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The Kansas City Chiefs gained some breathing room in the AFC West after a 40-9 win over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.
Patrick Mahomes came through with a strong performance off the bye, totaling two touchdowns at Arrowhead Stadium. The hosts jumped out to a 21-0 lead at halftime, and Oakland was never able to close the gap in what became a blowout win.
After a rough midseason stretch, the Chiefs are 8-4 with a two-game advantage in the division.
The Raiders (6-6) couldn’t overcome three turnovers while suffering their second straight loss, potentially ruining what was once a promising season.
Notable Fantasy Stats
Patrick Mahomes, QB, Chiefs: 15-of-29, 175 passing yards, one TD, three carries, 25 rushing yards, one TD
Darwin Thompson, RB, Chiefs: 11 carries, 44 rushing yards, one TD
Tyreek Hill, WR, Chiefs: five catches, 55 receiving yards
Travis Kelce, TE, Chiefs: five catches, 90 receiving yards
Derek Carr, QB, Raiders: 20-of-30, 222 passing yards, one TD, two INTs
Josh Jacobs, RB, Raiders: 17 carries, 104 rushing yards, one TD
Darren Waller, TE, Raiders: seven catches, 100 receiving yards
Defense Surprisingly Carries Chiefs in Big Win
For most of the season (as well as last season), the question was whether the Chiefs defense could play well enough to match the offense. Consistency has certainly been an issue on that end, but the unit showed what it could do at its best Sunday.
The defense set the tone early with several game-changing plays in the first half:
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This continued into the second half as the pass rush and secondary helped keep Oakland out of the end zone until the final minute.
Domination so far. This is the best game the defense has put together when sharing the field with Mahomes. How wonderful to see what a complete Chiefs performance can look like again
Chiefs defense has varied between very good and dominant the last three halves.
The team finished with two sacks while holding Derek Carr to a 71.8 quarterback rating.
A blocked extra point returned for a two-point score was icing on the cake.
Mahomes led a strong offensive showing, totaling two touchdowns as well as a variety of great throws to Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce:
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.@PatrickMahomes high-steps for the 14-yard rushing TD! #ChiefsKingdom : #OAKvsKC on CBS : NFL app // Yahoo Sports app Watch free on mobile: https://t.co/uPnyeJSIAR https://t.co/2KcVuBQenk
He wasn’t at his best with some sloppy throws and poor decisions but he didn’t need to be, as the defense and special teams were as good as they’ve been all year.
If Kansas City can get this type of production from its defense more often, this squad can be a stronger Super Bowl contender.
Josh Jacobs Shines in Otherwise Bleak Effort from Raiders
It wasn’t the game Oakland hoped for, but the team at least knows it has at least one franchise cornerstone in Josh Jacobs.
Jacobs was easily the brightest star for the Raiders, picking up big chunks of yards on the ground: