Oct 12, 2020 2:44 PM

Chiefs defense struggles, mental mistakes down them in 40-32 loss to Raiders

Posted Oct 12, 2020 2:44 PM

-Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Patrick Mahomes has quickly earned a reputation for pulling off the seemingly impossible, whether it’s a no-look pass or a 70-yard heave or merely leading the Kansas City Chiefs to victory when all hope seems lost.

But it was the Chiefs’ inability to execute the simple stuff that hurt them against the Las Vegas Raiders. They blew coverages, were penalized at the most inopportune times and were unable to get the kind of crazy plays late in the games that have bailed them out in the past.

Derek  Carr was on point all game for the Raiders, dropping long passes into his wide receivers totaling 347 passing yards for 3 TDs.  Carr's only mistake on the day came near the end of the first quarter when on a 3rd and 1, Carr tried to find tight end Darren Waller and overthrew him, resulting in an interception from Bashaud Breeland, who was in his first game back from a four game suspension.

The Chiefs were able to contain standout running back Josh Jacobs early, but were unable to stop him late in the game.  Jacobs rushed for 77 yards and 2 TDs.  The Chiefs also struggled to contain backup running back Devontae Booker, who added 62 yards on the ground.

Mahomes did all he could to keep his team in the game, throwing for 340 yards and 3 TDs.  He did throw his first interception of the season in the fourth quarter, a pass intended for Travis Kelce.

The Chiefs unfortunately in this game lost left guard Kelechi Osemele  as the offensive lineman stumbled to the turf attempting to block for Patrick Mahomes as he left the pocket.  Osemele was carted off and later diagnosed as tearing tendons in both of his knees.  It's sure to be a long term injury for the veteran, however no outlook was given on the time frame of his recovery.

The Chiefs also lost Sammy Watkins, but saw Mecole Hardman and Byron Pringle step up in his place, to a hamstring injury.  There is also no timeline for his recovery at this time, but more could be known in the coming days.

Next up for the Chiefs, following the NFL reshuffling their schedule due to COVID-19 delayed games, the Chiefs will head to Buffalo for Monday Night Football to meet the Bills.  Kickoff is set at this time for 4 pm