The Oakland Raiders returned home to a soggy field at the Coliseum to host their AFC West rival Kansas City Chiefs Sunday afternoon.
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid is always tough after a bye week, and that continued to be the case as he called a brilliant game en route to a 26-10 win against the Raiders, giving him a 16-2 career record after a bye.
Undrafted rookie kickoff returner Jalen Richard got the Raiders off to a quick start, bringing out the opening kickoff 50 yards to give Derek Carr and the offense a short field to work with starting on the Chiefs 46-yard line.
Like last week, Carr got his second-year wide receiver going early as he connected with Amari Cooper four times on the opening drive getting his squad down to the Chiefs three-yard line. Unlike last week when the Raiders failed to convert in the red zone, Carr found receiver Andre Holmes in the end zone to put the Raiders up 7-to-0 early.
Ken Norton, Jr.'s squad has been strong in the first quarter all year long and got off to another quick start Sunday. Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith couldn't get anything going on the first drive as Khalil Mack recorded his second sack of the season and forced a punt.
Carr and the offense couldn't keep the momentum going as he encountered a familiar foe on his second drive. Facing pressure, Carr threw a ball up for grabs to Michael Crabtree but Oakland-native and now Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters hauled in his fifth interception of the season.
Smith and the Chiefs offense took advantage of the added possession as they exposed the Raiders defense with a 10-play drive that culminated in a touchdown run by Spencer Ware to tie up the score.
As we've seen so much this year, penalties from the offensive line brought a halt to the Raiders next offensive drive after a holding call on Kelechi Osemele. Instead, the Raiders were forced to attempt a 52-yard field goal that Sebastian Janikowski missed wide-left.
The wet field proved to make kicking difficult as Chiefs kicker Cairo Santos missed an extra point on the ensuing drive, making the score 13-7.
Janikowski's missed field goal would lead to Del Rio's gamble on the next drive when he faced a 4th and 5 and elected to go for it instead of using Janikowski. But Carr's magic on fourth down didn't last as he threw the ball incomplete to Seth Roberts, turning the ball over on downs.
The Chiefs looked like they were going to add on another field goal just before the half, but Santos missed another one from 38 yards out.
With just 25 seconds remaining on the clock and only one timeout, Carr was able to get a couple of more points on the board. After finding tight end Clive Walford for 20 yards, he wisely got his offense up to the line of scrimmage quickly to spike the ball with just one second on the clock and giving Janikowski one last chance. The veteran kicker connected this time, from 46 yards out to bring the Raiders deficit to just 13-to-10 at halftime.
The Raiders halftime adjustments didn't work out as the Chiefs promptly drove the opening series into the Raiders red zone. After a failed end-around, Reid went back to his bag of tricks as Smith found defensive tackle Dontari Poe for the touchdown to put the Chiefs up 20-10 early in the third quarter.
Things got ugly quickly for the Raiders as the Raiders went three-and-out and Chiefs punt returner Tyreek Hill took the punt back 50 yards to the Raiders 36-yard line. The Chief's perfect play-calling continued as Smith threw the ball back across his body to Ware who took it down to the Raiders six-yard line. The Raiders got the stop they needed, but the Chiefs still tacked on a field goal to extend their lead.
With the offense continuing to stall, the Chiefs kept going to their running back stable to wear down the Raiders defense while also running precious time off the clock. Smith made things tougher for the Raiders with a five minute drive that added another field goal, making it 26-to-10 with just 9:51 on the clock.
Looking to get back into the scoring position for the first time in the second half, the Carr drove his offense to the Chiefs red zone in seven plays. Facing a 2nd and 10 and looking to make something happen, Carr tucked the ball and scrambled but fumbled the ball back to the Chiefs.
The Chiefs would run the clock out for the remainder of the game as they won by a final score of 26-to-10, dropping the Raiders to 4-2 on the year.
The Raiders head out on the road for a tough two-week road trip in Florida, taking on the Jaguars next week and then the Buccaneers the week after. They'll stay in Florida and practice there instead of flying back and forth.