Tyrann Mathieu: Derek Carr, Raiders' offense were predictable
Dec 03 2019
In a game flexed to a more desirable late-afternoon kickoff, Kansas City took advantage of numerous Raiders mistakes, including two first-half interceptions thrown by Oakland quarterback Derek Carr, to jump out to a 21-0 lead and win 40-9.
Derek Carr has played well this season, but when the lights are the brightest and the Raiders line up against the best teams in the NFL, Carr tends to fold under the pressure. The Chiefs have alternated wins and losses over their last six games, a streak they will attempt to break with a win against Oakland. The Chiefs seemed to know what was coming as evidenced by the two interceptions they got - one by Mathieu, and another that Juan Thornhill returned for a touchdown. The Raiders are exceeding expectations, sitting just a game back of Kansas City in the standings.
Despite having one of the best offenses in the league and a surprisingly competent defense, the Chiefs have not been able to consistently put games out of reach.
The Raiders scored on a touchdown pass with 39 seconds left to make it 38-9. Derek Carr threw an interception on Oakland's first possession, which led to the Chiefs' first touchdown of the game.
Overall, the offense wasn't really needed on a day when the defense utterly stymied Carr. Mahomes finished with three carries for 25 yards and was the Chiefs' leading rusher until midway through the fourth quarter.
The Chiefs didn't need Patrick Mahomes to perform at an MVP level to win this one, especially playing in sub-40 degree temperatures with winds over 30 miles per hour.