The Pregame: Raiders Week Part I

Dec 16, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders fan Adrian Ramirez, 8, holds a “Raider for life” license plate before the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

VITALS

Time: Noon

TV: CBS

Radio: 101.1 FM KCFX (The Fox)

Weather: 74-degrees, sunny, and no chance of rain.

History: Chiefs lead the series 53-50-2

Line: Chiefs, -8

MOTIVATIONAL VIDEO

THREE 2 WATCH

1. The Streak

Kansas City has lost six-straight games at home to the Raiders. This needs to end.

2. Offensive Line

Everything the Chiefs are trying to do on offense has been limited because of shaky offensive line play. Good news is Sunday should be the first time the entire offensive line will feature five healthy starters for the first time since the Eagles game. Given the Chiefs lack of depth at wide receiver and injuries to all three tight ends, the offensive line has to play at a higher level in order to allow enough time for the receivers to get open. Should that happen the offense could see significant improvement quickly.

3. Noise Record

Fans at Arrowhead will be participating in an attempt to set a world record for noise created at a stadium in the NFL. Good luck, Chiefs fans!

TAILGATE BEER OF THE WEEK

Boulevard Pale Ale – a blue-collar beer for a blue-collar game.

OAKLAND RAIDERS

1. Injuries

Darren McFadden, Tyvon Branch and two starting offensive linemen may be out for Sunday’s game. Oakland is about as beat up as anybody right now.

2. Terrelle Pryor

Don’t sleep on Pryor as he’s improving quickly. If there is a quarterback that could the Chiefs pass rush fits it would be Pryor because of is his speed. Pryor is currently the team’s leading rusher with 229 yards and is averaging 6.2 yards per carry. His downfield passing game still needs a lot of work, but he can pick the Chiefs apart in the run game if KC isn’t careful.

3. Rush Defense

Only six teams in football are allowing fewer yards per carry than the Raiders’ 3.7 ypc. Linebackers Kevin Burnett and Nick Roach have been key in slowing down the run.

GO CHIEFS!

Topics: Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders

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  • Chris Schroeder

    If last Sundays game was any indication of what the Raiders are capable against the…. “re energized” Philip Rivers, the Chiefs will lose. Again! Remember, they did that with several injuries including the loss of 2 running backs. I believe the running backs will be back this week, and the right tackle Pashos. TP has not turned the ball over since week 1, and if I called the Raiders “on fire” right now that would be a understatement. Maybe it was only one game but damn if it didn’t boost their confidence through the roof. Expect a long day from Alex Smith. Smith if slightly below half of the QB that Rivers is, and the Raiders defense can win the turn over battle in this one, or at least force several 3 and outs, tire out the chiefs defense with TP’s evasiveness alone, and win the time of possession battle. This wont be a easy game for either side, but the Raider can and should win this one. Again!

    • ……ChiefsFan……

      took for the CHIEFS to put out that fire. The faiders blow!

      The grim reap…I mean Al Davis ruined your franchise, and one year is not near long enough to come back from that.

      You guys should probably start playing for a higher draft pick now, and start the rebuilding process early. (Here’s a hint don’t draft a dude just because he ran a really fast 40) Fabian Washington, DHB, Michael Mitchell, TP, Thomas Howard, (anyone else wanna take it from here?

      • ……ChiefsFan……

        **Look (damn iphone :))

    • Frank

      You are wrong. TP sucks. Scared little boy needed a diaper change. 3rd and 48 really?

  • Ricardo Montalban

    Oakland is hungrier. …

  • Suzi Conger

    Great breakdown Ben, thanks

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