It took the frigid temperatures of Arrowhead Stadium in December to cool off the red-hot Raiders in a pivotal divisional matchup on December 8th. Suffering from a dislocated right pinkie, Derek Carr had his worst game of the season, completing just 17 of 41 passes for 117 yards. His disappointing game played a big role in a lopsided 21-13 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Surprisingly, it was the Chief’s Alex Smith who was the better quarterback in this game. He tossed two touchdowns and eclipsed 200 yards, all in the first half. Despite the Raiders defense forcing three turnovers, their offense just couldn’t get anything going for most of the night.
The loss brings the Raiders record to 10-3. It also improves the Chiefs record to 10-3, muddying the already hazy playoff picture in the AFC. The Chiefs also took over top spot in the AFC West since they earned the tiebreaker over Oakland by sweeping them this season. The Broncos are also still in the picture at 8-4. At this point, it’s probable that three teams in the AFC West will be playing in the postseason. If the Raiders want to make some serious noise, however, they need Carr to play better football.