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Kansas City Chiefs vs. Oakland Raiders: Immediate Reaction

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Another game in the rivalry between the Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders is in the books.  Tonight’s matchup didn’t disappoint. The Raiders came out on top 31-30 in what will go down as one of the most exciting games of the season.  It all came down to the final drive, to the final play (three times).

On the Chiefs side of things, Alex Smith had another fantastic game.  He threw for over 300 yards and three touchdowns with zero interceptions.  Some people questioned whether Tyreek Hill had number one wide receiver potential.  Posting a stat line of six receptions for 125 yards and one touchdown, Hill proved the doubters wrong.  On his score, he absolutely burned the defender on a streak down the field. Kareem Hunt had another solid game topping 100 yards from scrimmage.  But what people will remember about this game, is the failure of the secondary.  The Chiefs’ corners and safeties had trouble guarding the Raiders receivers all night.

Derek Carr threw for 417 yards and three touchdowns, including the game winner with zero seconds left on the clock.  Marshawn Lynch was ejected early in the game for making contact with an official during a post-play scrum.  After that, The Raiders had very little success running the ball and leaned heavily on the pass game.  Amari Cooper shed his slump and had a career game.  With 11 receptions for 210 yards and two scores, Cooper once again proved that he is not someone opposing defenses should forget about.

The biggest story of the game was the final Oakland drive.  It was an 11 play, 85 yard total dissection of the Kansas City Chiefs defense. Derek Carr led the Raiders down the field, even with several key penalties, and gave them a chance to win.  With 16 seconds on the clock Carr lobbed a pass to TE Jared Cook and he came down just short of the goal line.  After the review and a 10 second clock runoff, the Raiders were left with 8 seconds and a half yard to go.

One play to win the game turned into four plays in the final seconds, thanks to some key holding penalties, and Carr capped off the drive with a short out to Michael Crabtree for the game tying score.  Giorgio Tavecchio, who had some struggles earlier in the night, finished the game with an extra point to win.  In a game that many won’t soon forget, the Raiders got a key division win against a Chiefs team that has dropped two in a row.  The AFC West race will definitely heat up heading into week 8.

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Chris is a grad of Lindenwood University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism. He has also been covering the Kansas City Chiefs two years now. For more Chiefs and other NFL posts follow him on Twitter @ChrisSmith413.

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