Sep 23, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Terelle Pryor (2) looks to pass the ball during the second half against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos won 37-21. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs vs. Raiders: Getting To Know The Enemy


For only the second time in franchise history, the Kansas City Chiefs have started their season 5-0. They’re the first team to ever start 5-0 after losing at least 14 games the previous season. It’s been quite the turnaround.

The defense looks unstoppable, only allowing a league leading 11.6 points per game and are ranked 7th in total defense. They’ve been timely and opportunistic, forcing crucial turnovers at key moments in games as they showed last week in the 4th quarter against the Titans. PFF has the Chiefs with the best secondary as well, you can check that story out right here!

Oct 6, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (25) runs with the ball against Tennessee Titans defensive end Ropati Pitoitua (92) during the first half at LP Field. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

 

The offense has, at times, looked terrible but always seems to show up when they’re needed most. Alex Smith isn’t the best quarterback in the league, we know, but it’s very clear that the guys who surround him love to go to battle with him. The offense has come up with crucial drives in every single game they’ve played, including their 4th quarter rally to take the lead and ultimately win the game against the Titans.

The Chiefs are playing together as a family. For those of you that have never played football, having a family like atmosphere can mean the world for a football team. It’s about building a trust for one another and knowing when to lift each other up when one is struggling. So far, the Chiefs have displayed this each week and they look to continue it this week against their oldest rival, the Oakland Raiders.

The Raiders are the first of a three game home stand and the Raiders are no cake walk. Lets take a look at the numbers.

A LOOK AT THE NUMBERS:

It’s incredible to think and even say, that the Chiefs have not beaten the Raiders in Arrowhead stadium since 2006. In 2010, Kansas City had already been crowned AFC West champs and had a 7-0 record at home before they hosted the Raiders in the final regular season game. Oakland came in and manhandled that Chiefs team and spoiled our undefeated season at home. It was a terrible sight to see.

This year is a different story and if the Chiefs want to continue their success at home and break the Raiders win streak, they’re going to have to contain quarterback, Terrell Pryor.

Pryor has been exactly what Oakland needed in order for them to stay competitive this season. The Raiders offensive line play hasn’t been very stable, surrendering 18 sacks, seven of which came in one game where Matt Flynn had to start. With Flynn in, the Raider offense could not extend plays and Flynn stood back there and took a beating.

Pryor’s ability to scramble and extend plays, is what’s keeping their offense moving. Not only is Pryor their leading passer with 845 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions, he’s also their leading rusher. Oakland has had a hard time trying to find a solution for injury machine running back, Darren McFadden.

While Pryor has definitely provided a spark for this Oakland offense, their numbers really don’t jump out at you. They’re 23rd in points (19.6) 22nd in yards (330.2) but are a top ten rushing team with an average of 130 yards per game. Pryor is obviously the biggest part of that. It will be important for the Chiefs to wrap up when they do get to him in the back field. It will be equally important for the secondary to stay with their receivers down field when Pryor is able to escape the pressure.

The Raider defense isn’t playing so well either, despite their pretty good showing against the Chargers in the middle of the night Sunday. They come into Arrowhead rated the 17th best defense, surrendering 21.6 points per game and giving up an average of 364 yards. They’re also having a hard time generating turnovers with just 3 interceptions, two of which came against Phillip Rivers last week.

The Chiefs will need to continue to protect the football and sustain long drives.

MATCH-UPS TO WATCH:

Believe it or not, I’m going to mention their beer gutted kicker, Sebastian Janikowski. Sebass has played 24 career games against the Chiefs connecting on 51-of-59 field goals (86.4 %), including 8-of-12 from 50-plus yards. He’s killed us over the years and there is nothing that I would love to see more than the Chiefs block one of his attempts.

Running back, Darren McFadden is being listed as a game time decision with a hamstring. When he’s healthy, he’s a dynamic player in this league but injuries have seriously put a black eye on his career. He has missed at least three games in each of his five previous seasons in the NFL. Entering this year, McFadden had played in only 19 of the team’s previous 33 games. He’s an injury machine and even if he does play this week, it’s hard to predict how effective he will be.

Raiders wide receiver, Denarius Moore, has become quite the thorn in the Chiefs side over the past few seasons. In four career games vs. Kansas City, Moore has caught 15 passes for 240 yards and two TDs, including a five-catch, 96-yard one-TD performance against the Chiefs last year in Arrowhead. This season though, the Chiefs have one of the best secondaries in the league and will be looking to shut Moore down. Like I mentioned earlier, it will be important for the Chiefs secondary to stay glued to their man down field because of Pryor’s escape ability.

Safety Charles Woodson had quite the game last week for the Silver and Black. So good, that he earned a nomination for AFC defensive player of the week with his four tackles, one interception and a fumble recovery touchdown in their victory over the Chargers. Back in the day, Woodson used to be a dominating force for the Raiders secondary, especially against the Chiefs. Woodson has played in 14 career games vs. Kansas City and has totaled 70 tackles, six interceptions for 156 yards and two TDs. Surely he will be over the top of Dwayne Bowe most of the time because of his match-up with rookie corner DJ Hayden.

CONCLUSION:

Kansas City is a double digit favorite in this game with the early line at 10. The last time the Chiefs were double digit favorites at home was the final regular season game of 2005 vs. the Cincinnati Bengals.

The Chiefs are favored with good reason. They’re surrendering the fewest amount of points (11.6) and are playing at home with a crowd that is trying to break the loudest stadium mark in decibels when “The Guiness Book of World Records” comes to town this week.

With a rockin’ Arrowhead, the Chiefs should be able break the Raiders win streak there and Andy Reid should get his first win against them as the Chiefs head coach.

The game starts at 12 pm CDT on CBS.

 

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11 Comments on Chiefs vs. Raiders: Getting To Know The Enemy

  1. Chris Schroeder says:

    I think you might be high on some sort of psychedelic drug. The Chiefs are way overrated this season. It’s still the same 2-14 Andy Reid, and the same Alex smith who couldn’t score a TD in the redzone with the 49ers to save his life. Remember that… Worst redzone offense in the league. Chiefs are 5-0 against teams that are collectively 5-17 on the short season, 2 of those teams are 0-5. The Chargers were favored by 6 points and the Raiders told them what time is was without breaking a sweat. Rivers is ranked the number 2 QB in the league and got beat handedly.

    Expect the raiders new found offense to roll over the chiefs defense making Reid scratch hid head just like the cheifs head coaches before him. Pryor is on fire…. raiders win easily. The spread is laughable.

    • Josh Michaels says:

      First, let me thank you for reading and leaving a comment.

      Now I promise you I’m not high on drugs. Clearly you haven’t been watching this defense play if you think the raiders are going to just “roll over” this defense.. C’mon man!

      Have respect for your opponent. That’s like me saying “Denver’s offense is garbage and the chiefs are gonna roll them!” Just ignorant.

      • Josh Michaels says:

        i respect Pryor and i do think he’s under rated. He isn’t turning the ball over and he’s making up for the Lack of run game your offense posses right now but lets be real.. if anything, this will be a very sloppy, high penalty, weird typical Raiders Chiefs game. The Chiefs are very well coached and very hungry for this win, I highly doubt the raiders offense just comes in and rolls them.

        • Chris Schroeder says:

          K but let’s look at who the chiefs beat defensively. The Giants are 30th in points per game, Jags are 32nd in points per game, Titans are 26th in yards per game, the Eagles and Cowboys are both choke specialist. Maybe it was a tad short sided of me to say they would roll over them, but with Pryor at the helm don’t count out the possibility of him making the defense look subpar with his athleticism alone. Can’t stop him if you can’t catch him. He will be the fastest guy on the field and at any moment could break for 60 yards without breaking a sweat. Don’t care what the Chiefs do, Pryor will bring them back to reality. The dude is shocking in his raw ability and he’ll be better this week than he was last week. He makes Vicks running look like Alex Smiths. He’s liked a gazelle and burn defenders, and if they take away the run, guess what, he can pass accurately from anywhere on the field and thread a needle in doing so. The future is now, Pryor is the future, and it’s looking awfully bright.

          • superman_25_58 says:

            You all barely beat those same Jags in which we dominated them and you all gave Washington their first win lol losers!

    • superman_25_58 says:

      You’re laughable………….. ha ha ha what an idiot!

      • Chris Schroeder says:

        And you call yourself “Superman” cause you’re what… 5 years old? Just go strap on your red superman cape with your big KC initials on the back and fly away to never neverland because that’s where the Chiefs always end up anyways. The only time the Chiefs have ever been relevant is in a fairytale.

        • superman_25_58 says:

          For one what the hell does superman have to do with never neverland………. that’s where the idiot part comes in. You’re in dream land right now not me who on your receiving corps is better than any of the WR’s we have already faced? That’s right not a damn one of them….. Just bc Pryor and the Faiders won a game or two doesn’t mean shit. So be a good boy and tell mom to warm your dinner up go back down in the basement where you belong doucher and Daddy will be home later to give her desert.

          • Chris Schroeder says:

            The reference was made in regards to you living in a “make-believe land” one obviously has nothing to do with the other so please don’t try to make sense of it in your miniscule brain. Now I want you to read the post you just wrote back to yourself and maybe you will realize why us “folks” in civilized America think you are just a bunch of dumb inbred hillbilly stupid fucks, and we’re always laughing at you and making fun of the fact that your daddy and 2nd cousin banged in order to make you and that’s why you have one eye higher than the other, and a bunch of rotted out teeth. sorry to be so truthful in my blunt perspective. Please feel free to look those words up in the dictionary and enjoy the game from your 27 inch black-and-white TV with rabbit ears from your mobile home.

          • superman_25_58 says:

            Guess what?………………………………… We whooped that ass! Must not be too overrated so what you got to say now? How about……. Damn the Chiefs beat the piss out of us and caused us to have a 4th and 48 and couldn’t even punt the ball that far lol. What a joke!! Bye Bye til the next time we see each other and we donkey punch you again but this time it will be at your house!

    • ......ChiefsFan...... says:

      See I’m not the only one who thinks you’re a moron!

      Hahahahaha hahahahah !

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