Another week of NFL action is in the books! The KC Chiefs and two other AFC West teams won this week, but what did we learn about all four teams in week 14?
The AFC West has crowned a champion for the 2019 season, and that champion is… drum roll please… the Kansas City Chiefs! This makes it four straight division titles for the Chiefs, who were able to knock off the defending champs IN Foxborough while also benefitting from a Raiders loss.
The Raiders were the only team in the division to lose this week, so we’ll start this week’s post with the now 6-7 Oakland Raiders, whose playoff chances are pretty far gone now.
WHAT DID WE LEARN ABOUT THE RAIDERS?
It wasn’t long ago when football pundits everywhere were saying that the Raiders might be the best team in the AFC West. Well, after three straight losses, that is no longer the case. If the Raiders want to make the playoffs now, they’ll have to win out and get some help along the way. Their 42-21 loss to the Titans might have been the nail in the coffin though.
It was a tale of two halves for the Raiders in this one, as they were going blow for blow with Tennessee in the first half and were tied 21-21 with the opposition heading into the half. That was where the fun ended for Oakland, however, as they were shutout in the second half and the defense allowed three more Titans touchdowns.
The defense was shredded by Ryan Tannehill, who threw for nearly 400 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception. Derrick Henry ran all over the Raiders defense and rookie A.J. Brown had a monster day in the receiving game. Throw in that the Raiders failed to sack Tannehill once and it’s safe to say this was an atrocious outing by Oakland’s D.
The Raiders offense tried their best without rookie Josh Jacobs, as the run game went for 97 yards and a touchdown, which was scored by DeAndre Washington. Derek Carr had a nice game, throwing for 263 yards and two touchdowns with no picks while being sacked twice. Rico Gafford and Foster Moreau had Carr’s two touchdown passes.
At this point, the Raiders need to win out and hope for several miracles in order to make the postseason. The division is out of the equation now.
Oakland can rebound next week against a struggling Jaguars team, who face the Raiders in the Black Hole in the late window of games.