The Raiders weren’t ready to play this game, plain and simple.
How does this keep on happening? It happened for at least the fourth time this season. The Raiders cakewalked into a game thinking they were going to get a prize at the end and then just got blown out on the road. It happened against the Redskins in Week 3, the Bills in Week 8, the Patriots in Week 11 after a bye and on Sunday in Arrowhead.
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That is more than a quarter of this team’s season right there. In four of the Raiders’ 13 games, they’ve mailed it in before opening kickoff. While the losses to the Redskins, the Bills and the Patriots were bad, this one to the Chiefs feels so much worse. We had the division on the line against the biggest rival this team has. How do you not show up for this?
Again, it comes back to a lack of discipline and attention to detail in the week of practice leading up to the game. Sure, the Raiders have shown us that they can beat bad teams, but this team struggles against so-so competition. What does that say about the players and coaching staff on this team?
Of course, there are guys on this team that are giving maximum effort in every ball game they play. Too bad this is a team game where 48 guys need to come together and get the job done. There was never a better time to beat a lousy Chiefs team in Arrowhead to take the division lead. The Raiders blew their big moment before we were done with our morning coffee.