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Raiders week 14 Ballers & Busters vs Chiefs: Part two

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This week the Busters tell the Raiders’ story.

Oakland Raiders v Kansas City Chief Photo by Jason Hanna/Getty Images


Derek Carr

His nightmares in Kansas City have literally gotten worse and worse. After his career worst performance in KC last season, you wondered if it could get worse. He answered that Sunday with a resounding YES. Let’s try and move through his day swiftly.

First pass was incomplete to a covered Michael Crabtree. Third and 11 he was sacked. Second series he WAY overthrew an open Clive Walford on third down.

His third series ended on consecutive passes behind the line that went nowhere. His fourth he threw his first third down conversion. They actually started to move the ball and were in first down at the Kansas City 24-yard-line. Then Carr had pressure in his face and tried backpeddling and throwing the the opposite side of the field. His pass flew high in the air like a shanked punt and was intercepted right at the line of scrimmage.

His fifth and final series of the first half began with another overthrow and ended two plays later on a run stuff on third down. His sixth series he threw two more passes behind the line for a combined one yard and then on third down got jumpy in the pocket, scrambled right into a defender, bounced off, ran the other way and threw incomplete out of bounds. Next series ended with one pass to Johnny Holton that he fumbled.

Carr’s last drive that actually mattered he had his best chance of scoring in the game. Michael Crabtree got behind his defender up the middle of the field and Carr falt out underthrew it. That was a touchdown play and it fell incomplete as Crabtree had to stop his route and try to fight for the ball. The next play, Carr started to look like he might try to scramble for the first down, but at the last instant decided to shovel pass it to DeAndre Washington and couldn’t even get that pass to his receiver.

With the Raiders backed up to their own goal line, the Chiefs took the punt and their drive started at the Oakland 38. They scored in three plays to take a 26-0 lead at the end of the third. Game over.

At that point, Carr had completed just 12 of 25 passes for 72 yards with a 37.92 passer rating. It didn’t matter what happened after that. The proverbial ‘Garbage Time’.

Todd Downing, Jack Del Rio, John Pagano

From the moment Derek Carr tried his first (and only) pass to Amari Cooper, it was clear he had no business suiting up for this game. He was not himself. And on the 15th play of the game, he was being asked to block on a pitch play out left, got rolled up on and was knocked out of the game. I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s the last time we see him either.

The last time the Raiders faced the Chiefs they lost Marshawn Lynch after just two carries. This time they had him for the entire game and gave him the ball just 7 times. Even though he picked up 27 yards on his second carry and even though his improved running has been a major factor in the offense playing reasonably well in three of the team’s four previous games.

Near the end of the first half, the Raiders were down 16-0. The next time they ran it was on third and one, but despite previous games in which Downing has expressed regret for not giving it to Marshawn in short yardage, he did it again. This time it was DeAndre Washington who got the ball, who would run right into a defender for a loss, missing a cutback lane that Marshawn typically finds. Not only did he not get the ball on that play, but Marshawn carried the ball just TWO times the rest of the game. One of those was a 22-yard touchdown. This excuse that the Raiders can’t run the ball when they’re behind is getting old.

One area that was almost entirely left untested was the slot, where the Chiefs have been one of the worst teams in football this season. And that was even WITH starting corner Marcus Peters who was not playing due to suspension.

I don’t want to belabor the point here, but the last two times the Raiders played arguably the worst defense in the NFL, they have not been able to put a single freaking point on the board before the game was lost. It happened in Mexico City against the Patriots and it happened in Kansas City. Oh, and when the Raiders don’t even force their first punt or turnover until late in the third quarter, there’s no way that doesn’t also fall on the defensive coordinator.

In the most crucial game of the season, that would either make or break them, the Raiders were broken and broken badly. Del Rio doesn’t seem to know how to fix it or perhaps he knows it’s a lost cause.

TJ Carrie, Dexter McDonald

On the Chiefs’ second series, they found themselves in third and 16 for the second time in the game. The Raiders were able to hold them to a field goal the first time, as you might expect, even from their porous defense. But this time, Dexter McDonald gave up a 17-yard catch to Tyreek Hill to keep their drive alive. They would get their first touchdown on that drive.

The next time the Chiefs got the ball, TJ Carrie gave up a 36-yard catch on the first play, putting the Chiefs instantly in scoring range and they added a field goal for a 13-0 lead. Carrie would give up a 44-yard catch to Tyreek Hill on the next series which began with McDonald giving up consecutive catches, including an 8-yard catch by Kelce on third and one. And the Chiefs added another field goal.

Each of them would give up several more catches in the game. McDonald gave up five catches on six targets for 50 yards and Carrie gave up four catches for 94 yards.

Kelechi Osemele

Last week Osemele was a Baller mainly because of the killer block he laid to open up the hole Marshawn Lynch ran through for a 51-yard touchdown. This week he had one of the worst games I’ve seen from him.

The first sack on Carr wasn’t charged to Osemele, but he had been pushed into the backfield giving Carr no pocket to step into to escape the pressure. He gave up a run stuff on another three-and-out early in the second quarter when he fell down on the block.

On the next drive, he missed his block to give up another run stuff for no gain. Then a few plays later, he gave up pressure in Carr’s face. Instead of taking the sack or trying to run from it, Carr backpedaled and tried to throw it, resulting in his first interception.

Marquette King

Prior to this game he was at or just below the best in the league in yards per punt and net yards per punt. He was looking like a surefire Pro Bowl candidate. His performance in this game may have taken him out of the running.

King averaged just 40.9 yards and 35.6 net yards per punt on seven punts versus the Chiefs, with just one punt stopped inside the 20 and one touchback. His night was so bad, his season average dropped a full yard, dropping him from second to fifth in the AFC and his net just barely clinging to second, 2.5 yards behind Brett Kern. King is also now 9th in the league in punts inside the 20 (25). This is not the performance to have in the final game before Pro Bowlers are decided.

Johnny Holton, Michael Crabtree

The Raiders turned the ball over three times in this game and Crabtree and Holton were at least partially responsible for all three.

The first was Derek Carr’s interception. Some blame goes to Osemele for giving up the pressure and to Carr for throwing it, but Crabtree shares blame as well as he let the defender get to the ball. Crabtree should win that jump ball or at very least be able to knock it down. But he failed to even shield the defender off the ball and it was picked.

Down 19-0 in the third, the Raiders defense forced the first Chiefs punt of the game. And on the first play, Johnny Holton caught ball and had his punched out. It was the second fumble for Holton in his last two games.

With :46 seconds left and the Raiders down 26-15, Carr went deep hoping for a big catch that could spark a miracle. The pass was a bit high, but it was there. Holton went up for it only to have it bounce off his hands and it was intercepted off the deflection. Then the game went from technically over to officially over.

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