Chiefs lose on last-second FG, open door for Raiders

Chiefs lose on last-second FG, open door for Raiders


KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Ryan Succop kicked a 53-yard field goal into the wind as time expired to give Tennessee a 19-17 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on a frigid Sunday and keep the Titans tied with Houston atop the AFC South.

Succop, who began his career with Kansas City, came up short on his first try at the winner, but Chiefs coach Andy Reid had called a timeout just before the snap. Given a second chance, Succop knocked it through with a couple feet to spare as the Titans poured off the bench to celebrate.

The Titans (8-6) had rallied from a 17-7 hole, and Derrick Henry's second touchdown run got them within 17-16 with just over three minutes left. But coach Mike Mularkey went for a 2-point conversion and the lead, and Marcus Mariota was pressured immediately and his pass never reached the end zone.

The Chiefs (10-4) came in tied with the Raiders for first in the AFC West and could have clinched a playoff spot. Kansas City was unable to pick up a first down to clinch the game, and Tennessee got the ball back with a minute left. With no timeouts, Mariota calmly found Rishard Matthews for 19 yards and Delanie Walker twice to set up Succop's field-goal attempt.

"You can sit here and point fingers and all that stuff that bad teams do, or you can fix it," Reid said, "and I have total trust in this team to do that."

The dramatic late-game turn came after Tennessee squandered plenty of chances early.

Matthews fumbled within sight of the goal line in the first half, ending the Titans' streak of four straight games without a turnover. And Mariota, a Hawaii native, had plenty of trouble dealing with the cold weather, fumbling the ball away and throwing an interception to Ron Parker .

It was 1 degree at kickoff at Arrowhead Stadium, with a wind chill of minus-19, making it the coldest game in Kansas City since the franchise began keeping records in 1994.

The Chiefs nevertheless got off to a hot start when Tyreek Hill faked like he was running an option play and took an inside handoff instead, running untouched 68 yards for a first-quarter touchdown.

It was the sixth touchdown for the dynamic rookie in the last four weeks.

Alex Smith added a TD run later in the half, and Cairo Santos knocked through a field goal, but the Chiefs also blew a couple of opportunities. They were repelled twice at the 1-yard line and came away without points, and Smith threw an interception in the end zone early in the second half.

"I thought we were awful on third down and we didn't capitalize in the red zone," Chiefs wide receiver Jeremy Maclin said. "We had an opportunity to put the game away and didn't get it done."

Succop hit from 39 yards early in the fourth quarter make it a one-possession game, and the Titans promptly got the ball back and marched the other way, twice converting third down and once on fourth to set up Henry's 1-yard TD plunge. The conversion attempt was a disaster, but it wound up being moot.

The Titans' defense and Succop's strong right leg made sure of it.

The Chiefs had been 21-0 under Andy Reid with a turnover margin of plus-two or better. ... Tennessee has won three straight for the first time since Weeks 2-4 of the 2011 season. ... The Chiefs had won seven straight December game dating to 2014. ... Chiefs TE Travis Kelce had three catches for 41 yards, snapping his streak of four straight 100-yard games. ... Reid fell to 1-6 in his career against the Titans.

The record for coldest game at Arrowhead Stadium had been 9 degrees before Sunday. It was so cold that the fuses in the west scoreboard froze, blanking out a large section of it for much of the game.

The Titans lost safety Da'Norris Searcy to a concussion and cornerback Jason McCourty to a chest injury in the first half. Defensive tackle Karl Klug left with an ankle injury in the second half.

Chiefs play Denver on Christmas night.

Titans visit Jacksonville on Saturday.

NFL rumors: Derek Carr has 'fractured relationship' with Raiders teammates


NFL rumors: Derek Carr has 'fractured relationship' with Raiders teammates

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr said goodbye to longtime teammate Amari Cooper on Monday. He reportedly has work to do to repair his relationship with the players who still are in Oakland.

Carr has "a factured relationship" with his Raiders teammates, according to The Athletic's Marcus Thompson. Citing team sources, Thompson wrote Monday that Raiders players no longer have confidence in Carr, partly because of how he reacted to an injury. 

