January 21, 2018

A New Level Of Garbage

For their 13th game of the year, The Raiders traveled to Kansas City to take on the Chiefs.  This was a must win for both teams as there was a three way tie in the AFC West.  Well, the Chiefs seemed to realize that if they won this game, they would be in first place.  I guess the Raiders had other things on their minds.  After all, this is the holiday season.  Maybe they were busy putting their Christmas lists together.  Maybe they were wondering what kind of cookies they were going to bake on their next day off.  I’m not sure what was going on in the mind of Derek Carr and offensive coordinator Todd Downing.  But I do know that the offense reached a new level of garbage.

On the one occasion where they moved into Kansas City territory in the first half, Carr was hit as he threw a pass and the ball was picked off.  About the only highlight of the first half was a 27-yard run by Lynch.  That’s it.  That’s about the only positive thing that happened in the first half.  As for the defense, they weren’t playing great, but they did manage to sack Alex Smith four times and allowed only two touchdowns.  The rest of the scoring for the Chiefs was done by kicker Harrison Butker as he made four field goals.

It really looked like the Chiefs were going to pitch a shutout.  But, after they built a 26-0 lead, they went to the prevent defense.  This allowed the Raiders to score twice and make the score look closer than it really was.  The Chiefs won this game easily by a score of 26-15.  What the hell is it with Carr when he goes to Arrowhead Stadium?  He’s never won there and he gets a scared look in his eyes.  Maybe he’s suffering from a disease.  He might have the dreaded “Arrowheaditis.”  Whatever it is, I hope he finds a cure for it next year.  Maybe getting a new offensive coordinator will help.

For the Raiders, Carr completed 24 of 41 passes for 211 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.  They barely ran the ball in this game.  Lynch was the leading rusher with 61 yards on just seven carries.  As a team, the Raiders rushed for 70 yards on 11 carries.  Crabtree led the team in receptions with seven and Cook had the most yards with 75 and a touchdown.  NaVorro Bowman led the team in solo tackles again with eight and a sack.  He has been a great addition to the defense.  Irvin had two sacks and Mack had also had one.  Oh, one more thing to note is that Karl Joseph had an interception.  That gives the Raiders two for the entire season.

For the Chiefs, Smith completed 20 of 34 passes for 268 yards and one interception.  Hunt led the team on the ground with 116 yards on 25 carries and a touchdown.  All totaled, the Chiefs rushed for 165 yards on 33 carries.  Kelce led the team in receptions with seven and Hill had the most receiving yards with 75.  Ron Parker and Terrance Mitchell tied for the lead in solo tackles with four apiece.  The Chiefs applied some good pressure to Carr and he was sacked three times.

I could go on and on about how pissed I was after this loss.  How can you come out and play so badly in your biggest game of the year?  But it’s nothing new.  The offense has been horrible this year.  In this game, it was the same old story.  Up next is a home game against the Cowboys.  After what I saw them do to the Redskins and Giants, I have no reason to believe the Raiders will come out of that game with a win.  If they lose, they can kiss the playoffs good-bye.  Congratulations are in order for the Raiders.  They are the biggest disappointment in the NFL this year.  This article is probably the shortest one I have ever written.  What’s the sense in writing a novel about a team that looks pathetic every week?  Take it easy.

The Raider Guy

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