Week 7 was about as big a must-win game the Oakland Raiders have had all season. Facing off against the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday Night Football, a loss here would have pushed the Raiders to 2-5 on the year and an almost impossible climb towards a playoff berth.
Now at 3-4, paired with the thrilling, last-second 31-30 win over the Chiefs, the AFC West remains wide open. Oakland has a chance.
Like he did for so much of last year, quarterback Derek Carr put the offense on his shoulders, completing 29 of his whopping 52 pass attempts for 417 yards and three touchdowns.
What back problems? At least Oakland’s offensive line kept him protected well enough, as Kansas City failed to register a single sack.
It was nice to see wide receiver Amari Cooper finally go off, hauling in 11 of those passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns — a big game at a time of big need.
The Raiders defense still has plenty of question marks, but the offensive formula for picking their teammates up sure worked in prime time.