But very few expected the Oakland Raiders to be right there with the Chiefs.
Head coach Jon Gruden and the Oakland Raiders aren't having quite the season they envisioned, with their second consecutive loss on Sunday in Week 13 to the Kansas City Chiefs dropping the AFC West franchise to 6-6 on the 2019 season. The performance allowed the Chiefs (8-4) to take a commanding two-game lead in the division with four games to play (with a sweep of the Raiders, giving them the head-to-head tiebreaker). This week, the Raiders take on the Chiefs with a chance to draw even with the Chiefs. The Chiefs lost key games to the Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans in October around the same time the Raiders began to enjoy a win streak of their own. The Chiefs seemed to know what was coming as evidenced by the two interceptions they got - one by Mathieu, and another that Juan Thornhill returned for a touchdown. The Chiefs defense intercepted Derek Carr twice, sacked him 2 more times, and came away from a dominant defensive effort and enough Patrick Mahomes heroics to come away with a 40-9 victory. Carr is now 2-10 in his career against Kansas City. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes completed 15 of 29 passes for 175 yards, his career low as a starter, and a touchdown with an interception for a 81.8 passer rating.
The Chiefs' defense was needed for the second straight game to pick up the KC offense. Rookie running back Darwin Thompson drove for his first National Football League score from four yards out as Kansas City took over nine minutes off the clock.
The win provided the Chiefs momentum heading into Week 14's matchup against their AFC nemesis, the New England Patriots, next Sunday afternoon at Foxboro Stadium.