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Week 13 Game Recap: Kansas City Chiefs 40, Oakland Raiders 33


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Kansas City Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs beat the Oakland Raiders, 40-33 to improve their record to 10-3 on the season. Patrick Mahomes completed 23 of 38 passes for 295 yards and four touchdowns, while also rushing nine times for 52 yards. Spencer Ware, who stepped into the starting role after the Chiefs released Kareem Hunt, rushed 14 times for 47 yards and a touchdown, and caught one pass for five yards. Tyreek Hill had a very disappointing day, catching only pass for 13 yards. Chris Conley fared slightly better, catching three passes for 25 yards and a touchdown. Tight end Travis Kelce was the star of the day for the Chiefs, catching 12 passes for 168 yards and two touchdown.

Oakland Raiders

-The Raiders showed some fight, battling back from a big deficit to make it close in the fourth quarter. They might have won but for each of their three running backs losing fumbles.

-Jalen Richard’s fumble was costly but he looked extremely explosive and probably earned more carries going forward.

-Jared Cook and Jordy Nelson were the top two targets in the Raiders passing offense.

-Marcell Ateman saw way fewer targets but was able to score a short touchdown on a jump ball.

Kansas City Chiefs

QB Patrick Mahomes, 71 offensive snaps, Pass: 23 - 38 - 295 - 4 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 9 - 52 - 0
Patrick Mahomes completed 23 of 38 passes for 295 yards and four touchdowns, while also rushing nine times for 52 yards. Mahomes was not perfect on the day, as he and Hill had a lot of trouble finding their timing and Mahomes seemed a little eager in trying to create plays in the first half. With that said, he did a great job of spreading the ball out to seven different receivers, including 10 completions for 114 yards and two touchdowns to the likes Demetrius Harris, Demarcus Robinson, Damien Williams, Chris Conley and Spencer Ware. With Kareem Hunt now off the team and on the commissioners exempt list, the Chiefs offense will depend even more on Mahomes ability to throw the ball and create the type of big plays that Hunt was known for the last two seasons. Mahomes first touchdown pass came with the Chiefs facing a first and goal at the Raiders three yard line. Mahomes took the snap under center and fake the handoff to Ware, before rolling out to his right and hitting Kelce, who had dusted his defender with a sick in-out route where he pivoted on the goal line and reversed field to the right side of the end zone. Mahomes second touchdown pass came with the Chiefs on the Raiders six yard line, with 12 seconds to go in the first half. Mahomes took the snap out of shotgun and immediately rolled to his right on a designed play to get him outside the pocket. The play called for Kelce to run a delayed out-route, where Hill ran an in-route in front of him and also acted as sort of a pick to give Kelce room on the goal line. Mahomes threw the ball where only Kelce could get it, low and outside, and Kelce made a fantastic catch on his fingertips while managing to roll inside the end zone to put the Chiefs up 19-7 just before the half. Mahomes third touchdown pass off the day came on a first and 10 from the Raiders 13 yard line. Mahomes took the snap under center and facing pressure from the Raiders pass rush, broke the pocket and rolled out to his right. While on the run, Mahomes threw a dart across his body back to the middle of the field where Harris was able to secure the touchdown catch with two Raiders defenders draped all over him. Mahomes final touchdown pass came with the Chiefs facing a third and goal at the Raiders two yard line. Mahomes took the snap out of shotgun, and Hill again ran a rub route to the outside, which acted as a pick, allowing Conley to duck inside of him with his route and be wide open for the touchdown pass from Mahomes.

RB Spencer Ware, 49 offensive snaps, Rush: 14 - 47 - 1, Rec: 1 - 5 - 0 (1 targets)
Spencer Ware rushed 14 times for 47 yards and a touchdown, while also catching one pass on one target for five yards. Ware stepped into the starting role after Hunt was released by the Chiefs this week. Ware has had some experience in the lead role prior to Hunt being drafted, so this isn’t exactly new territory for him. While he is a versatile back, who can excel in all three phases (rushing, passing, red zone) of the Chiefs offense, he does lack the explosive ability of Hunt, which is going to be a harsh reality for an offense that has depended on big plays this season. Ware was serviceable in this game, but did not do much to separate himself from back up Damien Williams. In fact, Williams averaged 7.6 yards carry (five rushes for 38 yards) and caught two passes for seven yards, to Ware’s one catch, so it would be not a stretch to see Williams more involved going forward. Ware’s touchdown run came with the Chiefs facing a fourth and goal from the Oakland one yard line. Mahomes was off the field, and Ware lined up as the quarterback in the Chiefs version of the Wildcat, with Hill and Kelce flanked on both sides of him. Ware took the direct snap, faked the handoff to Hill and then rushed up the middle for the touchdown, breaking through a wall of Raiders defenders on his way into the end zone.

