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NFL Week 11 PFF ReFocused: Kansas City Chiefs 35, Las Vegas Raiders 31

Nov 22, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) throws a pass in the second half against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs took the Las Vegas Raiders’ best punches for four quarters and still took home the 35-31 win at Allegiant Stadium on Sunday Night Football.

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STORY OF THE GAME

Mahomes completed 34-of-45 passes for 348 yards, two touchdowns and one interception on the night, including a game-winning 22-yard strike to a wide-open Travis Kelce with 28 seconds left to play.

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr matched Mahomes’ efforts stride for stride before throwing an interception to safety Daniel Sorensen in a last-ditch effort to rally back from the four-point deficit with 19 seconds left in the ball game. He finished the contest with 23 completions from 31 attempts for 275 yards, three touchdowns and the Sorensen interception. Carr should finish PFF’s grading reviews with one of the best single-game grades of any quarterback in Week 11.

Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire averaged nearly five yards per carry en route to a 69-yard, two-touchdown performance on the ground. He punched in an early score from the goal line and then another from 14 yards out in the third quarter.

Neither defense stood out for the right reasons. Barring significant changes in PFF’s grading reviews, no defensive player on either side will finish the contest with a PFF grade above 80.0.

Raiders’ Kolton Miller and Darren Waller — in addition to Carr — will leave the losing effort with high PFF grades. Miller had very few blips in pass protection and was a force in the run game, and Waller recorded an impressive seven receptions for 88 yards and a touchdown.

ROOKIE WATCH

As mentioned above, rookie Edwards-Helaire was a standout performer for KC on the night. Fellow rookie Willie Gay Jr., on the other hand, turned in an ugly performance across his 31 defensive snaps. He had multiple miscues in coverage and failed to show up as an impact player against the Raiders’ rushing attack.

Raiders rookie wide receivers Henry Ruggs III and Bryan Edwards combined for 6 receiving yards on three targets. Ruggs also had a 12-yard rush on an end-around in the second half.

Damon Arnette, a first-round rookie out of Ohio State, allowed more than 100 receiving yards into his coverage on first review. That number may drop once the All-22 is analyzed, but his performance was still one to forget outside of his two forced incompletions.

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