But very few expected the Oakland Raiders to be right there with the Chiefs.
Mathieu and Thornhill continued a trend for the Chiefs' defense against Carr, who has thrown 13 career picks - or 20 percent of his total interceptions - vs. Kansas City.
The Chiefs (8-4) take command of the AFC West with a two-game lead over the Raiders (6-6) with four games remaining in the regular season. This week, the Raiders take on the Chiefs with a chance to draw even with the Chiefs. The Chiefs have alternated wins and losses over their last six games, a streak they will attempt to break with a win against Oakland.
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David DeCastro , another Steelers offensive lineman added: "I thought it was pretty stupid". I put on a jacket, I covered it up, I took a picture, that was simple as that.
Rookie safety Juan Thornhill electrified the Chiefs' win with an interception returned for a touchdown in the second quarter. The Raiders are exceeding expectations, sitting just a game back of Kansas City in the standings.
We'll start with the most recent game against the Raiders in which Mahomes went 15 of 29 for 175 yards and a touchdown while getting sacked once. That just shows how far the defense has come this year and how even when the Chiefs' MVP quarterback isn't having his best day, the team can stay in the game and keep the team afloat. We've seen back-to-back questionable performances by Patrick Mahomes, but at the end of the day, all that matters is leaving the game with a W. That's what the Chiefs have done despite not MVP-like performances by their reigning MVP. Wide receiver Tyreek Hill contributed five catches for 55 yards.
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. Mahomes finished with three carries for 25 yards and was the Chiefs' leading rusher until midway through the fourth quarter.