In their biggest game of the season so far this past Thursday night, the Oakland Raiders traveled to the Kansas City Chiefs and laid a bit of a dud, losing 21-13.
The loss not only moved the Raiders out of first place in the AFC West, but they also went from being the No. 1 seed in the AFC and possibly earning a first round bye, to falling to the No. 5 seed and having to play their first playoff game on the road if the playoffs were to begin today.
They still have three games left to possibly win the division, but that would require the Chiefs to lose at least one game as they own the tiebreaker over Oakland having beaten them twice this year.
The 13 points scored was the second lowest output for the Raiders this season, as they only scored lower when they lost to the Chiefs 26-10 on Oct. 16.
Raiders quarterback Derek Carr had his worst game of the season, as the cold weather did not help his dislocated finger. Carr completed just 17-of-41 passes for 117 yards and no touchdowns.
Carr did not blame the injured finger or make any other excuses after the loss, as he just said it was a bad night on his part, via Raiders.com:
“It was definitely a bad night, no way of getting around that. I hate to have the bad night come on this one out of all the games we’ve had. Obviously we didn’t do enough. We all took turns. I feel very responsible for that because of being the leader of the offense and the team. I feel sick to my stomach when we put something like that out there on film. It hurts, I can promise you that. I put too much time into this to go and do something like that.”
Oakland, who is currently 10-3 with three games to play, is still in a good spot to reach the postseason for the first time since the 2002-03 season.