It’s halftime at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, and the Chiefs lead the Oakland Raiders 13-10 in their Week 6 tilt. Here are some quick thoughts.
1. Of course Marcus Peters recorded an interception Sunday. He always seems to get one pick in big games. He’s done a nice job keeping his composure thus far today, which is a far cry from his last game in Oakland.
2. The Chiefs are rotating their backs by committee, which makes a ton of sense. Spencer Ware is the bruiser, Charcandrick West is the cruiser and Jamaal Charles is, well, Mr. 5.5 Yards Per Carry. Ware had a touchdown run, and Charles did too. He’s the best of the bunch, and appears to be getting more work this week, as I hinted he might.
3. The Chiefs’ offense has looked better than it has in a month. There’s a commitment to running the football, and quarterback Alex Smith is doing what he does best, which is protect the ball and take calculated shots off that.
4. Looks like the Raiders have made an effort to get the ball to Amari Cooper, who has been overshadowed a bit by fellow receiver Michael Crabtree. I’m really impressed with the connection between Cooper and quarterback Derek Carr.
5. That said, the Chiefs’ defense has been solid after the Raiders’ first drive, which resulted in their lone touchdown of the half. Carr has completed 14 of 18 passes, but the Raiders are averaging on 2.8 yards on 10 carries, so their offense is unbalanced.
That said, the “box” defensive formation the Chiefs ran late in the first half allowed the Raiders to throw a quick pass over the middle for 21 yards and set up a field goal that narrowed the deficit to 13-10. Bad defensive call.