Raiders visit Chiefs in key AFC West battle

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They didn't need to.

Rookie top draft pick Patrick Mahomes is the backup quarterback, but the organizational plans have been for him to sit this season before Smith is put on the trade market in the offseason.

The coaches may not want to admit the importance of a single game, but Smith admits the significance given the logjam atop the AFC West standings and the Raiders' earlier win in Oakland. First, he picked up an official's flag and threw it into the stands.

Still it wasn't enough.

So Peters ran back onto the sideline without wearing socks, only to watch the Chiefs' last-ditch drive fall short in a 38-31 loss - their sixth in the last seven games.

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Those division rivals are the next two Chiefs opponents, with both games at Arrowhead Stadium.

"I think we've got a good locker room, we've got a mature locker room", Smith said. "If you've got to have some extra mo or something, absolutely not". I think Bruce and Denico [Autry] and Mario [Edwards Jr.] and some of the guys, there's a little better effectiveness of getting after the quarterback. "I'm going to leave it at that". You're [eager] to get back on track. We know we can play better.

"We've been in some close ones, a bunch here lately, and come out on the wrong side".

He touched on the offensive line, and noted their determination to keep fighting. We can't get ahead of ourselves. The Chiefs entered the game with a 5-1 record, building a commanding divisional lead. But the Chiefs' defense collapsed, allowing nearly 500 yards to the Jets. The Jets converted 13 of 20 third downs and held a 43-17 possession time advantage. They were repeatedly gashed by Josh McCown and the Jets.

Head coach Andy Reid announced on Wednesday afternoon that Peters would be suspended after the most recent incident, but everything else would remain, "In-house". "I'm not saying [the penalties] shouldn't have been called ... but they were called and after awhile you're down there, you're competing and we've had a couple of games where we've had that". The Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator was helping to frame an attack that was the best in the National Football League through the first third of the season, and Nagy's name was being tossed around for potential head coaching openings at season's end. "I'm not making it any more than that". Cooper torched the Chiefs for 11 catches and 210 yards with two scores in Week 7.

Make no mistake: There are a multitude of on-field problems for Kansas City right now. The Chiefs generally script those plays well before kickoff; they are not selected in the moment.