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NFL Week 10 Game Recap: Kansas City Chiefs 41, Las Vegas Raiders 14

Paradise, Nevada, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Darrel Williams (31) celebrates with quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) and tight end Noah Gray (83) and wide receiver Demarcus Robinson (11) and wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) after making a catch for a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas City Chiefs returned to form in week 10, blowing out the Las Vegas Raiders 41-14 to secure control of first place in the AFC West.

Kansas City’s offense was electric from the opening snap, putting on a vintage performance as they improved to 6-4. Las Vegas falls to 5-4 and into third place in the division.

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Kansas City Chiefs


Patrick Mahomes finally appeared to turn a corner in Sunday’s victory, going 35-of-50 for 406 yards, five touchdowns and zero interceptions. After struggling against two-high looks for the better part of the season, Mahomes carved the Raiders up with check-downs and quick breaking routes. 

The former MVP operated efficiently, registering his highest adjusted completion percentage (82.2%) and passer rating (127.6) since Week 4.

Mahomes still struggled to generate consistent chunk plays tonight, completing just three of his eight attempts over 20 yards downfield, but his work in the intermediate range can serve as a valuable stepping stone for the coming weeks. 

Mahomes: Passing by target depth

Target Depth Comp./Att. Yds. Adj. Comp. % TDs
Behind L.O.S 13/14 105 92.9% 0
Short (1-9 yards) 14/17 144 94.1% 2
Medium (10-19) 5/6 65 83.3% 1
Long (20+) 3/8 92 37.5% 2
Running Backs

Darrel Williams had possibly his finest game of the season, amassing 144 total yards and a touchdown on 20 touches. His nine receptions and 101 receiving yards were both new career highs, as he displayed exceptional body control with a 38-yard touchdown reception early in the fourth quarter.

Williams also exhibited some impressive shiftiness, forcing a position-high three missed tackles.

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

Tight end Travis Kelce shook off a handful of subpar performances — by his standards, at least — to submit his first 100-plus-yard night since Week 3, finishing with a team-high 119 yards on eight catches. He remained Mahomes' primary target in the game’s biggest moments, picking up seven first downs to lead all pass-catchers.

Wide receiver Tyreek Hill drew a game-high 10 targets, hauling in seven for 83 yards and two touchdowns. Las Vegas had few answers for Hill when the ball was in his hands, as his 35 yards after the catch led all wide receivers.

Offensive Line

Kansas City’s offensive line thrived in Sunday’s victory, conceding just nine pressures and zero sacks while facilitating a Chiefs rushing attack that averaged 3.8 yards per carry.

Starters Creed Humphrey, Joe Thuney and Orlando Brown Jr. submitted exceptional performances in pass protection, as all three left with a clean slate in pass protection on first review.

Defensive Line

The Chiefs' defensive line wreaked havoc early and often Sunday, totaling 11 pressures and two sacks in the rout. Interior defender Jarran Reed paced the unit with three pressures, converting one of them into a sack.

Player Pass-rushing snaps Total pressures Sacks 
Frank Clark 28 2 0
Chris Jones 27 3 0
Tershawn Wharton 21 0 0
Michael Danna 19 0 0
Jarran Reed 18 3 1
Alex Okafor 15 0 0
Derrick Nnadi 12 2 1
Melvin Ingram III 12 1 0


Kansas City linebackers combined for 15 tackles in the win, and they were led by Anthony Hitchens, who collected five. The group was less proficient in coverage, as they allowed five receptions from five targets for 66 yards and a touchdown.


The Chiefs' secondary performed admirably in Sunday’s victory, limiting the big play while functionally eliminating the Raiders' No. 1 receiving threat, tight end Darren Waller.

Safety Tyrann Mathieu drew a team-high six targets, conceding five receptions for 79 yards. The former All-Pro was also responsible for one of the unit’s four forced incompletions.

Player Coverage snaps  Receptions allowed/Targets Yards allowed Passer rating allowed
Juan Thornhill 39 0/2 0 39.6
Rashad Fenton 36 1/2 5 56.3
L’Jarius Sneed 28 6/6 51 102.1
Tyrann Mathieu 25 5/6 79 118.8
Charvarius Ward 16 2/2 28 158.3
Armani Watts 15 2/2 4 79.2
Chris Lammons 11 2/3 17 81.3

Las Vegas Raiders


Derek Carr finished with 261 yards through the air on Sunday, completing 25-of-35 attempts with two touchdowns and one interception. 

Carr struggled to work the ball into the deeper parts of the field and threw the ball just 7.7 yards downfield on average. The eighth-year signal-caller was especially susceptible to pressure in Sunday’s loss, completing just four of his eight attempts while registering two turnover-worthy plays.

Carr now has five turnover-worthy plays in his last two contests, a stark contrast from his early-season performances that saw him register just six turnover-worthy plays across the Raiders’ first seven games.

Carr: Passing by target depth

Target Depth Comp./Att. Yds. Adj. Comp. % TDs
Behind L.O.S 8/9 26 88.9% 0
Short (1-9) 11/12 81 91.7% 0
Medium (10-19) 4/6 79 66.7% 1
Long (20+) 2/4 75 50% 1
Running Backs

The game script forced Las Vegas to abandon the run early in Sunday’s contest, as Josh Jacobs collected just 16 rushing yards on a team-high seven carries. He was slightly more effective as a pass-catcher, catching each of his five targets for 20 yards.

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

Wide receiver Bryan Edwards supplied the highlight of the night for Raiders fans, catching a 37-yard touchdown pass on a well-executed seam route to bring Las Vegas within three early in the third quarter. It was one of just three catches for Edwards Sunday, as he led all Raiders pass-catchers with 88 yards receiving in the defeat.

Tight end Darren Waller was mostly neutralized in the defeat, catching just four of his seven targets for 24 yards. Sunday represented Waller’s lowest receiving total so far this year by a wide margin, as he had registered at least 45 yards in each game this season.

Offensive Line

The Raiders’ offensive line was not at its best Sunday, as the group surrendered 14 total pressures and two sacks in the loss. Starting left guard John Simpson was the group’s poorest performer, conceding a unit-high four pressures and one sack in the defeat.

Defensive Line

Las Vegas’ defensive line struggled to make an impact up front in Sunday’s defeat, registering just nine pressures as a unit while conceding 2.1 yards before contact to Kansas City ball carriers. Edge rusher Maxx Crosby was responsible for over half of the group’s pressures, as he led all defenders with five pressures.

Player Pass-rushing snaps Total pressures Sacks 
Maxx Crosby 39 5 0
Yannick Ngakoue 39 1 0
Quinton Jefferson 34 2 0
Solomon Thomas 26 1 0


Raiders linebackers totaled 19 tackles in the loss, paced by Denzel Perryman who led all defenders with 11. The unit was picked apart in coverage, surrendering nine receptions on 12 targets for 74 yards and three first downs.


Las Vegas’ secondary allowed 26 receptions on 33 targets for 333 yards and five touchdowns in the defeat. Safety Johnathan Abram struggled to hold his own in coverage, conceding receptions on each of his game-high 10 targets for 134 yards and two touchdowns.

Player Coverage snaps  Receptions allowed/Targets Yards allowed Passer rating allowed
Trevon Moehrig 50 1/2 11 66.7
Johnathan Abram 50 10/10 134 158.3
Nate Hobbs 49 5/6 56 105.6
Casey Hayward Jr. 49 1/4 8 39.6
Brandon Facyson 44 5/7 87 153.0
Dallin Leavitt 20 3/3 29 106.9
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