Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs look full simply in time for the playoffs

LAS VEGAS — The Kansas Metropolis Chiefs beat the Las Vegas Raiders 31-13 to clinch the No. 1 seed within the AFC on Saturday. The Chiefs clinched their seventh straight AFC West title with a Week 15 win over the Houston Texans and locked in a first-round bye with Saturday’s regular-season finale.

The Raiders, in the meantime, will enter the offseason with questions on the quarterback place. Jarrett Stidham went 0-2 instead of Derek Carr to shut out the season, whereas Carr stepped away from the staff. The 6-11 Raiders end a disappointing season on the heels of final season’s playoff berth.

Kansas Metropolis Chiefs

This may sound odd for a staff that has received 5 straight video games, completed 14-3 within the common season and clinched the AFC’s No. 1 playoff seed, however the Chiefs lastly performed the sport they have been in search of.

No shut recreation towards a sub-.500 opponent. No serving to that opponent with turnovers, missed kicks or penalties.

As a substitute, the Chiefs have been strong in all phases of their win over the Raiders. The Chiefs have not performed a whole recreation like this since a Week 7 win over the San Francisco 49ers — and it occurred simply in time for the playoffs.

Shopping for Kadarius Toney’s breakout efficiency: Toney is not Tyreek Hill, however he is as shut a participant that the Chiefs have since buying and selling Hill. Toney, when he is wholesome, looms as an essential participant, a lot as he was towards the Raiders, when the Chiefs discovered a number of methods to get him the ball and use his quickness within the open subject. Search for the Chiefs to proceed to place Toney in the same position within the playoffs.

Underneath-the-radar stat that issues: The Chiefs have been final within the league in subject purpose share and close to the underside in PAT share heading into the weekend, so it is no small factor that Harrison Butker made all of his kicks, together with a 44-yard subject purpose and 4 PATs. That will not sound like a lot, but it surely supplied some confidence for Butker heading into the playoffs.

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The Raiders get their first landing of the day as Jarrett Stidham finds Hunter Renfrow for the 11-yard landing.

Las Vegas Raiders

Flat, uninspired and never enjoying sensible soccer isn’t any solution to finish a season and but, the Raiders achieved all three within the loss to the Chiefs. The defeat got here only a week after enjoying maybe their most impressed recreation of the season, albeit in an additional time loss to the 49ers.

On a day the Chiefs have been actually enjoying “Ring around the Rosie” in a purple zone huddle within the first half, the Raiders had little to no solutions on both aspect of the ball. The season started with excessive expectations because of the addition of All-Professional receiver Davante Adams and a brand new offensive scheme with the arrival of coach Josh McDaniels. A playoff staff a yr in the past at 10-7, the Raiders noticed their roller-coaster season — which included the benching of franchise QB Carr — come to a merciful finish with a 6-11 document.

The Raiders, as McDaniels’ mentor Invoice Bellichick may say, are into the 2023 season.

QB breakdown: All eyes have been on Stidham, making his second profession begin, to see if he may replicate final week’s exhibiting of 365 yards passing yards with three touchdowns towards the 49ers’ top-ranked protection. The Chiefs watched the tape, too, and deliberate accordingly. Kansas Metropolis’s protection harassed Stidham, whose proper (passing) elbow was black and blue this week, sacking him 5 occasions and forcing him into two turnovers. Stidham, who will change into a free agent and might be within the combine to switch Carr subsequent season, completed with 219 yards passing in finishing 22 of 36 makes an attempt with one landing and an interception.

Pivotal play: It occurred so early for the Raiders that it most likely would not have mattered, however given the variety of ridiculous spotlight reel catches Adams had had this season, Stidham’s deep bounce ball ultimately zone going proper by way of Adams’ gloved palms on their opening drive was unusual. As a substitute of answering the Chiefs’ preliminary landing drive with one in every of their very own, the Raiders needed to accept a 54-yard subject purpose.

Silver lining: Positive, Josh Jacobs, who missed follow this week as he was again in Oklahoma together with his sick father, was held to only 45 yards dashing. However he stretched his lead for the NFL’s dashing title to 205 yards over the Cleveland Browns’ Nick Chubb. Getting into Sunday, when the Browns play the Pittsburgh Steelers, Jacobs has 1,653 yards and Chubb has 1,448 yards. Keep tuned. Adams caught 5 passes, giving him his third straight 100-catch season. And remember about edge rusher Maxx Crosby, who had a sack to present him a career-high 12.5.

Eye-popping NextGen stat: The Raiders had a number of eight-minute drives on offense in a recreation for the primary time this season. These two drives resulted in … a subject purpose. That is not going to get the job completed, clearly, and whoever the Raiders’ QB is subsequent season has some work to do to repair this in live performance with McDaniels.