The AFC West rivalry between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Las Vegas Raiders headlined Week 5’s Monday Night Football. This Chiefs versus Raiders MNF matchup did not disappoint.
A Monday Night Thriller
The so-far disappointing (1-3) Raiders team got off to a near-perfect start against their division rival. Derek Carr found his old college weapon Davante Adams early on for a 58-yard touchdown pass. On their next drive they leaned on running back Josh Jacobs for a 10-play touchdown drive.
On the other hand, the normally high-flying Chiefs offense struggled early on against the Raiders’ defensive unit. Kansas City found themselves in an unfamiliar position as two of their first three drives were three and outs. Andy Reid’s squad was unable to score until the middle of the second quarter where they found themselves in a 17-7 deficit.
The rest of the game can be remembered as a better-than-normal night for Chiefs All-Pro tight end Travis Kelce. Kelce was the recipient of four touchdown passes on only 25 receiving yards. The Chiefs explosive offense arrived at the right time on prime-time football. Kansas City found themselves leading the game with a score of 30-23 late in the 4th quarter.
The Raiders were set to tie the ball game after another 10-play touchdown drive, but instead wanted the lead. Las Vegas Head Coach Josh McDaniels has gotten off to a rough start but some may say he entered the hot seat when his two-point conversion failed as the Chiefs survived the Raiders on MNF 30-29.
Tempers were hot on the Raiders’ sideline. After the game, a frustrated Davante Adams was charged with assault after shoving a cameraman after the game.
Both of these teams are headed in the same direction as they were before. The Chiefs are competing for the number one seed in the AFC. And the Raiders are still trying to string together a few wins as part of a very disappointing start.
As of now, Adams has been charged with a misdemeanor, but we are still waiting to see a suspension on the All-Pro receiver.
Next week the Raiders get a break to rethink their strategy on the bye week. Meanwhile, the Chiefs are a part of possibly the matchup of the year as they prepare to face off against Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills. The Bills and Chiefs are both currently 4-1.