.

Defense remained the Chiefs’ backbone in a 24-7 victory over the Oakland Raiders Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium, in front of a crowd determined and victorious in setting a Guinness World Record for loudest crowd at an outdoor stadium, with a 137.5 decibel sound level according to NFL.com.

“Every win is a big win. When you can win with a crowd like this, it makes it even better,” Reid said in his post-game press conference. “I know we were striving to beat the noise record, the decibel record and we got it up to 137.5. That’s pretty incredible and it was loud, I mean real loud, ground-shaking loud.”

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Kansas City is now one of the final two unbeaten teams left in the NFL, the other being fellow AFC West Division team Denver Broncos.

Offensively, Kansas City produced 216 total yards and was led by Jamaal Charles’ 78 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries. On the other end of the ball, the Chiefs forced three interceptions.

It came with relentless pressure applied to Oakland quarterback Terrelle Pryor, as the Chiefs tied the second-best franchise mark for sacks in a game with 10, a standard they hadn’t hit since 1998. Linebacker Tamba Hali set his career-high for sacks in a game for the Chiefs with 3.5 for a total loss of 30.5 yards.

Reid also credited the crowd for assisting in the win, as the Raiders committed three false starts and were guilty of three delay-of-game penalties.

While the scoreboard suggests a lopsided victory, it was anything but.

With the game tied at 7 in the third quarter, Kansas City recorded its first interception with safety Quintin Demps coming up with a pick that set up a four-play touchdown drive capped by a two-yard Charles run 2:01 before the fourth quarter.

While late, the Raiders had plenty of time to tie game when they took over at their own 20-yard line with 4:29 left in the game. Oakland threw another interception into the hands of Marcus Cooper, which led to 33-yard field goal form Kansas City kicker Ryan Succop for a 17-7 lead with 2:09 remaining.

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