The Kansas City Chiefs returned to the lead of the AFC West with a 41:14 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders. While the home side seemed hit or miss and made a lot of mistakes, Patrick Mahomes in particular was back in great shape after weaker performances.
After a few tough games over the past few weeks, the Chiefs have started well after a boring first series. In the second practice, they rushed for 89 yards with plenty of short passes and took the lead with an 8-yard touchdown pass from Patrick Mahomes over Tyreek Hill.
The Chiefs then forced the Raiders to take another punt. On the return, however, Punter AJ Cole forced a fumble against returner Mike Hughes and the home side captured the ball near the halfway line. A little later, Derek Carr found Hunter Renfrow to equalize for a 6-yard touchdown.
Until the break, however, the leaders regained the advantage. First kicker Harrison Butker hit 40 yards, then Mahomes threw his second touchdown pass to Hill. There were no more points until the break as Butker missed another field goal attempt from 46 yards. The break was 17: 7 counts.
The Raiders then came out of the break with a bang and found the end zone with two big plays – first Carr found wide receiver Zay Jones for 22 yards, then Bryan Edwards for a 37-yard touchdown.
The leaders can no longer be retained in the second half
The Chiefs, however, continued with a 13-game practice that restored the old distance. In the end, it was the team’s third tight end, rookie Noah Gray, who scored a one-yard touchdown.
Las Vegas then tried again with a deep shot – Carr to newcomer DeSean Jackson for 40 yards – but this Rashad Fenton hit the ball with his hands and the tyrant Mathieu captured the fumble. This resulted in Butker’s field goal of 35 yards. A little later, Carr made an interception late in the third quarter for the preliminary ruling.
The Chiefs then finally put the lid on the next round of attacks. Bettor Tommy Townsend extended the run with a false punt pass and eventually Mahomes fired a 38-yard touchdown pass to running back Darrel Williams, who had slipped down a wheel route. 34:14 Chefs with 13 minutes on the clock.
A punt later, the Chiefs called again and Mahomes threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Byron Pringle.
Building on this success, the Chiefs also take the lead of the AFC West due to the Chargers’ loss earlier in the day to the Vikings.
Las Vegas Raiders (5-4) – Kansas City Chiefs (6-4)
Result: 14:41 (0: 7, 7:10, 7:10, 0:14) BOXSCORE
Raiders vs. Chiefs – the most important stats
- Mahomes finished the first half with 198 passing yards. It was 32 more yards Mahomes had scored against the Packers the week before.
- Tyreek Hill now has 55 touchdowns. They are the third most important in the history of the Chiefs franchise. He’s caught up with Chris Buford and has only Otis Taylor (57) and Hall of Fame member Tony Gonzalez (76) ahead of him.
Darrel Williams’ 38-yard touchdown had a 25.8 percent probability of completion and a target split of just 0.3 yards according to Next Gen Stats. It was the slightest separation at the end of Mahomes’ NFL career.
The star of the game: Patrick Mahomes (Quarterback, Chiefs)
No, Mahomes (35/50, 406 YDS, 5 TD) still isn’t quite the same – he’s been fortunate that at least two bad passes weren’t intercepted and abandoned again instead. – but he had his best game this season. He was more patient than the last one in the pocket, was less nervous and was therefore throwing much more accurately most of the time than in recent weeks. Towards the end of the match, he attempted deep shots again, which he missed for a long time.
The flop of the game: The Raiders’ secondary
Mahomes didn’t take a sack, but that’s not an indicator of a weak front – the Raiders took 11 presses against Mahomes. On the contrary, the front was abandoned by the secondary of the Raiders. It didn’t match the coverage very well, the mission was odd – even in the red zone, no linebacker should play Hill in the slot. Plus, it’s incomprehensible why the Raiders have tried to cover the men so often against Hill and Kelce. It usually goes badly, like in this game. Of note, however, is cornerback Brandon Facyson, who was the next defenseman on three of Mahomes’ five assists.
Analysis: Raiders vs. Chiefs – The Tactics Board
Surprisingly enough, unlike many of the Chiefs’ previous opponents, the Raiders haven’t always relied on a two-height appearance and area coverage. Instead, there was a lot of betting on men’s coverage, which created bigger issues.
Guarding Tyreek Hill was particularly difficult for the raiders. They started Man Coverage against him with cornerback Brandon Facyson. After his injury break, Desmond took over Trufant, who couldn’t keep up. On his second touchdown, Hill started in the lunge and had linebacker Denzel Perryman as his direct opponent – but deep in the red zone, so this game was more of a special nature. Facyson was allowed to replay later, but didn’t improve it much either. Facyson and Trufant were specifically wanted by Mahomes and ultimately handed over four of the five TD passports.
The Chiefs, in turn, have played male cover throughout and most of the time only with a single high look to have an extra defender in the box. They also showed more flash, but ultimately didn’t flash Carr before the break. The heavy boxes, on the other hand, paid off against the race, which barely came into play at the start with the home team.
- In the second half we saw more than 2 high looks from the Chiefs, following the score. The Raiders were clearly behind and had to bet more on the pass. The Chiefs also sent one or the other radar, which led, for example, to Carr’s interception at the end of the third quarter.