By: Robert L. Porter Jr.

On Thursday night we have an old fashioned AFC West match up as the Raiders host the Chiefs. Both teams are coming off close home losses and are looking to bounce back in a huge way. New Oakland Raider NaVorro Bowman makes his team debut with hopes of slowing down the NFL’s leading rusher Kareem Hunt.


Kansas city receives the opening kickoff and put together a nice drive that Kareem Hunt was featured on. The result would be a Harrison Butker 53 yard field goal giving KC a 3-0 lead. On the Raiders first drive Derek Carr and Amari Cooper seemed to have found their mojo again as they hook up for 2 passes, the second was a flea flicker into a 38 yard TD pass to give them a 7-3 lead. Alex Smith and the Chiefs take the field for their 2nd possession, after a good run by Hunt the drive stalled but a roughing the passer penalty gave Kansas City new life. Alex Smith would find Travis Kelce from 10 yards out for a TD to retake the lead 10-7. After a horrible start to his season Amari Cooper is trying to make amends for that in this Thursday night tilt as he grabs a crossing route and takes it 45 yards for his 2nd TD of the first quarter. Oakland regains the lead at 14-10. After the Raiders TD, The Chiefs receive the kick with 40 seconds remaining in the first quarter. After 2 plays its 3rd & 5 and we head to the 2nd.


After an incompletion the Chiefs punt the ball back to Oakland. Derek Carr was stripped and the ball was recovered by Justin Houston but an illegal contact call on KC gives the ball back to the Raiders. This looks to be a shootout in the making, Cooper makes his 4th catch and has over 100 yards receiving just 19 minutes into the game. A penalty moves Oakland back and ultimately would be forced to punt. The punt was downed at the 1 yard line and it only took the Chiefs 3 plays to go 99 yards for a score. Tyreek Hill got behind the defense for a 64 yard TD catch from Smith, 17-14 Chiefs. Neither teams secondary came to play thus far in this one. Both Quarterbacks are basically doing what they want out there. A weird QB draw play call by Oakland ended with an even more weird outcome. Marcus Peters hit Derek Carr late which started a huge scuffle. Marshawn Lynch left the bench to protect his quarterback and pushed an official and was ejected. After a few more plays (Raiders drops), Oakland tries a field goal that was blocked and the weirdest looking series I’ve witnessed in awhile is over.

The Chiefs take the field after the block and moves the ball down the field as both teams have all night. As we hit the 2 minute warning Alex Smith has a 3rd down with his team already in Butker’s field goal range. A quick pass to Kelce keeps the drive alive. A Tyreek Hill run out of bounds stops the clock, then a Smith incompletion leads to a 39 yard field goal and a 20-14 Chiefs lead with 1:06 before halftime. A 14 yard pass to Jared Cook starts the drive is followed by a Derek Carr 15 yard run. A Justin Houston facemask penalty gives Oakland 15 more free yards. The penalty sets Giorgio Tavecchio up for a 45 yard kick that he pushed wide left a d we go to the half with Oakland trailing 20-14.


To open the 2nd half it was more of the same, Carr’s offense looks like the 2016 version of the Raiders. A long pass interference sets them up at the 4 yard line and DeAndre Washington banged it in for the score giving the Raiders the lead again at 21-20. On Kansas City’s next drive they found themselves in a 3rd & 12 and Smith throws a 63 yard TD pass to Albert Wilson off a missed INT by a Raiders DB. KC regains the lead 27-20. Surprisingly for this game, the Chiefs were able to force a Raiders punt. Alex Smith continued to carve up the Oakland defense as the Chiefs move down the field looking to add to their lead. With 51 seconds until the 4th quarter, the Chiefs got another Butker kick making it 30-21. Oakland gets the ball back as the quarter comes to a close.


Derek Carr opens the forth quarter still slinging it all over field as he leads his offense down to the 9 yard line but settled for a Tavecchio field goal, 30-24 Chiefs. The next drive saw Travis Kelce haul in a few short passes, they drained a little clock but was forced to punt with 5:48 left to play. Carr and the Raiders start the next drive from their own 8 yard line. A quick 3 & out sends the ball back to the Chiefs, they look to close this one out with just over 4 minutes remaining. They were unable to do so, they punt it back to Oakland after 2 Kareem Hunt runs and a sack. With his team trailing by 6 and looking for the win, Carr comes back on the field with 2:25 remaining. A nice catch and run by Cooper takes us to the 2 minute warning.

A long incompletion then An offensive pass interference pushes Oakland back. Another long pass to Cooper gets them into Chiefs territory. Two plays to the running backs has us at 3rd & 11 with 46 seconds, incomplete to Roberts make it 4th & 11 then Carr finds Cook across the field for the 1st down. 3 shots from the 29 yard line ends with Carr finding Cook on a jump ball down to the 1 yard line with 16 seconds to go, 8 seconds after a run off. What looked to be a game winning TD to Crabtree was called back on an OPI (offensive pass interference). With 3 seconds left from the 11 yard line Carr is incomplete to Cook but a defensive holding call will give us an untimed down from the 5 yard line. Another defensive hold moves the ball to the 2 and a half Carr finds Crabtree on a sprint out to tie it and Tavecchio comes in to seal the win. The kick is good just inside the right goal post. Oakland wins it 31-30 and keeps their season alive.


Derek Carr – 29/52 417 yards 3TDs

Alex Smith – 25/36 342 yards 3 TDs

Amari Cooper – 11 rec 210 yards 2 TDs

Tyreek Hill – 6 rec 125 yards 1 TD

Kareem Hunt – 22 touches 117 total yards

Jared Cook – 6 rec 107 yards