For their second matchup of the season, the Raiders vs Chiefs Week 14 game ended in similar fashion as the Silver & Black took a 48-9 blowout loss at the loud Gefa Field at Arrowhead Stadium. The division rivalry game felt like a nail in the coffin for any playoff hopes for the Las Vegas Raiders.
Just like their Week 10 game, the Kansas City Chiefs seemed sharp as ever with Mahomes playing in MVP form as if he warped back to the 2019-2020 season. Mahomes finished with two passing touchdowns, his first in three games, and 258 yards in the air with 20 rushing yards. His two tuddies went to running back Darrel Williams and Josh Gordon, his first score since 2019.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire added two more touchdowns on the ground and the Chiefs’ suddenly stout defense forced five turnovers including four sacks, four fumble recoveries, one pick, and a fumble return TD. Big yikes. Chiefs backup running back Derrick Gore also added a score with a rushing touchdown on 66 yards.
Before the game, players of the Las Vegas Raiders were seen stomping on the Chiefs’ logo at midfield before kickoff. Please, we should never do that again. Especially when we let the other team score over 40 points while they keep us under double digits.
“You don’t want people coming into your stadium and trying to disrespect things you’ve built,” said Mahomes. “So for us, there was a little more motivation to go against a really good football team that we have a rivalry against.”
There isn’t much to highlight for the Raiders except Hunter Renfrow’s consistency these past few weeks. The Raiders receiver has truly stepped it up ever since the Ruggs incident and now has three games in a row with over 100 yards. He connected with Carr late in the third quarter on a 4-yard touchdown.
In this lopsided affair, we just need to forget about it and move on. Obviously there are a number of things the Raiders can pinpoint and improve on but when we get out-beaten by a better team, we just have to face the facts and carry on. The Las Vegas Raiders will be playing for pride the rest of the season. Up next are the Cleveland Browns on Saturday, December 18 at FirstEnergy Stadium.