Hunter Renfrow shines despite grim divisional loss to Chiefs
Well, I have good news and bad news; I might as well start with the bad news.
The Las Vegas Raiders were swept aside by the Kansas City Chiefs in their divisional series of the season, losing 48-9 Sunday at GEHA Field in Arrowhead Stadium. The loss sends the Raiders under 0.500 for the first time this season.
Sloppy falls and a lack of offensive momentum – along with the lack of key pieces like Darren Waller and Denzel Perryman – played a role in the loss, in which it seemed at times as the receivers and running backs of the Silver and Black couldn’t keep their hands off the ball. Three first-half turnovers led to 21 points for Kansas City, and that proved too difficult for the Raiders to overcome.
“You’d like to think you can prepare your team for adversity when it comes,” interim head coach Rich Bisaccia said after the game. “You’d rather he didn’t show up on a first ride, but if it does, respond. How are we going to react? I just didn’t think we had reacted well all day.”
But again, there was good news: Hunter Renfrow’s continued emergence as a real weapon – not just in the Raiders offense – but in the NFL.
Renfrow had a career day in loss, finishing with 13 catches, his most as a pro and one less than matching the franchise’s one-game record. In total, he recorded 117 yards and one touchdown.
This incredible performance of No 13 has become relatively commonplace in this Raiders attack. The third-year wide receiver currently leads the team in targets, yards, catches and touchdowns, and his 30 catches in the last three games are the most significant in franchise history over such a span. It’s also his third straight game with at least eight catches and over 100 receiving yards, and his sixth game this year with at least seven catches.
“I’m so proud of him. I’m so happy for him, the success he’s enjoying,” said Derek Carr. “But he’ll be the first to tell you, he’d trade any of those 100 yards or catches for wins. I think that’s what I love most about him. I keep saying to people, when you look at him, everybody says, ‘Well, he works hard.’ No, the guy is just a good soccer player.
“He’s just more talented than some people, and I don’t think he has enough credit for that.… One thing I know about him is that he’s never satisfied, so he’s going to. keep working to try and improve. “
“It doesn’t matter – like I said last week, it doesn’t matter how many catches I have or how many yards,” said the receiver. you lost the game. You can always do more. You can always improve, you can still be a better teammate and hopefully help people. This week we just have to think about how to take care of the ball, how to be a better receiver, how to be a better teammate, how to be a better leader and hopefully we will. “
The Raiders will now be tasked with battling the emotional loss with another tough road game against the Cleveland Browns. Last November, the team faced the Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium, and the Silver and Black returned to Las Vegas with a 16-6 victory.