The first quarter was about the Raiders. Becoming the first team in some time to hold the Chiefs from scoring. The Raiders’ offense put up ten points in this quarter as well and things looked good.
The second quarter, the Chiefs shredded the Raiders defense scoring four touchdowns and running up of 240 yards of offense. It looked like the Raiders would be dead in the water in the second half given the show in this quarter.
The second half was scoreless. Both teams moved the ball well but drives ended without points. An interception in the endzone for the Raiders on one drive. Another interception on another when the Raiders receiver ran into the a Chiefs defender leaving only the player guarding him there when the ball arrived. For me it was a pick, for the refs its wasn’t. This along with my previous post tells you all you need to know about my feelings on this set of officials.
The half was the first ever scoreless half between the Chiefs and Raiders. It came in what likely will be the last ever NFL game played on field with the baseball dirt still on it. The Raiders are the last team to share with an MLB team and move to Las Vegas next year of decades of searching for a solution that would have allowed them to remain in Oakland.
Derek Carr also became the Raiders all time passing leader midway through the game when he passed Ken Stabler.
Jacob Jones continued his impressive start in the NFL with a hard earned 100+ yards for the second game in a row.
All told, the game showed the Raiders are close but not there yet.
Oh and before I forget. Watching this Raiders team tackle reminds me of how bad Raiders teams of recent memory have been in this fundamental task.