The Oakland Raiders had little positives to take away from Sunday’s backbreaking loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. The 26-15 score is definitely misleading; the Raiders were down 26-0 at the end of the third, managing two garbage-time touchdowns in the final period.
That’s where most of this week’s standout performers made their mark. Before then? It was ugly. Let’s try and get through this quick.
5. Shilique Calhoun, OLB
Calhoun had all of two tackles in this one, but he makes the list for partially jumpstarting the Raiders scoring output in the fourth by blocking a Dustin Colquitt punt. The offense finally scored on the following drive. You take what you can get.
4. Karl Joseph, S
Joseph had a mostly quiet outing, getting 3 tackles and playing inconsistently against the pass. However, he did snag a nice interception during the third, the first pick for the Raiders secondary this season. Sigh.
Hey, if you can pile up stats when the game is pretty much out of reach, you’ll at least make some fantasy football owners happy. Cook had just one catch in the first half, but he went off in the fourth, ultimately finishing with 5 catches for 75 yards and a touchdown. Crabtree was similarly quiet early on; he ended up getting a team-high 7 catches for 60 yards and a two-point conversion.
These two have been outstanding as pass rushers as of late, and while they weren’t up to their recent standards, they still picked up 3 sacks between them. Irvin had 2, along with a shared one with NaVorro Bowman as the first half ended. Mack had a few impressive run stops as well.
1. Marshawn Lynch, RB
Beast Mode was only partially active on Sunday. He ran the ball just 7 times. The final number of 61 yards is a bit misleading, as he had runs of 27 and 22, the latter for a touchdown. If only the offense didn’t have to abandon the run when they were down big.