A Week 10 matchup of magnitude on Sunday Night Football. The Kansas City Chiefs versus the Las Vegas Raiders. A game where KC would put on an absolute clinic. The Chiefs sporting a rare uniform combination of white tops with white pants demolished the silver and black. A football game that had some high stakes and was a victory that would boost morale. The tides turned on Sunday when the Los Angeles Chargers would lose to the Minnesota Vikings. The Denver Broncos lose to the Philadelphia Eagles. The Chiefs would win 41-14 over the Raiders and take sole possession of 1st place in the AFC West.
Patrick Mahomes Goes off for the Chiefs
As the Chiefs Kingdom showed up in droves in Las Vegas, many huddled around their TVs to watch Sunday Night Football. The moment Patrick Mahomes completed a left-handed pass, you knew it was going to be a special night. Mahomes would finish the night 35-50, throwing for 406 yards averaging 8.1 yards per attempt, and five touchdowns. Many fans and critics talked about his turnovers in which he posted zero. He was gleaming with confidence along with a sense of determination. Mahomes knew the AFC, specifically the AFC West, had allowed the Chiefs back into the conversation.
The Run Game Complimented the Chiefs’ Offense
The running game complemented the passing game throughout the night. Darrel Williams had 11 carries for 43 yards averaging 3.9 yards per attempt. In addition, Jerick McKinnon carries three times for 26 yards averaging 8.7 per attempt. Derrick Gore, a fan favorite, got six touches for 19 yards averaging 3.2 per attempt.
The Chiefs’ offensive line played at an elite level versus an aggressive pass rush. Andrew Wylie clashed against his old college teammate all night Maxx Crosby. Not only did the superb offensive line factor into the run, but it also allowed Mahomes to dissect the Raiders’ defense. The Raiders unsuccessfully sacked Patrick Mahomes which speaks to the offensive line.
The Chiefs’ Receiving Played a Factor in the Win
The Chiefs were able to have tremendous success throwing the football. Travis Kelce caught eight passes for 119 yards averaging 14.9 per catch. Darrel Williams not only ran the football but caught nine passes for 101 yards averaging 11.2 yards. He would find the endzone as well. Tyreek Hill caught seven passes for 83 yards averaging 11.9 yards. His elusiveness and speed were apparent as he would find the endzone twice. Byron Pringle and rookie tight end Noah Gray also scored a touchdown through the air.
The Defense Continues to Get Better for the Chiefs
The Chiefs’ defense has progressively improved through the season. A big reason is we are seeing players get healthy. Another reason is players have become familiar with their roles and are excelling in those roles. The defense would post five tackles for a loss, have two sacks, six pass deflections, and five QB hits.
The secondary played well all evening as Rashad Fenton and L’Jarius Sneed stood out. Fenton would have four tackles, one pass deflection, and a forced fumble. Sneed would have six total tackles, one tackle for a loss, and one QB hit. The defense allowed Derek Carr to go 25-35 for 261 yards averaging 7.5 per pass attempt. He would throw two touchdowns and one interception.
A Team Win Makes Chiefs’ Fans Happy
The Kansas City Chiefs won every facet of this football game. From top to bottom, KC was prepared to play football, and for once, in 2021, it was apparent. From offense to defense and even special teams.
The Chiefs knew they were presented an opportunity and seized it. KC is now 6-4 atop the AFC West. The Chiefs also entered back into the playoff race. If the playoffs were to start today, they would have the No.4 seed. They are on a significant three-game win streak heading into a three-game home stretch. The first team in that slate is the 7-2 Dallas Cowboys.