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Week 2 Game Recap: Kansas City Chiefs 28, Oakland Raiders 10
What you need to know
The Kansas City Chiefs beat the Oakland Raiders 28-10 to improve their record to 2-0 on the season. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes
completed 30 of 44 passes for 443 yards and four touchdowns. LeSean McCoy
led the Chiefs with 11 carries for 23 yards while also catching three passes for zero yards. Damien Williams
did not fare much better on the ground, rushing nine times for eight yards. He did continue to be a force in the passing game though, catching three passes for 48 yards. Sammy Watkins
caught six passes for 49 yards while rookie Mecole Hardman
made an impact, catching four passes for 61 yards and a touchdown in relief of the injured Tyreek Hill
. The offensive hero of the day was Demarcus Robinson
, as he caught six passes for 172 yards and two touchdowns. Travis Kelce
also had a big game, catching seven passes for 107 yards and a touchdown.
-The Raiders moved the ball pretty well but penalties and a couple turnovers stalled momentum and allowed the Chiefs to take over the game.
ran extremely well but wasnít targeted at all. He should have re-ceived more touches.
is the clear top receiver and came away with one of his two end zone targets.
looked incredible running after the catch. His athleticism is off the charts.
Kansas City Chiefs
|QB Patrick Mahomes, 76 offensive snaps, Pass: 30 - 44 - 443 - 4 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 1 - -1 - 0|
had a monster day in the Chiefs win over the Raiders, completing 30 of 44 passes for 443 yards and four touchdowns. With Tyreek Hill
injured, Mahomes has once again proven he is a playmaker and much more than a distributor. DeMarcus Robinson
was the next man up and Mahomes completed all six of his passes to him for 172 yards and two touchdowns. The first of these touchdowns came with the Chiefs down 10-0 late in the first quarter and facing a first and 10 from the Raiders 44 yard line. Mahomes took the snap out of the shotgun and looked to his left the entire time. Robinson ran a straight go-route from the left inside slot position and the Raiders blew the coverage completely. Robinson was left wide open and Mahomes dropped a lob pass into him for an easy 44 yard touchdown. Mahomes second touchdown pass of the second quarter came after he had completed seven passes on the drive, and the Chiefs were facing a third and 20 from the Raiders 42 yard line. Hardman was lined up in the inside left slot position and ran a deep post to the middle of the field. He blew by the Raiders safeties and Mahomes threw a perfect ball to Hardman in stride for a 42 yard touchdown. Mahomes wasnít done yet in the second quarter though, as the Chiefs started their next possession from their own six yard line. After completing consecutive passes to Damien Williams
(32 yards) and DeMarcus Robinson
(43 yards), Mahomes found himself facing a second and 17 from the Raiders 27 yard line after an illegal block penalty on the offensive line. Mahomes took the snap out of the shotgun with Travis Kelce
bunched in the slot to his left. Kelce faked out his defender off the line and got outside position on him, leaving him room to run a go route up the left sideline. Mahomes looked straight to Kelce the whole way and dropped an absolute dime into his hands at the two yard line. The ball was in the perfect spot for only Kelce to catch it, resulting in a 27 yard touchdown and Mahomes third of the second quarter. He still wasnít done though. The Chiefs got the ball back with 47 seconds left in the second quarter and at the Oakland 39 yard line. Mahomes took the snap out of the shotgun with Robinson lined up on his left. Robinson ran a go-route up the left sideline, maintaining outside position the entire time. Mahomes got time in the pocket to go through his progressions and then uncorked a bomb to Robinson, which he threw at Robinsonís back-shoulder. Robinson turned around at the last second and snatched the ball for a 39 yard touchdown. It was a perfect pass from Mahomes, and a fantastic catch from Robinson. It also happened to be Mahomes fourth touchdown pass of the second quarter, setting another NFL record for the third year quarterback.
