The Oakland Raiders looked very good and more like themselves in their game Thursday against the Kansas City Chiefs. Derek Carr threw for 417 yards and Amari Cooper went absolutely crazy for 210 yards and two touchdowns. Michael Crabtree did his thing by coming up with what was a clutch game-winning catch with 0:00 left on the clock, in what was a nail biter of a finish in Oakland.
The Raiders are now 3-4 on the season and only two games back of the division-leading Kansas City Chiefs. This was not only a huge game for the Raiders who were playing the division leader, but 3-4 is a big difference from 2-5. Their season could easily be done if it weren’t for that win. It was not all thanks to the Raiders big three on offense, but some unsung heroes like Jared Cook, who went for 107 yards and made some incredibly clutch catches on a couple fourth downs and one to put the raiders on the one-yard line at the very end of the game.
They also had some help from newly acquired middle linebacker, Navorro Bowman, who in only his third day with the team had the mic for the defense. He was calling the shots and had to lead that defense. They started a little shaky, but when they needed a solid stop most, they delivered. There had to be a lot of credit given to Bowman for being able to come into this team and learn that playbook within only a few days and have to be given the pressure to deliver on one of the biggest games of the year.
Derek Carr looked more like himself than what we have seen the past few weeks, and Amari Cooper finally showed up in this game. If the Raiders can continue and build upon this game they have a real chance to make a comeback in the division.