The silver and black travel to Kansas City this afternoon to scrap the bottom-feeders of the AFC West. This is a must win for both teams. In Oakland, the Raiders are only a few games out of first place in the west. An overtime win and a week full of rivalry chatter makes for a locker room filled with inspired and motivated football players. The Chiefs of Kansas City look to lock down their second win of the season against a sloppy Oakland team. So what do the Raiders need to do to win this most crucial game?
5) Run the ball! Oakland needs to establish the running game. Zone Blocking Scheme or not, if the Raiders want to win they need to pound the rock. Running the ball allows teams to control the clock and it prevents opponents from sitting back in pass coverage.
4) Coach Dennis Allen cannot make bad decisions! Being a rookie coach in the NFL is hard, and Dennis Allen certainly has his hands full with a depleted defense. However, no slack will be given by Raider Nation for making bad calls or throwing away timeouts. This is the NFL and one must be able to just win baby.
3) The Raiders must control Jamal Charles! Running the ball is a huge part of the game, and stopping it is just as big. A team that can stop the run can spend more time defending the ever evolving pass game of the NFL. This means the linebackers of Oakland must play up to par. Winded Rolando McClains will not win the game.
2) Winning the turnover battle will win the game! The Raiders played great against the Atlanta Falcons. Their stellar performance was fueled by the three interceptions. Against the Pittsburgh Steelers the Raiders capitalized on numerous fumbles made by the Steeler offense. Turnovers not only set up an offense with great field position, but they also swing the momentum of the game.
1) The Raider need to finish drives! Too often do fans watch the Oakland Raiders stall out on a drive and settle with a punt or a field goal. Three points is great, but when the ball is inside the ten yard line seven points is a must. The Raiders will not win unless they play motivated, and make plays from start to finish.
The Raiders have a great opportunity to revive their season this afternoon. Beating a division rival on the road and winning a second game straight could provide the Raider team with the push of confidence that they need to take the entire AFC West. Until then the Raider Nation will nervously be awaiting the kickoff of a very anticipated game.
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