- Tarrian Rodgers
Chiefs embarrass Raiders on Sunday Night Football 41-14
The Chiefs all year have looked like a shell of their former selves. The Chiefs have struggled offensively and on the defensive end to start the year. On Sunday night the Chiefs appeared in rare form. The offense was explosive, the defense was disruptive and there was nothing the Raiders could do from start to finish.
For the Raiders not only was the loss humiliating but it really affected their seeding. The Raiders had a chance to take a commanding lead in the AFC West. With the Chargers and Broncos both losing earlier in the day, the Raiders needed a win over the Chiefs on Sunday Night Football. The Chiefs who seemed all but out of it a few weeks ago now lead the division with a 6-4 record.
Patrick Mahomes threw for five touchdown passes, for the second time this season. He also threw for a season-high 406 yards, his first 400-yard game of the year and zero interceptions. Travis Kelce was the Chiefs’ leading receiver with 119 yards on eight receptions. Running back Darrel Williams had 101 receiving yards and a touchdown on nine catches. He also rushed for 43 yards.
On the Raiders side, Derek Carr threw for 261 yards and two touchdowns. He also threw an interception, which the Chiefs converted into a scoring drive. The turning point in the game for the Raiders was when newly signed wide receiver DeSean Jackson fumbled his first catch as a Raider deep in Chiefs’ territory with the Raiders down by 10. That play totally sucked momentum from Raiders and its home fans. It became the story for Raiders to many missed opportunities.
What’s next for both teams are two tough opponents: Chiefs host the Cowboys and Raiders host the Bengals. Both teams are creeping into rare territory where every game out has must win stipulations it's always good to build that momentum going forward. The Chiefs look every bit as ready as winning two straight. Raiders need to figure out what has gone wrong losing two straight coming out of their bye week.