Judging Week 5 NFL overreactions: Are the Raiders for real? Does Cleveland have the COY?

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Don’t mind me. I’m just sitting here skimming through Sunday’s NFL scores, looking for things to overreact and under-react to. Whoa — wild Sunday afternoon. The Dak Prescott injury is just brutal. Is the 49ers’ score a misprint? The Browns are 4-1! One loss too many, at long last, for Dan Quinn, as the Falcons remain the only winless team outside of New Jersey.

And the Raiders beat the Chiefs.

Yes, really. It checks out. Raiders 40, Chiefs 32. Derek Carr outplayed Patrick Mahomes, just like we all expected he would. The Raiders outgained them 490 yards to 413.

I’m not going to waste your time with an “Are the Chiefs in Trouble?” overreaction, because obviously the Chiefs are fine. It’s going to take more than one weird upset to makes us wonder about Mahomes, Andy Reid and the rest of the Super Bowl champs.

No, I think we keep this one on the Raiders and start this week’s overreactions column with …

The Raiders are legitimate AFC contenders

Las Vegas is 3-2, and two of its three wins are against Kansas City and New Orleans, which sounds like a lot of people’s preseason Super Bowl-prediction

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