Around the AFC West: Raiders end the Chiefs win streak in Week 5

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - OCTOBER 11: Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs is tackled by Nevin Lawson #26 of the Las Vegas Raiders during the third quarter at Arrowhead Stadium on October 11, 2020 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - OCTOBER 11: Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs is tackled by Nevin Lawson #26 of the Las Vegas Raiders during the third quarter at Arrowhead Stadium on October 11, 2020 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) /
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KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – OCTOBER 11: Tyreek Hill #10 of the Kansas City Chiefs carries the ball against the Las Vegas Raiders during the second quarter at Arrowhead Stadium on October 11, 2020 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – OCTOBER 11: Tyreek Hill #10 of the Kansas City Chiefs carries the ball against the Las Vegas Raiders during the second quarter at Arrowhead Stadium on October 11, 2020 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) /

Kansas City Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs hosted the Las Vegas Raiders on a day that showed them that coasting isn’t going to work. The Raiders came in much more motivated for this AFC West rivalry while the Chiefs looked groggy. The offense could never find a rhythm and allowed Patrick Mahomes to be pressured on nearly every drop back while he also made mistakes drifting. He also threw his first interception of the season. The defense could never get to Derek Carr and the secondary was made to look silly.

The bottom line is this: the Chiefs are the reigning Super Bowl Champs, so every single week, the team they face is going to give them their best shot. They cannot be happy with being complacent and coasting. That’s what the team has looked like these first five weeks with the exception being  the win over the Baltimore Ravens. It is unacceptable.

What is perhaps most unacceptable is the penalties. Those are mental mistakes and they don’t allow the offense to get in sync and they allow drives to continue for opposing teams. A penalty erased what is perhaps one of the most beautiful throws I have ever witnessed.

I am just disappointed in the team. They are so talented and there’s no reason they should lose this game. The defense gave up too many points and the offense just wasn’t clicking. They need to get right before next week, that’s for sure.

Injuries also came this game and they are not great. First, Kelechi Osemele tore tendons in both his knees and is likely done for the year. This is a huge loss for the offensive line as he was having a spectacular year and the line is there to protect our most important player. Mike Remmers will likely step in and have big shoes to fill. Additionally, Sammy Watkins pulled up with his annual “Sammy Hammy.” He is expected to miss time—at least 2-3 weeks. The offense is different when he is out there so someone—anyone—needs to step up.

The Chiefs travel to Buffalo next week to take on Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills. The Bills are coming off a Tuesday night beatdown by the Tennessee Titans, but they are still a great team. Allen has been playing well and will present a big challenge for the defense.

Due to scheduling changes, this was supposed to be the Chiefs’ only Thursday night game of the season, but was postponed to Monday at 4:00 p.m. I am all for this. I get my Chiefs game in and am in bed at a reasonable hour. Welcome to 30.

Game time is Monday at 4:00 p.m. C.T.

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