Raiders' plan to stop Chiefs' Travis Kelce, Patrick Mahomes falls apart


Raiders' plan to stop Chiefs' Travis Kelce, Patrick Mahomes falls apart

OAKLAND -- The Raiders revamped their roster in the offseason with Sunday's opponent in mind. 

Head coach Jon Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock wanted to get faster and more dynamic as they look to catch up to Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC West. 

The Chiefs entered Sunday's game at the Coliseum without game-changing wide receiver Tyreek Hill, but they still had known Raiders killer Travis Kelce. Defensive coordinator Paul Guenther cooked up some different looks during the week in hopes of slowing down the Pro Bowl tight end. 

With rookie safety Johnathan Abram on injured reserve, Guenther elected to institute a package with four cornerbacks and one deep safety. In that package, the Raiders moved cornerback Daryl Worley inside to play behind the linebackers on whichever side Kelce was lined up on. Rookie cornerback Trayvon Mullen took Worley's spot out wide and veteran safety Curtis Riley filled in the back. 

"It was in our package," Worley said after the Chiefs' 28-10 win. "We want to minimize him as much as we could. We know that putting a corner on him could help. He’s a versatile tight end. Being able to minimize and eliminate him was definitely the game plan.

"It was something new, something we have been practicing," Worley continued. "The coaches have trust in me, and I showed in practice that I’m versatile and can move inside and outside when necessary. Being able to get four cornerbacks on the field and cover guys is something we want to work toward in this defense."

The package worked for a bit, but then the Chiefs adjusted, motioning Kelce out wide against the Raiders' two-safety look, allowing him to take advantage of a matchup with safety Karl Joseph. 

In the end, though, it didn't matter who shadowed Kelce. The star tight end caught seven balls for 107 yards and a touchdown as the Chiefs scored 28 unanswered points in the second quarter and coasted to a 28-10 win

Kelce has tormented the Raiders throughout his career, and now has 55 catches for 755 yards and five touchdowns against the Silver and Black. Something about playing the Raiders just brings it out of Kelce. 

"The Raiders man, the fan base here is ... they're going to let you know how they feel and you know that's why I love coming here," Kelce said following the victory. "I mean the bus ride in is going to feel weird going to a different location. I get amped up when we're coming into a hostile environment like this. Seeing everyone flick me off coming in on the bus and seeing a few people's cheeks you weren't trying to see. It's just, it's football at it's finest, or pregame at it's finest, you know? We're going to miss that for sure, so shoutout to everybody at Oakland for making it what it was." 

The Raiders locked up Mahomes, Kelce and the Chiefs in the first quarter, but the reigning AFC West champions exploded in the second, as Mahomes threw for 278 yards and four touchdowns in that quarter alone. Likewise, Kelce only had one catch for eight yards in the first quarter, but he had three catches for 50 yards and a touchdown in the second. 

Gruden could only give props to Mahomes, Kelce and the Chiefs' offensive juggernaut. 

"They do a great job now offensively," Gruden said, "with all the empty-backfield sets, shooting five eligibles in it, and Mahomes can reset and throw the ball from any platform I've ever seen, but it's a combination of a great young quarterback, with a scheme that really suits him and we got to do a better job as well."

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The Raiders' defense tried everything to slow the Chiefs down, but when a souped-up car flicks on the nos there's little you can do to catch it if you don't have the requisite parts. 

"We just ran into a buzzsaw for about seven-and-a-half minutes," Gruden said.

Raiders inactives: Trent Brown will play in Week 11 game vs. Bengals


Raiders inactives: Trent Brown will play in Week 11 game vs. Bengals

OAKLAND -- The Raiders had a scare Friday when right tackle Trent Brown was listed as questionable for their Week 11 game against the Bengals at the Coliseum.

With tackle David Sharpe already listed as out with a calf injury, that would put Brandon Parker in line to start if Brown was unable to play. 

But it looks like the Raiders' offensive line will be whole to start the game as Brown is listed as active. The Raiders' offensive line played their first whole game together in Week 10, showing promised in a win over the Chargers. 

The Raiders also will be without starting slot cornerback Lamarcus Joyner who injured his hamstring in the win over the Chargers. Cornerback Nevin Lawson is expected to slide into his role Sunday, with Daryl Worley also potentially seeing time inside. 

The Raiders also designated quarterback DeShone Kizer, center Erik Magnuson, receiver Keelan Doss, defensive tackle Terrell McClain and return man Dwayne Harris inactive. Harris can't seem to get right, now missing his third straight game and seventh in the last eight. He has been dealing with ankle and foot issues most of the year, hindering the kicking game in the process. Trevor Davis has filled in returning kickoffs and punts, and will continue doing so on Sunday against the Bengals. 

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The Bengals made guard Alex Redmond, offensive tackle Cordy Glen, quarterback Jake Dolegala, tight end Drew Sample, receiver A.J. Green -- he was ruled out early in the week -- CB Torry McTyer and defensive end Anthony Zettel.

Raiders vs. Bengals live stream: How to watch NFL Week 11 game online


Raiders vs. Bengals live stream: How to watch NFL Week 11 game online

The good news is the Raiders are going up against the worst run defense in the league. The even better news is Oakland has Josh Jacobs.

The Bengals head to the Coliseum on Sunday to face a Raiders team that is favored to win. Cincinnati has the worst record in the league, so that shouldn't come as a surprise.

Quarterback Derek Carr hasn't thrown an interception in nearly a month and is looking like his old successful self.

This is guaranteed to be a fun game for the Raiders and their fans.

Here's how to watch the Raiders-Bengals Week 11 game live online and on TV:

Start time: 1:25 p.m. PT
TV channel: CBS (KPIX)
Live stream: fuboTV -- Get a free trial