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Chiefs take down Raiders, grab lead in AFC West

Raiders cornerback David Amerson watches Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill head into the end zone for a touchdown during the first half.

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Raiders cornerback David Amerson watches Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill head into the end zone for a touchdown during the first half.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Tyreek Hill had touchdowns receiving and on a punt return, the Chiefs defense made life miserable for quarterback Derek Carr, and Kansas City beat Oakland 21-13 on a frigid Thursday night to take control of the AFC West.

Charcandrick West also had a touchdown run for the Chiefs. They moved into a first-place tie with Oakland (10-3) but hold the tiebreaker with two wins over their longtime division rival.

Carr was 17-of-41 for 117 yards passing, though the ugly stat line wasn't entirely his fault.

Seth Roberts dropped just about everything thrown at him, Amari Cooper couldn't adjust to a long throw for a would-be touchdown early in the fourth quarter, and several more passes were dropped to the rock-hard turf of Arrowhead Stadium on a night when wind chills approached single digits.

Alex Smith threw for 261 yards with a touchdown and an interception to help the Chiefs, returning home after back-to-back road wins, beat Oakland for the seventh time in their past eight meetings.

Hill didn't seem bothered by the cold, scorching the Raiders for a 36-yard TD catch before bringing a punt back 78 yards for another score. He's the first rookie since Gale Sayers in 1965 with touchdowns on the ground, through the air and on punt and kickoff returns in a single season.

BROWNS GO BACK TO RG3: Three months later, quarterback Robert Griffin III is starting anew with the Browns.

RG3 wants to make the wait worth it.

"It's all about being in the right situation at the right time," he said.

Griffin, who didn't make it out of Cleveland's season opener without getting hurt, will make his second start Sunday when the 0-12 Browns host the Bengals.

Griffin hasn't played since breaking a bone in his left shoulder in the Sept. 11 opener at Philadelphia.

ADD ONE: Von Miller's league-leading sack total jumped to 13½. The league belatedly credited the Broncos linebacker with a strip-sack for his play late in the fourth quarter that sealed Denver's 20-10 win at Jacksonville on Sunday. In other Broncos news, quarterback Trevor Siemian returned to practice, his first since spraining his left foot Nov. 27.

TROUBLING: Police are investigating racist graffiti scrawled on the walls of a Moonachie, N.J., home belonging to Giants fullback Nikita Whitlock. Police were investigating the break-in as a hate crime. Whitlock, who is black, showed reporters the graffiti — "KKK," a swastika and other racial slurs — that was on multiple walls. The name "Trump" was also written on a wall. Whitlock is on injured reserve with a foot injury.

JETS: Nick Mangold, 32, was placed on injured reserve with an ankle injury, ending the star center's season and possibly his tenure with the only team he has played for since being a first-round pick in 2006.

Chiefs take down Raiders, grab lead in AFC West 12/08/16 [Last modified: Thursday, December 8, 2016 11:57pm]
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