Sep 8, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Oakland Raiders defensive coordinator Jason Tarver during the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Colts defeated the Raiders 21-17. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders-Kansas City Chiefs: Five keys for a Raiders upset

This is another in an installment of debut articles from new JBB staff writers that are coming to the website soon. This one is from Terry Heiser give him a follow on Twitter @girthymac

October 6, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor (2) runs with the ball against San Diego Chargers inside linebacker Manti Te

October 6, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor (2) runs with the ball against San Diego Chargers inside linebacker Manti Te

Pryor, Pryor and more Pryor.
Ok, full disclosure. I was one of the ones that was against TP starting. I also thought the Flynn trade was a good move at the time. Now that I have burned the proverbial credibility bridge, I now admit I was wrong. I am now am all in on Pryor. Even knowing that Raider fans are a lot like that girl we knew in high school. Falls in love with the first boy that was nice to us. It is all TD’s and Flowers at first then after a few months, an empty box of plan B and a restraining order later we are kicking ourselves for letting us get too close.
Stop me if you’ve heard this before….This one, I think, is different. Pryor has shown the work ethic and that willingness to do anything to improve and that does not scare me off. So with that said, I am starting to have complete faith in him and this Sunday he will need it. Arrowhead is as intimidating a place as there is on this planet but it doesn’t appear that TP gets rattled very easily. It will take a complete game and Ball security. KC leads the league with a +10 TO ratio. Whether its running, passing or all of the above, the Raiders will need a composed Pryor.
 Just Run Baby!
KC is giving up a 5.3 yards a carry. Sounds easy, sure. However, the Chiefs have only given up two Rushing TD’s in the first five games of the year. The hardest thing to do will be to convert those yards into TD’s. Which won’t be easy as the chiefs are only giving up 11.6 points per game. We will get an idea as to whom should be running the ball today at the first practice of week. Reece was the talk earlier this week. We’ll see if DMC starts to practice or if DA and the Raiders hold him out through the BYE.

Get to Smith early and often:

Raider fans know the plight of Alex Smith all too well. However you felt he was treated across the bay, truth was he turned into a pretty good quarterback at the end of his run in SF. When Smith has time and is comfortable and his legs aren’t moving he is very good. Once you get his feet moving, his completion percentage and QB Rating drops faster than a congressional approval rating after….just about anything they do these days. Point being hit him early and often. Make him think on his feet, think him into a mistake.The Raiders Defense is a lot better than outsiders give it credit for. Although I am sure Andy Reid already knows how well Oakland’s Pass Rush is and already has a series of three step drops and screens installed ready to combat that.
Keep Pryor upright:
In the same vain as above. KC leads the entire league in Sacks. 21 of them to be exact. The O line will really need to step their game if they are going to keep TP upright and jersey clean. Injuries have decimated an already weak O line so this will be tough, but needed if the Raiders are going to sneak out of Arrowhead with a win.

Stay aggressive:

From a play calling side, I hope Greg Olson remains aggressive. Keep the opposition guessing. Go for the long strike when the numbers say go for the QB sneak. Keep the calls fresh and Let Terrelle Pryor be Terrelle. Its working out so far. Keep the momentum Denarius Moore and Rod Streater built up from Sunday night. I would not be surprised to see a couple of bubble screens called for Denarius Moore or Jacoby Ford this week. Make KC tackle in space. It is much harder to tackle one on one than with a host of KC Chiefs.
Truth be told, there has yet to be a blueprint written for KC yet this year. Dallas came the closest, but they still lost. Andy Reid has this team playing very well and it is encouraging to see a team that as bad as they were last year be 5-0 a year later. Which begs to ask, how bad of a coach is Romeo Crennel?

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  • Phil Mokate

    Tarver knows Smith well from his days with SF so putting him down is key. We also need to run the ball and Smith is no Pryor if on the run. Chiefs go down on Sunday and we go to .500 and a bye week.

  • pmo

    hahaha… Raiders will hang in the first half and KC will roll all over them in the 2nd.. we own the 4th quarter… and Faiders are not a deep team. Chiefs 30-17.

  • Mark Shafer

    We need to stay agree dive on our play calling. If we get up to a three score lead like last week we can’t change our play calling. We need to start fast and keep the pressure on K C is not built to come from behind.

  • Mark Shafer

    Class act. When your quarter back ( who is a son, brother, father ) was laying on the ground how loud were you chearing? How would you like your mother seeing you unconscious will people cheer?

  • Jeffrey Lee

    You realize on that play we got a first down and Cassel was able to walk of under his own power, never was he unconscious. Fans were cheering for the big play from charles. Get it right before you talk smack eric winst… er mark!

  • ……ChiefsFan……

    Three score lead!?!?
    Bwahahahahahahah! Not happening!

  • Giovannoni

    Why are bandwagon chief fans commenting on a Raider’s blog?

  • ……ChiefsFan……

    It’s posted on Arrowhead Addict also. And, I’m a lifetime Chiefs fan, through the many, many bad years. But hey, it’s great to know we have a bandwagon!

  • Mark Shafer

    I am not saying we will or that we are going to get a three score lead. What I am saying is if we do our coaches patterns of their play calling needs to change. I do think that if team has a chance to beat the CHEIFS in Arrowhead it’s the Raiders given recent history. Enjoy your success and good luck ( just not this week ).

  • Giovannoni

    All thee niner bandwagons are going to the cheifs because of “Alex smith”

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  • Tom Sparks

    Come on Mark! Really? Being a rhetorical Raiders Fan, why you would sarcastically call Chiefs Fans a “Class Act”, make no sense! I love the rivalry between us, and even respect that you are, probably, a lifelong Raiders Fan & even the courteous “Enjoy your success and good luck (just not this week), parting remark……. But I have to tell you, as a lifelong Chiefs Maniac, that WE do not have to dress up like it’s frickin’ Halloween for every game we attend, home or not! The Gatekeeper to the Doors of Hades, Al “The Mad Librarian” Davis has passed on……… Finally. He was starting to scare, even me, with his self-doctoring of what ever his face had emerging from it! He was a poor reminder of how maniacal and sly he would try to be, when Lamar had to place a Restraining Order on him so he would stay a safe distance away from Arrowhead, due to his spying on Chiefs practices! LOL!
    Maybe you guys should try to trade in your “Halloween-ish, Hellbent, Darth-Raider” image and don more team characteristic attire, such as; Peter Pan or Captain Feather Sword? That dark, black hole retro Raiders gimmick is the laughing stock of the NFL! Unless you’re a gang-banger?
    I just happen to remember how much Marty S. Hated the Raider’s Org. He said they try to play by their own set of rules, & he was correct! And how about the Scary Black Hole Moles that used to have to throw D-cell batteries at our team on the sideline under Marty? Now that’s a CLASS ACT!!!!

  • ……ChiefsFan……

    It should be a tough game for both teams. The Raiders certainly have had our number recently.

  • quadir reed

    you do know the Raiders have been undefeated for the last six seasons whenever they play the Chiefs in Arrowhead Stadium

  • pmo

    oops :(
    Look above please^^ I called it almost exactly right^^