The Blame Game: Raiders

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We list the five people most deserving of the blame for this week’s loss to the Raiders.

Every week we either play The Blame Game or post the Credit Report, depending on the outcome of the game. Following the Chiefs first loss in 11 months, albeit to the hated Raiders, we jump straight to the blame game.

It’s pretty easy how this works. We list the five people most deserving of blame for this loss. 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 blame for the loss and must list them in order. I will list them in order from least to most blame, 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.

I guess we got to do this thing…

Frank Clark:

What does a $100 million contract and two high draft picks get you in the NFL? One tackle and a player repeatedly washing himself out in the run game if you’re Brett Veach. Frank Clark has made a career out of getting sacks on known passing downs when his team has a lead. But when you need your highest paid defensive player to make an impact when it matters? Not so much.

Offensive Line:

The offensive line as a whole has struggled this year with pressure, and that trend continued today as we saw Patrick Mahomes under duress far too often. The early loss of Osemele didn’t make things any easier on the unit, but at some point it’d be really nice to see what our QB could do if he wasn’t running for his life most of the game.

Secondary:

The secondary was on full display for the entire NFL to expose on Sunday against the Raiders, allowing Derek Carr to carve them up for 347 yards and 3 TDs. Charvarius Ward struggled to cover speedy Riggs and Daniel Sorenson couldn’t decide what he better at, blowing coverages or missing tackles. One highlight from the group was Breeland returning from suspension, but his effort just wasn’t enough.

Steve Spagnuolo:

Spags should shoulder a good deal of this loss. His squad looked lost against a QB best known for crying in football. But Sunday against the Raiders he made Derek Carr look like Aaron Rodgers. They couldn’t cover, they couldn’t tackle, and they couldn’t generate pressure.

Andy Reid:

When you’re the boss, it ultimately comes down to you doing your job. Andy Reid didn’t have his team prepared for the Raiders who game into the game with a 2-2 record. His play calling was uninspired and when it became painfully obvious that we needed to make adjustments, they never came.

Now it’s your turn to throw daggers. Who needs to fall on this sword?

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Mr. Pibb
Mr. Pibb
10/13/2020 11:24 am

Schwartz, Sorensen & Ward forgot they were playing football.

wvchiefsfan
wvchiefsfan
10/12/2020 5:42 pm

It’s a shame the list is only five long.

BleedingRedAndGold
Reply to  wvchiefsfan
10/12/2020 5:45 pm

Target-rich environment.

Tyrone
10/12/2020 5:15 pm

Mahomes and the offense have looked off 2 weeks in a row. My theory is that PM was distracted by the NBA finals. Now that’s over he will get his focus back and return to form.

Holmes31
Holmes31
Reply to  Tyrone
10/12/2020 6:22 pm

I have a different theory that I asked the wife about and she agreed. My thought is, maybe just a coincidence, but to me it seems as if he’s being distracted off the field with having to prepare for being a new daddy, preparing for a wedding, living up to the pressure of being the highest paid QB in the league. Lots of personal stuff to have to deal with all in a fairly short amount of time. He doesn’t look like he’s playing with his normal gunslinger swagger, and dare I say AS11 but he also looks a bit happy feet and doing a lot more 5-6 yard check downs.

workingmansdead
Reply to  Holmes31
10/12/2020 6:24 pm

I’d say that’s far more likely.

Leaf
Reply to  Holmes31
10/12/2020 6:47 pm

More likely still is Patrick imbued all his otherworldly abilities into his offspring. Not he’s just mortal

Tyrone
10/12/2020 4:41 pm

Hammy “supposedly doesn’t miss more games than an average WR” Watkins is going to miss multiple weeks with his hamstring injury.

BleedingRedAndGold
Reply to  Tyrone
10/12/2020 5:39 pm

Don’t look at me, I called him that yesterday. Indeed, I said it was a problem that he should find a way to address, as well.

workingmansdead
Reply to  BleedingRedAndGold
10/12/2020 5:53 pm

You have been hammering away at the “He’s not injury prone!” argument though, to be fair.

