Self-inflicted wounds kill Raiders' quest to upset Chiefs at Arrowhead

Self-inflicted wounds kill Raiders' quest to upset Chiefs at Arrowhead

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Chiefs beat the Raiders handily Sunday. A 40-9 final score proves that point.

The Chiefs obviously had a huge hand in that. So did the Silver and Black, who did an excellent job beating themselves.

The Raiders committed 12 penalties for 99 yards. They committed three turnovers.

It was a disaster through and through, one that could’ve been mitigated by smart, disciplined play.

“Don’t get me wrong. They’re a good team,” center Rodney Hudson said. “They won the ballgame, but we did make mistakes that hurt us. We didn’t help ourselves today.”

Raiders mistakes were almost always costly. Quarterback Derek Carr threw two interceptions. One was a pick-six and the other lead to the Chiefs' first touchdown. The Raiders got off the field three times on third down, only to have penalties extended the drives and lead to touchdowns shortly after. Trayvon Mullen’s interception in the end zone came on a third-and- 8, but it was overturned with a pass interference penalty levied on replay, and the Chiefs scored a few plays after that.

All those mistakes proved overwhelming and insurmountable in a game where much had to go right to give the Raiders a chance.

“There were a lot of mistakes we made on offense and with penalties that hurt us in the end,” running back Josh Jacobs said. “The outcome of the game looks a lot worse than what it was. If you look at the total yardage and all of that, we did better than them.”

Jacobs is right. The Raiders out-gained Kansas City 332-259. The Chiefs had but one explosive play. All-world Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was only so-so. The Raiders' run game was going strong, especially in the first half.

None of it mattered because they simply couldn’t score. The Raiders didn’t cross the goal line until garbage time, and they kept giving Kansas City easy buckets.

Carr had two picks. Trevor Davis lost a fumble returning a kick and couldn’t convert on a fourth-down jet sweep despite an obvious opportunity to turn upfield and get past the sticks. That’s two giveaways from one skill player, unacceptable play by any standard.

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Head coach Jon Gruden’s didn’t hesitate when describing his greatest disappointment after Sunday’s game.

“Our inability to stay away from penalties and put ourselves in horrible positions,” he said. “I think we had four defensive false starts. We had turnovers in the kicking game. We had a pick-six. We just never found our rhythm at all. That is disappointing, but I know where we are. I know where they are as a football team. We have work to do, and we’re going to continue to try and catch the Chiefs.”

How Oakland Coliseum has been 'legendary' even for newest Raiders


How Oakland Coliseum has been 'legendary' even for newest Raiders

ALAMEDA -- You don't have to be Derek Carr, Jon Gruden or a Raiders legend to appreciate what the Coliseum has meant to the franchise. 

It was a state-of-the-art facility and helped legitimize the Raiders when they moved into the building in 1966. It has been the home of a number of memorable Raider moments and has served as a second home for the legion of fans who pack it on fall Sundays to make life hell on the opposition. 

It no longer is state-of-the-art. It has a myriad of issues and the Raiders are waving goodbye after Sunday's game against the Jaguars as the franchise relocates to Las Vegas in 2020. 

Most of the current Raiders haven't had many moments at all in the Coliseum. Only six current Raiders have been with the franchise for more than three seasons, with Carr and guard Gabe Jackson being the longest-tenured Raiders having been drafted in 2014. 

But even those who have only donned the Silver and Black for a short period of time know how important Sunday's farewell is. 

"It'll be exciting, I'm really looking forward to it," guard Richie Incognito, who only has played four games in the Coliseum, said after the Raiders' Week 14 loss to the Titans. "I got a bunch of family coming in to experience it. We're new to Oakland but the fans are awesome. They were rocking today, they were loud. I think next week will be a special moment for everybody involved." 

Last year was Daryl Worley's first season in Oakland. The Coliseum goodbye that wasn't a season ago didn't really impact him. 

