Chiefs Offense Awakens In Blowout Win Over The Raiders: Week Ten

November 15, 2021

After defeating the Green Bay Packers last week, the Kansas City Chiefs were under the lights in primetime against the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday Night Football. The Kansas City offense that people have become accustomed to returned to form in a dominant 41-14 victory.

Going back to last week, you got the sense that the offense started to click on the game-clinching drive against the Packers. On the first drive, Chiefs fans saw a familiar sight with quarterback Patrick Mahomes completing a pass with his left hand. Even though it was the opening drive and a three and out, it foreshadowed that Mahomes might have a big game.

That is exactly what the former NFL MVP had. That opening drive punt was the only one on the night. Mahomes finished the game 35/50 for 406 yards and five touchdown passes. He lit up the Raiders secondary and put the league on notice that he is still the best.

Along with Mahomes, his two favorite targets were all over the field. Star wide receiver Tyreek Hill had seven receptions for 83 yards and two touchdowns. Additionally, All-Pro tight end Travis Kelce caught eight passes for 119 yards. The dynamic and dangerous trio was on point and lethal.

Kansas City followed that lone punt with an 11-play, 89-yard drive. The offense capped off the drive with a Mahomes touchdown pass to Hill to take a 7-0 lead.

The Chiefs defense forced a punt on the ensuing Raider drive, but cornerback Mike Hughes fumbled on the punt return and gave the ball back to Vegas. They would take advantage of the special teams miscue as Derek Carr connected with Hunter Renfrow for a game-tying touchdown.

However, that tie didn’t last long as the KC offense went on a 10-play drive to regain the lead, capped off by a Harrison Butker field goal. The Chiefs weren’t done yet in the first half.

The defense forced another punt, and the Chiefs drove down the field. Head coach Andy Reid put it all out there, going for it on fourth down inside the Vegas five-yard line. The Chiefs converted and finished the drive with a second touchdown pass from Mahomes to Hill.

Kansas City had a chance to extend the lead before half, but a rare missed field goal by Butker kept the score at 17-7 going into the break.

The Raiders drove down the field to open the second half and scored on a 37-yard touchdown pass from Carr to Bryan Edwards. However, the Chiefs responded.

After driving down the field, the Chiefs converted on fourth down inside the Raiders five-yard line. This time, it was a touchdown pass to rookie Noah Gray. His first NFL score as the Chiefs regained a 10 point lead.

Coming into Sunday night’s matchup, the Chiefs’ defense has been playing a lot better. That trend continued as they forced back-to-back turnovers in the third quarter. A forced fumble by Rashad Fenton and interception by Daniel Sorensen led to the Chiefs opening the game up.

The defense also brought the pressure to Carr, recording two sacks and five QB hits. Along with the pressure, the defense had six pass breakups and five tackles for loss.

Later in the third, Mahomes pulled a “Mahomes Magic” throw as he connected with Darrel Williams for a 38-yard touchdown. Mahomes evaded pressure, threw the ball on the run and across his body as Williams mossed Johnathan Abram.

Before the end of the game, Mahomes would throw one more touchdown to Byron Pringle to cap off a monstrous performance.

In the previous three weeks, the offense scored a total of 36 points. On Sunday, the offense exploded for 41 points. For the first time this season, the Chiefs had over 500 yards offense.

With the win, Mahomes extends his winning streak to 11 games on the road against divisional opponents. Overall, he is 11-0 and has the third-longest streak of games since the 1970 merger. He also became the fourth quarterback ever to have three games of 400 passing yards and five touchdowns.

The Chiefs take over at the top of the AFC West with the victory and are back in the playoff picture.

Next week, the Chiefs host the Dallas Cowboys in America’s Game of the Week on Fox.