The Credit Report: Week 13 Raiders

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Every week Arrowhead Guys publishes the Credit Report or the Blame Game. We’re giving out props today.

Every week we either play The Blame Game or post the Credit Report, depending on the outcome of the game. Following the Chiefs’ domination of the Raiders, we go straight to The Credit List.

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It’s pretty easy how this works. We list the five people most deserving of the credit for this win. As always, readers are encouraged to play along, but you must follow the rules (we have rules here?). You get to choose five, and only five, people who deserve the most credit for the victory and must list them in order. I will list them in order from least to most credit, finishing last with the single person I believe is most responsible for the result of the game. Jump to the comments and do the same. Just remember: rules.

Now, without any further blabbering, let’s get to it.

Steve Spagnuolo:

Steve Spanguolo looked back at Bob Sutton’s defensive gameplans for beating the Raiders and it worked like a charm. Show up, put 11 defenders on the field, and let the Raiders Raider.

Travis Kelce:

Travis Kelce continues his reign over the Raiders, once again being Mahomes’ most reliable target, posting five catches for 90 yards.

Juan Thornhill:

Juan Thornhill’s beautiful 47 yard pick-6 alone earns him a spot on this week’s Credit Report.

The Referees:

The Referees may have had a better game than either team on the field. In addition to no egregious calls being made, none were essentially made against the Chiefs, and a pass interference challenge on a Raiders interception was rightly overturned, something NFL officials have been reluctant to do this year.

Derek Carr:

Derek Carr has been the Chiefs’ MVP in almost every game he’s played against them. If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.

Who are the Top 5 on your Credit List?

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EAFOX

5) Chris Jones
4) Travis Kelce
3) Patrick Mahomes
2) Honey Badger
1) Juan Thornhill

Nasrani
Nasrani

Give the game ball to Thornhill. He also had that huge 4th down stop.

kcfreak725
kcfreak725

I know it’s a small sample size and I may be delusional from watching some pretty bad RB play this season, but Darwin Thompson looked pretty promising. I’d like to see how he does vs. NE.

EAFOX

Did more on that fourth quarter series than our other running backs have in a similar situation. Would love to see him start and give Belichek a runner without much tape on.

tsv0728
tsv0728

Honorable mention to Mr David Toub, who fielded a unit that appeared to be coached this week.

kcfreak725
kcfreak725

By far their best performance of the year, imo

MasterChief
MasterChief

They played well in Mexico too.

Tony Sommer

1. Juan Thornhill – Not only that pick, but he made that clutch tackle on 3rd and 1 when I thought for sure they’d pick it up.
2. Travis Kelce – It’s amazing how little he’s talked about considering he’s 9th in the NFL in receiving yards. He’s the most reliable player on the team.
3. Weather – We’ll get to Carr, but he’s exceptionally bad in cold weather, so we have to give an assist there.
4. Andy Reid – Andy Reid against the division and after a bye is unstoppable. He could have trotted out my middle school B team and managed to pull out a victory.
5. Derek Carr – On top of Reid, Carr in cold weather was the big reason that I declared victory before the game was even played. Excluding that garbage time TD, the defense outscored the Raiders 7-3, so it didn’t matter what the offense did. In fact, even including that garbage time TD the defense and special teams tied the Raiders 9-9 thanks to that blocked extra point.We could have had Tyler Palko out there and still won.

MidKan Chiefs Lifer
MidKan Chiefs Lifer

I thought that was a 4th and one, either way I mostly agree with you .

Cheat Code
Cheat Code

That end around would have worked if the WR had any vision. There was a pretty sizable hole that would have given him an easy 3-4 yards and maybe more that was completely ignored.

EAFOX

Yeah, receiver should have taken inside hole rather than trying to get to the outside. Thornhill made the tackle but a Raider slowed down the runner.

ProfChesterTQ
ProfChesterTQ

Yep, WR was going for the ‘homerun’ instead of taking the few easy yards for the first down… and ended up with none.

ChiefOfTheWolfpack
ChiefOfTheWolfpack

There’s so much chatter about the offense being really inconsistent and how worrying it is. However, I see it differently. I think Andy is holding his cards close to the vest until playoff time. Plus, this year is way different: If Mahomes had a bad game last year, we lose by 14 because we had no defense. This year, we have a good defense (BLASPHEMY), and we can afford a subpar game from Mahomes. He threw 175 yesterday and we scored 31 offensive points. 31! I think a lot of it was the injuries, there’s been no continuity on that side of the ball since week 1 so everyone’s still trying to get timing down. They’ll be fine, as long as the O-line improves.

HawaiiFiveOh
HawaiiFiveOh

That’s a good point. We had 31 offensive points. 3 rushing TDs, including 1 from Mahomes! The rushing game wasn’t great outside of Darwin, the passing game wasn’t great due to wind. Yet somehow the offense still scored 4 touchdowns.

Cheat Code
Cheat Code

I’m really hoping that’s the case. He’s made some odd gameplans that show a lack of imagination and that’s not something typical for Reid.

workingmansdead

Doesn’t someone say this every single year?

Tyrone

Only for the last 10-15 years.

ProfChesterTQ
ProfChesterTQ

I’m just hoping Mahomes hasn’t hit that ‘sophomore’ phase where he is beginning to feel comfortable while also starting to over-think it… the paralysis-by-analysis phase…

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Mahomesisgreat
Mahomesisgreat

I guess we are ignoring the obvious pass interference non call on Reid’s challenge. Let’s not give those zebras too much credit until they call a complete game.

KCChef
KCChef

^ Thank You ,… I Came here to say exactly ^ THIS ^ … :

Slayer0810
Slayer0810

Sure, but when your team gets 0 penalties for the third time ever, it’s worth noting.

WaywerdSon
WaywerdSon

i saw a couple cheerleaders leaving the ref room wiping their chins……….

MidKan Chiefs Lifer
MidKan Chiefs Lifer

If they wasted their bribery on the damn Raiders I’m going to be pissed that they didn’t wait a week to get out the happy massage treatment

Brownmanchiefsfan
Brownmanchiefsfan

Well next week it’ll be the refs coming out of Toms locker wiping their chins

SCKSChief
SCKSChief

I don’t understand how that does not ‘meet the criteria’ for pass interference. It’s just mind-boggling.

probablyamistake
probablyamistake

I know Hill breaks down a secondary, but to me Kelce is the catalyst for this O. Whenever we sputter, I’m yelling at the TV, get the ball to Kelce. That kid is a heck of a player.

ArrowFan
ArrowFan

I wonder if Reid is holding back until the playoffs? The play calling hasn’t been anywhere close to as awesome as it was last year.

Leaf
Leaf

Bob Sutton’s defensive gameplans for beating the Raiders…. Show up, put 11 defenders on the field, and let the Raiders Raider.

I’m pretty sure Marty figured that out before Bob did. It’s been the game plan for the raiders since the 90s

starry1

That’s why we call it Martyball.

CHIEFSandSABRES

1. Spags
2. Andy Reid
3. Juan Thornhill
4. Honey Badger
5. KPass
Y’all can downvote me if you want, but Mahomes played like Alex Smith.

Slayer0810
Slayer0810

Well, at least we all realize now that it’s not a good thing when someone’s play is compared to Alex.

We still have major offensive line issues, and that affects both passing and running the ball. I thought Mahomes looked more like himself than he has in a few games, but the combination of the line and the weather didn’t lead to a great stat line.

CHIEFSandSABRES

Yeah I should have clarified that. Meant Mahomes stat line looked more like Alex’s. And yes it is the offensive line and lack of a running game dragging it down. I sure hope he can ball out against NE.

Mahomesisgreat
Mahomesisgreat

I think the o-line is the problem.

Leaf
Leaf

There’s nothing wrong with managing a game. All the greats have had games like that. The problem with Alex Smith wasn’t that he game managed. It was the fact that that’s all he really could do. I’m completely okay with Patrick having a Smithesque game because we know for a fact that Mahomes isn’t just a game manger. When push comes to shove, if we need Mahomes to play a Monday night game against the Rams, that mother fucker is dropping 50. Alex couldn’t do that.

Tarkus

He’s no Lamar Jackson!

WaywerdSon
WaywerdSon

in fairness Alex did hang 41 and 42 on NE

probablyamistake
probablyamistake

Fairness and Alex don’t really belong in the same sentence around here for obvious reasons.

Leaf
Leaf

Nothing against Alex, as he did play well in both games (and he did surprise us and break his mold on occasion), but I believe those games were more Andy then Alex. My point is merely that Alex struggled to not just be a game manager even if we needed a gunslinger. Mahomes can be effective in any situation. That doesn’t mean defenses can ever get the best of him, or he won’t struggle at times. But no matter the game, if he’s playing, he gives us a chance. Alex couldn’t consistently do that, which frustrated fans to no end.

probablyamistake
probablyamistake

No shit, Patrick is better than Alex? Patrick is better than everybody. Comparing Alex to Patrick is a lame argument.

MasterChief
MasterChief

And won in 2017 I believe.

Berserker

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Leaf
Leaf

He did. So?

CHIEFSandSABRES

He ain’t no Kyler Murray, that is for sure!

fansince63
fansince63

Would that not fall under the QBWINZ category? QBWINZ for the win!