The Oakland Raiders look to get one game closer back to .500 as they take on their division rivals, the Kansas City Chiefs, at Arrowhead Stadium.
If it wasn’t for a gritty second half performance by the Raiders last week, these two teams would be mirror images of one another (at least record wise anyway). But Oakland is more talented and at least in theory, are starting to establish their identity, while the Chiefs look nothing like the AFC West Champions of only two years ago. I digress however, because this is a division game, and we all know these games normally go down to the wire.
I know I sound like a broken record, and I will keep sounding like a broken record until Oakland improves their running attack. Running back Darren McFadden, must have an efficient ground game today, especially on the road. Controlling the time of possession is key when you play away from home. Raiders’ quarterback Carson Palmer has to finish off drives with touchdowns, not field goals or turnovers for that matter. If the offense can develop a balance between the running and passing game, then the Raiders should be able to create a lot of momentum for themselves in this road contest.
Defensively, the Raiders have to contain the lone bright spot on offense for the Chiefs, running back Jamaal Charles. He is one of the league leaders in rushing yards, and his ability to create break out runs on the perimeter should be a major concern for the defense. If they can contain him, and force their new starting quarterback, Brady Quinn to beat them with their passing game, the advantage should go to the Oakland D.
The Raiders have won five straight road games against the Chiefs, and look to make it six straight against their struggling division foe . Head coach Dennis Allen has to demonstrate that his team can at least win the games they are suppose to win, which means no excuses! Can the Silver and Black finally get that first road win of the season? Guess Raider Nation will find out later on tonight.
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Written by Arthur Kai