KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Las Vegas Raiders were last seen in Kansas City taking a victory lap around Arrowhead Stadium in their team buses, and they decided it was wise to stomp on the Chiefs’ logo at midfield shortly before kickoff Sunday.
They probably regret both of those ideas.
Patrick Mahomes threw his first two touchdown passes in nearly a month, Clyde Edwards-Helaire added two more scores on the ground, and the Chiefs’ suddenly stingy defense forced five turnovers in rolling to a record-setting 48-9 victory over the Raiders that kept them comfortably atop the AFC West.
“You don’t want people coming into your stadium and trying to disrespect things you’ve built,” Mahomes said. “So for us, there was a little more motivation to go against a really good football team that we have a rivalry against.”
Derek Gore’s 51-yard TD run with 7:19 left in the fourth quarter allowed Kansas City (9-4) to eclipse the largest margin of victory in a series that began in 1960 and has been played 126 times. The previous record was 35 points in 1964.
Tyrann Mathieu had an interception and fumble recovery, Mike Hughes forced two fumbles and returned another 23 yards for a touchdown, and the reigning AFC champions built a 35-0 first-half lead before cruising to their sixth consecutive win.
They’ve won eight of their last nine against the Raiders (6-7), outscoring them 89-23 in two meetings this season.
“I think everybody was clicking,” said Chiefs coach Andy Reid, who improved to 15-3 against the Raiders. “The neat part is we have a chance to be even better. We just have to keep the foot on the pedal as we go.”
Reid also joined Marty Schottenheimer and Hank Stram as the only coaches to win 100 games in Kansas City.
Derek Carr had 266 yards passing, much of it going to Hunter Renfrow, who caught 13 of 14 targets for 117 yards and a score. But Renfrow also had one of the Raiders’ four fumbles, as did Josh Jacobs, who was held to 24 yards rushing.
“I don’t have a lot of words for it,” Raiders coach Rich Bissacia said. “It started with a fumble the first play of the game. As it went on, we missed more and more tackles. We had more dropped passes. Penalties on defense, gave up explosive plays. Struggled to protect the quarterback. Struggled to run the football. And on top of that, missed a PAT.”
Indeed, the Kansas City dominance began with the game’s first play, when Jacobs was shoved back about 3 yards and lost the ball in the process. Hughes alertly picked it up and waltzed 23 yards to give the Chiefs a 7-0 lead.
The real onslaught began a few minutes later.
Mahomes capped a five-play, 80-yard drive with a 23-yard pass to Darrel Williams, the first touchdown pass thrown by him since the last of his five in mid-November in Las Vegas. After a quick punt, he marched the Chiefs another 80 yards in seven plays, and Edwards-Helaire scooted into the end zone to make it 21-0.
Then the Chiefs’ nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award got into the act.
Mathieu was there to pick off Carr when his pass slipped through Foster Moreau’s hands, and the Chiefs needed a mere nine plays before Mahomes hit Josh Gordon in the end zone. It was the first TD scored by the oft-troubled wide receiver since Sept. 8, 2019, when he caught a pass from Tom Brady for New England in a game against Pittsburgh.
On the next drive, Mathieu was in the right spot when Renfrow coughed up the ball for the Raiders’ third turnover of the first half. The Chiefs breezed downfield again and Edwards-Helaire’s second TD run made it 35-0, putting the game out of reach before the teams even hit the halftime locker room.
After that, it was a matter of the Chiefs driving home a simple point: Don’t disrespect us in our house. The Raiders took a celebratory victory lap in their buses after a win at Kansas City last season, and then there was Sunday’s gesture before the game.
“I would have been upset, too, if I was them,” said Raiders linebacker K.J. Wright, adding the pregame huddle at midfield was a spur-of-the-moment idea. “They responded to their anger. We didn’t respond when they did that.”
The Chiefs should have had another scoop-and-score by Armani Watts midway through the fourth quarter, when Carr was clocked from behind by Alex Okafor. The ball came loose but the officials whistled that Carr was down. Referee Brad Allen sheepishly reversed the call after a video review, but it still cost Kansas City a touchdown.
THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS
Chiefs CB L’Jarius Sneed remained in his hometown of Minden, Louisiana, after his oldest brother was killed in a stabbing Friday night. T’Qarontarion Harris was 32. With both of Sneed’s parents in prison, Harris was largely responsible for raising him as a child. Sneed had played more snaps this season than any other Chiefs defensive player.
“He’s on my mind a lot,” Mathieu said. “Most of us can relate to that, losing people. We just wanted to play well for him today, for his family. I thought we did that. We started the game with a little L’Jarius energy and we kept that going.”
Raiders: CB Trayvon Mullen was helped off the field in the third quarter. He’d been out since Week 4 with a toe injury.
Chiefs: CB Rashad Fenton (knee) was active but did not play in anticipation of a short week before facing the Chargers.
The Raiders visit the Browns on Saturday. The Chiefs visit Los Angeles on Thursday night.
KICKOFF: Chiefs win coin toss and defer to Raiders.
FIRST QUARTER: Chiefs score Josh Jacobs rushed to the left for 3 yard loss, tackled by Jarran Reed. Josh Jacobs fumbled. Mike Hughes recovered fumble and returned for 22 yard touchdown. CHIEFS 7, RAIDERS 0 early in quarter.
Chiefs Patrick Mahomes passed to Darrel Williams to the left for 23 yard touchdown. CHIEFS 14, RAIDERS 0 late in quarter.
SECOND QUARTER: Clyde Edwards-Helaire rushed to the left for 5 yard touchdown. CHIEFS 21, RAIDERS 0 early in quarter.
Chiefs score Patrick Mahomes passed to Josh Gordon to the right for 1 yard touchdown. CHIEFS 28, RAIDERS 0 midway through quarter
Chiefs Clyde Edwards-Helaire rushed up the middle for 6 yard touchdown. CHIEFS 35, RAIDERS 0 late in second quarter.
Raiders Daniel Carlson kicked a 26-yard field goal. CHIEFS 35, RAIDERS 3 at halftime.
THIRD QUARTER: Chiefs Harrison Butker kicked a 54-yard field goal. CHIEFS 38, RAIDERS 3 early in quarter.
Raiders Derek Carr passed to Hunter Renfrow to the right for 4 yard touchdown. CHIEFS 38, RAIDERS 9.
FOURTH QUARTER: Chiefs Harrison Butker kicked a 37-yard field goal. CHIEFS 41, RAIDERS 9 early in quarter.
Chiefs Derrick Gore rushed up the middle for 51 yard touchdown. CHIEFS 48, RAIDERS 9 midway through quarter.
FINAL: CHIEFS 28, RAIDERS 9
LAS VEGAS (6-6) at KANSAS CITY (8-4)
Sunday, 10 a.m. PST, CBS – 8NewsNow
BETTING LINE: Chiefs by 9 1/2
AGAINST THE SPREAD: Las Vegas 5-7; Kansas City 5-7.
SERIES RECORD: Chiefs lead 69-54-2.
LAST MEETING: Chiefs beat Raiders 41-14 on Nov. 14 in Las Vegas.
LAST WEEK: Raiders lost to Washington 17-15; Chiefs beat Broncos 22-9.
RAIDERS OFFENSE: OVERALL (8), RUSH (T27), PASS (2), SCORING (T17)
RAIDERS DEFENSE: OVERALL (19), RUSH (26), PASS (13), SCORING (26)
CHIEFS OFFENSE: OVERALL (3), RUSH (19), PASS (T5), SCORING (T13)
CHIEFS DEFENSE: OVERALL (26), RUSH (20), PASS (24), SCORING (8)
TURNOVER DIFFERENTIAL: Raiders plus-1; Chiefs minus-5.
RAIDERS PLAYER TO WATCH: FS Johnathan Abram has been picked on repeatedly by the Chiefs in the three games he’s faced them. Patrick Mahomes completed all nine passes he threw in the first meeting with Abram in coverage and is 14 of 15 for 198 yards and three TDs in three meetings throwing against him.
