The Las Vegas Raiders started their week off on the wrong foot. They brought a 6-6 record into Arrowhead Stadium for a tilt against the Kansas City Chiefs. For some reason, they were overly confident and got blasted by Patrick Mahomes and company. ESPN analyst and former NFL coach Rex Ryan took the Raiders to task for getting blown out after their foolish pregame behavior.
Rex Ryan roasted the Raiders after blowout loss to the Chiefs
The Las Vegas Raiders are still living in the glory of their Week 5 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2020 NFL season. Well, it’s a new year, and Andy Reid’s squad has the Raiders’ number.
Las Vegas players huddled at midfield before the Week 14 matchup kicked off, taunting and standing on the Chiefs’ logo. That was a bold move for sure. However, the Raiders’ antics wrote a check that they couldn’t cash on the field.
Kansas City had its way with its AFC West rivals from start to finish, blowing them out 48-9.
Former NFL coach and current ESPN analyst Rex Ryan had some harsh words for the Raiders after their embarrassing showing.
“They stomped on the logo for 60 seconds,” Ryan said on Get Up. “But you know what, the Chiefs responded by stomping on your head for 60 minutes. Here’s what I heard Andy Reid told the Raiders’ bus driver. ‘Go circle the stadium again and come back. We’d love to stomp you again. We’ll schedule you as many times as you want because you just got stomped.”
The Week 14 beatdown was the second time the Chiefs blew the Raiders out in 2021. The first meeting ended with a score of 41-14 on Sunday Night Football in Las Vegas.
Those players who gathered on the logo made complete and utter fools of themselves.
The ESPN analyst slammed defensive end Yannick Ngakoue
Rex Ryan usually doesn’t mince words when he’s passionate about something. He certainly didn’t hold back when addressing Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Yannick Ngakoue.
Ngakoue was the ringleader of the midfield pregame celebration. He led the charge, inviting his teammates to join him on the logo.
Ryan called out the Pro Bowler specifically for taking the antics to another level.
“Yannick Ngakoue, I can see why you got the C [captain] on your shirt,” he said. “That was great leadership right there. Way to motivate. That’s a leader. That is not a very smart guy, I’ll tell you that. Great leadership Yannick Ngakoue, great job.
The sixth-year defensive end has been impressive in his first campaign with the Raiders. He recorded two tackles and one sack against the Chiefs. However, it wasn’t enough.
Ngakoue ultimately made himself the butt of all jokes for prompting his guys to dance on the logo. The team had no basis to prematurely celebrate anywhere on Kansas City’s field after getting stomped in the first meeting.
Las Vegas’ season is officially over
With their second loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, the Las Vegas Raiders fell to 6-7 on the 2021 season. Technically, the team is still in playoff contention, but it doesn’t look like that will happen.
You have to give the Raiders some credit. They’ve battled adversity throughout the season, especially with Jon Gruden and Henry Ruggs III.
Interim head coach Rich Bisaccia stepped in and appeared to have the team ready to fight every week. Las Vegas went on a three-game losing streak from Weeks 9 to 11. Then, they seemed to turn a corner outlasting the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day.
However, the Raiders are now back to their losing ways. Over the last few weeks of the season, Derek Carr and company will likely be fighting for the final Wild Card spot in the AFC playoffs. Unfortunately for them, they won’t be making the postseason. Not if they put up another abysmal performance as they did against Kansas City.
Las Vegas closes out 2021 with matchups against the Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos, Indianapolis Colts, and Los Angeles Chargers. All four opponents are in the playoff picture with something to play for moving forward.
The way the Raiders have looked, they don’t have what it takes to overcome 6-7. Here’s to better luck in 2022.
All stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference