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Week 13 Game Recap: Oakland Raiders 9, Kansas City Chiefs 40

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Oakland Raiders

-Derek Carr threw a pair of early interceptions on which he misread the defense, which put Oakland in a big hole.

-Josh Jacobs was picking up yardage in chunks in the first half but the Raiders had to abandon the run in the third quarter after falling behind 31-0.

-Before the final drive in garbage time, Carr had only one short completion to a wide receiver.

-Darren Waller had a strong performance, making some acrobatic catches and racking up 100 yards.

Kansas City Chiefs

Nothing came easy for Patrick Mahomes today but if he had gotten one of the three running back scores, he would have been ok for fantasy. Credit Oakland for a better defensive performance than the score indicates. Trayvon Mullen and Maxx Crosby look like future cornerstones. Darrel Williams pulled a hamstring and Darwin Thompson looked better than him. Sammy Watkins is irrelevant in this offense. Mullen handled Tyreek Hill as well as you can ask a corner to. Travis Kelce had opportunity for a much larger game.

Oakland Raiders

QB Derek Carr, 60 offensive snaps, Pass: 20 - 30 - 222 - 1 TD / 2 INT, Rush: 3 - 7 - 0
It was another rough outing for Carr, who threw a pair of early interceptions that put the Raiders in a big hole they never came close to digging themselves out of. Carr was fooled by the Chiefs coverage on an opening-drive interception when he tried to hit Darren Waller on a deep post. Tyrann Mathieu let his defender go and cut right in front of Waller for the interception. Carr got fooled again a couple possessions later. The deep safety jumped the slant route and Carr threw it right to him for a pick six that put the Raiders into a 21-0 first-half hole. With Hunter Renfrow out, Carrís rapport with his wide receivers was non-existent. He completed just four passes for 34 yards to his wide receivers. All but one of those completions to wide receivers came on a garbage time drive in the final minutes with the Raiders trailing 38-3. Carr hit Derek Carrier for a meaningless 4-yard touchdown with less than a minute left to make the score look slightly less lopsided.

RB Josh Jacobs, 34 offensive snaps, Rush: 17 - 104 - 0
Jacobs got the edge and picked up 12 on his first carry, running over a Chiefs defensive back at the end of the run. He had a 5-yard reception called back due to offensive pass interference on a pick route. He showed fantastic acceleration to get to the edge and turn it up for a 35-yard run near the end of the first half. Jacobs did nearly all of his damage in the first half before the game turned into a blowout. In fact, he had over 100 rushing yards in the first half before taking a 7-yard loss that dropped him below 100 temporarily. Once the Raiders fell behind 31-0 midway through the third quarter, the Raiders were forced to abandon the run.

RB DeAndre Washington, 15 offensive snaps, Rush: 2 - 5 - 0, Rec: 3 - 44 - 0 (3 targets)
Washington caught a short dump off and found a lot of room to run, sprinting down the middle of the field for a 28-yard gain. He made a nice toe-drag reception along the sideline for a 7-yard gain.

RB Jalen Richard, 12 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 2 - 0, Rec: 1 - 6 - 0 (2 targets)
Richard got a carry up the middle on an early 3rd-and-2 and was the beneficiary of a very friendly spot after it looked like he was stacked up short of the line to gain. Richardís only catch came on a short pass over the middle in garbage time.

WR Tyrell Williams, 54 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 9 - 0 (4 targets)
Williams lone reception came on a late garbage time drive. Against prevent defense, he caught a short dump off and turned up field for a modest gain. Williams didnít have a chance when targeted on a quick slant route. The safety jumped the play and easily intercepted it. Williams was targeted in the end zone in the final minute of the game but the pass was thrown well over his head.

TE Darren Waller, 55 offensive snaps, Rec: 7 - 100 - 0 (9 targets)
Waller made a leaping 24-yard reception down the sideline despite having a defender right on him. Waller had a 19-yard catch and run on a quick slant route. Waller padded his stats a bit on the final drive in garbage time. He made an acrobatic catch along the sideline for a 13-yard gain on a pass that was thrown behind him and later grabbed a 12-yard pass on a short catch and run against prevent defense.

Kansas City Chiefs

QB Patrick Mahomes, 66 offensive snaps, Pass: 15 - 29 - 175 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 3 - 25 - 1
Mahomes had a quiet fantasy afternoon, in part because of a good performance by the Raiders defense in part because running backs accounted for two scores on the ground. He was in retreat mode most of the afternoon and Tyreek Hill never got free deep. A touchdown to Demarcus Robinson was wiped off of the board via penalty and Travis Kelce had a few drops that hurt Mahomes bottom line. He also had a possible pick six dropped and another interception thrown in the Oakland end zone taken off of the board due to questionable review. His touchdown pass was a simple swing pass to Darrel Williams and he looked swift as a runner on his rushing score.

RB Darwin Thompson, 24 offensive snaps, Rush: 11 - 44 - 1
Thompson got a few snaps in the passing game before Darrel Williams went out, and a ton of carries to ice the game after Williams went out. Thompson ran hard inside and did not look or run small. Other than one carry when an unblocked Maxx Crosby engulfed him, Thompson usually broke the first tackle or at least got some yards after first contact. He was thrown into the end zone for the last Chiefs offensive score of the game by one of his linemen after breaking a tackle.

RB LeSean McCoy, 24 offensive snaps, Rush: 5 - 10 - 1, Rec: 3 - 20 - 0 (3 targets)
McCoy had surprising burst for his age and got good gains on most of his touches. The offense moved the chains consistently when he was on the field. His touchdown was basically unopposed. It appears his touches will stay at the same level if Darwin Thompson replaces Darrel Williams in Week 14 as expected.

RB Darrel Williams, 18 offensive snaps, Rush: 6 - 13 - 0, Rec: 1 - 3 - 1 (2 targets)
Williams scored on a swing tackle when he showed enough speed to win a race to the pylon, and he had another early carry that resulted in a big gain when a huge hole opened, but he was otherwise lackluster and then left with a hamstring injury. He wasn't able to show elusiveness in space or power in tight quarters. In one sequence the Chiefs turned the ball over after two consecutive carries for no gain by Williams on third and four and short.

WR Tyreek Hill, 54 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - -4 - 0, Rec: 5 - 55 - 0 (8 targets)
Hill was covered well by Trayvon Mullen and mostly limited to medium gains on the day. Maxx Crosby engulfed him on one end around and Hill did have one big 3rd and long conversion into the red zone, but mostly didn't have a big effect on the game.

WR Mecole Hardman, 26 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 9 - 0
Hardman looked like the second fastest player on the field on a jet sweep for a good gain and for some reason was never heard from again on offense on the afternoon.

WR Sammy Watkins, 41 offensive snaps (3 targets)
Watkins was a target at the goal line on a long throw early. He was possibly interfered with to slow him down but the call was upheld. He dropped one pass coming back to the ball on third and long and was a nonfactor, looking a step slow and beat behind.

WR Demarcus Robinson, 38 offensive snaps
Robinson had a nice catch and run score called back by penalty, and was maybe the target on an ugly Patrick Mahomes interception into the end zone that was overturned by a phantom penalty.

TE Travis Kelce, 61 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 90 - 0 (9 targets)
Kelce got a ton of opportunities in this game and should have had a much better stat line. He dropped at least two passes and squandered an end zone target. He did have one pass caught in the open field in stride, but mostly added value with shorter gains.