"It certainly didn’t help when film showed what looked like him crying after being sacked and injuring his arm," Thompson wrote. "They saw his face. They heard his whimper. They witnessed him explain on the sidelines. They assuredly watched it again in film session. It’s hard to see how Carr can lead this team again."

Carr was sacked six times and hit 10 times in the Raiders' Week 6 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Carr appeared to injure his left arm, but Gruden told reporters in London that he believed the QB would be fine. 

Carr is in the second year of a five-year contract that he signed with the Raiders a year ago. As NBC Sports Bay Area's Scott Bair noted Monday, the Raiders can get out of Carr's contract for $7.5 million in dead money next year if they choose to cut him. 

Raiders coach Jon Gruden and general manager Reggie McKenzie sent mixed messages about whether or not anyone else is available ahead of the Oct. 30 NFL trade deadline. If Carr's not traded, that could make for an awkward Halloween in Alameda.

NFL trade deadline: Five Raiders who could be attractive to other teams

NFL trade deadline: Five Raiders who could be attractive to other teams

ALAMEDA -- The Raiders are stockpiling draft picks, with five first-rounders over the next two seasons, thanks to the Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper trades, plus their own selections.

Coach Jon Gruden told ESPN the Raiders aren’t trading anyone else before next week's deadline, but there’s always a price for doing business. The Raiders are planning for a better future, armed with commodities to aid that goal.

Even with Mack in Chicago and Cooper in Dallas, the Raiders still have roster value that could be attractive to other teams.

Given how freely the Raiders have parted with vital members of a young foundation, it leaves some fans wondering if Derek Carr is available as well. After all, Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie did say no player is untouchable.

Carr might be at this stage. It seems highly unlikely he'll be moved during the season, anyway, unless it’s an overwhelming offer that the Raiders simply can’t refuse.

Gruden has publicly supported Carr throughout his first year working with him, but this should be considered a prove-it season for the Fresno State product. He has all the physical tools to be a quality NFL quarterback. He also has a relatively tolerable contract, with guarantees already paid out. That could make him a tradable option this offseason or beyond.

The Raiders also could get out of Carr’s deal for $7.5 million in dead money next year -- a total that drops by $2.5 million in each of the two years after that.

The Raiders have some other options for trades before the Oct. 30 trade deadline. Let’s look at five of them:

S Karl Joseph

The Raiders reportedly have been shopping the 2016 first-round pick, though they’re looking for a relatively high payout for someone who has underwhelmed since leaving West Virginia University. He has a hamstring injury, but even when healthy, Joseph was the Raiders’ No. 4 safety behind Marcus Gilchrist, Reggie Nelson and Erik Harris.

Joseph has talent and big-hit ability, but it’s possible the Raiders will take an offer for him before the deadline. He actually might be the most likely player to be dealt, especially if he’s healthy enough to play Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts.

CB Rashaan Melvin

The veteran voiced his frustrations after being benched in a loss to the Seattle Seahawks, and he has struggled to master techniques preferred by Raiders defensive coaches. Gruden responded critically in public.

Melvin is on a one-year deal, could be down on the depth chart and isn’t likely part of a long-term Raiders plan. A cornerback-hungry team might want someone who was solid as a Colt in 2017, and the Raiders could give younger players experience using snaps previously earmarked for Melvin.

DE Bruce Irvin

The veteran edge rusher is scheduled to make $8 million this year and $9 million the next, and his role has been reduced as the season has worn on. He’s primarily a situational pass rusher at this stage, and could find a home on a team needing someone who can get after the quarterback.

Irvin also could fit in quickly elsewhere, given the nature of his position. He might not fetch much, but he could work as a rental for a team that easily can cut him in the offseason.

CB Gareon Conley

The Ohio State product was benched last week for Daryl Worley, but he has great talent with some fixable flaws in his game. He’s under control for up to three more seasons, and could fetch a decent pick if the Raiders are ready to part with him.

NFL Network reported the Raiders would like to continue working with him for another year at least, but anything’s possible for the right price.