In what was hailed as a must-win for the Las Vegas Raiders, the Silver and Black are off to a solid start, if not a surprising start. The Kansas City Chiefs, who have owned the AFC West during Andy Reid’s tenure, got off to an impressive start in 2022. Given the history of this rivalry, Monday Night Football was going to be another notable matchup. That’s especially true for the Raiders, who are trying to go into their bye week on a two-game winning streak.
Raiders vs. Chiefs: Josh McDaniels is running the ball, Davante Adams goes deep
Coming into Monday night, many were wondering if McDaniels was going to stick to a similar gameplan to the one that got his team a win last Sunday. So far, Josh Jacobs is off to a fiery start. However, Derek Carr was also having himself a notable game by the conclusion of the first half.
The highlight-reel catch by Davante Adams that went for 58 yards at the 8:27 mark in the first quarter set the tone for the game. After breaking a streak of consecutive games with a touchdown, Adams got back into the scoring column right out of the gate. After that, it was Jacobs’s turn. In the second quarter, he broke several impressive runs, which he put a bow on with a nice one-yard rush to punch it in. Of note as well, kicker Daniel Carlson also kicked a couple of field goals to boot.
As for the Chiefs, they didn’t fall behind either, scoring 13 points of their own. Patrick Mahomes threw a beautiful pass to Travis Kelce near the endzone, which sealed a 75-yard drive. A more than questionable roughing-the-passer call drew the ire of Chiefs fans right before the half ended. Calls like these continue ruining the action for NFL fans, but it is what it is at this moment. As ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez noted, buckle up, it’s going to be a crazy second half.
Oof, trash being thrown at #Raiders as they enter locker room. Looked like a Raiders player was blowing kisses on way in and another threw some trash back. Halftime: #Raiders 20, #KCChiefs 10. Buckle up
— Paul Gutierrez (@PGutierrezESPN) October 11, 2022
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