LOS ANGELES, NOV. 25 -- Once so sure of themselves at home, the Los Angeles Raiders had trouble today just staying onside. In their fervor to flatten quarterbacks, they crossed a fine line too many times, resulting in a penalty not measured in yards.

In essence, the Kansas City Chiefs (7-4) now control first place in the AFC West. The Raiders have the same record, but with two losses to the Chiefs -- the second one today, 27-24 -- Kansas City holds the tie-breaker advantage with five weeks left in the season.

The Chiefs, helped by six encroachment penalties, turned two Jay Schroeder fumbles into touchdowns and held off a fourth-quarter Raiders rally before 65,170 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

It was the opposite of the first meeting between the teams at Arrowhead Stadium on Nov. 4, when freezing rain slowed both offenses in the Chiefs' 9-7 victory.

About the only constant was the Raiders' ability to neutralize linebacker Derrick Thomas, whom they held without a sack. But even with a three-touchdown, 76-yard performance from Marcus Allen, Los Angeles couldn't overcome a 27-17 deficit in the fourth quarter.

"They have a great repertoire of plays," said Raiders defensive tackle Bob Golic, fighting back tears. "We just didn't execute.

"I keep saying 'we.' . . . I screwed up by jumping offsides."

Golic, whistled for two enroachment penalties in the fourth quarter, wasn't the Raiders' primary offender. Pro Bowl linemate Howie Long was lured offside four times by 36-year-old Kansas City quarterback Steve DeBerg, who, by varying snap counts, displayed one of the tricks he has picked up in a 14-year career.

On Kansas City's first possession of the fourth quarter, Long and Golic jumped off on consecutive plays, giving the Chiefs a first down at the Los Angeles 16. After a five-yard gain by Christian Okoye, DeBerg threw his second scoring pass of the game to running back Bill Jones, Jones's second straight two-touchdown outing.

"They were trying to anticipate the snap," DeBerg said. "I was just using my voice inflection a little bit, and they were {jumping}. I was a little surprised they didn't try to stay back and not listen to my voice."

Schroeder's fumbles -- the first occurred without him being hit and was recovered by Thomas; the second was caused by Louis Cooper and recovered by Mike Bell -- preceded both Jones's touchdown catches.

"When I scramble around I just have to be able to hang onto the ball," Schroeder said. "There's no where else to look."

On the Raiders' first play after the second DeBerg-to-Jones touchdown, Schroeder, the former Redskins quarterback, was forced to leave the game when his left knee was bent underneath Chiefs defensive end Neil Smith. Schroeder said because he was wearing a brace, a practice he began with the Redskins after suffering an injury in 1986, the knee is "just sore."

His backup, Vince Evans, moved the Raiders to the Kansas City 18 with a 36-yard completion to tight end Ethan Horton, Evans's first pass of the season. Allen then needed only two carries to reach the end zone for his third touchdown, cutting the Chiefs' lead to three points.

With 4:19 remaining, the Raiders figured to get the ball back at least once. The Chiefs, however, were able to run out the clock, maintaining possession when Todd McNair gained 13 yards on third and eight from Kansas City's 33.

It was the Raiders' second straight home loss after winning their first 10 here under Coach Art Shell. Since their bye week in late October, the Raiders are 1-3, their only victory coming last Monday night at Miami.

The way things have gone lately, Los Angeles might be looking forward to its upcoming road games at Denver and Detroit.

"The team hasn't changed, the players haven't changed, the goals haven't changed," Golic said. "We've just made it harder to get those goals."

Kansas City 0 10 10 7 27 L.A. Raiders 0 10 7 7 24 SECOND QUARTER

Kansas City: FG Lowery 35, 2:49.

Los Angeles: Allen 3 run (Jaeger kick), 12:57.

Kansas City: Harry 19 pass from DeBerg (Lowery kick), 14:21.

Los Angeles: FG Jaeger 50, 15:00.


Kansas City: B.Jones 11 pass from DeBerg (Lowery kick), 2:49.

Los Angeles: Allen 10 run (Jaeger kick), 8:13.

Kansas City: FG Lowery 36, 14:09. FOURTH QUARTER

Kansas City: B.Jones 11 pass from DeBerg (Lowery kick), 8:28.

Los Angeles: Allen 5 run (Jaeger kick), 10:41.

Attendance: 65,170.

Chiefs Raiders First downs 16 20 Rushes-yards 31-97 30-155 Passing yards 142 211 Return yards 33 4 Passing 12-21-0 10-19-0 Sacked-yards lost 1-7 5-27 Punts 4-35 2-42 Fumbles-lost 1-0 4-3 Penalties-yards 5-30 9-50 Time of possession 31:06 28:54 R

Kansas City: Word 17-52, Okoye 9-30, McNair 1-13, DeBerg 4-2.

Los Angeles: Allen 15-76, Schroeder 3-33, Jackson 9-25, Smith 3-21. PASSING

Kansas City: DeBerg 12-21-0, 149 yards.

Los Angeles: Schroeder 9-18-0, 202 yards, Evans 1-1-0, 36. RECEIVING

Kansas City: Paige 3-54, B.Jones 2-22, R.Thomas 2-10, Harry 1-19, McNair 1-18, Hayes 1-14, Birden 1-7, F.Jo

Los Angeles: Horton 4-96, T.Brown 2-69, Gault 2-42, Fernandez 1-18, Jackson 1-13. MISSED FIELD GOALS

Los Angeles: Jaeger 48.