Thursday was a freezing cold night in Kansas City and the first place Oakland Raiders met the second place Kansas City Chiefs in a pivotal division rivalry game. The Raiders were one game ahead of the Chiefs heading into Thursday night’s matchup, but the Chiefs have already beaten the Raiders earlier in the season. The winner of the game would be in first place in arguably the toughest division in the NFL the AFC west. Most likely, the winner of this game would also secure a spot in the 2016 playoffs as well. These teams have been bitter rivals for years and this year was nothing different.
Both teams are now 10-3, and since the Chiefs have swept the season series, they have the inside track towards winning the AFC West and also a first-round playoff bye. The Chiefs are still trailing the Patriots for the number one seed in the AFC and will need some help if they want to secure that spot. Tyreek Hill dominated the game and was able to score two touchdowns. Other than that, both teams’ defenses showed up big time and proved why both teams have won 10 games. The Chiefs will need to lose a few key games at the end of the season, if the Raiders want to get back to the top of the AFC west standings.
The Raiders’ quarterback, Derek Carr, just could not get comfortable all night long. The Chiefs’ defense was in his face all night long. The Raiders were only able to mount two good drives all night long against the stout Chiefs defense. The Chiefs had two turnovers early in the second half of the game, but the Raiders were only able to get 3 points out of it. If they could have capitalized and got some touchdowns off those turnovers, it would have changed the whole complexity of the game. The Chiefs were able to make some big plays throughout the game and that gave them the upper hand.
The Chiefs scored all there points in the second quarter, in a 9 minute span, which shocked the Raiders. The Raiders got 15 yards or fewer on four of their six possessions in the second half. They got their only second-half points after moving only four yards early in the third quarter, after a T.J. Carrie interception. I don't know if the cold climate affected the Raiders that much, but it sure seemed that way. They just could not get anything going on Thursday night. It is very rare for a football team to win the turnover battle, but lose the game. Nobody on the Raider offense, besides their running back, Latavius Murray, played well at all. Even the Raider star receivers were dropping passes all night long. For now the Raiders will have a long break before their next game, and will look to finish the season on a positive note and secure a playoff spot.