Oakland Raiders best Kansas City Chiefs in memorable shootout

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 19: Jared Cook
OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 19: Jared Cook /

The Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders provided an entertaining shootout for NFL fans on Thursday Night Football.

Thursday Night Football might be tough on the players themselves who have to get ready to play another physical game but it was very entertaining for the fans. In a game that went down to the last second, the Oakland Raiders bested the Kansas City Chiefs in a game to remember with a 31-30 home victory.

With myriad lead changes that lasted throughout the fourth quarter, fans were on the edge of their seats from the outset. Alex Smith put up another game worthy of his MVP campaign, yet Derek Carr matched it with an exemplary effort for the Raiders. Together, the starting quarterbacks put up 759 passing yards between them.

The difference in the game came down to the fourth quarter, the time of game where the Chiefs have normally clamped down on opponents. Instead of putting the finishing touches on a game they once led by 2 possessions, the Raiders scored 10 unanswered points and held the Chiefs scoreless in the final 15 minutes to win the game.

One of the biggest storylines will be the refs who played a significant part in the game’s storyline. Many calls were questionable on the evening, and many of them went against the Chiefs for the entire game. This includes several calls down the stretch that kept the game going even after time was up.

The Chiefs now have 11 days before they play again. Hopefully the team can enjoy the return of some injured players by that time, when they play the Denver Broncos in Week 8.