WR Chris Conley, 65 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 25 - 1 (7 targets)
Chris Conley caught three passes for 25 yards and a touchdown on seven targets against the Raiders on Sunday. With Sammy Watkins still nursing an injury, and Hunt now out of the picture, Conley is on the radar as an every week flex option. Conley has seen 15 targets in his last two games, and turned that into 10 catches for 99 yards and three touchdowns. At 6’3, Conley gives the Chiefs an added dimension in the red zone, and they have been running plays specifically for him around the goal line. Conley’s touchdown catch came with the Chiefs facing a third and goal at the Raiders two yard line. Mahomes took the snap out of shotgun, and Hill, who was lined up in the slot, immediately ducked underneath the coverage and ran to the left flat. Hill’s route acted as a pick, allowing Conley to duck inside of him and be left wide open in the endzone for an easy touchdown catch.

WR Tyreek Hill, 63 offensive snaps, Rush: 2 - 37 - 0, Rec: 1 - 13 - 0 (6 targets)
Tyreek Hill caught one pass for 13 yards on six targets, while also rushing two times for 37 yards. Hill had his worst game of the season, failing to reach 50 yards for the first time all year. It was a frustrating game for Hill, as the plays were there for him to have a big day. He dropped a long touchdown pass from Mahomes that should have been an easy 50+ yard score, and then with Hill behind the Oakland secondary again, Mahomes underthrew him and Hill was unable to adjust to the ball and come down with the touchdown. Those two plays alone would have put Hill over 100+ yards with two touchdowns, and those are the type of plays Hill has made all season long. The Chiefs have a tough matchup against the Ravens this week, but Hill remains a #1 receiver, especially with Kansas City having to rely on the passing game more.

TE Travis Kelce, 69 offensive snaps, Rec: 12 - 168 - 2 (13 targets)
Travis Kelce caught 12 passes for 168 yards and two touchdowns on 13 targets in the Chiefs win over the Raiders on Sunday. Quite simply, Kelce was a force to be reckoned with, and the Raiders had no answer for him. I don’t think there is any doubt that Kelce is the best route-running tight end in the league, but that may be selling him short, as he is one of the best route-runners period. His first touchdown catch was a great example of how well he is able to sell his routes. With the Chiefs at the Raiders three yard line, Mahomes took the snap under center and fake the handoff to Ware, before rolling out to his right. Kelce was lined up out wide to the right, came in motion closer to the slot and then ran a slick route where he cut inside at the goal line, and then after one step pivoted and ran an out-route to the right side of the end zone. Mahomes delivered the ball to Kelce right at the goal line and he was able to cross into the end zone for an easy touchdown. His defender had no way of stopping the play, it was executed perfectly by Kelce. Kelce’s second touchdown catch came with the Chiefs on the Raiders six yard line, with 12 seconds to go in the first half. Mahomes took the snap out of shotgun and immediately rolled to his right on a designed play to get him outside the pocket. The play called for Kelce to run a delayed out-route, where Hill ran an in-route in front of him and also acted as sort of a pick to give Kelce room on the goal line. Mahomes threw the ball where only Kelce could get it, low and outside, and Kelce made a fantastic catch on his fingertips while managing to roll inside the end zone to put the Chiefs up 19-7 just before the half. It was a fantastic catch on Kelce’s end, and it displayed why he is the most complete tight end in the game today. Opposing defenses that try to sell out and stop Hill deep down the field, have to contend with Kelce between the hash marks, and as he proved in this game, that is a recipe for disaster as Kelce cannot be guarded one on one. Cornerbacks don’t have the size to contend with his catch radius, and he is too fast/quick for linebackers. Look for Kelce to continue to his dominant play as the Chiefs face off against a tough Ravens defense in week 15.


Oakland Raiders

QB Derek Carr, 76 offensive snaps, Pass: 29 - 38 - 285 - 3 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 1 - 8 - 0
Carr did a tremendous job maneuvering in the pocket to buy time and threw a dart to Marcell Ateman in the back of the end zone for what was almost a 33-yard touchdown, but Ateman couldn’t control it as he hit the ground. A pass attempt to Seth Roberts in the end zone drew a pass interference penalty to set up a short rushing touchdown. Carr hooked up with Jared Cook for a number of long gains, including a 24-yard touchdown. On the play, Carr pump-faked right to hold the safety and then fired it into the back of the end zone to Cook. Carr also hooked up with his other tight end, Lee Smith, for a 1-yard touchdown pass off of play action. He did a good job avoiding pressure just enough to loft it to Smith, who was uncovered. Carr got hot in the second half and pulled the Raiders back to within three points, 33-30, after tossing a 9-yard touchdown pass to Marcell Ateman.

