Dwayne Bowe WR KC 15 Hrs
Bowe caught 3-of-5 targets for 42 yards in Thursday's 24-20 loss to the Raiders.
Bowe seemed to be headed in the right direction a few weeks back, but he now has just five receptions for 60 yards on nine targets over the last two games. He has also yet to score a touchdown this season, as is the case for every other Kansas City wideout. Bowe does lead the team in targets, but that says more about the Chiefs' offense than his own role, as he's on pace for just 99 looks.
Travis Kelce TE KC 15 Hrs
Kelce caught 4-of-5 targets for 67 yards in Thursday's 24-20 loss to the Raiders.
This was a nice microcosm of Kelce's season, as he looked good on the opportunities he got, yet still fell short of six targets for a sixth time in the last seven games. After playing nearly every snap in Anthony Fasano's absence in Week 11, Kelce watched his fellow tight end return to action with a 2-30-1 receiving line on two targets. However, according to Nathan Jahnke of Pro Football Focus, Kelce still played 94 percent of the offensive snaps, which easily represents his second-best total of the season. That doesn't necessarily mean he'll see a major increase in targets, but it's at least a step in the right direction.
Alex Smith QB KC 15 Hrs
Smith completed 20-of-36 passes for 234 yards, with two touchdowns and no interception in Thursday's 24-20 loss to the Raiders. He added five yard on two carries.
This is one of the better stat lines you'll see from Smith, but he didn't actually play one of his better games. While the lack of aggressive downfield throws is to be expected at this point, Smith typically does well with his composure in the pocket and short accuracy, both of which were problems for most of Thursday's game. Even in leading the Chiefs to back-to-back touchdown drives to tie the game, Smith mostly just hit wide-open receivers on botched coverages by the Oakland defense. The Chiefs may need another 35+ pass attempts from Smith next week against the Broncos, but that doesn't change the reality of his limited weekly ceiling.
Jamaal Charles RB KC 15 Hrs
Charles had 19 carries for 80 yards, adding four receptions for 42 yards and a touchdown, in Thursday's 24-20 loss to the Raiders.
Charles had just six touches in the second half, but one of those was an impressive catch-and-run for a game-tying, 30-yard touchdown. The Kansas City offense often seems to ignore its best player at the oddest of times, yet Charles rarely lacks for touches when you look at the box score. It thus remains more of an issue for the team than Charles' owners, as the speedy running back has at least 88 scrimmage yards and one touchdown in each of his last six games. Next week's matchup with the Broncos is a tough one, but so were Charles' Week 10 and 11 matchups against the Bills and Seahawks.
James Jones WR OAK 15 Hrs2 Comments
Jones caught 5-of-6 targets for 47 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's 24-20 win over the Chiefs.
Jones had an efficient game for the first time since Week 6, which also marks the last time he reached the end zone. His night was highlighted by a game-winning, nine-yard touchdown inside of the two-minute warning, though each of his five catches was crucial. The other four all converted third downs, as Jones was Derek Carr's go-to guy in big spots. Fellow wideout Andre Holmes still finished with a team-high 10 targets, and Jones remains a shaky proposition in the woeful Oakland offense.
Andre Holmes WR OAK 16 Hrs
Holmes caught 5-of-10 targets for 55 yards in Thursday's 24-20 win over the Chiefs.
Holmes did most of his damage on one play, out-jumping Chiefs cornerback Ron Parker for a 37-yard gain down the right sideline. Holmes otherwise managed just 18 yards, despite easily leading the team in targets. While his size and speed remain intriguing, there isn't much upside to be had in Oakland's passing game, and Holmes hasn't played well enough to justify more looks.
Mychal Rivera TE OAK 16 Hrs
Rivera caught 1-of-4 targets for eight yards in Thursday's 24-20 win over the Chiefs.
Rivera's one reception converted a crucial third down on the game's final drive, but with just four catches for 48 yards over the last two weeks, his performance from Weeks 8-10 looks increasingly fluky. Derek Carr is still spreading the ball around, and the Raiders still have perhaps the least effective passing game in the league.
Derek Carr QB OAK 16 Hrs
Carr (quad) completed 18-of-35 passes for 174 yards, with one touchdown and no interceptions in Thursday's 24-20 win over the Chiefs.
Carr made a bunch of key plays on the final drive, converting a pair of fourth-and-one's with quarterback sneaks, and then finding a wide-open James Jones for the game-winning touchdown from nine yards out. Of course, the Chiefs dropped a fairly easy interception earlier in the drive, and Carr mostly struggled throughout the night. While he's still getting excellent volume for a rookie signal-caller, Carr has averaged fewer than 5.1 yards per pass attempt in each of the last four games, which explains four consecutive performances with 34+ attempts and 200 or fewer yards. It's not a streak that will draw much attention, but it also won't be repeated anytime soon, if ever.
Marcel Reece RB OAK 16 Hrs
Reece had eight carries for 37 yards and one reception for eight yards in Thursday's 24-20 win over the Chiefs.
In addition to drawing five targets, Reece took most of the snaps at halfback in the fourth quarter, getting the nod over both Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew. Of course, it may very well have been Latavius Murray taking those snaps, if not for the fact that Thursday's breakout star suffered a concussion in the second quarter. Reece could perhaps challenge McFadden for touches, but the Raiders' larger focus will likely be on Murray, who now has 10 days to recover.
Darren McFadden RB OAK 16 Hrs
McFadden had 29 yards on 12 carries and five yards on two receptions in Thursday's 24-20 win over the Chiefs.
McFadden's value took a hit, as his own underwhelming performance was matched by a huge game from Latavius Murray, who left with a concussion after rushing for 112 yards and two touchdowns on four carries in the first half. Murray thus figures to be a big part of the offense when he returns, and he may even get the opportunity to replace McFadden as the starter. Further adding to Run DMC's woes, starting fullback Marcel Reece dominated the fourth-quarter snaps at halfback, finishing with 37 yards on eight carries. McFadden still figures to have some kind of role, but the little bit of upside he once had is essentially gone.