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NFL Game Recaps: Week 12





Raiders 24, Chiefs 20

  • The Chiefs entered this game as one of the hottest teams in the NFL. However, they were coming off a huge victory over the defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks and had the Broncos on the horizon. This game had "trap" written all over it, as the two anchors on Pardon the Interruption even spent a couple of minutes discussing the possibility of Kansas City having a letdown.

    As it turns out, the Chiefs came in cocky and overconfident. They didn't take the Raiders seriously whatsoever. They looked sluggish and dropped a game as a touchdown favorite as a result. They're now 7-4, so if they don't beat Denver next week, they'll be in an extremely tough bind in terms of contending for a wild card spot.

  • Kansas City was especially sluggish in the first half. Alex Smith was 8-of-19 for only 48 yards at one point, while the defense was miserable, surrendering a 90-yard touchdown run to someone named Latavius Murray. The Chiefs are actually lucky that Murray suffered a concussion and had to leave the game in the second quarter because they had no answer for the explosive back, who tallied 112 yards and a pair of scores on just four carries.

    The Chiefs had more success getting the Raiders off the field once the two aging running backs, Darren McFadden (12-29) and Maurice Jones-Drew (3 carries, -1 yards), started touching the football. Kansas City consequently came back from a 17-3 deficit, as Alex Smith caught fire, completing 10 passes in a row. However, some bad coaching - Jamaal Charles didn't touch the ball once during a drive in which his team kicked a field goal instead of scoring a touchdown, and then Andy Reid didn't challenge a Derek Carr sneak that was short of the first-down marker - as well as a drive lasting 7:21 featuring strong running by Marcel Reece (8-37), allowed the Raiders to re-take the lead and win their first game of the season.

  • Smith was very inconsistent. As mentioned, he was horrible early on. His throws were low and behind his targets, and Kansas City, as a result, averaged a hideous 3.3 yards per play during the first half. Smith, however, finished 20-of-36 for 234 yards and two touchdowns. He was on fire during a portion of the second half, but his limitations were pretty prevalent on a failed final drive despite that the Raiders began celebrating early, allowing a big return and nearly getting whistled for being way offsides prior to the final play of the game.

  • Charles didn't have the big game everyone was expecting. He touched the ball only 23 times, which is simply unacceptable. He had 19 carries go for 80 rushing yards, but he at least scored a touchdown as a pass-catcher, logging four grabs for 42 receiving yards. Charles also should've drawn a pass interference in the end zone at one point during the second quarter, but the officials inexplicably didn't throw a flag.

  • Yet another week, and yet another game in which no Kansas City wideouts scored a touchdown. Dwayne Bowe (3-42) led the group in yardage. Travis Kelce (4-67) outgained him, while Anthony Fasano (2-30) reeled in Smith's other touchdown.

  • As for the Raiders, this was a Pyrrhic victory for them. They should have lost, as they have a better strength of schedule than the Jaguars. Many teams will be dying to trade up for Marcus Mariota, and now the Jaguars will be the fortunate franchise to acquire a boatload of picks. Check out my 2015 NFL Mock Draft for more.

  • At least Oakland has its franchise quarterback, right? Jim Nantz exclaimed that the Raiders finally found "their guy" in Carr once this game was over. I wouldn't be too sure about that. Carr made some very nice throws in this contest, but he could have been picked at least five times. The Raiders were very unfortunate that the Chiefs dropped all of those potential interceptions, as a loss would have really helped them. Carr finished 18-of-35 for 174 yards and a touchdown.

  • Carr's score went to James Jones (5-47). Oakland's leading receiver was Andre Holmes (5-55), while Mychal Rivera (1 catch, 8 yards) was a huge disappointment for his fantasy owners.

  • Some Raider defenders worth mentioning are Sio Moore (12 tackles, 1 sack) and Khalil Mack. Both were part of a strong pass rush that put lots of pressure on Smith.





    Falcons XX, Browns XX




  • Bills XX, Jets XX




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  • Bengals XX, Texans XX




  • Colts XX, Jaguars XX




  • Packers XX, Vikings XX







  • Patriots XX, Lions XX




  • Eagles XX, Titans XX






  • Chargers XX, Rams XX




  • Seahawks XX, Cardinals XX




  • Broncos XX, Dolphins XX




  • 49ers XX, Redskins XX




  • Cowboys XX, Giants XX




  • Saints XX, Ravens XX




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