Lamarcus Joyner, Daryl Worley, Gareon Conley, Karl Joseph, Paul Guenther
As you might expect, we will focus heavily on the second quarter for this. The Chiefs were taking what they wanted from the first snap of the quarter to the last. Guenther’s defense was confused and getting ripped to shreds by the Chiefs passing attack.
The first touchdown allowed was probably the worst. DeMarcus Robinson was wide open on the play. It was clearly a broken coverage. The Chiefs put a man in motion which changed the coverage for the Raiders. Instead of staying on Robinson, Joyner stayed short on the motion man. Worley – who was lined up at safety on this play – was supposed to shift over and did not. The result was two players covering no one and a wide open receiver for a 44-yard touchdown.
The second drive was the worst. It started at their own 5-yard line. First it was Gareon Conley giving up a 14-yard catch to get them out of trouble. Then it was Clelin Ferrell flagged for offisides on third and four. And Conley again giving up a 15-yard catch. Then on third and nine, Worley was way too far off the line and gave up an 11-yard catch. Then Worley again gave up an 8-yard catch on third and seven. A holding penalty wiped away a 22-yard catch given up between Conley and Curtis Riley, but in third and 20, it was Mecole Hardman who blew by Joyner and Riley for a 47-yard touchdown.
The third touchown drive featured the 32-yard catch by Damien Williams which was followed immediately by Keisean Nixon and Karl Joseph giving up a 43-yard catch. Two plays later, Travis Kelce burnt Joseph for a 27-yard touchdown.
The final touchdown drive was one play. A short punt put the Chiefs at the Oakland 39-yard line with :43 remaining in the second quarter. Mahomes dropped back and threw for Robinson at the goal line. Conley was in tight coverage, but didn’t get his head around and Robinson made a terrific catch, falling back into the end zone. And that – and I can’t stress this enough – was that.
Derek Carr, Jon Gruden
Yeah, the Raiders jumped out to two scores to open the game. But it wasn’t exactly a dominating couple drives. Carr’s first completion went for 25 yards to Derek Carrier. That turned out to be his longest of the game. For what it’s worth, that would barely have cracked the top ten longest plays (9th) by the Chiefs. That drive ended with a field goal.
The second drive was almost entirely thanks to a 43-yard pass interference penalty on Tyrann Mathieu. Carr would finish that one off with a 4-yard touchdown pass to Tyrell Williams. And that – and I can’t stress this enough – was that.
Those were the scripted drives. One was the beginnings of the drive, the other was the end of it. Once Carr and Gruden got off script, they went nowhere. The closest they got to another score was when Jacobs went on his 51-yard gallop. They would line up in first and goal at the four-yard line and Carr would throw an interception. The first of two interceptions for Carr in the game.
Carr also had a run on third and 12 in which he tried to go all Superman, diving through the air for the sticks. The ball was unfortunately already out of bounds and he fumbled it in the air. Gruden said he liked seeing that from Carr, but he wasn’t here when Carr hurt himself on a stunt much like that. It’s great Carr is encouraged to run more, but protecting himself is important too. And the leap didn’t even accomplish anything.
Congrats on passing Ken Stabler to become the Raiders all-time leading passer. It would have meant more if it were on a play or a drive that yielded some points or helped pull out a win.
Miller was given a pass on his run blocking problems in the opener because he was able to keep either of the Broncos’ pass rushers from beating up Derek Carr. He gets no such pass this week. His run blocking continues to be as atrocious as it usually tends to be and that, unfortunately, is part of his job just like pass blocking.
The first drive by the Raiders ended when on third and one, he gave up a run stuff for no gain on Josh Jacobs, forcing the Raiders to settled for a short field goal. The next possession after the Raiders touchdown drive, he gave up another run stuff on Jacobs. It set up a third and 8 and the Raiders would go three-and-out.
Another possession, another run stuff, this time for a loss when he simply left a man unblocked to crash the backfield.
Early in the fourth quarter, the Raiders got the turnover on the strip sack. They took over at their own 22-yard-line and on first down, Miller gave up another run stuff for no gain. They would go three-and-out, unable to capitalize off the turnover.
Later in the quarter, Carr was sacked. It wasn’t Miller’s man, it was a blitzing defensive back. But Miller is just standing over on the left side, blocking no one as the blitzing DB came streaking by him to nail Carr. Had Miller seen the guy coming, he was just a copule steps from being able to redirect him. But instead he blocked air, completely unaware of what had just happened.
Tyrell Williams, Ryan Grant, Hunter Renfrow
This is the Raiders top three wide receivers. Williams caught the team’s only touchdown in the game – one of five catches by him for 46 yards. But he lands here for the play at the goal line when Carr changed the play to go to him on a fade. Williams clearly wasn’t thinking the ball was coming his way and didn’t fight off the jam, allowing Beshaud Breeland to easily intercept the ball.
Grant was less than useless in this game. He was targeted five times and the only ball he caught was one behind the line where he was tackle for a two-yard loss. That’s impressive. Another time he was targeted, he ran into the defender and the ball was intercepted. Or maybe they ran into him. Who knows, really. The Officials flagged him for offensive pass interference which is just weird considered the ball was being thrown to him. But whatever.
Renfrow dropped the first pass thrown his way. The Raider third drive ended when he couldn’t get open and the ball was knocked down by the defender. The next drive he was flagged for false start on third and six and the Raiders would ultimately punt because Derek Carr couldn’t quite reach the sticks on his ill-advised leaping out of bounds attempt.
In the third quarter, Renfrow was flagged for offensive pass interference, but since Grant had dropped the ball on the play, the Chiefs declined it on third and two. The Raiders went for it initially but Grant was flagged for false start, so they punted. What a comedy routine between those two on that series eh? They certainly aren’t scaring anyone.
Wherefore art thou Arden Key? It was another preseason of talking up your talents only to watch you disappear in the regular season. Key literally didn’t record a single defensive statistic in this game. Last week he recorded one QB hit and an assist. So, that’s the extent of his stats for the season. He’s now losing snaps to rookie fourth round pick Maxx Crosby and rightfully so.