By: Max Klotz
Final Score: Oakland Raiders 24, Kansas City Chiefs 20
Almost exactly a year after the Raiders’ last win, Oakland finally won again. The Raiders got good production from Latavius Murray in the first half and managed to hang on in the second half. Early on in the first quarter, the Raiders drove down the field and Latavius Murray ran in an 11-yard touchdown. Early in the second quarter, the Raiders took over the field on their own 10-yard line. Murray burst through for another touchdown, this one a 90-yard explosion.
The Raiders went up 17-3 at one point in the third quarter, but the Chiefs clawed their way back. After two passing touchdowns from Alex Smith, a field goal put Kansas City up 20-17. The Raiders proceeded to execute their longest lasting scoring drive of the year. It lasted just over seven minutes and finished with a Derek Carr passing touchdown to James Jones. Along the way, the Raiders converted two fourth downs on Derek Carr streaks.
The Raiders always find ways to make their fans uneasy and Thursday night was no different. On a 2nd down during the Chiefs’ last drive Sio Moore and Khalil Mack combined for a sack. Both of them ran 20 yards down the field to celebrate, forgetting there was another down to be played. Veteran Justin a Tuck wisely called a timeout and the defense held against the Chiefs’ last minute drive.
While Derek Carr’s final stats were not particularly spectacular, he was steady throughout the game and orchestrated the game winning drive. He finished the day with 174 yards and a touchdown.
Latavius Murray was the Raiders’ leading rusher with 112 yards on 4 carries. Marcel Reece ran the ball effectively in the second half, gaining 37 yards on just 8 carries. Darren McFadden struggled to get going and only amassed 29 yards on 12 carries. Charles Woodson made history by becoming the first player in NFL history with 50 interceptions and 20 sacks.
The Raiders have an extra long week to bask in their win before traveling to St. Louis for their next game. The Rams are a beatable team so Raiders could make it two straight wins.
Cover Image: By Conman33 (Own work) [CC-BY-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons