The Kansas City Chiefs were a red tide. The Las Vegas Raiders debacle came at the worst possible time and against the worst possible opponent. The Chiefs rolled over them 48-9 and made them look really bad. The much-criticized defense of the reigning American Conference champions was what became the principal cause of the victory on Sunday.
Derek Carr and his offense suffered greatly. An interception, a fumble, and three captures prevented him from doing his job well. That was reflected on the scoreboard.
Mike Hughes and Daniel Sorensen, in addition to Tyrann Mathieu, stopped the Raiders, causing mistakes that they capitalized on with points.
Patrick Mahomes finished the game with two touchdown passes and 258 yards, with no interceptions, and the team at a high level.