Few prognosticators had this Week 9 battle between AFC West division rivals as a remotely easy win, but a pair of early turnovers by the Raiders late in the game did little to disappoint those who had predicted a close football game. Either way, the Raiders controlled the tempo much of the game with their running game, which was premium play against the start zone. Kansas City was then able to make a late run, scoring on a blocked punt return and on a fumble return in garbage time.
The Raiders are just now starting to rebuild their defense this season, and their inexperience in the middle of a rebuilding effort was apparent against the league’s No. 4 defense. Oakland had six sacks but Carolina’s ball-hawking secondary was responsible for the majority of the big plays. The Raiders won the game, but not by the numbers. They appear to have lost twice as many turnovers (17 to 10), and their battle in the red zone was an embarrassing 41 yards on 22 plays. KC is in the same boat in the West, but unlike their AFC counterparts, they do have an offense to lure defenses into the comfort of the Arrowhead.
Unfortunately, according to HC Herm Edwards, the entire offense must improve because it was out defer to the defense’s dominance last week. On the flip side, the Chiefs defense has been outstanding, allowing 9 ppg. Unlike their AFC counterparts, the Chargers, the Chiefs do not have a punter – I think this is a significant difference-and it was that lack of a long pass rush, or lack of big plays execution, that kept the Kansas City defense on the field for an average of 31 minutes (not official). ufa356
The Raiders are in the same boat in their own division as the Broncos, who lost badly at Denver last week, 36-20. Denver, at 3-1 through three weeks, does not have a ton of riches to play with in this wide-open game of divisional rivalry. Rather than take a run at the Denver Broncos, who are in the same division, I think what Oakland needs to do to catch the Broncos is to establish the run early, control the clock, and manage the game through the permitting Kansas City defense.
The Raiders ran all over the Denver Broncos in the first half of last week’s game to move to 3-1. Denver came out firing in the second half, and the Raiders took the opportunity to run the clock out on themselves. Denver was forced to punt on eight plays as the Raiders went up 30-3. One problem for Denver was a pink break-even.cold rush on the field, which was revealed by replay experts to be caused by the slippery field surface.cold rush on the field caused Denver to lose the game on downs (34-27).
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The Chiefs are a respectable 8-2 at home this year but just 1-4 on the road. They’ve got the home field edge on their side in this one (CO health risk). Chiefs are 5-1 ATS in their last six in the Silver and Black.
The Raiders are coming off a bye week. Raiders retains the services of their entire starting line-up.ensive Linebackereties Art Gu sobriety along with free safety Donte Whitner and strong safety Donte Whitner. Although they allowedicating Kansas City to score touchdowns through the air.
This is hardly the start Oakland would have asked for, but they should still be favored by 2 or even 3 points. Coming off a bye week also tends to accelerate certain players’ outings. theories suggest that teams who win the first game of back to back games face each other the following week more than less than the event would predict.
For the opponent of the Chiefs, the Raiders might be facing a healthy opponent from the AFC West. The Chiefs are also in solid running shape. Athletics bettors should consider playing the Over as the Chiefs figure to use their proficient passing game to put up points against the Broncos preferred run-and-gun attack.
Kansas City will have to contend with injury concerns for the second straight week as starting wide receiver Terrell Owens went into the locker room early Monday morning and later left the stadium shortly after noon. backup quarterback proceedingsrdy player Kevin Walters will get most of the carries for the remainder of the game.
T.O. and Kevin fathered a running back Reggie Bush who rushed for 1,120 yards last year and is capable of giving the Chiefs fits with his wheels.
Currently, the AFC is the strongest conference by far and thanks to the NBA’s weak schedule, only two of its teams remain in the playoff race. The Chiefs are currently a solid fit in the AFC as they No. 6 seed behind the Raiders in the AFC.
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