The 6-5 Raiders did not do much in Week 12 to inspire confidence entering their pivotal divisional matchup with the 7-4 Chiefs by losing on the road 34-3 to the 4-7 New York Jets.
Oakland was a 3.5-point favorite.
The Chiefs got the weekend to rest and recover. Oh, and they won their bye week with the Raiders losing to the Jets. The Chiefs have a one-game lead on the Raiders in the AFC West and have tiebreaker for now. They play Oakland next weekend and Andy Reid is something like 10,878-2 after a bye week. When the Chiefs beat the Raiders next weekend like I expect, they will essentially have a three-game lead on the Raiders with the tiebreaker.
The Chiefs would then have to lose three of four games against the Patriots, Broncos, Bears, and Chargers for the Raiders to win the division, and that assumes the Raiders win three of their last games. So, the Chiefs can feel good about their chances of repeating as AFC West champs
1. Check the forecast
It was 43 degrees at kickoff, and the cold may have affected Carr. He is now 2-9 in his career in games that started with the temperature below 50 degrees. Entering Sunday, he a 66.3 passer rating in the previous 10 cold-weather games.
‘’I love it cold,’‘ Carr assured reporters last week. ‘‘If I could have it 50 degrees in my house, I would. My wife would kill me, but I’d do it. So, I’ve never really minded the cold or anything like that.’‘
Hill played just six snaps before tweaking his hamstring. Trainers worked on his leg on the sideline, but he did not return. The team’s Week 12 bye week came at the right time for Hill not to miss another game.
Reid also added that LeSean McCoy is not in the concussion protocol after there was some confusion on the running back’s status following the game.
Coming off the bye, we’ll have a better idea about how healthy K.C. returns as practices resume later this week. For a team that has battled injuries all season, getting healthy for the stretch run could be huge as the Chiefs attempt to swipe a first-round bye if the Ravens or Patriots falter.
“We better show up or they’re going to beat us by 50,” Carr told reporters. “They’re a really good football team, one of the best in the NFL, so hopefully our guys, myself included, when we show up to Arrowhead a week from now, we’re ready to go. And I believe we will be.”
“It’s important to give thanks to the people who are giving back to others, and I’m all for giving,” Claiborne said. “I’m all for spreading love. When you can get a bunch of people here to do these types of things, it’s a good day.”
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Why the Ravens won
If you saw even a sliver of “Monday Night Football,” you know exactly why: Lamar. Jackson. On a night Michael Vick was in town to watch the second-year signal-caller, No. 8 elicited “M-V-P” chants while staying on pace to shatter Vick’s record as a dual weapon out of the pocket. And that was only part of his near-perfect performance. Jackson could not have been much better tearing the Rams’ defense apart, threading throws with ease and darting down the field with the same fluidity that’s filled highlight reels since September. Baltimore’s defense was solid, too, don’t get us wrong; it successfully shook Jared Goff early in the contest and never allowed Sean McVay’s unit to get in rhythm. But offense was the name of the game in the Ravens’ incredible outing, with Jackson spreading the ball around, running it freely himself and leaning on another great, gritty night for Mark Ingram (111 yards, 1 TD), all while commandeering even more aggressive fourth-down play calls. Look at this way: Any time a team picks up 31 first downs, averages nearly 7 yards per play and possesses the ball for 39:56, you’re going to have an incredibly hard time winning, let alone even staying competitive.
“We didn’t do a whole lot positive tonight,” quarterback Aaron Rodgers said. “A lot of the stuff we talked about during the week – eliminating negative-yardage plays, obviously, we didn’t do that. They got after us up front and covered us good on the back end.”
“We got to figure it out with the guys we have,” Marrone said, via The Florida Times-Union. “You got to keep fighting. You got to keep trying. If you just say, ‘hey, we’re going to get it corrected and you keep things the same.’ I can’t live like that. That’s not how I live my life. I don’t believe in that.
”It’s very difficult. We’re going to go back, look again and probably try to find something else. Because obviously, what we’ve been doing hasn’t worked.”
Cornerback: Tre’Davious White, Buffalo Bills
While Gilmore was locking down Cooper, White was the one shutting down Courtland Sutton for 27 yards on eight targets, despite giving up five inches to the Broncos standout. The Bills don’t always have White shadow the opposing team’s No. 1 wideout, but he has helped shut down those guys. Opposing No. 1s have caught an average of just four passes for 53 yards against the Bills this season, and the only top wideout to catch a touchdown pass was DeVante Parker, who caught the touchdown when White wasn’t covering him. Like Gilmore, the Bills have built their defense around encouraging opposing quarterbacks to challenge their best corner, with White the closest defender in coverage 65 times already this season. White has allowed a passer rating of just 43.1 on those throws, the fourth-best mark in football. He’s a superstar.
This game was basically a disaster from start to finish for the Raiders, and it wasn’t just Derek Carr who struggled. Raiders rookie Josh Jacobs rushed for only 34 yards, which was a new career-low. The Raiders secondary, which has been a major liability at times this year, was definitely a liability in New York as Sam Darnold torched them for 315 yards and two touchdowns. Even kicker Daniel Carlson struggled in the rain and cold at MetLife Stadium. The kicker missed a 43-yard field goal in the first half that would have cut the lead to 10-6. The missed field goal, which came with 7:16 left to play in the second quarter, would mark the final time in the game that the Raiders would drive inside of New York’s 45-yard line.
The Indianapolis Colts put tight end Eric Ebron on injured reserve Monday because of an ankle injury and signed Ross Travis to the active roster.
Travis returns to Indianapolis after being waived on Aug. 31. He played in four games for the Colts in 2017 and spent the 2018 season on injured reserve. In stints with the Kansas City Chiefs and Colts, Travis has 10 receptions for 91 yards in 21 career games.
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The New York Jets’ 34-3 win over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday was significant, putting the Chiefs a full game in front of the Raiders in the AFC West race. With five games yet to play, the New York Times playoff calculator gives the Chiefs an 89% chance to make the playoffs, an 85% chance to win their fourth consecutive AFC West championship (which would guarantee the Chiefs a home game to start the playoffs) and a 14% chance for a first-round bye.
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