Raiders Team Grades: Raiders Beat Chiefs In Huge Come-From-Behind Win

Lawrence Cooper
October 23, 2017

Cooper made quick work to reintroduce himself as a dominant force in the National Football League, turning in his first 100-yard outing and multi-touchdown game of the year. An offensive pass interference call on Crabtree on the next play wiped out another touchdown.

Derek Carr threw for 417 yards and Amari Cooper went absolutely insane for 210 yards and two touchdowns.

Even when they played balls correctly and took smart calculated risks and were in ideal position, the Raiders did things like safety Keith McGill II letting an interception bounce off his hands and into those of Albert Wilson for a 63-yard touchdown.

It did so without Lynch, the starting running back ejected in the second quarter when he ran onto the field after Carr was hit late by Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters. Peters also was called for a personal foul on the play. This caused the referee to eject Lynch from the game.

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The Raiders on Thursday night offered their own trip aboard Space Mountain, the final few twists and turns altogether wacky. Carr had his best game of the season, throwing for 417 yards with three touchdowns, no interceptions, and no sacks. The team allowed Alex Smith to throw for 342 yards and three touchdowns.

Like Kansas City's struggles slowing Cooper, the Raiders couldn't reel in the lightning quick Tyreek Hill, who piled up 125 yards on six catches, including a 64-yard score.

Despite Lynch's antics, this was a solid "A" effort for the Raiders offense, who finally came alive. If the Raiders had lost their game to Kansas City, it's hard to imagine that they could have climbed out of a 2-5 hole overall a very difficult division and conference. Amari Cooper, who had done nothing so far this season, caught a season-high 11 receptions for 201 yards and two touchdowns. The Raiders will have 10 days to get ready for a tough road game against the Buffalo Bills in Orchard Park on October 29.

The next play, Carr threw it to Cordarrelle Patterson in the back of the end zone, and caught it out of bounds. Despite having some drops against the Chiefs, he brought in 11 passes for 210 receiving yards. Tavecchio also had a false start on an extra point in the third quarter.

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