The Chiefs win a “Monday Night Football” thriller with a 30-29 victory over the AFC West rival Raiders.
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Chiefs DT Chris Jones was outspoken postgame on the roughing the passer penalty called against him Monday night, citing a similar call against Grady Jarrett on Sunday and the possibility of these calls costing teams games:
“I think that’s the next step,” Jones said. “If we’re going to continue calling roughing the passer at that high of a velocity, then we’ve got to be able to view it in the booth and make sure because sometimes, looks can be deceiving. From the ref’s point of view, it probably looked like that initially. When you look at the replay, it’s a whole different thing.”
Travis Kelce set an NFL record four touchdown receptions of fewer than 10 yards in a single game to help the Kansas City Chiefs overcome a 17-0 second quarter deficit to beat the Las Vegas Raiders 30-29 in the Week 5 Monday Night Football matchup.
The Raiders scored touchdowns on two of their first three possessions, including one on a 58-yard pass to Davante Adams to take a 14-0 lead early in the second quarter and then had a 17-0 advantage midway through that quarter. Kansas City played listlessly up to that point but then scored a touchdown on one of Kelce’s short-distance touchdowns to close the gap to 17-7.
Then came the real turning point of the game. On the next drive, Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones got through to Derek Carr and stripped the ball away for a sack but his follow through on the hit was called for roughing the passer. It was a very controversial call, as the ESPN broadcast crew (including former NFL official John Parry) and many influential commentators on Twitter (including former head coach Sean Payton) indicated a penalty should not have been called.
Since this took place following the contentious call made against Grady Jarrett on a sack versus Tom Brady yesterday, it drew a livid response from the crowd at Arrowhead Stadium. Las Vegas gained a field goal on that drive to go up 20-7, but the crowd reaction seemed to shake Kansas City out of its doldrums and led the Chiefs to go on a 23-3 run that gave Kansas City as 30-23 lead midway through the fourth quarter. Every touchdown in that run was a Patrick Mahomes short pass throw to Kelce, who the Raiders seemed incapable of slowing down in those clutch situations.
Las Vegas then drove 75 yards on seven plays to make it 30-29. Josh McDaniels decided to go for two points to get the lead, but Josh Jacobs came up inches short of the goal line on an inside rushing play.
The Raiders got one more chance to take the lead, but Adams couldn’t quite catch a pass inbounds on 3rd and 1 and the 4th and 1 play saw Adams and Hunter Renfrow collide, thus leading to an incompletion.
Las Vegas (1-4) is on a bye in Week 6. Kansas City (4-1) hosts the Bills next week in one of the biggest games of the 2022 season.
Davante Adams apologizes to man he shoved
Raiders WR Davante Adams apologized to the man he shoved to the ground after Monday’s loss to the Chiefs.
Adams was walking toward the locker room when it appeared a staffer walked in front of him, to which Adams responded by pushing the man to the ground.
"I want to the apologize to the guy, some guy running off the field and he ran and jumped in front of me coming off the field and I bumped into him and kind of pushed him and he ended up on the ground,” Adams said postgame. “So I wanted to say sorry to him for that, because that was just frustration mixed with him literally just running in front of me. Shouldn't have responded that way, but that's how I initially responded so I wanted to apologize to him for that."
Key takeaways from first half of Chiefs vs. Raiders
The Kansas City Chiefs’ first half against the Las Vegas Raiders has been quite underwhelming. It took the team a long time to get settled in and they’ve been struggling to win the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, but somehow they’ve battled back to make this a 10-point game. They’ll get the ball after the half, which will give them a chance to get even closer to mounting a comeback against their AFC West rivals.
The Chiefs are really missing Trey Smith on the offensive side of the ball, both in the run game and the passing game. They’re going to need to adjust if they’re going to be able to mount a comeback.
They need quick developing plays in the passing game because the pass protection isn’t holding up in the slightest. They’re helping without Smith, Allegretti has been tasked with helping Andrew Wylie on inside moves. That hasn’t been as flawless as it has been in the past. On the other side of the line, Orlando Brown Jr. has been getting worked by Chandler Jones.
The run game hasn’t had much success at all, outside of Patrick Mahomes using his legs and taking off on a few plays. As of nine minutes and 22 seconds to go in the second quarter, Clyde Edwards-Helaire has two carries for two yards and Isiah Pacheco has one carry for no yards. Really, Jerick McKinnon was the only player who found any success running the ball. He needs to be a focal point for the offense in the second half.
All-in-all it feels like every bit of success they achieved in Week 4 went out the window in the first half of Week 5. This looks like the team that lost to the Colts and not the team that beat the Buccaneers.
