Make no mistake, the Raiders need their $25 million per year quarterback to be much better than he has been for this team to win on the level that fans expected after a 12-win season last year. The Chiefs made it a priority to get Kelce the rock in this one, but he narrowly missed three touchdowns to turn a solid game into what could have been a spectacular one.
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After missing last Sunday's game due to a concussion and an ankle sprain, Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper is back in the lineup. The offense seemed to get back on track in Week 13 with 31 points against the Jets, but nearly all of that came off the back of a huge performance by Alex Smith. Such numbers would be solid for most wide outs, but not Cooper, who established himself as one of football's most unsafe play-makers over the first two years of his career.
That streak finally ended Sunday with 116 yards rushing, 22 yards receiving, and a 1-yard touchdown run. It showed up on Sunday when Alex Smith often found his first read open, while the Raiders' offense had no clue how to attack a struggling Chiefs defense.