Sunday Night Football: Patrick Mahomes throws five TDs, Chiefs beat Raiders 41-14

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If someone told you on Oct. 24 that in three games the Chiefs would have sole ownership of first place in the AFC West, would you have believed them?

Even the most ardent fans in Kansas City may have taken issue with that prediction. But first place is where the Chiefs find themselves after winning their last three games, including a 41-14 victory over the Raiders on Sunday Night Football.

Quarterback Patrick Mahomes played his best game of 2021, completing 35-of-50 passes for 406 yards with five touchdowns and no picks, recording a season-high in yards and matching his season-high in touchdowns.

Tight end Travis Kelce led the Chiefs with 119 yards on eight catches. Running back Darrell Williams also had 101 yards on nine catches — including a 38-yard touchdown he caught over safety Jonathan Abram in the fourth quarter. And receiver Tyreek Hill put together seven receptions for 83 yards with a pair of TDs.

Though the Chiefs took a 17-7 lead into halftime, the Raiders quickly scored a touchdown on their opening drive of the second half to make it 17-14.

But it was all Kansas City from there.

Tight end Noah Gray scored for the first time in his career, catching a 1-yard touchdown in the third quarter. Then receiver DeSean Jackson fumbled his first reception as a Raider, giving Kansas City an extra possession that the club turned into a field goal.

Up 27-14 at the start of the fourth quarter, the Chiefs added Williams’ 38-yard score and a 22-yard touchdown from Mahomes to receiver Byron Pringle to put the game out of reach.

The Raiders had a chance to add a cosmetic touchdown late in the final period. But Derek Carr’s completion to tight end Darren Waller in the end zone was negated by a holding penalty.

On fourth-and-goal, Carr’s pass to Hunter Renfrow was batted down for a turnover on downs.

After starting the season hot, Carr has fallen into a rut. With his team down 27-14 in the third quarter, Carr tossed a poor interception when he heaved the ball up toward the middle of the field as he was getting hit. Safety Daniel Sorensen, who has given up several plays this season, was there to catch it for a takeaway.

Carr finished the game 25-of-35 passing for 261 yards with a pair of touchdowns and the interception.

Las Vegas was just 1-of-9 on third down and had 15 first downs. Kansas City finished with 516 yards, 29 first downs, and 9-of-15 on third down.

With the loss, the Raiders are 5-4 and will stay home next week for a date with the 5-4 Bengals.

At 6-4, the first-place Chiefs have a big game against the Cowboys at home in Week 11.

28 responses to “Sunday Night Football: Patrick Mahomes throws five TDs, Chiefs beat Raiders 41-14

  1. Hey Raiders, nice of you to give KC a mid-season “pre-season” type game. We really appreciates your complete lack of effort that might just get KC back on track. Signed… the rest of the league.

  2. So glad to see the NFL has figured out Patrick, someone should tell the Raiders. AFC West first place, all alone! How do you doubt Patrick?

  3. The final score looked bad, and Mahomes looked like his old self again, but the Raiders looked like they were about to make it a 21-24 ballgame when DeSean Jackson fumbled. The Raiders came out of the locker room after halftime and drove the length of the field, getting all receivers involved. Brian Edwards was making lots of big plays, and Zay Jones and Renfrow were all starting to get in sync when Jackson fumbled. That turned the whole game around, and the Raiders could never climb back in it after that.

  4. Chiefs run game has been just good enough to keep defenses on their heels giving Mahomes more options. Pretty impressive considering CEH hasn’t played in the last 3 wins and the Chiefs have a practice squad player as their #2 back.

  5. EVERYONE was tossing dirt on the Chiefs grave and trumpeting how Vegas was going to curb stomp Kansas City, for the last week.

    Now…

    crickets

  6. dddfam says:
    November 14, 2021 at 11:48 pm
    So glad to see the NFL has figured out Patrick, someone should tell the Raiders. AFC West first place, all alone! How do you doubt Patrick?

