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Chiefs Rise to Occasion to Defeat Raiders

On Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs met the Oakland Raiders for an AFC West showdown. With both teams coming off a loss the week before, there was a real sense of intrigue to see which team could reverse their fortunes. On the back of their first solid offensive performance in weeks and solid defensive work in the second half, the Chiefs defeated the Raiders 31-17.

The Raiders jumped out to an early lead, with rookie QB Aidan O’Connell completing a pass over the middle to Jakobi Meyers for an early lead. Josh Jacobs reminded everyone why he was a favorite for the rushing crown early in the season, breaking free for a 63-yeard touchdown run early in the 2nd quarter. Jacobs became the first 100+ yard rusher that the Chiefs have allowed in recent weeks, in large part due to that breakaway.

The Chiefs wouldn’t be counted out, with Isiah Pacheco rushing up the gut on 3rd and 1 to claw back their first score. With 30 seconds in the half, Partick Mahomes would find receiver Justin Watson for a short touchdown to tie the game.

The Chiefs would take their first lead of the game with another touchdown rush by Pacheco before Raiders kicker Daniel Carlson would nail a field goal after missing one earlier in the game. The Chiefs would then extend their lead with a drag route that recent standout Rasheed Rice would take 39 yards to the house. The Chiefs would take over on downs at the Raiders 17 to allow kicker Harrison Butker to make a field goal to end the scoring with 3 minutes left in the game.

The Chiefs' offensive line allowed one sack to Raiders defensive end Maxx Crosby, whereas the Chiefs also had one sack thanks to defensive end George Karlaftis. The Chiefs head into their next matchup 8-3, with their Sunday night matchup against the Green Bay Packers, which appears to be a must-watch game. The Raiders fall to 5-7, and will look to stop recent NFL success story Josh Dobbs when they host the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.

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