KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Coach Dennis Allen viewed the Raiders' game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday as a measuring stick for the progress being made by his team.

The closer-than-it-seemed 24-7 loss to the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium showed Allen and general manager Reggie McKenzie that the Raiders are headed in the right direction, though there still is plenty of work to be done.

"We're close," Raiders safety Charles Woodson said. "But when you play a good football team, they capitalize on the mistakes that you make. That's the reason why they're 6-0."

And it is a big reason the Raiders are 2-4 as they enter their bye week, four games behind the Chiefs and the Denver Broncos in the AFC West.

The Raiders will spend the next several days trying to learn from their uneven play against the Chiefs and probably several more days expelling the bitter taste from their mouths.

The Chiefs feasted on a Raiders team that committed 11 penalties, allowed 10 sacks and served up three interceptions by quarterback Terrelle Pryor.

Most of that negative stuff came after the Raiders jumped to a 7-0 lead late in the second quarter.

The Chiefs soon tied the score, but the Raiders felt as if they controlled the game because of how well their defense played, said Woodson and several of his defensive mates.

The game turned late in the third quarter when Pryor attempted a pass in the face of a blitz, while throwing off his back foot and into heavy traffic. Safety Quintin Demps intercepted the ill-advised pass and returned it 9 yards to the Raiders' 23-yard line. Running back Jamaal Charles scored the second of his two touchdowns four plays later, giving the Chiefs a 14-7 lead with 2:01 left in the third.

It was all Chiefs from there, with Pryor spending most of his time being sacked, harassed and frustrated by a defense he flourished against early on.

Pryor completed seven of his first nine passes for 100 yards and a touchdown for a 150.0 passer rating.

He completed only 11 of his final 25 passes for 116 yards and no touchdowns, with three interceptions the rest of the way and finished with a 45.7 passer rating.

"It's a great learning experience for him," Allen said. "He'll be better for it when he gets put back in this type of environment again, and he'll do a better job."

Pryor accepted responsibility for his mistakes and shifted blame away from his teammates, vowing to use this game as part of his maturation into a starting quarterback.

"You're going to make mistakes," Pryor said. "Understand why it happens. Fix who is at fault, whether it's me or whoever. That's all you can really do. ... We lost the game because of turnovers. They were on me."

Pryor said it is incumbent upon the offense to hold up its end, especially in a game such as this, where the Raiders limited the Chiefs to 216 yards offense and forced quarterback Alex Smith into more incomplete passes than ones caught by his receivers.

The big difference was Smith's ability to remain patient, make just enough plays and avoid turnovers.

"I wouldn't say it's lack of efficiency," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said, when asked about Smith completing only 14 of 31 passes. "He's taking care of the football. When it counts, he makes the play.

"I appreciate him. We're winning football games, and he's doing a nice job managing it. Everybody feeds off it on both sides of the ball."

The Chiefs did lose left tackle Branden Albert to a knee injury, but their line was hardly in shambles as was the Raiders' line.

None of the Raiders used injuries or crowd noise as an excuse, however.

"We're disappointed," defensive end Jason Hunter said. "We had a chance to win the game. We played hard. We've just got to find a way to get these wins. You can't make mistakes in a game like this."

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