OAKLAND (KCBS) – Tied 7-7 after two quarters, the Raiders were crushed by the Kansas City Chiefs in the second half Sunday, losing 24-7.
“The first half they looked very competitive,” John Madden told the KCBS Radio morning crew. “Kansas City is one of only two undefeated teams – Kansas City and Denver. So this is a tough job for the Raiders to not only play Kansas City – an undefeated team that is playing with a lot of confidence – but play them at home. But I thought in the first half (the Raiders) did a good job. I thought their defense was good, I thought they had a good plan. And then the second half was like pick up sticks. They all just fell apart… The Kansas City defense just kind of broke them down.”
Madden said the Chiefs are for real.
“They have a very good defense, they have good speed on defense and they tackle well, and they have a good running game. (Alex Smith) is a smart quarterback. He’s not going to give up points. He’s going to do what he has to… So that formula works. Having said that, I think what the Broncos do and who they do it with is better than the Chiefs.”
In baseball, down 5-1 in the eighth inning, the Boston Red Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 6-5 in their second American League playoff game Sunday with the help of a David Ortiz grand slam.
“We always talk about how much players make today and how hardened they are, and they don’t care,” Madden said. “After that win, did you see the Red Sox and the way they celebrated? That was real, that wasn’t some phony orchestrated thing. They really cared from their heart. That was big win for them and they just let it all out. It was kind of refreshing to see that not only do they still care, but they still really care.” (6:35)