Seemed as if KC had everything in store for us in Week 12 as the Raiders vs Chiefs matchup once again ended in an upsetting defeat for the Silver and Black. The Raiders now hold a 3-18 record since 2013 against their AFC West rivals.
The game did look quite promising at first since the Raiders were first on the board after a 12-yard touchdown between quarterback Aidan O’Connell and receiver Jakobi Meyers. Opening his team’s second quarter drive, running back Josh Jacobs rushed for a massive 63 yard touchdown, stiff arming Chiefs safety Mike Edwards on the outstanding play.
The Chiefs wouldn’t finish the first half without answering back, twice in fact, with a 1-yard touchdown by running back Isiah Pacheco and a passing touchdown from QB Patrick Mahomes to Justin Watson. Just like that, the game was tied at 14-14 as the remaining seconds ticked down to halftime.
Pacheco came out hot in the third quarter converting another goal-line touchdown to bring his team up seven. Raiders kicker Daniel Carlson was able to provide another three points successfully, but the Chiefs defense kept the Silver and Black in check for the remaining 17 minutes of the game, all while adding to their lead.
Mahomes found Rashee Rice for a 39 yard touchdown at the top of the fourth to bring the lead to 28-17. Mahomes finished the game with 298 yards and 2 touchdowns while Rice led all receivers with 107 yards and 8 receptions. On a good note, Jacobs’ 110 rushing yards led all players that day.
“I think as the game went on, for four quarters, they became the better team,” said Raiders interim head coach Antonio Pierce. “There’s a reason why Patrick Mahomes is the best quarterback in football.”
Taking a much needed bye in Week 13, the Raiders will look to bounce back on the winning side of things on Sunday, December 10 against the Minnesota Vikings at Allegiant Stadium.