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FSM Recap: Raiders vs Chiefs – Game 12 – 2023

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Las Vegas Raiders (5-7) | Kansas City Chiefs (8-3)

 

It was the Raiders vs Chiefs at Allegiant Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The Raiders gave the Super Bowl champs everything they could handle but fell short in the end.

It was the Raiders vs Chiefs on Sunday.

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The Raiders took on the Chiefs at Allegiant Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Despite jumping to a 14-0 lead, the Raiders’ offense slowed down, and their defense couldn’t stop Patrick Mahomes and the explosive Kansas City offense as they ended up beating Las Vegas 31–17.

Interim head coach Antonio Pierce has done a great job restoring culture, faith, and the Raider way with the team. They come out well-prepared, and they seem to be playing for each other. The team also seems to respect his leadership and has bought into him. That’s a far cry from former head coach Josh McDaniels. 

But, just like the other games the team has lost under his leadership, they seem to have struggled with in-game adjustments. Sometimes, it seems the team doesn’t have answers to the opposing team’s adjustments. This is a sign of head coaching inexperience, and that’s not a slight against Pierce, but rather something he should probably address should he land the job permanently.

On Sunday, the team came out hot, firing on all cylinders, which got the crowd at Allegiant Stadium riled up into a frenzy. But as the game went on, and the Raiders started to fizzle out, so did the fans. The Chiefs had more bullets than the Raiders, but the Las Vegas went down swinging and put up a hell of a fight. 

No, I think every game has a different process and a way to win. This one, we didn’t blink. I mean, I don’t think you just jump up 14 nothing if you weren’t going to be aggressive and feel that way. I think we knew early on we could run the ball with Josh [Jacobs]. We did that. We knew we had a great opportunity there with Tae [Davante Adams] on the outside, and we took advantage of that,Pierce said after the game.

And then every game is going to come to a point where the offense stalls, and then how do you rebound from that? And what we’re struggling with right now is just rebounding from those dry moments, and you see them, it’s very evident in the game. Either negative play on the second down or on a third down conversion where we have a concept or a play that we like, and we’re not hitting it. 

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Raiders vs Chiefs – 1st Quarter:

It was the start of the Raiders vs Chiefs first quarter. 

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Rookie quarterback Aidan O’Connell got off to a hot start for the Silver and Black. On his first series, he led the red on a nine-play, 75-yard drive capped off with an 18-yard touchdown pass to Jakobi Meyers. 

On the Chiefs’ next possession, the Raider defense stepped up, forcing them to punt after only three plays and giving up no yards. But the first missed opportunity for the Raiders took place in their next series.

After a 14-play, 69-yard drive, Daniel Carlson missed a 30-yard field goal, and the Chiefs took over.

But the Silver and Black defense, once again, stepped up, forcing the Chiefs to punt yet again. 

It was the end of the Raiders vs Chiefs first quarter. 

Raiders vs Chiefs – 2nd Quarter:

The start of the Raiders vs Chiefs second quarter. 

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This time, the Raiders offense scored quickly when Josh Jacobs took a handoff and went 63 yards to pay dirt to give Las Vegas a 14–0 lead. Allegiant Stadium was rocking, the Black Hole was in a frenzy, and this was exactly the start they had hoped for.

But on the Chiefs’ next possession, they showed why they’re defending Super Bowl champions. Isaiah Pacheco scored on a 1-yard run to cap off a 12-play, 71-yard drive to cut the Raiders lead in half to 17–14. 

Just before halftime, Patrick Mahomes led a 79-yard drive as he hit Justin Watson for a 3-yard touchdown to tie the game at 14. 

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Raiders vs Chiefs – 3rd Quarter:

It was the start of the Raiders vs Chiefs third quarter. 

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The Chiefs got the ball to start the second half and promptly drove 75 yards on ten plays with another Pacheco touchdown to take a 21–14 lead. Both teams punted on their next possession as their defenses stepped up.

Maxx Crosby, playing after a short stint in the hospital, showed why he’s one of the NFL’s best defensive players. Not only did his attempt to play motivate his teammates and show leadership, but he also ended up sacking Mahomes. 

Could the Raiders use Crosby’s play as a spark to help them come back to beat their bitter rivals?

They would need a big fourth quarter to make that happen.

It was the end of the Raiders vs Chiefs third quarter. 

Raiders vs Chiefs – 4th Quarter:

The start of the Raiders vs Chiefs fourth quarter. 

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But no sooner than the Raiders kicked their field goal, the Chiefs went on a six-play, 75-yard drive.  It was capped off with Rashee Rice catching a 39-yard touchdown pass from Mahomes to give the Chiefs a 28–17 lead.

The Raiders‘ offense could not get going in the second half yet again. With both teams, offenses struggling in the fourth quarter, the last remaining points were a field goal from Harrison Butker from 32 yards to cap off the scoring for the day at 31–17, Kansas City.

On the day, Aidan O’Connell was 23–33 for 248 yards and one touchdown. Josh Jacobs had 110 yards rushing on 20 carries in a touchdown, and Davante Adams had five catches for 73 yards. Jakobi Meyers also had six catches for 79 yards and a TD. 

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The Raiders have a bye next week but will be back at home to take on the Minnesota Vikings on December 10th. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. Thanks for visiting FranchiseSportsMedia.com for your Las Vegas Sports news today.

 

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