OAKLAND, Calif. — In what's become a welcome change, the Kansas City defense was the difference in a victory for a second straight week.
Trent Green engineered two second-half field goal drives and the Chiefs stopped Oakland at the 10-yard line in the final minutes to spoil Randy Moss' home debut for the Raiders with a 23-17 win Sunday night.
Kansas City overhauled its defense in the offseason after another season in which its high-scoring offense wasn't enough. After taking a shutout into the final minute of a season-opening 27-7 win over the New York Jets, the Chiefs (2-0) proved to be just tough enough to beat the Raiders for the fifth straight time.
After Samie Parker's fumble set up a final drive for Oakland, Kerry Collins led the Raiders (0-2) to the 10 with 1:58 to go. He threw an incomplete pass to LaMont Jordan on third down and then lofted a last-ditch pass to Jerry Porter in the back corner of the end zone. Porter leaped and had the ball on his fingertips, but Benny Sapp knocked the ball away.
Kansas City then ran out the clock.
Moss showed off the big-play skills that made him the NFL's most dangerous receiver during his seven years in Minnesota with another long touchdown catch, but was not a factor on the final drive. He finished with five catches for 127 yards.
After the Raiders took over on their 36 early in the second quarter, Collins dropped back for a play-action pass. Moss ran past Patrick Surtain and then outleaped Kansas City's other key secondary acquisition, Sammy Knight, at the 20 before running it in the rest of the way.
The Chiefs answered with a methodical 15-play drive that was slowed by back-to-back holding calls against Jordan Black after Priest Holmes' 20-yard run set up a first-and-goal at the 9. A 39-yard field goal by Lawrence Tynes made it 20-17 lead entering the fourth quarter.
Green then led Kansas City on an 11-play, 54-yard drive, completing key third-down passes to Parker and Tony Gonzalez to set up a 42-yard kick by Tynes with 8:46 to play.
Green was 18-for-28 for 238 yards and Holmes ran for 75 yards and a score for Kansas City.