Panzer85
Panzer85
10/12/2020 4:32 pm

I know this thread is for therapeutic violence, but it sure helps to know that we play them again in week 11 when our bye week is in week 10. They are going to get their brains beat in.

Last edited 18 days ago by Panzer85
steve_chiefs
steve_chiefs
10/12/2020 4:17 pm

When was the last NFL season that has had two Head coaches/GM’s combos fired by week 5?

steve_chiefs
steve_chiefs
10/12/2020 3:52 pm

after the loss

Chiefs 92.3% to win the AFC West

Raiders 6.0%

stjoechief
10/12/2020 3:51 pm

The entire D-line for not getting pressure on Carr.
The entire secondary with a special bonus raspberry to the safeties.
The entire offensive line; it’s inexcusable for the pathetic Raiders pass rush to get consistent pressure without blitzing.
Spags for not having his unit ready.
Andy because the buck stops with him.

steve_chiefs
steve_chiefs
Reply to  stjoechief
10/12/2020 3:54 pm

I think I read

That Carr had not gone deep all season

I am sure Spags needed to adjust but the Raiders spent their bullet to get a win yesterday

stjoechief
Reply to  steve_chiefs
10/12/2020 4:02 pm

I’m totally with you there. The Patriots beat the Raiders by doubling the checkdowns, for God’s sake. So the first couple of deep shots were understandable. Whether it was failure to adjust or just mental mistakes from there I’ll leave to the film junkies.

steve_chiefs
steve_chiefs
10/12/2020 3:50 pm

This season is so bizarre

I saw that the Bronc and pats were scheduled for 4 pm

I guess that got moved and I forgot

The Chargers

Can they actually beat the Saints?

MasterChief
MasterChief
10/12/2020 3:29 pm

😠 👉 The defense from Spags on down.
😠 👉 O-line because Mahomes spent far too much time running around and because watching CEH hit a wall at the line of scrimmage is tiresome.
😠 👉 Receivers need to make more of those critical catches, especially the non-star receivers and TE’s.
😠 👉 Coaches Reid and Bieniemy for a stale-looking offense and trying to use CEH like he’s a bruiser. They need to recalibrate their offensive strategies.

Last edited 18 days ago by MasterChief
Big Chief
Big Chief
10/12/2020 3:24 pm

I have two takeaways from this game:
1 – I’m old so I can’t stand losing to the Raiders. I’d rather lose to anyone else.
2 – It’s a really bad idea for the Chiefs to make a video stating that this isn’t a real rivalry anymore and then go out and lose the game at home just a day (or two) later. If you’re going to make a video like that Chiefs media (and Mathieu doing the narration) you’d better win the damn game!

Leaf
Reply to  Big Chief
10/12/2020 4:56 pm

They really did that? Damn, no wonder LV came to play.

Big Chief
Big Chief
Reply to  Leaf
10/12/2020 5:31 pm

They literally call it Rivalry Renewed, but they emphasize that the Raiders haven’t won (using a video of Carr talking about it) and that they aren’t any longer in Oakland. It downplays the past and literally says “this rivalry, it ain’t the same as it used to be” but it’s another game they need to win to reach their goal. So I think if you make a video like this you’d better win –

Last edited 18 days ago by Big Chief
Mr. Pibb
Mr. Pibb
Reply to  Big Chief
10/13/2020 11:07 am

Totally agree!

Leaf
10/12/2020 3:22 pm

I already took full responsibility. My bad guys.

venturachief
venturachief
Reply to  Leaf
10/12/2020 3:26 pm

The only appropriate way to accept responsibility is seppuku. Otherwise, you don’t mean it.

Leaf
Reply to  venturachief
10/12/2020 3:38 pm

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steve_chiefs
steve_chiefs
Reply to  Leaf
10/12/2020 3:44 pm

Noooooooooooo

It’s only a game

probablyamistake
probablyamistake
Reply to  steve_chiefs
10/12/2020 4:39 pm

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steve_chiefs
steve_chiefs
10/12/2020 3:13 pm

I’m still pissed

I never expected to go unbeaten this year but, To get beat by a combo of the refs and the Raiders sucks ass

ChiefOfTheWolfpack
ChiefOfTheWolfpack
10/12/2020 2:18 pm

My blame game

5: The secondary. They got roasted alive all game. HB better light a huge fire under their ass this week, because they outright sucked and it was a wake-up call that the rag-tag bunch of no-name players we have have weaknesses.

4: The run defense. We had multiple chances to stall out the Raiders on the final drive with plenty of time remaining for Mahomes to drive and tie it up. They failed repeatedly.

3: The entire offense in the second half. The much-maligned defense actually played decently well in the third quarter but was hung out to dry by the offense.

2: Penalties. The Chiefs lost 11 guaranteed points to holding calls. They lost probably 7 points from a missed PI on Hill. In a one-score game, that hurts. In a game against the Raiders, the Chiefs were the one with multiple game-altering penalties.

1: The offensive line. Guys, I hate to be a downer, but the Chiefs offensive line is a severe liability this season, and if we can’t get it fixed soon we will not win the Super Bowl, we may not even win the division. The whole thing just isn’t working right now. We can’t run block against soft boxes. We can’t pass protect against 4 rushers. Even Schwartz is having a bad year especially by his standards. Mahomes is rattled, doesn’t trust his protectors (for good reason) and it shows in his play. This is probably the most pressing issue: to the point where I would take an impact interior OL 10/10 times over another quality linebacker right now. That’s how bad it is.

Mahomesisgreat
Mahomesisgreat
10/12/2020 1:59 pm

Refs, O-line, Secondary, Reid, and the great one, Patrick Mahomes. Not throwing Patrick under the bus, we would be nowhere without him, but this wasn’t his best game. It looked like he often flushed early from the pocket, complicating an already terrible effort from the O- line, and contributing to some extra holding penalties. A team loss, really. They will be better.

ChiefOfTheWolfpack
ChiefOfTheWolfpack
Reply to  Mahomesisgreat
10/12/2020 2:03 pm

Mahomes hasn’t looked great this season but honestly any QB wouldn’t look good behind this line. It’s not just struggling. It is a legitimate bottom-5 unit in run blocking and well below average in pass blocking according to ESPN analytics. It is a glaring weakness, what’s causing it I don’t know but it may be that we’ve been relying on Schwartz playing like a god and now that he isn’t the rest of the line can’t pick up the slack.

I’d venture to say that 70% of this team’s issues could be fixed by significantly better offensive line play.

Mahomesisgreat
Mahomesisgreat
Reply to  ChiefOfTheWolfpack
10/12/2020 2:12 pm

Pretty much agree, the interior is bad too, but Schwartz had some terrible snaps. We were calling him the matador yesterday at my house.

venturachief
venturachief
Reply to  Mahomesisgreat
10/12/2020 2:14 pm

I’m loathe to criticize Schwartz because he’s been so good for so long, but he’s clearly not the same this year.

ChiefOfTheWolfpack
ChiefOfTheWolfpack
Reply to  venturachief
10/12/2020 2:21 pm

I think it’s more like he’s still playing fairly well, but we’ve become dependent on him being a monster so when he finally goes from “god tier” to “decent” the offensive line collapses because he was carrying them the whole time.

venturachief
venturachief
10/12/2020 1:53 pm

in no particular order:
Special teams are straight up trash. One penalty after another.
Interior offensive line
Ward
Nieman
Sack nation (Jones, Clark, Okafor). Okafor has to be an all time bad signing. Completely useless.

venturachief
venturachief
Reply to  venturachief
10/12/2020 1:56 pm

And the poor 16k fans who had to watch that abomination. They needed to do the work of 75,000 fans. They just didn’t bring their AAAAA+ game 🙂

rip58lovealways
rip58lovealways
Reply to  venturachief
10/12/2020 2:56 pm

That was complete trash, once again it appears we were looking ahead to the bills game..
No game plan..
No adjustments..
No effort..
No bueno…

steve_chiefs
steve_chiefs
Reply to  rip58lovealways
10/12/2020 3:16 pm

agree

A classic trap game we could not fight our way through this time

The Bills are gonna pay

rip58lovealways
rip58lovealways
Reply to  steve_chiefs
10/12/2020 3:22 pm

I’m pissed off as well…. no reason what so ever for that shit show yesterday…
4-1 Five games into the season and we’ve played one good game.. and now we have the undefeated bills up next.. BULLSHIT!!!!

venturachief
venturachief
Reply to  rip58lovealways
10/12/2020 3:31 pm

If it was anyone besides the Raiders, I could better deal with it. To allow Carr to come into Arrowhead and shred the defense is more than I can take. Aargh……

venturachief
venturachief
Reply to  rip58lovealways
10/12/2020 3:29 pm

They seem disinterested. That’s why all of the dynasty stuff is such bullshit. It is so hard to win a single championship, let alone multiple. They need to be really good and really fortunate.

Sudden
Sudden
Reply to  venturachief
10/12/2020 2:06 pm

I miss Ogbah. He played well last season

venturachief
venturachief
Reply to  Sudden
10/12/2020 2:09 pm

Agree. He was excellent prior to the injury.

Severely Concussed
Severely Concussed
10/12/2020 12:56 pm

5) Mathieu. Communication seemed to be an issue and I am convinced he was responsible for one of the 50yd scores.

4) Spags. We all know Carr crumbles under duress. He needed to do something to generate more pressure.

3) Keizer. I know he only had the one drop, but Mahomes performed magic to convert a 3 &15. That drop killed a chance to score.

2) Refs. I don’t blame them often because calls tend to balance out, but they were more involved in the outcome of this game than the players.

1) Reid. Our offense looked like it was out of sync for long stretches.

kcfreak725
10/12/2020 12:43 pm

There was zero pass rush all game. Zero. Everyone knows that Carr does not perform well under pressure. When he has a clean pocket, that’s when he’s usually successful. His pocket was sparkly clean all game, which made it possible for him to ball out. That shouldn’t happen.

tsv0728
tsv0728
10/12/2020 12:34 pm

No complaints about your list. Ward probably deserves his own spot. He looked generally disinterested in doing his job. CJ95 should have been pulled on the last drive in favor of someone that can hold up in run defense, that’s on Spags/Daly. No idea what is going on with the OL. Every one of them was getting worked repeatedly, and it does seem to have become a theme. They were good, almost great last year. Maybe Larry was the glue, no idea. The offensive game plan seemed stale too. I’m starting to suspect that Andy is giving EB too much control, in an effort to assist his job hunt. Hopefully this was a wake up call from the top on down. I would have thought the Chargers or Pats would have been, but clearly they weren’t. Of course, they just might not have the same drive they did last year.

Still, we went almost a year without seeing them lose, with a Superbowl sandwiched in the middle. That is some crazy shit!

Sudden
Sudden
Reply to  tsv0728
10/12/2020 2:09 pm

EB is just auditioning for the coming Jets head coaching vacancy so he wanted to put something on film they’d recognize

venturachief
venturachief
Reply to  tsv0728
10/12/2020 2:17 pm

I was wondering the same thing re EB but I didn’t want to say it loud 🙂

MasterChief
MasterChief
10/12/2020 11:33 am

Severely Concussed
Severely Concussed
Reply to  MasterChief
10/12/2020 12:47 pm

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