After the Raiders fell in Baltimore, they traveled home to resume divisional hostilities. The stellar Chiefs offense walked into Oakland and hung forty points on the Raiders. On offense, the Raiders looked efficient, despite lacking talent. Yet, the defense could not slow down the vaunted Kansas City offense. While 40-33 looks like a moral victory, the loss counts the same.
When facing a profile offense, you would think that Derek Carr would want to go point for point. Why not? With the season a complete loss, the Raiders could afford to test the Chiefs’ secondary and make the game interesting, for a while. As a result of similar thinking, Carr tried just that. By completing 29 passes for 283 yards, the Raiders chose the aggressive route. Again, Carr showed comfort within the Gruden system, by completing 75 percent of his passes.
Despite lacking any star power in the corps, the Raiders rolled out a group of wideouts facing a rather incomplete Chiefs defense. Under those circumstances, Jordy Nelson and Seth Roberts combined for thirteen catches and 122 yards. Meanwhile, Jared Cook scorched the Chiefs for 100 yards receiving and a score. In addition, rookie Marcell Ateman found paydirt with a second half score.
Last week, the rookie tackles let their quarterback down. In this game, the Raiders fared better against the Chiefs. Although Kolton Miller continues to nurse injuries, the team rolls him out there. On the other side, Brandon Parker, fresh off a nightmare effort in Baltimore. The line surrendered three sacks. While not stellar, the interior fared well.
When facing the presumptive MVP candidate Patrick Mahomes, the Raiders needed to disrupt his rhythm. However, they failed to register a single sack. Rookie Arden key looked uncertain and lost during the course of the game, while Mo Hurst, the team’s best pass rusher, tallied one stop. Mahomes rolled out and easily escaped any pressure. In return, this opened up vertical opportunities.
Granted, no one stopped Tyreek Hill in 2018. Under those circumstances, counting on Oakland to seems foolish. Yet, due to overthrows, Hill only snared one pass. On the other hand, Travis Kelce, as always, destroyed the Raiders, catching two touchdown passes and twelve passes.
The Raiders face a playoff bound Steelers team. While the Chiefs did not obliterate the Raiders, Oakland lost. In a season of misery, they all count the same.