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Raiders week 14 Ballers & Busters vs Chiefs

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NFL: Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

I hope you all are having a good Tuesday. I trust yours is better than mine unless you too had to watch Sunday’s game in Kansas City again. I mean, unless you’re into that sort of thing. It’s not really my idea of a good time, but hey to each their own.

It was another Raiders game that was over before the 4th quarter even began. With that in mind, here is the Raiders first 8 possessions:

Three-and-out, PUNT. Five plays, PUNT. Three-and-out, PUNT. Interception. Three-and-out PUNT. Three-and-out, PUNT, FUMBLE, Three-and-out, PUNT.

And here’s the Chiefs first nine drives:

FIELD GOAL, TOUCHDOWN, FIELD GOAL, FIELD GOAL, End of first half, FIELD GOAL, Five plays PUNT, INTERCEPTION, TOUCHDOWN.

If you were doing the math, that’s 26-0 at the end of the third quarter. We’ll get to how that happened, but first the good guys.

Ballers

Bruce Irvin

Irvin’s tear continued in this game, sacking Alex Smith twice to bring his season total to 7.5. It’s the most he’s had in a Raiders uniform and just a sack away from a new career high. Of course we know his goal is 10.0 sacks. He will have three games to get that and if he stays on his pace of late, he should have no problem.

His first sack was on the Chiefs’ first drive and it helped hold them to a long field goal. He had his next sack on the next drive to put the Chiefs in third and 16. They were able to pick it up with a 17-yard pass to Tyreek Hill and went on to score a touchdown. The Raiders’ third sack was by NaVorro Bowman on the final play of the first half, but Irvin had the pressure from the left side to keep Alex Smith from escaping it. Irvin teamed up for the run stop to begin the third quarter and he would finish with 4 solo tackles.

Nicholas Morrow

Morrow quietly had a very solid game. He was second on the team with 8 tackles and played well in coverage too. He only gave up one catch in the game. It was on the first play for the Chiefs and he was right there to smack Travis Kelce for only a four-yard gain. On Irvin’s first sack, Alex Smith first looked for his reliable tight end and didn’t make the throw because Morrow had Kelce blanketed. Smith holding onto the ball longer led the to sack.

Morrow would add four more run stops for minimal gain, including two consecutive run stops which helped force the Chiefs’ only punt in the first three quarters. He had position to make the stop on the Chiefs’ final touchown, but a blatant (and rather obvious) hold by guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif allowed Charcandrick West to run it in from 13 yards out. That should have either been a penalty or a stop, but instead it put the Chiefs up 26-0 at the end of the third quarter.

Donald Penn

Not only did Penn completely shut down the rush from his position, but a couple times he laid mammoth blocks on run plays. The first was a block that opened things up for Marshawn Lynch to run for 27 yards on their second series. Then in the second quarter, he cleared the way for a 7-yard run by Marshawn. That drive moved into Chiefs territory but ended with an interception.

Honorable Mention

Denico Autry – He had not one, but two of his signature batted passes – on coming on third down to force a field goal. He has the league lead with six batted passes on the season.

Marshawn Lynch – Though he was given just 7 carries, he had 61 yards (8.7 yards per carry) and a TD on those carries. He had a 27-yard run on the second series and a 22-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.

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