Week six of the 2016 season had the Kansas City Chiefs paying a visit to the Oakland Raiders. The Chiefs were coming off a bye week and the Raiders were coming off a 34-31 win over the San Diego Chargers. The Chiefs won the toss and deferred to the second half. Kicker Cairo Santos kicked the game off and return man Jalen Richard fielded the kick at the four-yard line. He returned it to the Kansas City 46 and the Raiders started the game out with good field position. Despite the rainy conditions, quarterback Derek Carr took to the air and three completions to wide receiver Amari Cooper moved the ball to the four-yard line. On second and goal from the three, Carr found wide receiver Andre Holmes in the back of the end zone for a touchdown. Kicker Sebastian Janikowski made the point after and the Raiders went up 7-0 with 12 minutes to go in the first quarter.
The Chiefs would punt on their first possession of the game. But they would get the ball back very quickly because Carr was picked off by cornerback Marcus Peters at the Kansas City 43-yard line. That truly was a horrible pass by Carr. Quarterback Alex Smith and the Kansas City offense took the field again. A 21-yard completion to tight end Travis Kelce and three carries by running back Spencer Ware put the Chiefs at the Oakland 25-yard line. On third and eight from the 23, Smith looked for wide receiver De’Anthony Thomas and he made the catch for a gain of eight and a first down at the 15. Carries by running backs Charcandrick West and Jamaal Charles had the Chiefs knocking at the door and on first and goal from the two, Ware took it into the end zone. Santos made the point after and the game was tied 7-7 with 2:16 to go in the first quarter.
On their next possession, the Raiders started at their 22 and decided to give their running game a look. Two carries from running back DeAndre Washington gained eight yards. On third and two from the 30, Carr hooked up with wide receiver Seth Roberts for a gain of 19 yards. Passes to Cooper and wide receiver Michael Crabtree netted another first down at the Kansas City 38. But a holding penalty moved them back ten yards. That was followed by a fumble by Carr that was recovered by Washington. A completion to Cooper put the Raiders back into field goal range. But the 52-yard attempt sailed wide left and the score remained tied at 7-7.
The Chiefs took over at their 42 and quickly marched down the field with ease. The rain certainly wasn’t bothering them. Screen passes to Charles and a deep pass to wide receiver Albert Wilson set the Chiefs up with a first and goal from the four-yard line. Charles capped off the drive with a four-yard touchdown run. Santos missed the extra point and the Chiefs led 13-7 with 7:11 to go in the first half.
The Raiders took over at their 24 and Carr and Cooper continued to hook up for big gains. A 24-yard pass to Cooper moved the Raiders to the Kansas City 37. That was followed by an eight-yard pass to Holmes. But Richard was thrown for a loss of three on second down and Roberts dropped a pass that hit him right in the hands on third down. Instead of trying another field goal, head coach Jack Del Rio decided to go for it. What followed was one of the worst passes I have ever seen. Carr looked for Roberts on the left side and he put up a balloon that was so poorly thrown that nobody could catch it.
The Chiefs took over at their 32 with 3:10 remaining. Passes to wide receivers Chris Conley and Jeremy Maclin had the Chiefs in Oakland territory again. On third and one from the 18, Ware was stuffed for a loss of two by defensive end Stacy McGee. Santos came into the game for a 38-yard field goal attempt and it sailed wide left. With time running short, Carr went to work and passes to Cooper and tight end Clive Walford put the ball at the Kansas City 28-yard line with one second to go. This time, Janikowski would make his 46-yard attempt and at halftime, the Chiefs led 13-10.
The good news for the Raiders is that they only allowed the Chiefs to score 13 points in the second half. The bad news for the Raiders is that they put up exactly zero points in the second half. Poor execution on the offensive side of the ball was a big factor. Also, the defense couldn’t get to Smith, force a turnover or stop their running game. Add all that up and you have a 26-10 victory for the Chiefs. That win improved their record to 3-2 and the loss dropped the Raiders to 4-2. Another record that improved was Chief head coach Andy Reid. His teams are now 15-2 after bye weeks.
For the Chiefs, Alex Smith had a very efficient game and completed 19 of 22 for 224 yards. Jeremy Maclin, Chris Conley and Travis Kelce tied for the lead in receptions with three apiece. Maclin had the most receiving yards with 49. The running game was working on all cylinders as the Chiefs racked up 183 yards on 40 carries. Spencer Ware was the leading rusher with 131 yards on 24 carries and a touchdown. Defensively, linebacker Derrick Johnson led the team in solo tackles with seven. He also had two tackles for a loss.
For the Raiders, Derek Carr completed 22 of 34 for 225 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He also fumbled twice and lost one of them in Kansas City territory. Amari Cooper led the team in receptions with 10 and receiving yards with 129. Nine of those catches were made in the first half. When DeAndre Washington was given the chance, he ran the ball very well and ended up leading the team in rushing with 49 yards on 10 carries. Unfortunately when you’re down all game, the running game gets abandoned. As a team, the Raiders rushed for 65 yards on 17 carries. Defensively, rookie safety Karl Joseph led the team in solo tackles with seven.
This truly was a sloppy game for the Raiders. While they were slipping and sliding and basically stinking up the joint, the Chiefs were executing their game plan perfectly. It’s time to right the ship. The next two games for the Raiders are at Jacksonville and Tampa Bay. Maybe they’ll do better on the road. After all, their record in road games is 3-0. Until then, take it easy.
The Raider Guy