The execution on the defensive side of the ball hasn’t been stellar. On the defensive line, they’ve been losing the line of scrimmage in the run game and at times in the passing game. In the secondary, they’ve been struggling to locate the football. The linebackers haven’t been disciplined in their gaps.
The Raiders’ success has been aided by some costly penalties, but some of that comes back to execution from Kansas City. They’re not getting their head around to look for the football — and even when they have it has gone against them.
Two days in a row the NFL has had two bad roughing the passer penalties that have caused a stir. Jerome Boger’s call in the Buccaneers-Falcons game was egregiously bad. The call in the Chiefs-Raiders game was somehow worse.
Chris Jones was called for roughing the passer while he actually possessed the football in a strip fumble. He braced himself for impact so as to not land with his full body weight on Derek Carr. He was still called for roughing the passer.
It makes very little sense and it’ll be the subject of much scrutiny moving forward. The fans in Arrowhead Stadium have let Carl Cheffers know they don’t like it, chanting “bullshit” and “refs you suck” on two separate occasions.
Roughing-the-passer call prompts officiating scrutiny
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones believes the NFL should allow video review of roughing-the-passer penalties after his controversial call — the second in as many days — nearly cost the Kansas City Chiefs in their come-from-behind 30-29 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders on Monday night.
The Chiefs had just scored to trim their deficit to 17-7 when Jones stripped Raiders quarterback Derek Carr from behind just before halftime. The Pro Bowl defensive tackle landed on Carr while also coming up with the ball — replays showed it was clearly loose and that Jones cleanly recovered — but referee Carl Cheffers threw a flag for roughing the passer.
The play happened with less than two minutes to go and was not reviewed.
Chiefs coach Andy Reid stormed off the sideline to argue with every official within earshot. And after the teams traded field goals, leaving the Raiders ahead 20-10 at halftime, Reid cornered Cheffers again as they headed to the locker room.
“The quarterback is in the pocket and he's in a passing posture. He gets full protection of all the aspects of what we give the quarterback in a passing posture,” Cheffers told a pool reporter after the game. “My ruling was the defender landed on him with full body weight. The quarterback is protected from being tackled with full body weight.”
That explanation didn't sit well in the Kansas City locker room.
Especially with the culprit.
“It's costing teams games,” Jones said. “How should I tackle people? How should I not roll on him? I'm trying my best. I'm 325 pounds, OK? What do you want me to do? I'm going full speed trying to get the quarterback.”
When players emerged for the second half, Kansas City fans booed Cheffers more loudly than the hated Raiders (1-4), and the call — and the energized Arrowhead Stadium — seemed to galvanize their team. Travis Kelce had three of his fourth TD catches in the second second half and the defense made a stand in the final minute to escape with the win.
The call came one day after Atlanta defensive tackle Grady Jarrett was flagged by referee Jerome Boger for a seemingly innocuous tackle of Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady. The penalty gave the Buccaneers a first down and allowed them to run out the clock on a 21-15 victory, rather than giving the Falcons a chance to drive for the win.
“What I had was the defender grabbed the quarterback while he was still in the pocket, and unnecessarily throwing him to the ground,” Boger told a pool reporter after the game. “That is what I was making my decision based upon.”
The NFL was criticized for its failure to protect quarterbacks after Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was taken off the field on a stretcher following a violent hit in a game against Cincinnati. Tagovailoa sustained a concussion when his head slammed to the turf on a tackle by the Bengals' Josh Tupou, who was not flagged on the play.
In the NFL rulebook, it states: “Any physical acts against a player who is in a passing posture (i.e. before, during, or after a pass) which, in the referee’s judgment, are unwarranted by the circumstances of the play will be called as fouls.”
The rulebook also notes: “When in doubt about a roughness call or potentially dangerous tactic against the quarterback, the referee should always call roughing the passer.”
Jones offered a solution: Allow replays of roughing-the-passer calls.
“Especially in critical situations in games,” he said. “We've got to be able to review it in the booth, you know what I mean? I think that's the next step for the NFL as a whole. If we're going to call it penalty at that high (of rate), then we've got to be able to review it and make sure, because sometimes looks can be deceiving.”
Meanwhile, the Chiefs have had plenty of conflicts with Cheffers in the past.
The biggest came during the 2016 playoffs against Pittsburgh, when Cheffers called left tackle Eric Fisher for holding that negated what would have been a tying two-point conversion. The Steelers won 18-16 to advance to the AFC title game, and Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce said Cheffers “shouldn't even be able to work at ... Foot Locker.”
Their opinion of the referee surely didn't improve Monday night.
“You want to protect the players in all aspects of the game, but at the same time, there's a commonsense factor,” Mahomes said. “The refs watch tape and they practice, just like we do. I'm sure they'll go back and make the corrections.”
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