But things have changed after spending another season with the Silver and Black. 

"Hopefully, it's going to be for real this time," Worley said of saying farewell a second time to the Coliseum. "It's definitely going to be emotional. Last year when I was here on a one-year thing, you just don't get the full feel. But coming back Year 2, just seeing what it means to Raider Nation, it's definitely a lot more emotional. 

"You really get to see -- around the town, around the entire Bay Area -- I mean there are two teams out here but it kinda seems that Raider Nation, they always have that fan base that is strong and passionate about everything that's going on with the players. It's going to be tough to leave a place like this even though going on to Vegas, I don't think this fan base will waver at all. 

"It's an amazing place," Worley continued. "For it to be an outdoor stadium, you would think that it's indoors the way that it rocks. Between the Black Hole to the costumes, it's definitely a legendary experience."

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The Raiders come in riding a three-game losing streak. While snapping that run of Ls is important, especially if the team has any hope of a miracle playoff push, it means more for the Raiders to give the Nation one more W in the house of loud. 

"It's definitely a big motivation and we feel like we owe it to everyone here," Worley said.

Doug Marrone, Jaguars preparing for Raiders in emotional Oakland finale


Doug Marrone, Jaguars preparing for Raiders in emotional Oakland finale

ALAMEDA -- Sunday won't be an ordinary Week 15 game between two teams that have dropped out of playoff contention. 

The Coliseum will be rocking as those who bleed silver and black say their final farewell to the Raiders when they take on the 4-9 Jacksonville Jaguars. Most of the young Jaguars haven't played in the Coliseum, but head coach Doug Marrone is well aware of what his scuffling team will face Sunday afternoon. 

"Absolutely. I think that, we kind of polled today, we don’t have a lot of players that have played at Oakland and we tried to give them a sense of ... and when I say crazy atmosphere, I mean that in a very positive sense," Marrone said on a conference call with Bay Area media Wednesday. "We talked about the locker room and we’ve talked about it. I think it will be an emotional day for a lot of people there and I had a good relationship with Mr. [Al] Davis. When I was the head coach at Syracuse, we’d meet every year and there will be a lot of emotion knowing that finally, I know last year they went through it a little bit, but the finality of it being the last game for sure." 

Marrone was drafted by the Los Angeles Raiders out of Davis' alma mater Syracuse in 1986. He didn't make the 53-man roster and never donned the Silver and Black inside the Coliseum. Despite never being a Raider, Marrone had a good relationship with late owner Al Davis and came to the Coliseum as an offensive line coach for the New York Jets in the early 2000s. 

Even for Marrone, it will be weird for the Raiders to no longer call the Coliseum home. 

"When I was with the Jets and we would go out there, we’d always warm-up and I had the offensive line with me and I had a bunch of veteran guys who we’d warm up in the one corner of the end zone and for some reason, there was one guy, he was all over me," Marrone said recalling his time as a visitor in the Coliseum. "Like he was killing me, not the players, me. And the players would come up to me and go, ‘Coach, you going to take that (expletive) from that guy? Like, if he did that (expletive) to me, I would go up in the stands. You need to go up in the stands, you need to confront that.’ And I’d be like, ‘Shut the hell up, would you? We’re just going to go ahead and play.’

"But I just remember those times and the playoff game up there when I was in New York and just how crazy it can be and it’s a special place. I remember going up there back in the day and you look over at pregame warmup and Mr. Davis would be down on the sideline. A lot of the old Raiders would be there and so I think for me there will be a point I think, ‘Wow! I can’t believe the Oakland Raiders are moving.’”

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After three consecutive losses, the Raiders no longer find themselves in the playoff hunt. There will be no playoff goodbye for the hallowed grounds that hold so many Raider memories. 

Jon Gruden, Derek Carr and these Raiders have but one more chance to give those who love the Raiders so dearly a final memory of a building and franchise that means so much to them. 

That's bad news for Marrone and the Jags.