Raiders bonehead defense almost costs them big time

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It was a momentous night in the NFL season tonight as the Oakland Raiders got their first win in a 24-20 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs thanks to a great last drive led by Quarterback Derek Carr.

Carr's heroics were almost wasted however as two bonehead defensive plays by the Raiders nearly cost them that elusive win.

The Raiders have now ended a 16-game losing streak which would have officially hit one year on Monday on an interesting night in Oakland.

Derek drives to victory

As the Raiders got the ball with 9:03 left in the game and down 17-20, they managed to hold onto the ball for over seven minutes and get the winning touchdown.

Driving 80 yards for the score, the Raiders ran 17 plays all culminating in Carr's nine-yard touchdown pass which was met with raucous cheers from the Raiders fans.


James Jones was the man in the endzone for Carr and helped the Raiders retake the lead and get Carr his first career win.

They left 1:42 on the clock after scoring and almost through calamitous defending threw their impending win away in the next drive.

Oakland's brainless defending

In the final drive of the game, the Raiders made two outrageous defensive plays which almost allowed the Chiefs to get far enough down the field.

The first came with the Chiefs on 4th & 3 on their own 46 yard line and three holding penalties against the defense gave them an automatic first down.

The second 'almost' play came after the Raiders defense got the sack on Alex Smith with 0:49 left in the game.

Kansas had no time-outs so were in hurry up offense mode, not that the Raiders defense was paying attention.

Two players went several yards behind Smith and began to celebrate whilst the Chiefs offense lined up and prepared for the snap.

The penalty against the Raiders defenders would have moved the Chiefs even further forward and more importantly, it would have stopped the clock.

Fortunately for the Raiders however, several of their defense was able to call a time-out before the snap and save the game.

Oakland move on?

The Raiders are now 1-10 on the season and after their first win, they now face a favourable game next week.

The Raiders travel to St Louis next week to take on the 4-6 Rams and are now presented with questionably their best chance to grab a second win.

It won't come easy however with the Rams having already beaten the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers this year.

As for the Chiefs, they welcome Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos to the Arrowhead Stadium next week as they look to return to winning ways.

The Chiefs had won five consecutive games before their loss to Oakland and will now be desperate to beat their divisional rival as the race for the play-offs heats up.

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