|RB LeSean McCoy, 31 offensive snaps, Rush: 11 - 23 - 0, Rec: 3 - 0 - 0 (3 targets)|
rushed 11 times for 23 yards and caught three passes for zero yards in the Chiefs 28-10 win over the Raiders. Unlike in week one, McCoy was unable to find any running room against a Raiders defensive front that was attacking the Chiefs running backs in the backfield. McCoy took over the lead back duties after Williams injured his knee, but McCoy did not las long either, exiting the game in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury. McCoy underwent an MRI on Monday which showed no significant damage to his ankle and he has a chance to play on Sunday against the Ravens. If he and Williams are both out with injuries, rookie Darwin Thompson
would be in line for first team duties.
|RB Damien Williams, 39 offensive snaps, Rush: 9 - 8 - 0, Rec: 3 - 48 - 0 (5 targets)|
rushed nine times for eight yards, while catching three of five targets for 48 yards in the Chiefs win over the Raiders. Williams has found himself in a full-blown timeshare with veteran LeSean McCoy
, with McCoy receiving more touches in the run game, while Williams continues to operate as the Chiefs third down back. The Raiders did a very good job of containing the Chiefs running backs, as Williams averaged .9 yards per carry and actually lost yardage on three of those rushes. Williams fared better in the passing game though, with his long reception of the day being a 32 yard catch that set up the Chiefs for their third touchdown of the second quarter. With the Chiefs facing a second and 11 from their own five yard line, Mahomes lined up in the shotgun with Williams to his right. Williams immediately broke off into the flat after the snap and made it look like he was setting up for a screen pass. Instead, Williams turned the corner and took off up the field. Mahomes threw a great pass to his running back in stride, with Williams gaining yards after the catch and if not for a desperation tackle by a Raiders defender, might have gone all the way for a 95 yard touchdown. Williams would have to settle for the 32 yard reception, and unfortunately that was his only play of consequence on the day. Williams injured his knee late in the fourth quarter, although is not known how serious the injury is at this time.
With Tyreek Hill
out with an injury, DeMarcus Robinson
and Mecole Hardman
were given extended snaps against the Raiders. While Hardman played very well and scored a touchdown, it was Robinson who stole the show, catching all six of his targets for 172 yards and two touchdowns. Robinsonís first touchdown catch came with the Chiefs down 10-0 in the second quarter. Robinson ran a straight go-route from the left inside slot position and found himself wide open running up the center of the field. The Raiders blew the coverage, allowing Mahomes to drop a lob pass into Robinson for an easy 44 yard touchdown. Robinson played a big part in setting up the Chiefs third touchdown as well, catching a 43 yard pass from Mahomes where he burned the Raiders coverage on a deep post-route. Robinson scored the fourth touchdown of the second quarter for the Chiefs as well. Robinson lined up out-wide on the left side of the formation and ran a straight go-route up the sideline. Robinson set up his defender perfectly, maintaining outside position the entire time which allowed Mahomes to throw a deep pass to his outside shoulder. Robinson sold the route like a veteran by not looking back until he was ready to turn and catch the ball. He faced some contact from the Raiders defender but still managed to come down with the catch for a 39 yard touchdown. Robinson was the difference maker in this game, catching passes of 28 and 43 yards and touchdowns of 39 and 44 yards. Tyreek Hill
ís place in the lineup is secure, but I donít see how Andy Reid can keep Robinson off the field after a performance like this. Through two games, the Chiefs have had receivers gain 199 yards with three touchdowns and 172 yards with two touchdowns, and neither player was Hill or Kelce. That is some serious depth.
|WR Sammy Watkins, 70 offensive snaps, Rec: 6 - 49 - 0 (13 targets)|
Sammie Watkins caught six passes on 13 targets for 49 yards in the Chiefs win over the Raiders on Sunday. After setting the NFL on fire in week one, Watkins came down to earth against a Raiders secondary that was hell bent on shutting him down and allowing every other Chiefs receiver to run free all over the field. It was hardly Watkins fault that he attracted double coverage from the Raiders safety, especially over the top, but it was still shocking to see him finish with one more target than Robinson and Hardman combined, only with four less catches, 84 less yards and three less touchdowns. Watkins was essentially a decoy in this game, and Mahomes kept that going by targeting him often in the short passing game, while looking him off to go deep to his other receivers in single coverage. This was apparent on Robinsonís first touchdown catch, as he ran straight down the field uncovered while the defense was shading coverage toward Kelce and Watkins. Going forward, Watkins wonít attract this much attention when it is clear that the Chiefs have plenty of other pieces that can take advantage of this type of coverage.
