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Why weren’t the Chiefs more aggressive on their final drive?

The Kansas City Chiefs dropped their second game of the season Thursday night to the Oakland Raiders, but they probably shouldn’t have, given they had a fresh set of downs on offense with 4:15 left on the clock leading 30-24. Oakland had two timeouts remaining.

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid called back-to-back Kareem Hunt runs equating to six yards before Alex Smith was sacked at the Kansas City 29-yard line.

So why did Reid opt to run with Hunt to, in the radio host’s words, “run clock,” instead of passing on all three downs for the first down?

“Who ran clock? I’m not sure on that,” Reid answered, almost a little defensively. “I ran the ball twice. That’s not running clock. I was running two run plays there to win the game.”

Later in the call, Reid explained that the two run calls he made had worked for big gains earlier against similar Oakland defensive looks.

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