Monday Night was a much closer game in the end than most thought it would be. The Raiders jumped to a 17-0 lead and were within one point twice. But in the end, that one point deficit was where it would stay and the Raiders would fall to 1-4 on the season.
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RB Josh Jacobs
Once again, Jacobs was running with a mission against a Chiefs Run D that was the best in the league coming into the game. Jacobs made mincemeat of that top ranked run D.
His mission was never more evident than early in the second quarter when he followed up a 13-yard run with a 21-yard run that ended with him plowing through the safety. Jacobs had already scored the Raiders’ previous TD from one yard out and those two runs set up the Raiders’ third score to go up 17-0.
Late in the third quarter, Jacobs followed up another 13-yard run — he created himself with a broken tackle — with a 37-yard run. The Raiders had long since lost the lead and the field goal off that run brought them back within one at 24-23.
Jacobs’s second TD of the game brought the Raiders back to being down one late at 30-29 before the failed two-point conversion. That’s where it remained on their final drive which started with a couple of Jacobs eight-yard runs; the second of which gave him a new career-high for a single game, breaking his previous mark (144) he set last week vs the Broncos.
His last run went for five yards on third-and-one, setting his new career-high at 154 yards. Unfortunately, the Raiders went away from him on their next third-and-one and fourth-and-one and the game was over on consecutive incompletions.
DE Max Crosby
Every play Crosby made was a big one. It started with a wicked inside spin move to get the sack to end the Chiefs’ first drive. The next drive he made a run stop for no gain and it ended with a missed field goal.
The second quarter featured Crosby’s second sack of the game. That one moved him into a tie for the league lead in sacks (6). Although it wasn’t enough to keep the Chiefs from scoring their first touchdown of the game.
After the Chiefs completed the comeback to go up 24-23, the Chiefs were back on offense looking to extend their lead. That drive started with Crosby making a run stop for a loss. The Chiefs would still get the touchdown, but on the two-point conversion attempt, the Condor would get pressure on Mahomes and get his long arms up to bat down his pass attempt.
DE Chandler Jones
For the first time this season, Crosby had some help from the other side. Jones didn’t manage to get his first sack as a Raider, but he put plenty of pressure on Mahomes from his side of the line and made some run stops as well.
Jones helped set up Crosby’s first sack with a run stop on first down and pressure resulting in an incompletion on second down. He then broke up a screen pass on the next drive and two plays later the Chiefs would miss a field goal attempt.
The third possession went three-and-out and it was all Jones. Starting with a run stop at the line and ending with a hit on Mahomes to force an incompletion.
Those efforts helped the Raiders build their 17-0 lead to start the game.
T Colton Miller
Miller didn’t give up any sacks or hits on Derek Carr and as far as I can tell, he didn’t give up any run stuff either. In addition, he had blocks on several Josh Jacobs runs including his first touchdown run and a 21-yard run in the second quarter that set up the Raiders’ third score.
FB Jacob Johnson
Doing a fine bit of lead blocking for Jacobs was his fullback, including leading the way for Jacobs’ 37-yard run in the third quarter.
WR Davante Adams
Derek Carr went bombs away to Adams several times in this game. The first one went for a 58-yard touchdown. The next two were underthrown and Adams came back for them, forcing a pass interference. The second of them happened in the end zone, setting up their second touchdown.
The next long ball was easily the best pass and catch between Carr and Adams since they became Raiders teammates. Adams got behind two Chiefs defenders and Carr placed it perfectly in his hands in-stride for a 48-yard touchdown.
It was the last two passes to Adams that ended the game. The first would likely have set up the potential game-winning field goal, but Adams did not finish the catch before stepping out of bounds. The final pass, Adams and Hunter Renfrow ran into each other. The pass was way long, but it wouldn’t have mattered considering Adams and Renfrow were on the ground. It was a terrible way to end an otherwise great day for Adams who had three catches for 124 yards and two touchdowns.
LB Divine Diablo
Deablo finished with a team-leading ten tackles. On the last two Chiefs drives alone, Deablo had three run stuffs, one for a loss. His last tackle helped lead to the Raiders stopping the Chiefs on their final drive and keeping them from just running the clock to give the Raiders offense one more shot.