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Once Division Leader, Raiders Stumble to Historic Loss to Chiefs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Las Vegas Raiders stumbled into Kansas City still harboring playoff hopes, even though they've been beset by injuries, dealt with a season's worth of off-the-field turmoil and had lost four of their last five games.

They looked more like a team deserving of the No. 1 draft pick on Sunday.

Josh Jacobs fumbled on the game's opening play and the Chiefs returned it for a touchdown. Derek Carr was picked off a few minutes later and the Chiefs turned that into a score. Then, when tight end Foster Moreau fumbled later in the first half, it felt as if the Chiefs would reach the end zone again -- which they did.

Kansas City turned the three first-half turnovers into 21 points, led 35-0 at the break and caused two more turnovers in the second half as the Chiefs cruised to a dominant 48-9 victory on Sunday.

So much for a team that began the day tied with the Broncos, two games back of the Chiefs in the AFC West.

Carr was held to 263 yards passing, almost all of it going to Hunter Renfrow, while getting relentless pressure by a resurgent Kansas City pass rush. Jacobs had just 24 yards rushing, the Raiders committed nine penalties for 85 yards, and they didn't reach the end zone until late in the third quarter.

By that point, the only question was whether the Raiders (6-7) would absorb a record-setting loss.

That became the case with 7:19 left in the fourth quarter when third-string running back Derrick Gore was allowed to run free 51 yards for a touchdown. That pushed the margin of victory to 39, eclipsing the 35-point edge the Chiefs piled up in a 42-7 victory on Nov. 8, 1964 — when both teams still called themselves members of the AFL.

The Raiders began the season with three straight wins and they were still 5-2 through Week 7. But problems had already begun to mount: Jon Gruden stepped down as coach in disgrace in early October, Henry Ruggs III was arrested and then cut following a fatal drunk-driving crash in early November and very little has gone right over the past six weeks.

They lost to the Giants, were blown out by Kansas City and didn't put up much of a challenge against Cincinnati. And, after somehow beating Dallas, they've dropped two more to Washington and the Chiefs.

It doesn't help that all the off-the-field discord has been compounded by injuries. The Raiders put running back Kenyan Drake and linebacker Nick Kiwatkoski on injured reserve this week; tight end Darren Waller was a late scratch with knee and back problems; and linebacker Denzel Perryman was inactive with an ankle injury.

Defensive back Trayvon Mullen returned from a toe injury for the first time since Week 4, but he was relentlessly picked on by Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes before leaving in the second half with an injury.

By that point, everyone on the Las Vegas sideline had some injured pride.

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