Chiefs vs. Raiders Preview


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The Kansas City Chiefs travel to Oakland Sunday to take on the much hated Raiders.

In their first match up this season, the Raiders beat the Chiefs at Arrowhead 26-16.

Neither team has been very impressive this year. The Chiefs offensive passing game has been rather stagnant most of the season while their running game has been more productive. The Raiders have had to deal with injuries in their running game with Darren McFadden out for many of their games.

The match ups that will be key in this game are; the Chiefs rushing attack against a rushing defense that is close to the worst in the league and the Chiefs secondary on defense dealing with the Raiders passing game being led by veteran signal-caller Carson Palmer.

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In order for the Chiefs to stop the Raiders pass offense, they must shut down Palmer’s two favorite targets. Tight End Brandon Myers and wide receiver Denarius Moore have a combined season total of 1,300 yards and 10 touchdowns this year. The Chiefs secondary must absolutely keep these guys under wraps if they hope to pull off the win.

With Dwayne Bowe out for the season after suffering broken ribs in last weeks loss against the Browns, the running game must produce. If the Chiefs can utilize their run game to get ahead early instead of having to play catch-up, they will put themselves in a good position to take control of the clock. Jamaal Charles brought his total rushing yards for the season to 1,220 last week against the Browns. Expect him to have another good game against the Raiders. If Charles can get some help from Hillis and Draughn, they could very well return to Kansas City with win number three.

 

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