Top 5 plays from the Kansas City Chiefs win over the Oakland Raiders

KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 10: Quarterback Alex Smith
KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 10: Quarterback Alex Smith /

Here are our five favorite plays from Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday in the Kansas City Chiefs win over the visiting Oakland Raiders.

It was clear from the outset that something was different this week for the Kansas City Chiefs. The intensity. The effort. The execution. And it wasn’t just one side of the ball that came alive, but every facet of the game was working in the Chiefs favor as they toppled the Oakland Raiders in Week 14 for a much-needed divisional win.

Looking back on Sunday, we realized there were plenty of highlights for both the offense and the defense. And of course this doesn’t even pay tribute to the man who continues to just kick one field goal after another without much fanfare in Harrison Butker, who went four for four and is rarely discussed.

We wanted to count down our favorite plays from Sunday’s game at Arrowhead. Of course, we realize it’s hard to limit to just five, so let us hear which plays you also think deserve a mention in the comments.

Without any further delay, let’s start at the bottom and work our way up to the top.

5. Demetrius Harris: The ultimate mismatch

This is what everyone who works at Arrowhead envisions when it comes to Demetrius Harris’s position on the roster. Fans can get tired of the drops or wonder why the Chiefs insist on furthering this experiment with former college basketball players. So if you’re still searching for why the team sticks with Harris through the ups and downs, here’s why. It’s impossible for a defense to adjust to the mismatch created by this TE2 when used correctly (and when he can hold onto the ball):

4. Charcandrick West’s TD push

Kareem Hunt is all the talk this week when it comes to the Chiefs running game, which is why we wanted to give his back-up, Charcandrick West, a nod in today’s countdown. West only had 3 rushes all game, but he made the most of them, as exemplified by this 13-yard touchdown run. Credit to the offensive line here as well for creating such a huge hole for the first 8 yards, but check out West’s push and ball security here to seal the score.

3. Chris Jones, Terrance Mitchell combine for key turnover

It’s impossible to divide the player who puts in more effort on this one, so we’re rewarding both Chris Jones and Terrance Mitchell both for the incredible work to force a turnover here. We love the push and tenacity of Jones up front—something we’ve actually wanted much more of in 2017—but Mitchell’s diving catch shows off both his instincts and athleticism. Together they gave the Chiefs a key turnover.

2. Derrick Johnson, human spear

The number of Goldberg jokes on Twitter tell you all you need to know about Derrick Johnson’s decleating of Marshawn Lynch. Check it out below:

1. Albert Wilson’s magical grab

Kudos to Alex Smith for putting the perfect touch on this throw, but even more impressive here in this highlight header was the ability of Albert Wilson to track the ball. He’s become a very important spoke in the offensive wheel this year for the Chiefs, and this sort of play shows why. He knows this offense and he’s earned Smith’s trust. And his eyes help him do the work of going up over the top like this.