Oakland, CA – It wasn’t the performance you expected when this same team tied the Denver Broncos for first place last week in the AFC West. But the Raiders 26-10 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs today, is just one game with plenty of room to improve. FB Spencer Ware dominated Oakland’s defense when he ran for a career-high 131 yards and a touchdown.
“Tough day,” said SLB Bruce Irvin. “Got to continue to battle and get back to work. We’ve been inconsistent but it’s only week six! It’s a long season. We got ten more games, anything can happen. We know its a marathon not a sprint. We got a long way to go but I am still confident we can turn this around defensively.”
“We were outplayed and out coached,” Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio said. “It’s one game. Good or bad we’re moving on.”
Oakland got off to a great start on opening drive but was unable to pick up that momentum again. The Chiefs defense ranked seventeenth in the league shutdown Oakland’s offense for the remainder of the game. Sebastian Janikowski missed a 52-yard field goal in the first that would’ve made no difference as Kansas City scored three more touchdowns.
Despite the rain, the Raiders got off to a great start when Jalen Richard returned a 50-yard punt setting up good field position for Oakland. Derek Carr connected with Amari Cooper on three completed passes before finding Andre Holmes in the end zone for a 3-yard touchdown.
“It hurts. Especially a division game, especially against the Chiefs,” said Carr. “We didn’t do good enough at all. I mean, that was bad. That was a bad performance by us.”
After the Raiders got the ball back due to phenomenal defense on the Chiefs early, Carr’s pass intended for Michael Crabtree was intercepted by Marcus Peters. Both defenders were wide open, while Crabtree lost footing on the play. The turnover led to Spencer Ware’s 2-yard touchdown tying the game 7-7.
From the there, the ballgame belonged solely to Kansas City. Jamaal Charles had a 4-yard touchdown to extend the Chiefs lead 14-7. Thanks to two missed field goals by Cairo Santos, Oakland was able to add on three before the half when Janikowski kicked a 46-yard field goal trimming the lead 13-10.
“The line did a great job moving the ball up field,” Charles said. “Ware did a great job running the ball. [Charcandrick] West did a great job when he was in there. So we all complemented each other and we all fed off each other’s energy.”
But by the third, Kansas City took control once again behind Ware when he broke through tackles for a 45-yard run that setup the 1-yard touchdown by Dontari Poe. From there it was a sloppy performance from the Raiders who couldn’t convert on third downs nor prevent the Chiefs from scoring.
While Oakland’s defense held Kansas City to two field goals in the fourth. The Raiders struggled collectively on both offense and defense. No simple explanation other than, no execution, and poor play. Once film is reviewed on Monday, Del Rio will have answers to a lot that went wrong today.
“We’re not playing very well right now,” said Del Rio. “We’re capable of more. We have to teach it better. We have to learn it better and we have to do it better. It’s nowhere near what it needs to be. You know, 13-10 at halftime, not really playing that well, but right in it. Then come out and let them go right down the field to start the second half. That’s a major can’t do. They beat us today. They earned that one game.”