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Week 14 Game Recap: Oakland Raiders 15, Kansas City Chiefs 26

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Oakland Raiders

The Raiders offense was non-existent for three quarters, which led to a 26-0 deficit heading into the fourth quarter. Oakland did put together a pair of late touchdown drives to trim the deficit to two scores, but never really threatened. Marshawn Lynch broke off a pair of long runs, including a late touchdown, but was otherwise held to almost nothing. Before some garbage time success, including a touchdown to Jared Cook, the passing offense was a mess. Amari Cooper reinjured his ankle early and Michael Crabtree mostly struggled.

Kansas City Chiefs

The Kansas City beat the Oakland Raiders, 26-15, to improve their record to 7-6 on the season. Quarterback Alex Smith completed 20 of 34 passes for 268 yards with no touchdowns and one interception. Smith also rushed five times for 24 yards. Kareem Hunt broke his nine game scoreless streak by rushing 25 times for 116 yards and a touchdown, while also catching three passes for 22 yards. Tyreek Hill led the Chiefs in receiving yards, catching four passes for 75 yards. Travis Kelce had seven receptions for 74 yards and could have had an even bigger day, if not for two touchdowns that were called back on challenges. Albert Wilson had his best game of the season, catching five passes for 72 yards, while Charcandrick West managed to chip in 25 yards and a touchdown on three carries.

Oakland Raiders

QB Derek Carr, 61 offensive snaps, Pass: 24 - 41 - 211 - 1 TD / 2 INT
Carr wasnít able to get much going. The lack of a running game, some drops and penalties put the Raiders behind the chains the entire first half and Carr wasnít able to make plays in unfavorable downs and distances. He threw an interception in the second quarter after getting hit on the release. With the Raiders trailing by four scores in the fourth quarter, Carr led back-to-back touchdown drives. Sideline completions of 14 and 18 yards got the Raiders into scoring position for a Marshawn Lynch touchdown run. A successful onside kick gave the Raiders the ball in good field position and Carr again led the team into scoring position. He connected with Jared Cook on a 22-yard touchdown over the middle. Cook beat his man on a nifty double move and Carr got rid of it just before taking a big hit. Carrís second interception came in the final seconds of the game on a desperation throw into the end zone.

RB Marshawn Lynch, 28 offensive snaps, Rush: 7 - 61 - 1, Rec: 1 - 3 - 0 (2 targets)
Game script and inconsistency led to a lack of opportunities for Lynch. Three of his first four carries went for one yard or less, which helped contribute to drives stalling. Almost all of Lynchís yardage came on two carries. An early run up the middle for 27 yards was vintage Lynch. He broke arm tackles and pin-balled off of would-be tacklers for a big gain. Late in the game against prevent defense, Lynch took one up the gut for a 22-yard touchdown. He was untouched through a big gap and easily ran through a half-hearted tackle attempt by a defensive back inside the five yard line.

RB DeAndre Washington, 14 offensive snaps, Rush: 4 - 9 - 0, Rec: 1 - 10 - 0 (2 targets)
Washington had a quiet game. He had a couple opportunities in the two-minute offense before halftime but the drive was cut short when he was stacked up behind the line for a loss on 3rd-and-1.

WR Michael Crabtree, 54 offensive snaps, Rec: 7 - 60 - 0 (13 targets)
Crabtree had a bad early drop that led to a drive stalling. He was able to pick up a few solid gains in the fourth quarter once the game was basically out of hand but was otherwise quiet. He again drew a flag for offensive pass interference and officials seem to be on the lookout for the pushes he often uses to create separation. Crabtree easily converted a slant route for a 2-point conversion.

WR Cordarrelle Patterson, 27 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 8 - 0 (6 targets)
Patterson wasnít unable to get anything going. He played nearly half the snaps, all lined up as a traditional wide receiver. He grabbed a couple of short passes, but unlike in recent weeks was unable to generate any yardage after the catch.

WR Johnny Holton, 27 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 18 - 0 (4 targets)
Holton had a rough day. He caught a short pass and tried to barrel forward through traffic to pick up extra yardage without tucking the ball tightly away. It was ripped loose for a costly fumble. He was targeted on a deep ball down the middle in the front of the end zone in the final minute and had the ball go through his hands for an interception.

WR Amari Cooper, 15 offensive snaps (1 targets)
Cooperís target came on a back shoulder fade down the left sideline against Darrelle Revis. Cooper was in position to make a play on the ball but wasnít aggressive enough in coming back and attacking the ball, instead content to let it come to him. It bounced off of his hands as he tried to cradle it along the sideline. Cooper came in nursing a sore ankle and got rolled up on while blocking in front of a running back screen. He left the game after 15 snaps and could miss more time going forward.

