All smiles over here! 😃#ProBowlVote + @tommy_townsend pic.twitter.com/1H98XZnn6L— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) December 12, 2021
Chiefs vs. Raiders score: Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City blow out Vegas for sixth victory in a row
Mahomes did not mess around with Vegas
The Kansas City Chiefs registered a statement victory on Sunday, as they blew out the Las Vegas Raiders 48-9. This game was dominated by the Chiefs from the very beginning, as Josh Jacobs fumbled on the first play from scrimmage and it was returned by cornerback Mike Hughes for six. It would be the first of three first-half turnovers committed by the Raiders, and the first of five first-half touchdowns scored by the Chiefs, as they secured a 35-3 lead by the halftime break.
The 35 first-half points are the most points scored in any half by the Chiefs since they scored 28 against the Houston Texans in the famous 2019 AFC Divisional game. Sunday was slight work for Patrick Mahomes and the offense, as they got the kind of explosive outing they were searching for. The Chiefs' 48 points scored are the second-most registered in a regular-season game by a Mahomes-led team. The most came against the Los Angeles Rams on that wild Monday night game in 2018, when the Chiefs fell 54-51.
The 9-4 Chiefs still have a shot at the No. 1 seed in the AFC while the 6-7 Raiders' playoff hopes are hanging on by a thread. So, what happened in Kansas City on Sunday? Let's take a look.
Why the Chiefs won
The Chiefs' six-game win streak has interestingly enough been built on the success of the defense instead of Mahomes and his weapons. Over the past six games the Chiefs are allowing an average of 10.8 points per game. While the defense did its part on Sunday and scored the first touchdown of the game, Kansas City's offense got rolling this week.
The Chiefs scored 35 points in the first half. Coming into this matchup, they had only scored 35 or more points in a full game three times this year. In the first two quarters, Mahomes completed 12 of 15 passes for 176 yards and two touchdowns while Clyde Edwards-Helaire rushed for 27 yards and two scores. The Chiefs racked up 221 yards of total offense in the first half and averaged 7.1 yards per play. The quick start was a reason the Chiefs were victorious on Sunday, but how the offense dominated was the real reason Kansas City won.
How the Chiefs fare on offense through these final regular-season games is something everyone is paying attention to. Kansas City again has a chance to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl, but the offense needs to be more explosive. We saw this unit do just that on Sunday.
Why the Raiders lost
Slow offensive starts have been the Raiders' forte. It's been a theme for this team ever since the season opener vs. the Baltimore Ravens, when the Raiders had to score 17 points in the fourth quarter to push the game to overtime. In last week's 17-15 loss to the Washington Football Team, the Raiders' lone touchdown came in the fourth quarter. Jacobs even said the offense comes into games "stiff and dull."
"It's definitely very frustrating and really annoying really just starting slow every week. I feel like it's taking too long to be who we are," Jacobs said about the slow starts, via USA Today.
The Raiders had their worst slow start of the season against the Chiefs. Not only did Jacobs fumble and allow a touchdown on the first play of the game, but Vegas turned the ball over three times on the way to getting outscored 35-3 just in the first half. Not many teams are going to come back from that kind of deficit even with two quarters to work. Carr wasn't sharp and the defense struggled. In fact, they forced just one Chiefs punt in the first half.
The Raiders did more than just fall below .500 on Sunday, they also may have fallen out of the playoff race altogether. A loss next week against the Cleveland Browns may put the nail in the coffin.
Late in the second quarter, the Raiders found themselves down 28-0. Vegas absolutely needed to get something going if it wanted any kind of chance of coming back. Instead, Hunter Renfrow fumbled away possession after making a 19-yard catch on third-and-4. It was the Raiders' third turnover of the first half, and led to the Chiefs' fifth touchdown of the game.
Play of the game
This is definitely how you want to start games. Jacobs fumbled on the first play of the game and Hughes picked it up and ran it in for six points. Jarran Reed popped it out, and the CBS cameras couldn't even keep up with what happened, which just added to the madness.
THAT'S HOW YOU START‼️— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) December 12, 2021
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The Raiders have a bit of a short week, as they hit the road to take on the Browns on Saturday. The Chiefs are on a short week as well, as they travel to L.A. to take on Justin Herbert and the Chargers on "Thursday Night Football."
🤝🤝🤝 pic.twitter.com/MEFukFcSHw— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) December 12, 2021
SACK NATION ‼️@StoneColdJones pic.twitter.com/O24fq6zH4Y— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) December 12, 2021
🔴🎥 Live: Interim Head Coach Rich Bisaccia and select players address the media live from Arrowhead Stadium. https://t.co/nKHZSKomVB— Las Vegas Raiders (@Raiders) December 12, 2021
You heard the man! RT to vote! #WPMOYChallenge + @Mathieu_Era pic.twitter.com/26dD4exV1q— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) December 12, 2021
That's the definition of a team win 🔥 pic.twitter.com/0QnygPH8QD— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) December 12, 2021
.@_Bigmikee1 with his SECOND forced fumble 😈— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) December 12, 2021
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MIKE HUGHES FORCES A FUMBLE, RECOVERED BY JUAN THORNHILL #ProBowlVote— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) December 12, 2021
Alex Okafor and Tershawn Wharton are credited for the sack!— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) December 12, 2021
Oh my 😱 @aokafor57— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) December 12, 2021
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The swag surfin' has begun on the sideline. Morale is high.— Matt McMullen (@KCChiefs_Matt) December 12, 2021
BIG TIME RUN @GORE_D1!!!— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) December 12, 2021
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Was about to say that's unfortunate for the Chiefs, but Gore scores on the first play from scrimmage!
TOUCHDOWN DERRICK GORE!!!!!— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) December 12, 2021
FUMBLE!— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) December 12, 2021
That was a BIG hit by Alex Okafor!
Harrison Butker makes the field goal to extend our lead to 41-9.#ProBowlVote pic.twitter.com/PESamh77EV— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) December 12, 2021
One more to play!! #ProBowlVote + @darrelwilliams_ pic.twitter.com/mKJHJ2cvoC— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) December 12, 2021
Renfrow is such a good route runner whether he's working inside or outside. That's why he's tough on those double moves in the red zone. Raiders miss the XP so it's a 29 point game.
Filthy route for @renfrowhunter.— NFL (@NFL) December 12, 2021
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Big day for @renfrowhunter #LVvsKC pic.twitter.com/igrWmaVoTb— Las Vegas Raiders (@Raiders) December 12, 2021
The Raiders offense is either find Renfrow somewhere or hit Foster Moreau on an out route. Not seeing too much creativity today.
Harrison Butker's 54-yard Field Goal attempt is GOOD!#ProBowlVote pic.twitter.com/ZNiKo3Iggk— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) December 12, 2021
Tyreek Hill looks like he got popped on that huge third-down conversion. He's bleeding from the mouth.
Congratulations, @cheetah!!!! 🐆 pic.twitter.com/AyGZHrgyEU— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) December 12, 2021
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This is SACK NATION 😤 pic.twitter.com/VO4pdmPgvh— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) December 12, 2021
I don't understand kicking the field goal. I would have gone for a touchdown.
Came out strong in the first half 🔥 pic.twitter.com/wOwuoze3ni— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) December 12, 2021
"Raiders suck" chants coming in right before halftime.
Raiders fake the punt. Probably a good move. Going down 42-0 at half would have been embarrassing.