Week 12 – Kansas City @ Oakland: Raiders’ black hole takes down Chiefs

In the NY Times preview for the game, the writer picked the Raiders: “this seems to contain all the ingredients of a classic trap game for Kansas City. Between home games against the participants in the most recent Super Bowl…short week.” Surely not.

Kansas City were on a five-game winning streak, equal leaders of the AFC West (7-3) with Denver and had a +70 points differential over the season.

The Raiders were 0-10, the worst record in the NFL with -113 points differential, last in average points scored per game (15.2) and last in rushing yards per game (63). The Raiders defense has been respectful this season. Since 2003 the Raiders have the worst winning percentage in the league, the most head coaches (8) and the most starting quarterbacks (18).

Then the game started and Carr gave the ball to Latavius Murray who had two touchdowns from four touches (112 yards), including a 90 yard run from the Oakland 10. Murray’s 112 yards from four carries were the most yards rushing since 1960 with five or fewer carries. Murray had only 10 carries in the first 10 games.

The Thursday Night Football crew were good enough to have a graphic to show how fast Murray was running on his way to the touchdown. It looked fast and it was fast even with the heavy rain.

Unfortunately Murray suffered a concussion and could not return to the game.

At halftime the Raiders were leading 14-3 and extended the lead to 17-3 towards the end of the third quarter. Two back-to-back touchdowns by the Chiefs either side of the three quarter break had the game tied at 17-17. Another competitive Raiders performance but another loss?

With nine minutes to go in the last quarter the Chiefs hit the lead (20-17) and looked like they could control the game. No one counted on the Raiders highlight of the season.

Starting at the Oakland 20, the Raiders had a 7 minute 21 second drive that made Carr look like Joe Montana. During the drive, at 4th and 1 on the Kansas City 43, Carr dived forward to secure the yard. The crowd went wild.

They were even louder when Carr passed the ball to James Jones for a touchdown with 1 min 42 secs left in the game (24-20). Jones must be embarrassed to be a Raider, as he is still wearing his Packers uniform in his photo on NFL.com. The Raiders 7 min 21 sec drive was the highlight of the season.

The Raiders roller-coaster did not stop. The NFL official game summary states: “3-6 Oakland 45 (:49) A.Smith sacked at KC48 for -7 yards. Timeout #1 Oakland” to give Chiefs a 4-13 at the Kansas City 48 with 28 seconds left.

After the sack by Sio Moore, he decided to celebrate the sack with Khalil Mack near the Kansas City 35 yard line. The problem was that the Chiefs were lining up to snap the ball at the Kansas City 48, creating a massive offside problem for the Raiders and a possible 5-yard penalty.

Raiders DE Justin Tuck, sensing a disaster, called a timeout just before Smith snapped the ball. Tuck has a Raiders uniform in his NFL.com photo.

On the next play the Chiefs had an incomplete pass. Raiders win (24-20 to go 1-10).

Raiders win. Raiders win. Raiders win. If the Raiders were in the NFC South they would only be three games out of top spot and a possible playoff spot (Atlanta and New Orleans are 4-6).

Nov 20
O.co Coliseum, Oakland CA (52,865)

Kansas City 0 3 7 10 – 20
Oakland 7 7 3 7 – 24

Passing: Alex Smith (KC), 234 yards, 2 TD
Rushing: Latavius Murray (OAK), 4 car, 112 yards
Receiving: Travis Kelce (KC), 4 rec, 67 yards
Pigskin Almanac “If the Raiders were in the NFC South” award: Latavius Murray (OAK)


Melbourne, Australia based NFL fan (real and fantasy). First memory of the NFL is Super Bowl XVI (49ers v Bengals) in 1982. For reasons that cannot be recalled now, commenced following the Oakland Raiders at that time. Has seen two American football games live: December 1985 UTEP v Wyoming at Waverley Park and 2013 at Melbourne University.


  1. Great report Greg. Carr looked like Montana – I assume with this comparison we’re talking about Montana in 2014 not in the 1980s?

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