Coleman was ruled out for Week 9 but may have had a chance to play if the game was played on Sunday rather than Thursday. As such, the running back will have extra time to get ready for Week 10 and has a chance to play. Until then, look for Devonta Freeman to be the horse in the backfield.
Richard and backfield mate DeAndre Washington split carries evenly after Marshawn Lynch was ejected in the second quarter, but Richard notably outpaced Washington through the air. The 24-year-old equaled a season high in carries while establishing a new high-water mark in receptions as well. Despite the extend action Thursday, Richard, like Washington, appears destined to serve as a complementary option in any game in which Lynch suits up.
Crabtree made up for a sluggish and inefficient night in spectacular fashion, bringing in a game-tying two-yard touchdown throw on the third of three untimed downs at the end of regulation. The veteran receiver went low and towards the pylon to make the grab, which was easily upheld upon review. The nine-year veteran's nose for the end zone has led to touchdown receptions in three straight contests and six overall on the season. The explosive re-emergence of fellow pass catcher Amari Cooper on Thursday did eat into Crabtree's targets on the night, but continued strong play opposite him can only help the latter over the long term by taking away defensive attention. Crabtree will look to turn in a more productive overall effort versus the Bills in Week 8.
The veteran tight end appeared to momentarily be the hero when he brought in a contested 29-yard reception with 23 seconds remaining that was initially ruled a touchdown. However, Cook was ruled down at the 1-yard line upon replay review, setting up a heart-stopping game-ending sequence in which the Raiders finally prevailed on Michael Crabtree's two-yard touchdown reception on the last of three untimed downs. The 30-year-old Cook established new season highs in both receptions and yardage with Thursday's effort, which marked his first time eclipsing the century mark since Week 11 of last season. He'll look to build on the performance versus the Bills in a Week 8 matchup.
It appeared the Raiders were intent on ensuring that Cooper's multi-game funk wouldn't last another week, as they peppered him with just one less target than Jared Cook, Michael Crabtree and Seth Roberts combined. As his final stat line implied, the third-year wideout made stellar plays throughout the night, including on both of his first-quarter scores. The Ohio State product logged a 38-yard touchdown on a somewhat controversial play in which he appeared to push off, and he then came back with a 45-yard scoring reception later in the period. The game marked the 23-year-old's first multi-touchdown effort of the season, while the receiving yardage was a career high. He'll look to utilize the explosive effort as a launchpad to continued success when the Raiders face off with the Bills on the road in Week 8.
Washington and backfield mate Jalen Richard drew even in carries on the night following the second-quarter ejection of Marshawn Lynch, but he outperformed Richard on the ground by getting into the end zone for the first time this season. The 24-year-old also logged season highs in carries and rushing yardage, but both he and Richard remain as complementary options for the time being any time that Lynch is helming the backfield.
On a night of multiple noteworthy offensive efforts, Carr was at the center of it all, posting his second game with at least 400 passing yards in his four-year career. A late hit on Carr midway through the second quarter also prompted the eventual ejection of Marshawn Lynch, who made contact with a referee in the post-play fracas. However, the fourth-year quarterback's most prominent role came in the contest's crazy finish, one that saw three untimed downs due to a pair of defensive penalties on the Chiefs. Carr finally tied the game with a clutch two-yard dart to Michael Crabtree in the left corner of the end zone, his third and final score of the night after previously having connected with Amari Cooper for touchdowns of 38 and 45 yards in the first quarter. Carr's performance was a welcome sight after he'd struggled against the Chargers last Sunday in what was an earlier-than-expected return from a serious back injury, and the fact that he hooked up with Cooper on a whopping 11 occasions for 210 yards certainly helped allay concerns about both players. He'll look to use Thursday's breakout effort as a springboard when the Raiders tangle with the Bills in a tough Week 8 road matchup.
Kelce's 10-yard scoring reception with 4:17 remaining in the first quarter gave the Chiefs an early 10-7 lead and served as his first touchdown since Week 4. The 28-year-old has back-to-back four-catch games, but he's generated a modest 70 receiving yards over that two-week span. The lull is likely just temporary, considering Kelce was just two yards shy of notching three 100-yard efforts in four games before the aforementioned pair of contests. He'll look to get his production back up to previous levels versus the Broncos in a Week 8 battle on Monday Night Football.
Wilson was notably a distant third in targets within the top wideout trio of himself, Tyreek Hill and Demarcus Robinson, but he turned in the Chiefs' second receiving score of over 60 yards on the night midway through the third quarter. The 25-year-old's yardage total equaled a season high, while the score was his second of the campaign, both touchdowns having come within the last four games. Wilson did see Robinson step up as the top complement to Hill on Thursday with a five-catch, 69-yard effort, but he presumably remains the No. 2 receiver for the time being in the wake of Chris Conley's season-ending Achilles injury. Wilson will look to up his reception total in a tough Week 8 matchup versus the Broncos on Monday Night Football.
The Chiefs' receiving corps is still in the midst of trying to find its way forward following the season-ending Achilles injury to Chris Conley, and Robinson may have provided a great deal of clarity on that front Thursday. The UF product drew even with Tyreek Hill for the team lead in targets and checked in second to the speedster in both receptions and receiving yards on the night. Robinson flashed in the preseason finale with a 3-127-1 line and could emerge as a valuable option for quarterback Alex Smith alongside Hill and Albert Wilson. He'll look to build on Thursday's career-best effort when Kansas City battles the Broncos in Week 8 on Monday Night Football.
The second-year speedster gave the Chiefs a 16-14 lead when he posted a 64-yard touchdown with 8:51 remaining in the second quarter, a play that capped off a 99-yard drive and served as his second score of over 60 yards this season. The 23-year-old eclipsed the century mark in receiving yardage for the first time since the opener as well and logged multiple rushes for the third game this season. Hill continues to be the unquestioned leader of the Kansas City receiving corps, and his value is even greater with fellow pass catcher Chris Conley now out for the season with an Achilles injury. He'll try to build on Thursday's stellar effort in a tough Week 8 showdown against the Broncos on Monday Night Football.
Quarterback Alex Smith and the air attack took center stage Thursday, but Hunt played a solid complementary role. The rookie's final line represented a strong bounce-back rushing effort after he'd managed a season-low 21 yards on the ground versus the Steelers last Sunday. Hunt also continued to play a consistent role in the passing game, with Thursday's reception tally marking the fourth time in seven contests he's posted at least four catches. Although he's slowed down some after a red-hot first month, Hunt remains an elite fantasy option in all formats. He'll look to post his first 100-yard rushing effort since Week 5 against the Broncos in an Oct. 30 battle on Monday Night Football.
For the fourth time this season, Smith displayed what had previously been a rare flair for prolific passing. The veteran eclipsed the 300-yard mark for the third time in 2017 while also compiling his fourth multi-touchdown game of the campaign. The former No. 1 overall pick connected with a whopping nine different pass catchers on the night and once again displayed excellent chemistry with Tyreek Hill (six receptions, 125 yards, one touchdown). Smith also encouragingly had some synergy with second-year wideout Demarcus Robinson (five catches, 69 yards), and his trio of scores went to Hill, Travis Kelce and Albert Wilson, the latter a 63-yarder midway through the third quarter. Despite the disappointing team outcome, Smith's performance was a bright spot for the Chiefs and fantasy owners, and he now sports a sparkling 15:0 TD:INT ratio just one game shy of the midway point of Kansas City's season. He'll look to stay hot in a very tough matchup against the Broncos in a Week 8 showdown on Monday Night Football.
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