Raiders blow big lead, lose 30-29 nailbiter against Chiefs

Source: Ed Zurga/Associated Press

The 1-3 Las Vegas Raiders visited the 3-1 Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead on Monday Night Football. After a back and forth game, the Raiders fell 30-29. With the loss, the Raiders drop to 1-4 and the Chiefs improve to 4-1.

Despite the 1-4 start, QB Derek Carr still believes in his team.

“I believe in Josh (McDaniels) and our staff, I believe in our players,” Carr said. “We got some good football players, we do some good things, we just didn’t do enough good things today.”

The Raiders came out running and gunning. During a fourth down in their first series, head coach Josh McDaniels went full aggressive mode and dialed up a long ball to WR Davante Adams. Carr sailed the ball behind Adams, but it didn’t matter as Adams had burnt the cornerback. Adams easily scored the 58-yard touchdown from Carr, which was Carr’s 200th of his career. Carr is the only quarterback in Raiders history to throw 200 touchdown passes.

With a second quarter rushing touchdown from Josh Jacobs and a 53-yard field goal from K Daniel Carlson, the Raiders would be up 17-0, their biggest lead of the game. After a few scoring drives from the Chiefs, the Raiders would be up 20-10 heading into halftime.

The Raiders offense, which looked explosive, was shut out during the third quarter, giving the Chiefs the opportunity to regain the lead after a pair touchdowns from TE Travis Kelce.

Stemming off a 24-3 run after Carlson’s field goal in the second quarter, the Chiefs would rally back to gain the lead 24-20 heading into the fourth quarter. Carlson would hit another field goal in the beginning of the fourth quarter to cut the Chiefs’ lead to 24-23.

Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes found Kelce for his his fourth touchdown catch of the game to increase the lead to 30-23, but the Chiefs failed the two-point conversion to put the Chiefs up two possessions. Carr and Adams reconnected for a 48-yard touchdown to close the gap 30-29. A Carlson PAT would’ve tied the game, but the Raiders offense went for two and failed with RB Josh Jacobs coming up short at the goal line.

McDaniels said they had a lot of momentum offensively in the second half, which led to his decision to go for two after the long Adams touchdown.

“We had a play that we felt really good about,” McDaniels said. “We had a chance, we had a fair fight at it, they played it a little bit better than we did.”

The Raiders defense stopped the Chiefs offense for the first time in the second half, giving the Raiders a chance to win the game. Adams caught a ball along the sideline to put them in field goal range, but the play was ruled incomplete after a review. On fourth and one, the Raiders drew up a play for Adams, but he ran into WR Hunter Renfrow, which ended in a incomplete pass.

With the loss, the Raiders drop their fourth game in five weeks heading into a much needed bye.

Key Performers

  • QB Derek Carr threw for 241 yards with two TD passes
  • RB Josh Jacobs rushed for a career-high 154 yards and a rushing TD
  • WR Davante Adams caught three passes for 124 yards and two TDs
  • DE Maxx Crosby finished the night with four tackles, two sacks, 3 TFLs, and two QB hits
  • K Daniel Carlson finished with 11 points on 3/3 FGs and 2/2 XPs

The Raiders host the Houston Texans on Oct. 23rd at Allegiant Stadium.

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