caught four passes for 61 yards and a touchdown on six targets in the Chiefs win over the Raiders on Sunday. Hardman saw extended time with the Chiefs first team offense due to Tyreek Hill
injury and he took full advantage of his playing time by scoring a 42 yard touchdown. On this play, the Chiefs were facing a third and 20 from the Raiders 42 yard line. Hardman was lined up in the inside left slot position and ran a deep post to the middle of the field. Hardman got a step off the line of scrimmage and continued to increase that separation, especially when he reached the apex of his route and curled towards the middle of the field. He blew by the Raiders safeties and Mahomes threw a perfect ball to Hardman in stride for a 42 yard touchdown. Hardman was drafted in part because of his elite speed, as well as his ability to run the type of routes that the Chiefs have designed for Hill. With that said, Hardman is much more than insurance policy on Hill as he has the type of speed and agility that the Chiefs can use when opponents try to limit Hill, Kelce, Watkins and Robinson. The Chiefs offense is an embarrassment of riches, and I fully expect Hardman to continue to get better as the year progresses.
|TE Travis Kelce, 65 offensive snaps, Rec: 7 - 107 - 1 (9 targets)|
caught seven passes for 101 yards and a touchdown on eight targets in the Chiefs win over the Raiders on Sunday. Kelce did what he does best, as he was a monster in the middle of the field that continuously beat the Raiders in the intermediate passing game. The Raiders gameplan was to let anyone other than Watkins and Kelce beat them, and this showed when the Chiefs receivers were constantly either left open, or in one on one coverage on the left side of the field. Kelce still managed to have a big game because the Raiders linebackers could not contain him at the line of scrimmage. Kelce is too quick off the line and his size gives Mahomes a massive target radius to throw to. Kelceís touchdown catch came with the Chiefs facing a second and 17 from the Raiders 27 yard line. Mahomes took the snap out of the shotgun with Kelce bunched in the slot to his left. Kelce faked out his defender off the line and got outside position on him, leaving him room to run a go route up the left sideline. Mahomes looked straight to Kelce and the ball was thrown out in front and to the sideline directly over Kelceí left shoulder. The pass was in the perfect spot, and Kelce did a great job of setting up the route and converting the 27 yard touchdown reception. With the Chiefs having so many weapons on the outside, Kelce will continue to make defenses pay for trying to cover him with linebackers, especially when they do not give their linebackers help from their safeties over the top.
|QB Derek Carr, 65 offensive snaps, Pass: 23 - 38 - 198 - 1 TD / 2 INT, Rush: 2 - 18 - 0|
Carr was hot to start the game. Even with a pair of costly drops, he marched the offense down the field for a field goal on the opening drive. He came right back with a long touchdown drive on the next possession. The big play was a 43-yard pass interference on a play-action deep pass to Ryan Grant
. Carr finished the drive off with a 4-yard touchdown strike to Tyrell Williams
in the back of the end zone to stake the Raiders to a 10-0 lead. It was all downhill from there. On a 3rd-and-11 in the second quarter, Carr scrambled and sacrificed his body trying to leap over a defender to stretch the ball for the first down but came up a yard short. While the Raiders struggled to move the ball in the second quarter, the Chiefs poured it on with four touchdowns. On the opening drive of the second half, the Raiders quickly pushed deep into Chiefs territory but a 1st-and-goal pass intended for Tyrell Williams
was picked off. Carr threw the fade to Williams who was in single coverage and the cor-nerback was able to stymie Williams and position himself to pick it off. Carr had a strange interception on the next drive. His wide receiver was running a quick slant and collided with a Chiefs defender, knocking them both to the ground. He was Carrís target and the pass in his direction was easily intercepted. The refs called pass inter-ference on the Raiders, feeling that the play was a designed pick to open up the crossing route to the tight end. Though considering Carr was targeting the receiver, it was a strange call. The two interceptions ended any realistic chances of a Raiders comeback.
