The Oakland Raiders were absolutely no match for the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 13, as Patrick Mahomes & Co. left the field with a compelling 40-9 win to take their record to 8-4 on the year.
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Quarterback Patrick Mahomes looked sharp in this game, keeping several plays alive with his legs, including a scramble for a touchdown in the first half. He did put the ball at risk a couple of times, trying to make a big play when nothing was there. Other than that, he made a number of big-time throws, fit the ball into tight windows and used touch to get the ball over underneath defenders.
It was evident in this game that Travis Kelce remains Mahomes' favorite target as he was targeted a lot throughout the contest. He had a couple of drops early in the game but was able to get loose in the secondary to create a few explosive plays in the passing game. It was evident the Chiefs felt they had an advantage against the Raiders' linebackers and safeties while targeting Kelce.
The Chiefs spread out their defensive secondary snaps with the score so far out of hand. As for notable performances, Juan Thornhill made Derek Carr pay dearly for misreading his double-team coverage on Tyrell Williams by jumping a hitch route and recording a 46-yard pick-six.
Kansas City will be ecstatic to finally have a healthy Chris Jones on the field. Jones feasted on the Oakland offensive line, finding ways into the backfield on a wide collection of snaps. While he was only able to record one sack, he wrapped up Carr on another play just before he was able to cross the line of scrimmage, and he scored a handful of additional defensive stops throughout the contest.
Considering the outcome, naming an offensive standout is redundant. However, rookie running back Josh Jacobs ran hard and made the most with each of his touches. In addition to exceeding 100 yards on the ground, Jacobs punished defenders dialing in to bring him down with his exceptional burst and bruising strength.
Coming out of Georgia Tech as a wide receiver, Darren Waller — now a tight end — had a collection of scouts praising his abilities. While injuries delayed the expected display of those talents, Waller has quickly established himself as one of the most dangerous move tight ends in the league. He made an excellent grab down the left sideline on a back-shoulder go for a 24-yard gain on the Raiders’ first play of quarter two, with Charvarius Ward draped across his frame.
Maxx Crosby was one of the few bright spots on the Oakland defense in this game. He showed great quickness off the edge, disrupting the offense's rhythm a few times in the passing game.
Trayvon Mullen had a rough game in the Raiders' secondary. The Chiefs targeted the receiver he was covering multiple times, and he had a hard time with the speed and quickness of guys like Tyreek Hill. He also had a pass interference in the end zone, which seemed unnecessary as the Patrick Mahomes pass was way off target. His emotions also got the best of him at the end of the game with a personal foul that set up the final touchdown of the game.