The Oakland Raiders Face Tough Challenge Tonight Against The Kanas City Chiefs.
Terrell White – Dec 8, 2016
Holla At Me Raider Nation!
Well brothers and sisters, one of the main games we've been waiting for this season is finally at hand. Tonight our beloved Raiders will be going one on one with our bitter rivals - the Kansas City Chiefs. We've been waiting for this game, since they beat us 26-10 back in October at home. So, not only do we have an opportunity to get our revenge tonight; We've got an opportunity to tighten our strangle hold over the AFC West.
Raiders On O.
The first thought that comes to my mind, is more of a question; How are the Raiders going to win this game with quarterback #4 D. Carr playing exclusively out of the shot gun formation? My hope is that he will be able to take snaps from under center; However, I haven't seen him take a single game time snap from under center since his pinky dislocation. Regardless wheather or not Carr is taking snaps from under center, I fully expect the Raiders to look for their share of big plays. However, I'm mainly expecting the Oakland offense to use that B.I.G. line to not only keep Carr upright (league low 12 sacks surrendered), but to run the ball; Thus controlling the clock, and the game. The Oakland offense has been passing the ball about 60% of the time. Thursday night, we need to concentrate on establishing that 7th ranked (averaging 114 yards per game) rushing attack. I'm looking for the Raiders to come out, add that extra lineman and play some smash mouth, old school AFL Football.
Expect a productive game not only from Raider rookie spark plug #30 Jalen Richard (screen game may play a big role in this contest), but from running back #28 Latavius Murray. Murray has been dealing with an injured ankle; However, he did have a 2 touchdown, 82 yard, 20 carry game against the Buffalo Bills. I'm expecting Murray to be a workhorse in this game, especially in the second half, if the Raiders have a lead.
Raiders On D.
My first thought here? The Raider defense has two problems. Our first problem is that our hard hitting rookie safety #42 Karl Joseph, because of a toe injury will not be playing tonight. The second problem? Chiefs big play wide receiver J. Maclin will be making his return from a groin injury. Those are just the first two that come to mind. The Raider defense will also be without nickel corner D.J. Hayden (not sure if this is a bad thing -- or a good thing) and their outstanding lineman Stacy McGee. However, Raider defensive back #21 S. Smith will be making his return to Arrow head Stadium for the first time since leaving the Chiefs to sign with the Raiders; Smith should be amped up and ready to play some great defense.
Speaking of defense, in the October home loss the Raider defense was grinded by the Kanas City running game. If memory serves Chief running backs had 40+ carries for over 180 yards. Hell, even in the games Oakland wins, the run defense has been a problem. Against the Buffalo Bills, a game in which the Raiders came out on top the defense gave up over 200 yards at an average of 7 yard a clip. The defense struggling to contain the opponents running game, has made them vulnerable to play action passing; The Chiefs are just about top 10 (ranked 11th) averaging around 8 yards a clip. Looking at the stats: 29th in run defense & 24th in pass defense Ken Norton Jr. better have another solid game plan, and adjustments ready if he wants to shut down quarterback Alex Smith, and running back Charcandrick West. A statistic that favors the Raider defense is that the unit is ranked 7th in forced turnovers (21).
The truth of the matter is that even if our Raiders do lose this game, the season is far from over; Moreover, it would be far from a failure. The best move Mark Davis may have made thus far, may have been insuring that Jack Del-Rio was head coach of the Oakland Raiders; However, Jack is only in year #2 with the Raiders. Kanas City, and head coach Andy Reid, have been at this for a while now. Kanas City is battle tested, and has been looking for a division title / long playoff run; Furthermore, the the only thing standing in their way is our beloved Oakland Raiders, and we wouldn't have it any other way.
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