One of the biggest rivalries in NFL history takes place this Sunday at 3:25 CST between the Raiders (6-5) and the Chiefs (7-4) in Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs come into this game coming off a bye week where they were able to get extra rest, while the Raiders come off an embarrassing performance in New York against the Jets to the tune of 34-3.
With the Chiefs coming off a bye week; we have to bring up Andy Reid’s record when having more time to game plan for the upcoming opponent. He is 17-3 over the span of his coaching career, making this game-plan something to witness. In the last ten games against the Raiders the Chiefs hold a 9-1 record with a current four game winning streak. Their most recent win against Jon Gruden’s squad came in week two when the Chiefs exploded on the Raiders in the second quarter scoring all of their 28 points and cruising to a 28-10 win in Oakland.
The Raiders come into this game with a balanced attack on offense ranking near the middle of the NFL in every statistic, while also having a very poor defense up to this point ranking in the bottom half of the league. The Chiefs on the other hand come into this game with a top five offense in points, total yards and passing yards. Also the Chiefs sport a defense that rankings 14th in passing yards and 19th in total points allowed. The problem is with the running defense of the Chiefs who rank 30th in the NFL going against the rookie named Josh Jacobs who is making a good case for Offensive Rookie of the Year.
The Chiefs have shown that they can stop the run in select games (Broncos, Vikings, Chargers) but have not been able to consistently stop it week to week. Last time these two teams faced off, Josh Jacobs went off for 99 rushing yards with only 12 carries for an average of 8.3 yards. With the bye week for the Chiefs hopefully this defense takes a step towards being a little more consistent toward stopping the run.
With the Raiders coming off an awful loss to the Jets, they are going to come into this game with a chip on their shoulder and have a little more fire trying to keep the AFC West race close and to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Chiefs who are at the top of the AFC West still has something to prove and they can start by beating this Raiders team in a game that could swing how the AFC Playoff picture shapes out. Most believe that the Chiefs have not played their best football yet and if that is the case, then it’s going to be a fun last stretch of the season and hopefully Super Bowl run.