Monday Night Football: Kareem Hunt delivers a big homecoming

By Sanya Mansoor, CNN • Updated 25th September 2020 San Diego, California (CNN) — Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes is racking up the touchdowns, he’s spreading the wealth, and the Raiders keep getting jumped. What…

Monday Night Football: Kareem Hunt delivers a big homecoming

By Sanya Mansoor, CNN • Updated 25th September 2020

San Diego, California (CNN) — Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes is racking up the touchdowns, he’s spreading the wealth, and the Raiders keep getting jumped.

What are the odds — oh, you know — that any team in the NFL could be staring at a first-round playoff bye the week before Thanksgiving this year?

Let’s put it this way: Based on their 2018 schedule, the Oakland Raiders — 2-2 in their first season with Jon Gruden — and 1-3 in games started by Derek Carr — which just happen to include you, John Elway — were supposed to be facing a 31-3 loss in Kansas City to the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Chiefs, meanwhile, were 0-2 when they arrived at the Oakland Coliseum.

The K.C. offense certainly hasn’t missed a beat in their fourth straight season without top wide receiver Dwayne Bowe. Third-year player Tyreek Hill is doing a phenomenal job after the offseason trading for him, with five touchdowns in four games. He had four of his team’s eight in Monday night’s 41-14 thumping over the Raiders.

Running back Kareem Hunt came up big in Kansas City’s 26-19 loss to Denver in Week 2, and looked unstoppable in this one.

Remember, Hunt was the No. 30 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft who had his career sabotaged by off-field incidents that might have landed him in jail. Despite that, he was a tremendous player and produced on the field, and the Chiefs are banking on him doing his thing on a more regular basis.

Other than Mahomes’ rushing touchdown on Monday, he was equally efficient in every other category.

That’s first-year coach Andy Reid being on the money in that he knew what kind of a target Carr was, and did everything in his power to shut him down.

That said, Kansas City’s sixth consecutive win over Oakland wasn’t easy. The Chiefs jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter thanks to a Hill touchdown and first-round draft pick cornerback Tremon Smith’s interception and 64-yard touchdown return.

It was 14-10 at halftime, thanks in part to an Ermon Lane 10-yard touchdown run after a Carr fumble.

But Chiefs defenders continued to win battles in the trenches — wide receiver Sammy Watkins had a solid game, getting nine catches for 110 yards — and make costly turnovers that they shouldn’t have.

That trend was going in reverse in the second half, with rookie cornerback Tremon Smith (who was the Chiefs’ first-round draft pick this year) hauling in another pick and cornerback Ashton Lampkin scoring the first of his two touchdowns on an interception return.

Cornerback Kendall Fuller contributed two interceptions and also returned a fumble 66 yards for a touchdown. Safety Daniel Sorensen scored on a 68-yard punt return, his second such long return in four weeks.

Kareem Hunt scored on a 1-yard run and Mahomes threw a two-yard TD pass to Kerwynn Williams in the fourth quarter, as the team broke away from the four-point halftime lead.

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