The conserved Kansas City Chiefs are good in making history, and now the Chiefs have gained control over the AFC West after a 21-13 win against the Oakland Raiders.
The Chiefs have developed a very dangerous system of vertical passing game, all thanks to the tight end Travis Kelce, the speedy receiver Tyreek Hill and the quarterback Alex Smith who isn’t afraid to throw deep once in a while. Smith passed for 264 yards Thursday night, with a 36-yard touchdown to Hill in the second quarter.
It unvailed the idea that why the Chiefs were a contender, was because of an offense that played it safe, and that Smith is super good and hardly make mistakes.
This Thursday night, Smith made turnovers consistently in different possessions in the third quarter with an interception by cornerback T.J. Carrie and a strip sack by Khalil Mack.
Turnovers that include a muffed punt by Hill in the early quarter of the game. This added a strong pressure on the Chiefs defense, but it prevailed. Kansas City managed to hold Oakland to just six points on two Sebastian Janikowski field goal off all three turnovers, each occuring in Chiefs territory. The Raiders third field goal attempt was prevented by a bad snap.
The Chiefs later took control of the wild competitive AFC West with the 10-3 Chiefs moving ahead of the 10-3 Raiders after a season head-to-head sweep.
The two teams are expected to play in the postseason, but the AFC West winner will be doing so at their home, though, it will be in contention for either the No. 1 or 2 seed in the AFC, which comes with a first-round bye.
This very huge stakes set up the biggest game in this fierce rivalry in years.
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The Chiefs’ passing skill in the game was in defiled the Raiders’ attack as it was weak and stagnant on this December night, the kickoff was at Arrowhead Stadium. Oakland’s offense, which have been very good judging from their progress this season, with a good physical strenght, proven over and over again. Well, partially, the cold weather is some-how to be blamed as quarterback Derek Carr had difficulty in gripping and spinning the cold football, though, with a dislocated right pinkie finger, and receivers still had trouble catching Carr’s passes. The Raiders also played without The Nigerian born left guard Kelechi Osemele, because he was ill.
Carr, who joined the list of MVP candidates after the Raiders’ 10-2 start, fell from 1-5 in his career against the Chiefs, and his performances against Kansas City became his worst game of the season. Carr threw 117 yards, which is his lowest total throws of the season, and did not throw a touchdown pass making it his second in 12 games.
The credit goes to the Chiefs defense that held the Raiders to just 244 total yards, while making No. 1 receiver Amari Cooper almost invisible in the game. Cooper, who had 10 catches for 129 yards in the first game against the Chiefs this season, was held to just five catches for 29 yards, and he also lost a fumble.
The Chiefs prevented the Raiders from utilizing two good scoring chances. The second stand, an incomplete pass from Carr intended for Seth Roberts in the end zone with 2:01 remaining, came one snap after a Raiders false start turned a fourth-and-one into a fourth-and-6.
Kansas City’s defense, may have to play the rest of the season and the playoffs without their leading tackler Derrick Johnson. The veteran sustained an Achilles tendon injury in the second quarter.