Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Andrew’s Week 12 NFL Breakdown and Analysis
November 20, 2014
Kicking off the NFL’s Week 12 festivities on “Thursday Night Football,” we had a rivalry game on our hands between the Chiefs and the Raiders. Kansas City was coming off a four-point win over the Seahawks on Sunday, while Oakland fell to the Chargers by a touchdown in Week 11. Regardless of the records, these teams always seem to play each other tough. This meeting was no different.
Let’s take a closer look at the key players and statistics from this one so that we can figure out why things played out the way they did. Afterward, we’ll look ahead to Week 13 to see what’s in store for both teams.
What Happened: It had been over a year--368 days, in fact--since the Raiders had won a game, so you could say they were due. They got the scoring going early with an 11-yard Latavius Murray TD run, making it 7-0 after one.
In the second, Murray struck again on a 90-yard scoring scamper for his second TD of the day. The Chiefs responded with a field goal from Cairo Santos to make it 14-3 at the half.
After the break, Sebastian Janikowski nailed a 40-yarder for the Raiders, and Anthony Fasano got KC its first TD with a 19-yard pass from Alex Smith. It was 17-10 Raiders after three.
In the fourth, the Chiefs got some offensive life. Jamaal Charles scored on a 30-yard pass to tie it up, and the team took the lead on a 25-yard Santos field goal.
The Raiders then put together a clutch clock-eating drive that ended on a 9-yard TD pass from Derek Carr to James Jones. A defensive stop secured the 24-20 win.
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The Stars: Murray was the big star here, even though he only got four carries. He turned those into 112 yards and two touchdowns. Carr put together a mistake-free performance on 18-of-35 passing for 174 yards and a score.
On the other side, Charles came up with 80 rush yards on 19 totes, while snagging four balls for 42 yards and a score.
The Goats: Overall, this was a pretty evenly-matched game, but if KC could have stopped Oakland on that final drive they could have secured the win. The Chiefs were just 2-of-14 on third-down efficiency, reiterating the fact that their offense simply isn’t that impressive. Beyond Charles, the team has no big-time playmakers aside from the criminally underused Travis Kelce, who led the team in receiving with 67 yards but had just five targets.
Injuries: A few players got dinged up here. Junior Hemingway, Donald Stephenson and Kevin Vickerson all left for Kansas City.
As for the Raiders, they’ll have to watch Murray’s condition this week after he left the game due to a concussion.
Outlook: Looking ahead to Week 13, the Chiefs will get another primetime game on Sunday when the Broncos come to town (Nov. 30; 8:30 PM ET on NBC).
Meanwhile, the Raiders will hit the road and go to St. Louis to visit the Rams (Nov. 30; 1:00 PM ET on CBS).
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