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CHIEFS 20, RAIDERS 9

Chiefs rip bumbling Raiders

OAKLAND, Calif. -- A trip to Oakland was just what the Kansas City Chiefs needed to snap their three-game losing streak and keep their faint playoff hopes alive.

Larry Johnson ran for 137 yards and a touchdown to help the Chiefs become the first team to beat the Raiders eight straight times with a 20-9 victory last night.

The Chiefs (8-7) need to beat Jacksonville next week and get plenty of help from other teams to make the playoffs because their 4-7 conference record has put them behind most of the other contenders in tiebreakers.

"We're not out of the playoffs. We need help," said Jarrad Page, who had two interceptions. "All we can do is win. That's all we can control. We have to win another game at Arrowhead against Jacksonville and hope things go our way after that."

The Raiders (2-13) have lost eight straight and matched the franchise record for losses in a season set when they went 1-13 in 1962 -- the season before Al Davis arrived to coach and eventually own the team.

The frustration of a lost season finally appeared to boil over in frustration when defensive leader Warren Sapp threw a tantrum on the sideline late in the first half as Oakland's offense once again struggled.

The Raiders managed only three field goals by Sebastian Janikowski and were held without an offensive touchdown for the seventh time this season. Oakland was outscored, 76-12, in its four prime-time games, failing to score a touchdown in any of them.

"Again, we just can't do the things that we do, turn the ball over and expect to win," coach Art Shell said. "We moved the ball but still couldn't get it into the end zone, and that hurts."

Trent Green threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Eddie Kennison on Kansas City's opening drive and the Chiefs mostly relied on Johnson and Raiders mistakes after that.

Johnson had 31 carries and scored on a 1-yard run in the final minute of the first half to make it 17-6.

Oakland turned the ball over five times, including four by Andrew Walter, who started at quarterback in place of injured Aaron Brooks.

Walter was 27 for 37 for 226 yards, but lost two fumbles and threw two interceptions.

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