KC-OAK Grades: Smith seals the deal in the fourth

The top takeaways and highest-graded players from the Chiefs' 34-20 over the Raiders.

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(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

KC-OAK Grades: Smith seals the deal in the fourth


Here are the top takeaways and highest-graded players from the Chiefs’ 34-20 over the Raiders:

Kansas City Chiefs

– Solid, risk-averse game by Alex Smith (+0.5), who had trouble moving the ball for much of the game, but took advantage of short fields late in the contest, leading fourth-quarter touchdown drives of 2 and 13 yards to lead Kansas City to its sixth straight win. As usual, Smith rarely ventured downfield, going just two-for-four on passes targeted more than 10 yards from the line of scrimmage. He fared well under pressure, completing 80 percent of his passes with a 12.2 YPA on 10 dropbacks, but also maintained his high sack rate, allowing Oakland to bring him down four times; for the season, Smith has taken a sack on 21.9 percent of pressures, the third-highest rate in the NFL.

– CB Marcus Peters (-0.6) had an active game in coverage, with a team-high 14 targets. He yielded nine catches for 92 yards on those plays, and was out of position on at least two more plays, saved either by a drop (3Q 9:12) or off-target pass. Positively, Peters continued to display an ability to get his hands on the ball, notching his 14th pass defense (2Q 1:43) and fifth interception of the season, both position-high marks. But two penalties ensured his streak of negative overall grades continued.

-The Chiefs have limited DE Mike DeVito to an early-down and short yardage run defender, but he’s graded well in that role (+11.0 run defense, ninth among 3-4 DEs), and against the Raiders compiled a +1.3 grade in 24 snaps. Both of his tackles counted as a defensive stop—on the second of those at 0:06 of the third quarter, DeVito stood up RT Austin Howard (+0.4) at the point of attack, and took down Latavius Murray for a one yard gain. He also finished with two pressures, though one of them was nullified by a penalty, and the other came after his defender was picked, leaving DeVito unblocked on a stunt.

Top Performers:

C Zach Fulton (+2.3)
RG Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (+1.5)
DE Mike DeVito (+1.3)
LB Derrick Johnson (+1.3)
LB Tamba Hali (+1.1)

Oakland Raiders

– Khalil Mack once again had an outstanding day, this week doing his work against tackles Jah Reid (-4.5) and Eric Fisher (-2.3). He finished with two defensive stops to go with five combined pressures in 25 pass rushes, including an impressive sack at 11:52 of the second quarter.

– DT Dan Williams (+4.3) is another player on the Raiders defense enjoying a strong season, with a run defense grade that ranks eighth among all interior defenders—and he’s played the fewest snaps of any player in the top eight). He compiled three stops on Sunday with solid work against LG Donald Stephenson at the point of attack. And as a rusher, he helped collapse the pocket at 7:48 of the first quarter to help Mario Edwards (+0.6) get a sack, while later in the game Williams got in on sack himself, cleaning up after Mack’s initial pressure.

– Rough day at the office for Derek Carr (-1.4) with three fourth-quarter interceptions, two of which that were either tipped or resulted from a hit during his throwing motion (4Q, 12:16). Facing pressure on 36.5 percent of his dropbacks, Carr moved the ball well for much of the game, but had a number of misfires while his receivers dropped four passes. He had particular trouble connecting with Michael Crabtree, with 12 targets resulting in just five catches for 45 yards, though that wasn’t a problem at 0:19 of the second quarter when Carr hit Crabtree for a 25-yard touchdown on probably his best throw of the game.

Top Performers:

LB Khalil Mack (+6.0)
DT Dan Williams (+4.3)
LT Donald Penn (+3.2)
S Charles Woodson (+2.7)
LG Gabe Jackson (+2.2)

  • Alfredo Cota

    Your ratings reflect the fact that the Raiders were the superior team yesterday. Self inflicted wounds and some bad luck ended their season though.

    • bossmanham

      Superior teams don’t choke the game away with costly turnovers.

    • Benjamin Andrew Lindberg

      No they don’t. Know what is telling? KC was -2 in turnovers and the game was still even. Once KC was +1 in turnovers, it was a blowout..

      • Alfredo Cota

        Alex Smith couldn’t beat the Raiders’ poor pass defense, neither could the run game. More than 20 KC points came off turnovers. Chiefs were outgained by 100 yards, what game did you watch?

        • bobsaget

          Of course they out gained them by 100 yards. Kcs offense didn’t even play in the 4th quarter due to 3 interceptions.

          • codered5

            Didn’t even watch the game did you. Carr only threw 2 int’s in the the 4th. The other 1 was before the half.That was a slick rebuttal though.

          • Matt

            so what? of course Oakland is going to have more yards when they have 28 more plays and they are turning it over in KC territory and KC is getting short fields.

