It is Raiders week once again for Chiefs fans. The AFC West has changed dramatically since these two teams went toe to toe in Week 10. The Chiefs would demolish the Raiders 41-14. Currently, Kansas City sits atop the AFC West at 8-4. Las Vegas has fallen to 6-6, tied for last in the division. KC has won five games in a row and is in the heart of the No.1 seed playoff talks. Now it is time to pick three keys to a Chiefs victory over the Raiders.
The Chiefs Should Eliminate the Turnovers
The Kansas City Chiefs continue to turn the football over. The statistical possibility of a turnover happening is ideally incalculable. The offense should improve on giving the ball to the other team, and this week would be a great start.
Patrick Mahomes has thrown 25 touchdowns and is tied for 5th overall in the NFL. Mahomes is also tied for 5th with 11 interceptions thrown. The team has 11 fumbles. Overall the team has 23 turnovers and has them ranked 31st overall. This is an important game not only within the division but the AFC. As the playoffs approach, each game matters for seeding.
The Chiefs Should Run the Football
Clyde Edwards-Helaire returned from injury and has been getting worked into the offense. Darrel Williams has been a significant asset in the offense all season long. With that being said, Kansas City should look to run against the Las Vegas Raiders. The Raiders have allowed 1,497 yards on the ground and an average of 124.8 yards per game. KC has deployed two capable backs at running the football. In the last meeting between these two teams, Darrel Williams rushed 11 times for 43 yards averaging 3.9 per attempt. He also would catch nine receptions on nine targets for 101 yards and a touchdown. The offense can run the football against a banged up Vegas defense. The question is, does Andy Reid want to run the football?
The Defense Needs Lockdown for the Chiefs
The defense has been stellar and has come to life in many ways. The defensive line is applying pressure to opposing quarterbacks. The players have established their roles and understand their roles through game plans provided by the coaching staff. Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo looks confident on blitz packages and calls. The secondary is becoming healthy as cornerback Rashad Fenton looks to work his way back. The defense has been a significant reason why the Chiefs are winning with a sputtering, inconsistent offense.
In the end, if the Kansas City Chiefs put together a team performance at home inside Arrowhead Stadium, there is no question they will win this football game.