Anytime the Kansas City Chiefs and the Las Vegas Raiders meet up on the football field, you know it is personal for the two fanbases. The players may not always see it that way, but yesterday was a different story. Defensive end Yannick Ngakoue rallied the Raiders at centerfield on the arrowhead logo. Many fans took to social media voicing their displeasures. Whether the Chiefs players witnessed the act of disrespect or not, it would appear they came ready to play.
Arrowhead was filled with Chiefs Kingdom, and the crowd was gifted the ability to witness a complete and utter one-sided affair. A similar game when the Chiefs would rout the Raiders 41-14. The Raiders would meltdown from the first offensive play. Defensive tackle Jarran Reed would punch the ball away from running back Josh Jacobs as cornerback Mike Hughes would scoop and score to break the 0-0 tie.
According to ESPN, Patrick Mahomes said this about the Raiders disrespect,
"“You don’t want people coming into your stadium and trying to disrespect things you’ve built,” Mahomes said. “So for us, there was a little more motivation to go against a really good football team that we have a rivalry against.”"
The Kansas City Chiefs Offense Is Back?
The real question, is Kansas City finding their groove on offense? This is now twice this team has dismantled the Raiders. So the real question is, are the Raiders an embarrassing football team, or are the Chiefs finding their rhythm as they head into one of the biggest games of the season?
Patrick Mahomes led the offense by throwing two touchdowns, which we have not witnessed in nearly a month. He would finish 20-out-of-24 for 258 yards with zero turnovers. The ground game was highlighted by Clyde Edwards-Helaire scoring two touchdowns and Derrick Gore snapping off a 51-yard touchdown. The fans were ecstatic to see wide receiver Josh Gordon catch his first touchdown in a KC uniform. The offense played good football and is a great sign heading into a Thursday Night showdown against AFC West opponent the Los Angeles Chargers.
Is the Chiefs Defense Good Enough to Win a Super Bowl?
The defense has been stellar for weeks. At the beginning of the season, they could not stop a nose bleed now they are one of the most feared units in the league. The defense was swarming opposing quarterback Derek Carr. The defense would issue four sacks and, 1.5 of those sacks came from Alex Okafor. They would force five turnovers, four fumbles, and an interception. Mike Hughes led the defense with nine total tackles, two forced fumbles, and a touchdown. The defense is going to make it hard for opposing teams to win against this Chiefs’ football team.
Chiefs Play the Chargers on Thursday Night
The next game could be the most significant on the Chiefs’ schedule. Kansas City will head to Los Angeles to take on the Chargers on Thursday night. With the AFC in such turmoil, this could have implications on getting the No.1 seed.