Raiders: Notes from Week 13 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs

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Two tough losses in-a-row for the Oakland Raiders as they now drop to 6-6 on the season. What seems to be wrong with this team and how can they get recover?

Man oh man have the Oakland Raiders been in a funk these past two weeks!

They got slaughtered by the lowly New York Jets last week out of nowhere and now they get butchered at Arrowhead by the Kansas City Chiefs 40-9 with a total of one touchdown and 12 points across these last two games.

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Let’s try to figure out what’s going on with these guys.

They lost here to the Chiefs, but we expected that, didn’t we? After all, the Chiefs were coming off a bye and they had a lot to make up for the previous few weeks looking as feeble as they did, even in victories.

Simply put, the Chiefs got a week off to get healthy and reset their batteries to unload a 40 burger on their division rivals this week.

What’s really concerning is the lack of offense we’ve seen out of the Raiders in these past two games.

And considering the two defenses they’ve had to go up against, it’s even more alarming that they’ve only mustered up 12 points against the Jets’ and Chiefs’ defenses, which are both towards the bottom of the league in most defensive categories.

What I believe has happened is what I thought was the case three weeks ago when the Raiders took down Philip Rivers and the Los Angeles Chargers on that Thursday night game.

At that time, they had officially burst on to the scene and into playoff contention out of nowhere. They had knocked off the Indianapolis Colts on the road, dominated the Chicago Bears in London, and the Detroit Lions at home to bring their record to 4-4 going into the Chargers game.

For a team that was supposed to be a trainwreck after all they went through in the preseason, .500 ball was more than exceeding expectations. At that point, I thought the rest of the league would catch on and the Raiders would start to take a dip now that they had expectations.

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They wound up winning their next two against the Bolts and Cincinnati to bring their record to 6-4. Now, they were REALLY on the map and in the mix for a playoff spot, perhaps even the division if the Chiefs started to tail off.

But they flew too close to the sun. They went into that Jets game with a lot of steam as they were hungry to eat up one of the easiest remaining schedules in football and get to the playoffs.

They lost to the Jets rather embarrassingly and took another beating right here at the hands of the Chiefs. Now they’re back at .500 with a 6-6 record with four big games remaining, all four of which they can win or lose.

I think they’re going to take these next two at home against Tennessee and Jacksonville and then lose their last two to the Bolts and Denver to finish up the season at 8-8.

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But this team has shown to be resilient. They’re still very much in this playoff hunt. The Jets’ loss is going to haunt them, but they can still overcome if they can just get the offense pounding again.