It must be Derek Carr in Kansas City. Cuz it resulted in some of the ugliest football we’ve seen him or the Raiders offense play in some time.
The tone was set right from the start with a three-and-out by the Raiders on the first series, replete with a sack on Carr, giving way to the Chiefs driving for a field goal.
A 27-yard run by Marshawn Lynch got the Raiders into Kansas City territory on their next drive. But three straight incompletions by Derek Carr would get the Raiders no farther and they punted it away.
Bruce Irvin would get his second sack of the game on the following Chiefs’ series, but on third and 16, Alex Smith would find Tyreek Hill for 17 yards. A few plays later, the Chiefs ran a perfectly executed screen play to tight end Travis Kelce who put a move on Karl Joseph and put the Chiefs in first and goal at the one. The Chiefs would punch it in with Kareem Hunt on the next play to take a 10-0 lead on the first play of the second quarter.
Another three-and-out for the Raiders and at this point they had a net 29 yards, 27 of which came on the one Marshawn run. Meanwhile the Chiefs were taking whatever they wanted. The next drive they began with a big completion to Albert Wilson over the top of TJ Carrie up the left sideline. It led to a short field goal and a 13-0 lead.
At this point the Chiefs had scored on every possession and the Raiders were 0-3 on third down.
The nest series, after a 7-yard Marshawn run, Carr would find Jared Cook over the middle on third and 3. The Raiders would move to the Chiefs 24-yard-line, when Carr saw some pressure in his face and threw an ugly, high arching pass that was intercepted by Terrance Mitchell.
Once again, the Chiefs offense moved down the field easily, slicing up the Raiders defense, including a 44-yard bomb to Tyreek Hill. In second and goal at the 8-yard-line, it was a Khalil Mack sack that would hold the Chiefs to a field goal. But it was still a dominant 16-0 lead with the Chiefs yet to punt the ball in the game with under two minutes left in the first half.
The Raiders response was another three-and-out. They left enough time for NaVorrow Bowman to sack Alex Smith which was the Raiders fourth sack of the first half.
Sacks were the only impressive stat for the Raiders in an otherwise abysmal first half. Derek Carr was 5 of 12 for 31 yards and an interception with a passer rating of 14.6. The Raiders were outgained 235-68 with the Chiefs nearly doubling up time of possession.
It was more of the same to begin the third quarter. The Chiefs drove for a field goal to take a 19-0 lead. On four consecutive plays on the drive, Smith found Kelce for 20 yards, Tyreek Hill for 9 yards, Hunt went up the middle for 8, and Smith found Hunt for 11 yards to put them in scoring range. The Chiefs still had yet to punt the ball in the game, scoring on a five of their possessions.
On three straight plays midway through the third, things got really crazy. Dustin Colquitt took the field for his first punt of the game. On the first play of the Raiders series, Carr threw for Johnny Holton out left and for the second straight game, he had the ball ripped out. The Chiefs recover it at the Oakland 26-yard-line. On the first play of their possession, Alex Smith was picked off deep over the middle by Karl Joseph. It was the first interception by a Raiders defensive back all season.
With the all at their own 5-yard-line in first and 14, Michael Crabtree made a move on his defender and was wide open for what should have been a huge touchdown. Carr underthrew it and Crabtree couldn’t get through the defender to come back for it. The next play, Carr bumbled a shovel pass and the Raiders and it was yet another three-and-out, the fifth of the game for the Raiders.
A return on the punt to the Oakland 38 by Tyreek Hill and the Chiefs put the nail in the coffin with a four-play touchdown drive to take a 26-0 lead with just over three minutes left in the third quarter.
Two sacks on Carr would keep the Raiders from reaching midfield on the next series and for the second time in four games, the Raiders were shut out by more than 25 points after three quarters. The previous shutout was in Mexico City against the Patriots who were up 30-0 after three.
At that point — while the game was still actually in reach — Derek Carr was 12 for 25 for 72 yards with a 37.92 passer rating.
Just as the Raiders did against the Patriots in week 11, they tried to make their comeback too late, breaking the shutout with a touchdown drive to begin the 4th quarter. The touchdown came on a 22-yard run by Marshawn Lynch to make it 26-7 with under nine minutes remaining in the game.
From there the Raiders convert a successful onsides kick, with Erik Harris recovering it. Then on 4th and 7 Carr dropped in a pass to Jared Cook over the middle for a 29-yard touchdown. Carr found Michael Crabtree on a quick slant to convert the 2-point conversion to make it 26-15 with just over seven minutes remaining.
A big third down conversion by the Chiefs would allow them to run 4:30 off the clock which eliminated the already extremely thin chance the Raiders had of making a game of it. Carr tried a deep ball late hoping put another score on the board, but Johnny Holton’s leaping attempt bounced off his hands for the interception to end it with the final score of 26-15 in a game that wasn’t even that close.
Carr has now lost all four career trips to Kansas City. And despite his final stats and 60.1 passer rating, this one was even worse than his previous career worst performance in KC late last season.
The loss puts the Chiefs back atop the AFC West with the Raiders dropping to 6-7 on the season, no longer controlling their own destiny. And playing like this, they have no business in the playoffs anyway.