It was a warm day by Kansas City in December standards. Clear skies and 59 degrees. But the Chiefs came out cold with penalties on their first two plays. That led to a three and out on their first series. But they would soon shake off the fr
The Raiders got the ball at their own 11-yard line. Latavius Murray got the start against the team he had his breakout game three weeks ago. He ran for five yards on his first carry and then picked up the first down on third and one. He had another five yards on the following play for three runs for 13 yards as a sign of things to come for him against this porous Chiefs runs defense. It wasn't enough, however, and the Raiders had to punt.
Neither of the offenses were doing much early on. The first score came on special teams. Chiefs return man DeAnthony Thomas took the punt at the 19-yard line and sprinted 81 yards up the left sideline for the touchdown and a 7-0 Chiefs lead with 2:38 remaining in the first quarter.
With the Raiders offense still sputtering, the Chiefs offense came alive. Alex Smith began picking apart the Raiders defense with the same formula the Rams used to hang six touchdowns on them. He moved the Chiefs down field on a series of short and intermediate passes. The Raiders finally managed to get a stop and then got a temporary reprieve with a missed field goal to keep the score at 7-0.
Still the Raiders offense was doing nothing, while the Chiefs were moving the ball. This time the Chiefs got into field goal range on a hug 48-yard pass to Albert Wilson who got behind D.J. Hayden on the play. This time the Chiefs would convert the field goal and take a 10-0 lead.
With under a minute remaining in the first half, the Raiders finally got something going. They drove into field goal range and Sebastian Janikowski nailed a 53-yard field goal to get them on the board heading into half time with the Chiefs up 10-3.
The offensive woes continued for the Raiders in the third quarter, but the defense stepped up and got them in scoring position when Brandian Ross forced a fumble on Travis Kelce and C.J. Wilson plucked it out of the air and returned it to the Chiefs' 15-yard line. The offense still could do nothing with it, and settled for a field goal to pull to within four at 10-6.
Once again, the Chiefs offense responded with a long drive. It started with 21-yard pass from Alex Smith to Dwayne Bowe on third and 5. It put the Chiefs in Raiders territory and without needing another third down conversion, Knile Davis finished it off with a touchdown run from three yards out to put the Chiefs up 17-6.
Things would go from bad to worse for the Raiders, when on their first play following the Chiefs touchdown, Derek Carr bobbled the snap and the Chiefs recovered. The Chiefs would score on two plays and extend their lead to 24-6 with five minutes remaining in the third quarter. This one was officially out of hand.
But the Chiefs weren't done.
They got the ball a short time later and Knile Davis took a short pass and was gone for a 70-yard touchdown. And the Chiefs had put the game away before the fourth quarter began, with a 31-6 lead. After that it was all academic.
The Raiders would make it look a little more respectable by adding a touchdown on a pass from Derek Carr to James Jones in the final minute to give us our final score of 31-13.
This blowout/shutout loss on top of the one in St Louis two weeks ago has the Raiders outscored 83-13 in those two trips to the state of Missouri. The state would like to welcome the Raiders to return anytime they like.
In both trips, they ran up against a very tough pass rush. Derek Carr was under pretty much constant pressure in this game. He was sacked four times in the game and hurried into several other incompletions.
Not even Latavius Murray could save them this time. He had 4 carries for 112 yards and 2 touchdowns in their meeting last month. He had a good day but nothing like averaging 28.0 yards per carry he had before.
Both of the Raiders wins this season have come at home and this makes for another in a long string of road losses for them. They are 0-7 this season on the road with their last road win coming week 11 of last season in Houston -- a streak of 10-straight road losses.
They fall to 2-12 on the season while the Chiefs pull out of a three game losing streak to improve to 8-6 on the season with their playoff hopes still alive.
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