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Raiders lose control of division with loss to Chiefs

11 December 2017
Raiders lose control of division with loss to Chiefs

The Chiefs have more veterans on their roster than Oakland and they know it's win or stay-at-home time. Back up against the ropes, it was second-year player Karl Joseph that came up with the big play intercepting Alex Smith to give the ball back to Carr. If they can keep building on hot performances like this from guys who haven't flashed since the winning streak, the Chiefs might roll to a full boil in December and carry it over to the new year.

During the Chiefs' losing streak, Hunt wasn't doing anything. Carr opted to dink-and-dunk his way downfield as the clock ticked, only opting for a deep ball with 46 seconds left. Steven Terrell plucked it out of the air to seal the game.

A rising Cowboys team visits Oakland next Sunday night, before a Christmas trip to Philadelphia and a visit to Southern California to face the Chargers after that. Oakland starting QB Derek Carr missed a couple of games and star Running Back Marshawn Lynch has struggled in a few games since his National Football League return this season. Instead he got hit while lofting a duck 10 yards down field. In short, we've got a loser leaves town match between the Raiders and the Chiefs in Kansas City.

Guys who hadn't flashed in weeks - receiver Albert Wilson, running back Charcandrick West, cornerback Terrance Mitchell, defensive end Chris Jones - all had great days, putting together games that should be viewed as jumping off points for the final three-game stretch.

Before the obligatory Butker appreciation section of this article, it should be acknowledged that Raiders punter Marquette King had more yards punting than the Raiders' entire offense with seven punts for 286 yards. A Raiders comeback wouldn't have been likely, but it was feasible if McDonald made the tackle.

Derek Carr: Carr finished 24-of-41 with 211 passing yards and a touchdown. Carr was also sacked three times.

Kansas City dominated every aspect of the game with more than 400 yards of total offense, and even though the Raiders attempted to pull off a fourth-quarter comeback, the Chiefs still easily outgained Oakland's offense.

The turnaround for Kansas City was dramatic and unforeseen.

Harrison Butker: Though the Chiefs struggled to find the end zone, Butker had no trouble finding the uprights.