The Las Vegas Raiders shocked the Kansas City Chiefs with a convincing road win in Week 5.
What began as a balanced offensive shootout quickly turned into a shocking and sloppy loss for the Kansas City Chiefs. Derek Carr and the visiting Las Vegas Raiders outplayed the Chiefs in every way in a surprising Week 5 win by a final of 40-32.
Carr, who had never won a game at Arrowhead Stadium, and the Raiders were clearly looking for some redemption after being trounced in recent years by Andy Reid and company. To their credit, they performed admirably on both sides of the ball, while the Chiefs took care of the rest with penalties, dropped passes, blown coverages, and frustrating plays.
Shortly thereafter, Osemele went down while trying to hustle downfield to block for Mahomes on a scramble with a knee injury. He was carted off the field and declared out for the rest of the game.
From there, however, the Chiefs began to take control—although the Raiders kept things interesting. They stopped a nice Raiders drive to force Vegas to set for a field goal. From there, the Chiefs drove 88 yards on 9 plays, including some nice Mahomes-to-Kelce connections, for their first touchdown on the day—a short run by Mahomes.
From there, Derek Carr tried to challenge the Chiefs deep on the ensuing drive only to see Bashaud Breeland, who just returned from a four-game suspension, intercept the ball for his first grab of the year.
The Chiefs got the ball back with good field position and made short work of the Raiders defense. Short passes to Mecole Hardman and Travis Kelce gave way to Hill’s fifth touchdown of the season. The score put the Chiefs up 14-3 early in the second quarter.
The Raiders offensive adrenaline then kicked in as they began to stay in step with the Chiefs. Derek Carr led the Raiders on a five-play, 75 yard drive that featured a long 59-yard touchdown strike to Nelson Agholor. The Chiefs responded with a quick sub-3-minute touchdown drive that spanned 75 yards as well. Mahomes hit Sammy Watkins for a 8-yard touchdown to put the Chiefs up 21-10.
Unfortunately for the Chiefs, the defensive woes continued with poor angles, missed assignments and bad tackling. Anthony Hitchens left the game with an injury which left the team softer inside, and the Raiders took advantage. The ensuing drive went another 75 yards for Las Vegas and Carr finished things off with a five-yard pass to a wide open Darren Waller in the Chiefs end zone. Chiefs up 21-17.
Things got even darker for the Chiefs before the half. The Raiders not only held them on their next drive and forced the Chiefs to punt (dropped passes and penalties were involved), but Carr then dialed up another deep strike to Ruggs who caught a 72-yard pass for his second touchdown of the day. Suddenly Las Vegas was up 24-21.
The Chiefs then got the ball back and put together a drive that ultimately stalled at the goal line. Harrison Butker chipped in a field goal from 32 yards out to tie the game.
From there, the game took an interesting turn, albeit one that the Chiefs would love to rewrite. The second half opened with four successive punts from both sides, a stretch that featured only 38 yards of total offense between teams well into the fourth quarter. It was then that the Raiders found Darren Waller on consecutive passes during a touchdown drive that ended with a Josh Jacobs run for 7.
After forcing the Chiefs to punt again, the Raiders put together another long drive that ate up over five minutes on the clock that ended with a 43-yard field goal from Daniel Carlson. Raiders went up 33-24.
Even with their backs against the wall, the Chiefs couldn’t make anything happen against the Raiders defense down the stretch. The Raiders intercepted Mahomes on the next drive and Jeff Heath took it all the way to the three-yard line. From there, Jacobs took it in for his second score of the day.
It was only then that Mahomes and company finally found some offensive momentum in the second half. A seven-yard touchdown to a wide-open Travis Kelce along with a successful two-point conversion brought the Chiefs back within 8 with less than four minutes left.
Unfortunately for the Chiefs, they were unable to stop the Raiders from picking up a couple first downs on the following drive and the clock ran out from there. A sloppy game that featured 10 penalties for 94 yards, multiple dropped passes, and defensive miscues opened the door wide enough for a young, talented Raiders team to do the work and put them away.
The Chiefs are now 4-1 and face the Buffalo Bills next in Week 6. The Raiders, who have now pulled within a game of K.C. at 3-2 get a bye in Week 6 before picking up the rest of their season against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers later this month.