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KANSAS CITY — If you were looking for drama on this particular NFL Sunday, Arrowhead Stadium was the wrong place. Moments after the visiting Raiders held their pregame huddle on the Chiefs’ midfield logo, Josh Jacobs fumbled their first play from scrimmage and the Chiefs ran it back for a touchdown.
Things did not get better from there for the Raiders, who got blown out 48-9. It was the second time in five weeks the Chiefs blew out the Raiders, and this one delivered Kansas City’s sixth victory in a row — a victory that tied it atop the AFC standings with the Patriots and the Titans at 9-4.
The Chiefs’ defense has been the story of its season. This was the third game in a row in which it allowed only nine points, and it has allowed just 65 points total during the Chiefs’ win streak. That’s their lowest six-game total of points allowed since before the AFL-NFL merger. Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo has his side of the ball playing at a high level, while Patrick Mahomes and the offense keep working to find their old, dominant form. Sunday, the Chiefs put it together on both sides of the ball, and they looked like … well, the Chiefs.
So let’s start the Week 14 overreactions right there, shall we?
The Chiefs’ offense is back!
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