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Raiders Week 7 Ballers & Busters vs Chiefs: Part two

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How despite the Raiders putting up over 500 yards of offense, they still needed late heroics to win it.

NFL: Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports


David Amerson

After the Raiders took their first lead of the game off their opening touchdown, the Chiefs looked to answer. Kareem Hunt broke through the line and went for 34 yards with Amerson missing a tackle along the way.

The Chiefs’ next touchdown drive started at their own one-yard line. But on the first play, Amerson bit on a fake and was burnt for a 33-yard catch. Two play later, he Tyreek Hill simply ran right by him for a 64-yard touchdown.

Their next drive he missed a tackle on a 5-yard catch on second down and on third and 3 gave up an 11-yard catch. The Chiefs would add a field goal to extend their lead to 20-14

Amerson saw 4 passes go his was in 28 snaps. All four resulted in catches for a total of 109 yards and a touchdown.

Kelechi Osemele

Osemele wasn’t his usual dominant self in this one. He gave up a run stuff on the Raiders’ second offensive play, then gave up a tackle for loss on the next drive.

Midway through the second quarter, on this and 10, Derek Carr took the snap on a designed keeper, tucked it and ran through what was open field. That open field closed quickly with Osemele getting Carr stopped at the line by Chiefs defensive lineman Allen Bailey. With Carr’s forward progress stopped, Marcus Peters came flying in to lay a free shot on him. Osemele ran back over to go after Peters, but he shouldn’t have allowed it to happen in the first place. Then of course…

Marshawn Lynch

He ran from the sidelines onto the field to try and break up the scuffle between Osemele, Donald Penn and his friend Marcus Peters, ending up grabbing an official and getting ejected. The whole ordeal threatened to upend the momentum the Raiders had built with their two early touchdowns. We love Marshawn for his playful demeanor and unique attitude, but this time it bit him. He and the Raiders are lucky it didn’t cost them the game.

Reggie Nelson, Keith McGill

Two of the Chiefs’ three touchdowns were from 63 and 64 yards respectively. The 64-yarder Amerson was burnt by Tyreek Hill and Nelson didn’t arrive to help on the deep ball or even to stop Hill from finishing it off for the score.

The 63-yard touchdown, McGill had a bead on the pass for what should have been an easy interception, but the ball clanked off his hands and was caught by Albert Wilson for the score. Without those two long scores, this game may not have been nearly as interesting.

Lee Smith

Sometimes ‘playing through the whistle’ is taken a bit too far. Early in the second quarter, Smith just kept blocking his man well after the whistle had blown and had to be thrown to the ground to get him to stop. And he was flagged for unnecessary roughness for it and killed a promising Raiders drive because of it.

The next possession, the Raiders were able to drive into field goal range. But Smith gave up pressure from the inside rusher who was able to block the 53-yard field goal attempt.

And finally, on the Raiders game-winning drive, Smith missed his block to give up a tackle for loss on a screen attempt. A few plays later, the Raiders would have to convert a 4th and 11 to keep their hopes alive.

Vadal Alexander

Several times the Raiders were lucky to survive Alexander’s performance. The first time came early in the second quarter with him giving up a strip sack on Carr. The play was saved by an illegal contact penalty downfield. Next came late in the second quarter he was driving into the backfield and was bailed out by Justin Houston being called for a facemask. Early in the 4th quarter, he gave up pressure, but Carr stepped up and got out of the pocket, dumping the ball off for a 17-yard gain. Then early in the final drive, he gave up a pressure on Carr that caused his pass to fall short of Amari Cooper downfield. He gave up several more pressures, though they didn’t have a significant impact on the game.

Giorgio Tavecchio

A week after missing an extra point on a high snap, Tavecchio appeared to be suffering some shell shock. His first field goal of the day from 53 yards away was blocked. His second from 45 yards out missed wide left as the first half ended. Then after the Raiders drove for a TD to open the second half, Tavecchio was called for a false start on the extra point attempt to turn it into a 38-yard attempt. He was finally able to make his first field goal on a chip shot 26-yarder early in the 4th quarter.

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