KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Raiders let the Kansas City Chiefs do what they do best and are a game under .500 and in the thick of the AFC West race as a result.
The Chiefs added to their league-leading total of turnovers with a pair of lost fumbles and two interceptions, and the Raiders took full advantage in a 26-16 win Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium.
The Raiders are 3-4, tied with the San Diego Chargers and a game back of Denver, which beat New Orleans Sunday night.
Oakland lost the ball only once, on an interception by ex-Raider Stanford Routt against Carson Palmer on the first snap of the game.
While the Raiders were spotty in terms of execution, they took care of the ball and exerted their superiority on both sides of the line of scrimmage before a crowd of 74,730. Most of the fans headed for the exits early rather than watch the bitter end of Oakland's sixth straight win in Kansas City and the Chiefs' sixth loss in seven games.
"We left some plays out there on the field,'' Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. "We still have a lot of things we've got to get cleaned up, a lot of things we've got to get better at doing. But the good thing is we get to make those corrections after a win.''
Palmer threw touchdown passes of 9 yards to Denarius Moore and 32 yards to Darrius Heyward-Bey, and Sebastian Janikowski continued to make Arrowhead his personal playground with field goals of 36, 35, 29 and 32 yards without a miss.
"We had opportunities to score and didn't capitalize, so we're going to back and continue to work and find ways to get better in the red zone,'' Palmer said.
Palmer completed 14 of 28 passes for 209 yards, two touchdowns and the one interception. Running back Darren McFadden had 73 yards rushing in the fourth quarter and finished with 114 yards on 29 carries.
Kansas City had field goals of 30, 42 and 52 yards from Ryan Succup and didn't score a touchdown until Matt Cassel hit Dexter McCluster for a 10-yard score with 2:27 to play and the game essentially over.
The game changed for good late in the first half, with the score tied 6-6 and neither team doing much in the red zone. The break came in the form of a muffed punt by return specialist Javier Arenas that was recovered by long snapper Jon Condo with 1:39 left
"Shane (Lechler) put that ball up there high, and it was floating, it was going back and forth, you could see him (wavering), and you just never know,'' Condo said. "I was taught at a young age that good things happen when you get around the ball.''
The Raiders found themselves with a third-and-8, and but instead of having to kick another field goal, Palmer found Moore in the back of the end zone with Routt trailing the play for a touchdown and a 13-6 lead.
It was one of only two third-down conversions the Raiders had all day.
"It was huge, huge to get seven points at that point in the game, and it was a big break and a big momentum builder for us,'' Allen said.
The Raiders seized control with 5:40 left in the third quarter with their only sustained drive that resulted in a touchdown, with Heyward-Bey shaking loose from Routt on a short pass and racing 32 yards to the score.
It came after a 52-yard Succup field goal that had Kansas City within 16-9.
"We allowed a score at the end of the half that put them ahead, and we let them score again in the second half, and we didn't get any points on the board soon enough,'' Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel said "All those things make a difference in the game.''
Kansas City leads the NFL with 25 turnovers, has only 10 touchdowns and faces a quick turnaround, facing San Diego on Thursday night. The Raiders return home to face Tampa Bay.
Tampa Bay (3-4) at Raiders (3-4), 1:05 p.m.
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