Jacobs looked great again. He showed nice burst on a 7-yard run on the first play of the game. He pushed the pile for four yards on another 7-yard run up the gut on the opening drive. However, the Raiders had to settle for a field goal on the drive when Jacobs was stacked up behind the line on a 3rd-and-1 in the red zone. He took the first offensive snap of the second half for a 51-yard gain down the right sideline, showing a nice combination of burst and power, running through a couple arm tackle attempts to break loose into the secondary. Gruden is probably kicking himself for not using Jacobs more. He was picking up chunks of yardage and the decision to pass on 1st-and-goal from the 4-yard line early in the third quarter looks especially bad. Jacobs had just picked up six yards right up the middle and instead of pounding away near the goal line, he tried to throw for the score and it was intercepted. While Jacobs has looked great as a runner, he has been surprisingly quiet as a receiver despite looking great in that facet of the game all offseason.
Washington was the second back into the game, handling the third series of the game, which was a three-and-out. After a couple mistakes by Richard, Washington took over in the two-minute drill before halftime and made a sweet catch and run over the middle, grabbing the ball on the run below his knees.
|RB Jalen Richard, 20 offensive snaps, Rush: 2 - 3 - 0, Rec: 2 - 2 - 0 (3 targets)|
Richard was in for the two-minute drill before halftime and caught a short dump off. He fumbled it but was luckily able to jump back on it. His ball control is atrocious and makes it hard for the team to trust him. He made another bad mistake late in the half on what should have been an easy completion along the sideline. Nobody was near him but he lost track of where he was and wasnít able to get both feet down inbounds.
On the opening drive, Williams was targeted deep down the right sideline but the ball drifted out of bounds. Carr came back to him the next play on the other side of the field and Williams made a spectacular leaping grab over the cornerback for a 16-yard gain. Williams scored a 4-yard touchdown on a sweet stutter and go move. He faked like he was going to cut to the outside and broke the cornerbacks ankles with his cut back to the inside, getting wide open in the back of the end zone for the easy catch. Williams had one-on-one coverage down near the goal line in the second half and Carr again looked his way. This time, the cornerback was able to cut Williams off along the sideline to cut off the fade route and then make a play on the ball for the interception. It was hard to tell whether Carr or Williams was more at fault but the inability for the duo to hook up was extremely costly.
Renfrow led the team with eight targets. He dropped what should have been a 15-yard gain over the middle on the opening drive. He had an 6-yard catch and run on a quick pass that he took down to the 4-yard line. Renfrow probably should have drawn a pass interference penalty on a 3rd-and-10 over the middle. He was grabbed by the defender coming out of his break and the Raiders challenged. It was ruled that the holding wasnít egregious enough to overturn the call on the field.
|WR Ryan Grant, 49 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - -2 - 0 (5 targets)|
Grant drew a 43-yard pass interference penalty on a deep play action pass in the first quarter to setup the Raiders only touchdown.
|TE Darren Waller, 62 offensive snaps, Rec: 6 - 63 - 0 (7 targets)|
Waller didnít get targeted until late in the second quarter. He caught a short crossing route and turned on the jets to get down the sideline for a 16-yard gain. His speed just pops off the screen on plays like this one. He showed off some impressive run after the catch skills on a 12-yard catch and run on third and long a few plays later. He caught it short, made the first man miss and nearly weaved his way for the first down. Waller again showed off his ability after the catch on a 7-yard gain. He hurdled a defender near the sideline to pick up the first down.
Carrier was the target of Carrís first two throws of the game. He had what should have been an easy 7-yard catch bounce right off of his hands on 2nd-and-4 but came right back the next play with a 25-yard catch and run down the left sideline. He looked smooth, catching the ball above his head in stride and accelerating down the sideline for a big pickup.