Chiefs, Raiders struggle in opener at Arrowhead Stadium

Alex Smith completed 19 of 30 passes for 331 yards and four touchdowns and Kareem Hunt led all rushers with 159 yards as the Kansas City Chiefs rolled to a 48-9 victory over the…

Chiefs, Raiders struggle in opener at Arrowhead Stadium

Alex Smith completed 19 of 30 passes for 331 yards and four touchdowns and Kareem Hunt led all rushers with 159 yards as the Kansas City Chiefs rolled to a 48-9 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.

Smith hit rookie Sammy Watkins for a 21-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter, and Kansas City took a 13-0 lead into halftime. Smith also hit receiver Chris Conley on a 79-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter.

Smith added a one-yard touchdown pass to running back Charcandrick West, and West also scored on a 25-yard run in the fourth quarter as the Chiefs improved to 1-0 and improved to 6-2 all-time against the Raiders in their home stadium.

The Chiefs put the game away by scoring 27 points in the third quarter. Kansas City forced two three-and-outs by Oakland and two quick interceptions by cornerback Marcus Peters.

The Raiders, meanwhile, couldn’t take advantage of the miscues. Their only scoring drive in the first half was capped by a 1-yard touchdown run by quarterback Derek Carr.

Derek Carr completed 18 of 29 passes for 211 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions for Oakland.

The Raiders, who allowed 33 points per game last season, opened the season by giving up touchdowns on the first two possessions Sunday.

First, Peters intercepted a pass by Carr in the end zone on Oakland’s first drive of the game. Then, Chiefs cornerback Steven Nelson returned the ensuing kickoff 78 yards to the Oakland 19-yard line.

Smith found Conley wide open for a score on third down. The touchdown was set up by a 15-yard run by Hunt, who ran the ball for 39 yards on three carries on the possession.

Dorian Thompson-Robinson, making his first NFL start in place of the injured Amari Cooper, got his first professional start for Oakland at wide receiver. Thompson-Robinson caught four passes for 25 yards.

The Raiders’ leading rusher was Doug Martin, who had 45 yards on 10 carries, while Carr passed for 113 yards.

The Raiders continued to be without their top two leading receivers. Cooper sat out because of a foot injury, while Michael Crabtree was held out of the game with a calf injury.

Wide receiver Tyreek Hill added 97 yards on six catches for Kansas City. Hunt ran for 34 yards on seven carries and caught two passes for 13 yards.

Trailing, 34-3, at halftime, Carr connected with wide receiver Johnny Holton for a 9-yard touchdown in the third quarter.

Kansas City gained 296 yards in the first half. On the only possession of the game that the Chiefs ran more than two plays, it gained 38 yards.

Kansas City was without tight end Travis Kelce (hamstring), offensive tackle Eric Fisher (back), center Mitch Morse (concussion) and cornerback Steven Nelson (ribs).

Raiders rookie offensive tackle Kolton Miller suffered a right ankle injury and did not return. Kansas City wide receiver Albert Wilson, who hurt his hamstring in the first quarter, did not return.

—Field Level Media

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