CHIEFS PLAYER TO WATCH: DE Melvin Ingram had a half-sack and three tackles for loss last week against Denver. His ability to get pressure on Raiders quarterback Derek Carr would help out the defensive backfield, which got shredded when the teams met in Las Vegas.
KEY MATCHUP: Mahomes and the Kansas City passing attack against the Las Vegas secondary. Mahomes had another poor game last week against Denver, throwing for 184 yards with an interception and no TD passes. He’ll try to bounce back against a Raiders pass defense that is allowing just over 230 yards per game.
KEY INJURIES: Raiders CB Trayvon Mullen (foot) could return for the first time since Week 4. TE Darren Waller (knee) will miss his second straiht game and LB Denzel Perryman (ankle) is doubtful. LB Nick Kwiatkoski (ankle) and RB Kenyan Drake (ankle) went on IR this week. … Chiefs CB Chris Lammons is out with a high-ankle sprain, though CB Rashad Fenton (knee) and RT Lucas Niang (ribs) could be back this week.
SERIES NOTES: The Chiefs have won seven of the last eight in a series that began when the two teams were members of the AFL. The Raiders’ only win since the 2017 season came in the first meeting last year, when Carr threw for 347 yards and three touchdowns in a 40-32 win. Mahomes threw for 406 yards with five touchdowns and no picks in a 41-14 win for Kansas City earlier this season.
STATS AND STUFF: The Chiefs lead the Chargers by one game and the Raiders and Broncos by two as they seek their sixth consecutive AFC West title. … The Raiders have lost four of their last five games. … Las Vegas has scored on only 50% of red-zone drives, tied for third worst in the NFL. … Raiders WR Hunter Renfrow has topped 100 yards receiving in consecutive games for the second time in his career. … Las Vegas is 6-0 when Carr throws for at least 300 yards and 0-6 when he doesn’t. … The Raiders have been held to 16 points or fewer six times, their most through 12 games since 2014. Only Houston (seven) has been held that low more times. … Raiders RB Josh Jacobs had a career-high nine catches last week but gained only 38 yards, the fewest yards in franchise history for a player with at least nine catches. … Las Vegas ranks 30th in the NFL converting 33.8% of third downs. … Raiders rookie CB Nate Hobbs had his first career INT last week. … LB Perryman has at least 10 tackles in 10 of 12 games this season. … Las Vegas ranks first in the NFL in gaining 6.38 yards per play on first downs. … Kansas City was won five straight games, tied for the second-longest active streak in the NFL. … The Chiefs are 14-3 against the Raiders since Andy Reid took over as coach. … Reid needs one more victory to reach 100 overall with Kansas City. Marty Schottenheimer (101) and Hank Stram (124) are the only other coaches to reach that mark. … Kansas City has held its opponents to 17 points or fewer each of the last five games. Six would tie for the fourth-longest streak in franchise history. … Mahomes needs 73 yards passing to surpass Alex Smith (17,608) for third most in Chiefs history. He has thrown for at least 340 yards and two TDs in each of his last three games against Las Vegas. … Chiefs TE Travis Kelce has caught a pass in 123 straight games. He needs 152 yards receiving to become the first tight end in NFL history with six consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons. … WR Tyreek Hill needs 46 yards receiving to reach 1,000 for the season. It would be his fourth time reaching the mark, trailing only Kelce for most in Chiefs history. … Hill needs one TD catch to pass Chris Burford (55) for third in franchise history. Two would tie Otis Taylor (57) for second. … C Creed Humphrey and RG Trey Smith have started every game this season. They are trying to become the third pair of rookies to start every game, joining Sylvester Hicks and Art Still in 1978, and Brandon Carr and Glenn Dorsey in 2008. … Chiefs SS Dan Sorenson had a 75-yard pick-6 last week against Denver.
FANTASY TIP: Hill and Kelce were shut down by Denver, combining for five catches and 47 yards receiving. But rarely do the two of them stay down for long, and you can bet Reid and Mahomes will make a concerted effort to get the two playmakers involved against Las Vegas. That means both could be poised for a big game.