          • bobsaget

            This revelation makes my argument even stronger…Of course the Chiefs were out gained by 100 yards.. They didn’t even play offense the last 18 minutes of the game.

          • Alfredo Cota

            That’s why I mentioned self-inflicted wounds in my original comment…

    • Brandon

      Have 2 disagree it was Kansas city costly mistakes that gave the raiders a chance. The kelce fumble was inexcusable he has to go out of bounds. Its a tie game at that point and if he runs out of bounds we at least go into the half up by three and get the ball back. The maclin fumble wad also in scoring range if that wouldn’t of happen we would of at least got a field goal. There was also a lot of BS calls against the chiefs. That roughing the passer call on DJ was a joke! That PI against Marcus Peters was a joke he fell down! Also take not that our PFF studs (Houston and Morse) didn’t play.

      • Tim Edell

        Please dont cry about the refs thats a sign of an ignorant fan!!

        • Brandon

          Did you not know that this years officiating has been the worst since the hold out era. If you watch the chiefs you would know refs have been screwing us all season. A kelce fumble with his forearm on the ground. A horrible PI call against Peters vs Chicago where he had contact after the ball was there. A Minnesota play where West was whistled down when the defender rolled him and his knees never touched down. NFL did a report on how bad the officiating has been from the Baltimore jaguars game to the Seattle lions game. Not ignorant I’m just not blind enough to not take notice of all the horrible misfortunes. Down to the Aaron Rodgers “facemask” to the gronk “push off” against Denver. All horrible horrible calls. You can’t say everyone that complains about officiating is ignorant and really any one that objects to it with an insult and doesn’t at least attempt to give a logical and reasonable answer is childish.

          • crosseyedlemon

            Chief fans may feel the refs have been screwing them all season but at least they don’t have to live with the memory of the “tuck rule” call.

          • Brandon

            Absolutely, NE has always been babied by the NFL. Tuck rule , not to mention they just “had” to extend the goal post because the field goal in that game vs Baltimore went over it. So the NFL extended that as well.

        • crosseyedlemon

          Hate to disagree with Tim but since owners, coaches and Aaron Rodgers cry about the officiating how is it ignorant if fans do likewise. For the most part the refs screw every team equally over the course of the season but that is little consolation when your playoff chances have just been torpedoed.

    • Dollar Flipper

      Both teams didn’t play well. Protection of Carr (except the last drive) was superb. He was able to pick apart the Chiefs until he got pressured. Raiders didn’t take advantage of the much better field position they had all day.

      • cyberry

        Really, picked apart.. so that why they went for it on 4th down on the 2nd drive..but lost yards. Then had four straight 3 and outs, from fantastic field position. In the 2nd quarter the Raiders punted 4 times in a row with 7 yards passing. They only had 43 yards passing in the 2nd quarter..on 6 possessions. But they where picking us apart..wow

        • Dollar Flipper

          You make good points. Maybe I’m just being nitpicky of our D, but I felt like Carr was mostly making the right throws and his WRs were dropping them.

  • Brandon

    The rivalry is revived! That was the first meaningful game the raiders and chiefs played since that 2011 season where Richard Seymour blocked two field goals. The Marcus Peters story is awesome! I expect him to get a pick in every game at Oakland. It was overall a close game that both teams lived off turnovers. I have to congratulate the raiders tho. That pass to put you guys up by 7 in between Berry and Smith made me a believer in Carr. You guys have a legit franchise QB be proud of that. I think after this year Oakland with a healthy roster is a serious threat. Tuck,Edwards, and Williams with the pass rush of smith and Mack. With a seasoned veteran woodson(how long will that man play!?) that sounds like one nasty D.

  • Matt

    Tamba was kicking Penn’s ass, no he didn’t allow a sack, but man Hali was just pushing hi around all day long…

    • bobsaget

      According to PFF Penn gave up a sack, a hit, and 3 hurries… only in PFF fantasy land could a guy give that up. get pancaked TWICE. and get a really good grade…Seriously I don’t know if i’ve ever seen an offensive lineman get pancaked twice

      • Matt

        I wonder who the sack was, because it wasn’t Hali.

        • bobsaget

          I think Frank Zombo at the end there but i’m not sure.

  • cyberry

    Alex Smith had two 9 play drives for TD’s, one for 80 yards and almost 70.. The Raider’s started at mid-field 3 times..at Oaklands 46 and KC’s 49, 47..the couldn’t even get a first down. Went for it on 4th down twice..0-2..Oakland had 13 drives.. 3tds, 4 punts (in a row),3 ints, 2 turnover of downs and a missed FG…. Dan Williams gets +4.3 for 3 tackles, not even for a loss.. Even though he let Alex Smith jog right by him for a TD.. So you don’t lose points for not even trying..lol

    • Johnny Rotten

      I’ve never seen someone cry so much after a win. LOL.

      • Butch Davis

        the operative term is win, something that Raiders fans know very little about