The first AFC season match-up of the 5-0 Chiefs season comes in week 6 versus the 2-3 Oakland Raiders. The game will start at 12:00 PM Central Time Sunday, October 13, 2013 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, MO. The record is on the line in this one, the decibel record for the loudest outdoor stadium in the world that is. Chiefs’ fans look to beat the Guinness World Record of 136.8 decibels to show the world that Arrowhead can be ear piercing to a point of hearing damage if kept up for too long. There is nothing like a fan base willing to take the risk of damage to a sense to break a record for their thus far perfect Chiefs.
The Chiefs are sorely missing Wide Receiver Donnie Avery who is reported to be out for the first AFC home game of the 2013 season. Alex Smith had only 245 yards against The Titans in Week 5, however, still pulled out the win. Look for Jamaal Charles to be a favorite target for the game. Charles, in the meetings last season against the Raiders, ran for 14 yards on 14 carries. Charles so far has shown that he is not just a running threat this year, but also a catch and run threat. He has 28 receptions for this season which is leading the team in that category. Charles is also ranked 5th in total yards for an NFK running back with 397 yards through 5 games.
Smith needs another receiver to step up while Avery’s shoulder heals. Dwayne Bowe needs to somehow come out of his shell and start becoming a target for the Chiefs quarterback. Bowe has been seeing the double team from defenses so far, but I have yet to see him demand the ball and actually be able to produce like his contract says he should be. We have seen glimmers of hope with Bowe stretching himself out to get tough catches, but after those glimmers there have been lack luster performances. Bring out the beast and make the defense worry about where you are every single snap. Bowe has 17 catches for 183 yards this season, but should see some more touches this game with the Raiders giving up 391 yards passing against the Chargers last week.
The Chiefs are missing other players to injuries on the offense. Eric Fisher, the first overall draft pick, is still out following a concussion. Tight end Anthony Fasano is not certain he will be playing in the game and rookie back up Travis Kelce is out with a knee injury he had surgery on. With Donnie Avery being questionable with that shoulder injury the offense is missing some crucial pieces.
The Chiefs defense looks to continue dominance on the field with forcing more turnovers against the Raiders. The Raiders first year quarterback Terrelle Pryor has been fairly impressive so far and should be another read-option test for the Chiefs defense. Pryor is a good sized QB and currently leads the Raiders in rushing with 37 carries and 229 yards. Pryor has 4 less passing attempts than Alex Smith has completions for the season and just about 400 yards less. Let’s see how the Chiefs defense can respond to a quarterback who is a dual threat. The Chiefs defense handled the last running QB without much issue in Michael Vick for the Eagles.
The Chiefs defense is still one of the best in the NFL and look to continue to show dominance with players like Dontari Poe, Derrick Johnson, Tamba Hali, and Justin Houston. The secondary also has some great players with Eric Berry and up and comer Marcus Cooper. The Chiefs are still missing cornerback Brandon Flowers but are still showing they can be tough against the pass. Flowers was limited in practice on Friday, but is healing up nicely just taking it slow to make sure he comes back 100%.
The Raiders have been a big rival of the Chiefs for a number of years now. This year looks like the odds are in our favor with the great start this season. Bring on the Oakland Raiders and let’s send them home 0-2 in the AFC West and sit atop the AFC West rankings 1-0 and more forward to 6-0 for the first time since 2003.
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