When quarterback Pat Mahomes strolled on that beautiful natural grass field in Sin City with 1:43 remaining, was there a single soul on this Earth that believed the Las Vegas Raiders’ defense was about to get a stop? No.
The Raiders loss summarized in one sentence
“Raiders DROP the Kansas City sweep.”
Make no mistake, the Silver and Black should have won this game. However, drops continue to plague an otherwise fantastic offense. Nelson Agholor had the two back-breaking drops, both on third down. The first at the end of the first half that took points off the Vegas board and gave the Chiefs a chance to score. The second came with a three-point lead and was on a bomb downfield that would’ve put the team in a position to take a commanding two-score advantage. Fullback Alec Ingold also had two avoidable drops.
The first ended up having little effect on the game. The second coming with 2:24 remaining. A catch and tackle in bounds would’ve allowed the Raiders to take the game to the two-minute warning with 20 yards to go to the endzone, possibly allowing them to score later in the game, instead of giving Mahomes a full 100 seconds.
Name the Game
The Raiders-Chiefs rivalry is officially back on. The Silver and Black are no longer the nail to the KC hammer. This should be fun for years to come.
Stat of the day
Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill combined- 19 catches on 24 targets, 229 yards, and 2 TDs.
The Raiders’ defense did nothing well in this game. Not only did they not stop the Chiefs’ two biggest weapons, but Kansas City also ran for three touchdowns. It is understandable to get beat by one of Kelce/Hill. They are two of the best offensive skill players in the game. However, we have to be able to stop one of them. They can’t both kill you all game and your defense get stops.
He played great. Everyone in the national media is going to talk about how good he played so I’m not going to waste the ink here. He is currently top 5 in QBR, QB rating, and TD-INT ratio.
The Good News
The 3-7 Falcons and winless Jets await the Raiders the next two weeks over on the East Coast.
The Bad News
Flashback from one year ago. The 2019 Raiders are 6-4 traveling east to play the 3-7 Jets. And we all know how that worked out.
Random Thoughts about this Raiders team
- Cancel the Nelson Agholor statue.
- Safety Johnathan Abram is about as disciplined as a fat kid in the candy aisle.
- Tackle Brandon Parker’s redemption tour is in full force.
- Clelin Ferrell was missed in this one.
- Alec Ingold had as many targets as Henry Ruggs and Bryan Edwards combined.
- The way defensive coordinator Paul Guenther looks on the sideline should irk everyone. He looks dumbfounded 24/7.
Apology of the week
To My Future Heart Doctor,
The Raiders did it.
Your patient, Holden.
One prediction about the Raiders for next week
For the millions of you that have been following along with these, you know we’ve been pretty solid with these predictions. Credit to us for knowing everything and being able to see the future. For next week, Mo Hurst returns to the lineup and sacks Matt Ryan twice. Book it.
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