After the thrilling Monday night win, the Raiders crashed back to Earth, falling to the Kansas City Chiefs, 28-10. With the loss, the Raiders fall to 1-1. While not a devastating defeat, the game revealed a few flaws in the team that the Denver Broncos could not reveal.
When Carr took the field, he faced a Chiefs defense featuring good but not elite rushers. However, his struggles, seemed a combination of awful timing and poor decisions doomed the Raiders with Carr under center. On a day where Carr attempted passes at less than seven yards a pop, Carr looked disjointed and out of sync.
When Trent Brown left with injury, Brandon Parker stepped in. The Chiefs capitalized, turnstiling Parking and inflicting damage upon Carr. On the bright side, Josh Jacobs tallied 99 yards and the line functioned well, for the most part.
When Ryan Grant made the original 53-man roster, people raised eyes. In addition, his play during this game should see him fall down the depth chart, hopefully making room for Keelan Doss. Grant snared one pass for minus-2 yards. Plus, officials flagged him for two offensive pass interference calls on pick plays. If you add in Tyrell Williams’ inability to fight for an endzone fade, the Raiders did not receive great support from their wideouts.
Lack of Pass Rush
Outside of Benson Mayowa, who paced the team with 1.5 sacks, the Raiders could not muster anything substantive. As a result, Patrick Mahomes rolled up 443 yards and four touchdowns. The pass rush and Paul Guenther must take this scheme in a different direction. Getting home remains the priority.
For what seems like the ninetieth time in a row, an opposing tight end embarrassed the Raiders. Once again, Travis Kelce torched the Raiders, totaling 107 yards on seven records, including a score. The team needs to finally attack this enduring problem.
The Raiders head to Minnesota to battle the Vikings. With two games down, Oakland needs to emerge victorious. the Vikings remain maddeningly inconsistent. With that, the Oakland Raiders should capitalize.