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    Lol. Yea the final stats look great but the difference is only about 3 plays. Patrick threw a couple of passes that hit the Raiders defensive backs in both hands that were dropped and they turned into TDs at the end of their drives.

    Also, the DJax fumble is perplexing. He caught the bomb from Carr in stride and had a clear path to the end zone. After he caught he turned away from the end zone back into the dbacks who then stripped the ball. I don’t understand why he didn’t just run in for the uncontested TD.

  7. The impressive thing is how the KC defense has played the last few weeks. If they can continue to build on that momentum, it was only a matter of time before the offense started to click again.

  8. Wow … the refs called 27 penalties on the Chiefs in the 3 previous games and they struggled but against the Raiders the refs decided not to call holding on the Chiefs OL and the Chiefs looked like SB champs.
    I guess Gruden suing Rodger and the NFL has a price.

  9. The Chiefs didn’t get the real Raiders tonight, and believe me,they’ll remember Andy Reid trying to run up the score on them!

  10. did the chiefs get lucky and just play 3 underperfoming teams in a row?
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    we will find out next week when kansas city hosts the cowboys.
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  11. What a horrible display from the Raiders. Last 2 weeks we had the Cheifs figured out right? Now they’re world beaters.

  12. People will focus on the 5 touchdowns from Mahomes, however the Chiefs defense once again forces multiple turnovers. They do not get enough credit for their improvement. I know it sounds like a broken record, but those 5 tds were accompanied by 4 potential picks being dropped. Chiefs are starting to come around the Raiders I’d say are finished in the division it will be between the Chargers and Chiefs.

  13. eagleswin says:
    November 15, 2021 at 12:18 am

    dddfam says:
    November 14, 2021 at 11:48 pm
    So glad to see the NFL has figured out Patrick, someone should tell the Raiders. AFC West first place, all alone! How do you doubt Patrick?

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    Lol. Yea the final stats look great but the difference is only about 3 plays. Patrick threw a couple of passes that hit the Raiders defensive backs in both hands that were dropped and they turned into TDs at the end of their drives.

    Also, the DJax fumble is perplexing. He caught the bomb from Carr in stride and had a clear path to the end zone. After he caught he turned away from the end zone back into the dbacks who then stripped the ball. I don’t understand why he didn’t just run in for the uncontested TD.

    *******

    Hate to let you in on this little piece of insider knowledge but the vast majority of the games at every level are decided by a handful of plays regardless of the score.

  14. I wonder when Raider fans will start to realize that the team is a dumpster fire and the only way to fix the problem would be stop giving the team money until new ownership takes control. If you look at this year alone, you see massive dysfunction. Drafting has been a joke with almost every first round pick being a bust or worse. In fact, their 2020 draft may be the worst in NFL history. We don’t need to get into the joke coach hiring decisions that have been made over the last 20 years and their front office is mostly gone as several people resigned because they were embezzling money. The NFL needs to force a sale or the fans need to stop supporting the team which will force a sale because I can guarantee that this season is over already.

  15. It’s time for an agonizing reappraisal of the Raiders situation. First off, they must somehow get this O-Line to play better, way too many mistakes on their end. Second, the defense needs to tackle better than they did last night, especially in the run stop department. Now here’s a thought that might not be too popular with Raider Nation. BENCH DEREK CARR!!!! He is a false prophet and cannot be trusted when he’s under pressure. He wilts like a flower. Time to bring in Mariota and see if he can help salvage this disaster of a season.

  16. Everybody saying the Desean Jackson was the turning point conveniently forget the punt fumbled by Hughes deep in KC territory , which the raiders capitalized on. That becomes a possible 7 to 14 point swing.

  17. “One game doesn’t mean he’s back”. I agree, Desean Jackson has a lot to do to makeup for that boneheaded fumble. It’s funny the raiders thought he was going somehow hide the fraudulence of the entire team. Also, how’d you like the 3rd string RT completely shutting down Crosby?

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