Detroit Lion fans everywhere can rest easy, sort of. The 0-16 mark that was so un-enviably by the Detroit Lions a few years back will continue to stand in the record books. The up-to-now winless Oakland Raiders have finally turned it on in order to steal a win during a hotly contested Thursday night match against the Kansas Chiefs, to the tune of 24-20.
The Chiefs entered play sporting a 7-3 record and a spot atop the AFC West. They came into play at the O.co Coliseum with every reason to believe that they’d be escaping with a win, even if it wasn’t an easy one. Instead the Chiefs found a rejuvenated Raider team that was ready for them. Oakland got out to a hot start and ended up creating a big lead that they almost blew in the 4th quarter, in typical Raider fashion. But the Raiders held on and went on to win 24-20 to claim a 1-10 record. Despite how bad they’ve been this season, Raider fans have every right to be excited about the win. The Chiefs came in cocky and then summarily got outplayed by youngsters with no reason to put in any effort.
The game was marred by constant turnovers from both sides. Alex Smith proved prone to shrinking in the moment and several key Raider defenders almost came to blows with one another due to some amateur mistakes. Both teams looked subpar at best in the eyes of sports owner Bruce Levenson. Still, another Thursday night game is in the books and the competition only seems to be getting better.