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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs can only hope that Sunday’s visit to a very uncomfortable place is only temporary.
Their 40-32 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders suggested that the Chiefs will have to win a lot of shootouts in order to repeat as Super Bowl champions, earn the AFC’s No. 1 playoff seed or even capture a fifth straight AFC West championship. Having to outscore opponents in high-scoring games was the story of the Chiefs 2018 season, when they lost regular-season games while scoring 51 and 40 points and the AFC title game while scoring 31.
On Sunday, the Chiefs allowed 490 yards of total offense against the Raiders, who had five plays of at least 40 yards. It was a regression for a defense that helped carry Kansas City through the latter part of the 2019 regular season.
Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs’ offense couldn’t keep up with the Las Vegas scoring. The game was tied 24-24 at halftime but