Disaster once again hits the Raiders midway through the season, as the Chiefs dominated the Las Vegas 41-14 on Sunday night in a crucial AFC West battle.
The midseason meltdown for the Las Vegas Raiders has come a bit early this year, as they were embarrassed at home by the Kansas City Chiefs in a Sunday Night showdown. From the offensive line to the defense, to DeSean Jackson, Las Vegas played likely their worst game of the season.
The Chiefs struck first in the first quarter, as Patrick Mahomes found Tyreek Hill wide open in the end zone. Las Vegas would answer with their own touchdown, as Derek Carr would find Hunter Renfrow in the end zone to tie the game.
The defense would continue to have no answer for Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs offense, as a field goal and another Tyreek Hill touchdown would put Las Vegas down 17-7 at halftime.
Raiders implode in the second half
The Silver and Black would answer in the third quarter, as Carr drove the team down the field and eventually found Bryan Edwards for a 37-yard touchdown, cutting the lead to 17-14 and giving the Raiders hope. Unfortunately, it was all downhill from there, as the Raiders could not get anything going after this play.
The Chiefs would go on to score 24 unanswered points on the Raiders defense, as the team could not get any pass rush, could not stop the Chiefs on fourth downs, as well as falling for a fake punt, and dropping two interceptions that could have changed everything. Along with the defensive struggles of the team, the biggest play was the DeSean Jackson fumble, as Carr hit Jackson for a forty-yard strike that should have resulted in a touchdown, but instead resulted in an extremely confusing fumble that would kill any momentum that the Raiders were looking to gain.
With the 41-14 loss, Las Vegas falls to 5-4, and although the team is still in playoff contention, it feels like another one of those years where the Raiders fall apart and disappoint.