RB Doug Martin, 40 offensive snaps, Rush: 18 - 61 - 1, Rec: 2 - 6 - 0 (2 targets)
On the opening possession, Martin burst through the line for a 6-yard gain on 4th-and-1 but the play got called back due to holding and the Raiders were forced to punt. The next drive ended when Martin had the ball punched out after a short gain and the Chiefs recovered. Martin was mostly effective on short yardage plays. He was able to maintain his balance and find enough room to pick up a few 3rd-and-short runs. After an end zone interference penalty set the Raiders up with 1st-and-goal at the one-yard line, Martin got back-to-back carries. He was stacked up just short on the first attempt but burrowed through a small hole for the 1-yard touchdown on the next play. Aside from a 17-yard run in the fourth quarter when the Raiders were trailing by three scores, he wasn’t able to bite off any big chunks. It was a workman-like performance without any highlights but Martin kept the chains moving when he had to.

RB Jalen Richard, 32 offensive snaps, Rush: 6 - 95 - 0, Rec: 3 - 31 - 0 (4 targets)
Richard picked up eight on a 3rd-and-7 swing pass, pushing through a pair of defenders to gain the final two yards and pick up the first down. It looked like Richard was going to be dropped in the backfield for a loss, but he was able to break a tackle and burst free for a 30-yard gain. Richard ripped off a 23-yard gain on his next carry, showing his elite burst as he zoomed through a small hole off of right tackle. He had a 10-yard carry on the next play brought back due to an illegal shift. Richard got a carry on a two-point conversion attempt but was dropped just shy of the goal line. Richard ripped off another spectacular run for a 17-yard gain, weaving through defenders but had the ball poked out at the end. The Chiefs recovered and it was a back-breaking play for Oakland. Richard has had issues holding onto the ball throughout his whole career and it seems to become an especially big problem just when he gets more carries than normal. He looks spectacular in flashes but if he can’t figure out the fumbling issue, it is hard to blame his coaches for not giving him more opportunities. To their credit, the coaching staff stuck with him after the fumble and he rewarded them with another spectacular run on a 16-yard gain down to the Chiefs 3-yard line on which he spun through an attempted tackle and weaved his way close to the end zone.

RB DeAndre Washington, 6 offensive snaps, Rush: 3 - 7 - 0
Washington got his first carry late in the first half and promptly fumbled it. He didn’t play much after that, logging just three touches on the day.

WR Jordy Nelson, 69 offensive snaps, Rec: 10 - 97 - 0 (11 targets)
Nelson grabbed a back-shoulder fade for a 24-yard gain. Nelson did a great job twisting through a tackle and extending the ball to barely pick up a first down on a 3rd-and-3. Nelson had a short catch on a pick play called back to due to offensive pass interference. Nelson did most of his damage on quick passes and underneath routes. He was the go-to guy on shorter passes. He did get some looks downfield as well, with a 20-yard catch along the sideline on a fade route.

WR Seth Roberts, 59 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 25 - 0 (6 targets)
Roberts caught a slant at a full sprint on 3rd-and-13 and was able to accelerate and pick up 16 before being dragged down. Roberts drew a pass interference call in the end zone to convert another third down later in the same drive and set up the first touchdown of the game.

WR Marcell Ateman, 62 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 16 - 1 (4 targets)
Ateman almost brought in a 33-yard touchdown catch from Carr on a scramble drill play where Carr bought time maneuvering in the pocket and pointed to Ateman where he wanted him to go. Ateman went up and had both hands on it and looked like he was able to toe tap along the back line of the end zone, but wasn’t able to control the ball to the ground. Ateman caught a back-shoulder fade for a 9-yard touchdown. He got away with a push off against the much smaller cornerback and then boxed him out to make the catch.

TE Jared Cook, 55 offensive snaps, Rec: 7 - 100 - 1 (8 targets)
Cook caught a 12-yard pass over the middle. He powered through a couple of defenders to pick up a few extra yards at the end. Cook showed tremendous hands, extending high while in full stride to pull in a fast ball from Carr along the sideline and then turning it up for a 29-yard gain. Cook picked up 20 yards on a catch down the right sideline, hurdling the first defender and stiff-arming the second to pick up a few extra yards at the end of the play. Cook picked up another big chunk gain on a 24-yard touchdown pass. He lined up in the slot and ran straight down the seam, running away from the linebacker in coverage to get wide open in the center of the end zone.