TE Jared Cook, 54 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 75 - 1 (6 targets)
Cook was a non-factor until the fourth quarter. He pulled in gains of 14 and 18 yards on out routes from the slot to get the Raiders offense rolling on the first fourth quarter touchdown drive. He capped the next drive off with a 21-yard touchdown catch on a nifty double move. He faked the slant and then spun the other direction to go deep over the middle.

Kansas City Chiefs

QB Alex Smith, 75 offensive snaps, Pass: 20 - 34 - 268 - 0 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 5 - 24 - 0
Alex Smith completed 20 of 34 passes for 268 yards, with no touchdowns and one interception against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. Smith chipped in 24 yards on five carries, as well. While Smith failed to convert a touchdown on the day, he did an excellent job of moving the offense and making plays down the field, completing passes of 20+ yards to four different receivers. Smith made several nice throws to Tyreek Hill, including one on third and 16 that set up a Kansas City score. Smith took the snap in shotgun formation and went through his progressions. Hill ran a deep comeback route and his defender gave him a nice cushion to prevent him from beating him deep with his speed. Hill turned on the breaks and stopped on a dime, and Smith threw a nice pass, although it was a little high. Hill made a very nice catch and converted the first down. Smith has been taken more shots down the field the last two weeks than he had in any two game stretch this season and it paid off big time for the Chiefs.

RB Kareem Hunt, 51 offensive snaps, Rush: 25 - 116 - 1, Rec: 3 - 22 - 0 (3 targets)
Kareem Hunt rushed 25 times for 116 yards and one touchdown, while also catching three of five targets for 22 yards. This was Huntís most rushing yards and yards from scrimmage since week three against the Chargers. Hunt also scored for the first time since week three, after going nine straight games without a touchdown. The biggest difference in this game was the Chiefs ability to pass the ball down the field, which forced the Raiders to drop back men in coverage. Hunt has been facing stacked fronts for most of this season, and the Chiefs opponents have keyed in on him and forced the offense to beat them through the air, something that Alex Smith has not been able to do. Huntís biggest weapon is his vision and ability to create angles once he gets to the second level of the defense. The Chiefs offensive line did a good job of beating the Oakland defense at the line of scrimmage and Hunt just continued to churn out yards. His longest run of the game went for 17 yards on an off-tackle right where Hunt leapfrogged a defender and then proceeded to gain 11 more yards on the play. Huntís 25 carries in this game was his second most of the season, and the Chiefs will need to continue to give him this type of volume if they want to beat the Chargers next week and win their division.

WR Tyreek Hill, 69 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 75 - 0 (6 targets)
Tyreek Hill led all Kansas City receivers in yards, catching four passes for 75 yards against the Raiders on Sunday. Hill made one big play down the field which went for 44 yards, where Alex Smith targeted him on a back shoulder go-route. The pass was a little behind Hill, but he did a great job of coming back to the football and making a tough catch with his defender all over him. The play nearly went for a touchdown, as Hill was able to pivot on his feet and stay off the ground, but his defender recovered quickly and forced him out of bounds. Hill also made a tough catch on a third and 16, where he ran a deep comeback route. This route in particular showcased how difficult a cover Hill is, as he was able to take advantage of the cushion his defender was giving him and run a very precise route right at the first down marker. Smithís pass was a little high, but Hill was able to go up and make the catch and secure the first down, which also set up a Kareem Hunt touchdown.

TE Travis Kelce, 69 offensive snaps, Rec: 7 - 74 - 0 (13 targets)
Travis Kelce seven of his 13 targets for 74 yards against the Raiders. Kelce was targeted the most of any Chiefs player, and he nearly had a much bigger day, as he had two touchdowns called back on review. Kelce was able to beat the Raiders in the middle of the field by constantly shaking Oakland linebackers in coverage. He also did very well after the catch, as the Raiders were trying to limit Tyreek Hill down the field, and Kelce took advantage of this by running short drag and crossing routes. The Chiefs ran a lot of misdirection players that sent Tyreek Hill and Kareem Hunt in motion, sometimes twice in one play. This kept the Oakland secondary off balance, and it was on this type of play that Kelce was brought down at the one yard line, although it was originally called a touchdown. Kelce was able to take a screen pass in the middle of the formation and run straight through the Oakland defense.