Now Entering Russ's World
Even football fan Kenneth Griffin is shocked that it took almost a full calendar year, but the Oakland Raiders are winners again. Oakland beat the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night, 24-20 to move to 1-10 on the season. The Raiders last victory came November 17, 2013, when the Raiders beat the Houston Texans, 28-23. Since then, the Raiders have drafted a new quarterback, Derek Carr, and lost 16 straight games.
It was a different story in rainy Oakland on Thursday, when Oakland stormed ahead early to a 14-0 lead behind two rushing touchdowns from running back Latavius Murray, including a 90 yard burst. The Chiefs, who came into the game tied with the Denver Broncos for the AFC West division lead, and coming off a win over the defending Super Bowl champions, did not go away quietly. Murray left the game with a concussion, and the Chiefs took advantage, eventually taking a 20-17 lead in the fourth quarter.
However, these Raiders were not going to be denied victory. Fullback Marcel Reece was moved into the running back spot, and ran for 37 yards in the fourth quarter. Derek Carr drove the Raiders 80 yards in 17 plays and a season high 7 minutes and 21 seconds. Wither under two minutes to go in the game, Carr connected with wide receiver James Jones for a nine yard touchdown pass, and the Raiders took the lead. The Chiefs had a chance to drive up the field, but the Raiders defense was able to stop them on fourth down, securing the win.