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Raiders' fade shows Derek Carr can't carry this team. It's up to Jon Gruden to fix it.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For every ascending NFL team, there’s a bully in the neighborhood who stands in the way, a team they have to conquer to reach their full potential.

And for Jon Gruden’s Oakland Raiders, it is overwhelmingly, Reid’s fully bloomed, Patrick Mahomes-led Chiefs.

That much was obvious Sunday, as Gruden’s promising Raiders absorbed a 40-9 beatdown in Kansas City that showed exactly how far his young team has to go to punch in the Chiefs’ weight class.

Just a few weeks ago, the Raiders were flying high with a 6-4 record, and there was talk of them snapping the Chiefs’ three-year reign in the AFC West.