The Good: That Opening Drive
Outside of that opening drive, there really isn’t a whole lot we can highlight in the “good” section of this article. But hey, those weeks are going to happen, right?
That opening drive truly was a thing of beauty. Of course, it helped to have a 50 yard kickoff return from Jalen Richard set the Raiders up at the Kansas City 46 to start the drive. Having a short field is going to be advantageous to an offense.
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With a couple of short runs by DeAndre Washington mixed in, Carr completed passes of eleven, nineteen, and eleven yards to Amari Cooper to rapidly take the team down the field. They seemed to have the Kansas City defense back on their heels and running to catch up with this explosive Raiders offense.
Carr looked to be in complete command of the offense and everything seemed to be clicking. After the Raiders put seven on the Chiefs to open the game, there was a sense that this offense was ready to go and they were going to put a lot of points on the board against a Chiefs defense that looked somewhat overmatched. Oakland’s quick start out of the gates seemed like a good omen for the rest of the game.
Yeah, that feeling didn’t last very long but that opening drive was crisp, sharp, and everything we’ve come to expect from Oakland’s dynamic offensive unit.