Oakland Raiders-Kansas City Chiefs: Players to Watch

Dec 16, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tight end Tony Moeaki (81) is tackled by Oakland Raiders strong safety Tyvon Branch (33) after catching a pass during the third quarter at O.co Coliseum. The Oakland Raiders defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 15-0. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

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Oakland Raiders (2-3) at Kansas City Chiefs (5-0): Players to watch
As the Raiders invade Kansas City, looking to win their 7th straight at Arrowhead Stadium, lets take a look at some key players to watch.
Oct 6, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders fans hold a banner and picture of San Diego Chargers inside linebacker Manti Te

Oct 6, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders fans hold a banner and picture of San Diego Chargers inside linebacker Manti Te

Raiders 
Terrelle Pryor – There should be no doubt that this young QB is driving this Raiders team. His last two starts have been turnover free and not so coincidentally resulted in two Raider wins. This week he’s up against a Chiefs Defense that leads the league in scoring, sacks and is among the league leaders in causing turnovers. If he can continue to avoid turnovers and keep drives alive with his legs, this Raiders team has more than a punchers chance on Sunday.
Oakland Running Backs - McFadden & Jennings were both at practice this week and look probable for Sunday. Reece could end up being the man as the other backs have been battling hamstring injuries. The running game will be the key against the Chiefs, as they are 21st in the league in giving up 115 ypg and over 5 yards per carry. Marcel has shown he can do the job if needed. No matter what back ends up carrying the rock, he has to be productive if the Raiders are to win.
Raider Offensive Line – whoever is out there will have their hands full with this defensive front and that crowd trying to break the Seattle world record for crowd noise. Questions up and down, with Pashos injury, Watson’s availability and Nix lack of production. They did well enough against San Diego, but this is the best Defense they have faced all year.
Lamar Houston – I’ve been critical of Lamar so far this year. I just don’t see him making enough impact plays. He’s going to see plenty of bootlegs from Alex Smith and needs to keep his outside contain. I expect the Raider defense to keep the run in check, so Lamar needs to beat his man and provide a consistent pass rush this week. He needs his first multi-sack game of the year against the Chiefs.
DJ Hayden – Someone get Willie Brown, Lester Hayes and Mike Haynes with this kid so they can teach him the bump and run. He is too far off his man, never touches him and gets ate alive by the slant route. If the Raiders can’t get to Alex Smith, they will dink and dunk this kid to death.

Sep 29, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; A Kansas City Chiefs fans shows their support during the second half of the game against the New York Giants at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs won 31-7. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs 
Jamaal Charles – he couldn’t stop the Raiders from sweeping the Chiefs last year and this is a better defense the Raiders are bringing to townon Sunday. If he doesn’t get going, it will be hard for the Chiefs to win.
Alex Smith – he’s eliminated the turnover machine the Chiefs QB’s were known for and has helped them to an undefeated start to the season. He’s like every other QB in the NFL, with time to throw, he will hurt you. It’s paramount that the Raiders get to him early and often.
Dontari Poe – He’s the big man in the middle who gets it all started for this defense. The KC coaches are praising his dedication this offseason as the reason for his dominance. If he can over power whoever is under center for the Raiders, it could be a long day for the offense.
Justin Houston – he leads the league in sacks and will be turned loose after Pryor. He could be facing the Raiders 2013 2nd round pick making his 1st NFL start on Sunday. If he can make Pryor look for him, instead of his receivers, they will continue their top 5 NFL ranking in passing yards allowed per game.
Chiefs Special Teams – The last two weeks, their special teams have provided sparks that have propelled them to points and game changing momentum. It’s all part of how the ball has been bouncing their way this year. If the Raiders are to win, they must avoid letting this unit have a big play.

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  • ……ChiefsFan……

    As I have said before, the Chiefs D is actually pretty good against the run. The Eagles game (Vick) really skewed the numbers. The Titans were talking about how they were gonna run all over us, can anyone remember how that worked out?

    And the name is Justin Houston, but that’s ok. I’m sure you will remember his name after this game.

  • Dadpole550

    Whose Jason Houston? Sounds like a stud!

  • Pridenpoise

    But their offence still blows.

  • Chris Schroeder

    Oh how I can’t wait til Sunday. Even after the Raiders shut down one of the highest powered offenses in the league and the second ranked quarterback in the league, all the doubters and naysayers are still chalking it up to Philip Rivers regressing. Philip Rivers has been in this league a long time and this one of the elite quarterbacks having one of the best years of his career. He is not regressing, the Raiders are actually the real deal and will give Kansas City a reality check on Sunday. Win, lose, or tie, Raiders till I die. Oh what will the headlines read Monday morning? My guess would be something along the lines of “Raiders are for real”. Or ” Pryor on fire” that’s a good one, or how about “The curse continues as K.C. falls to Oakland at Arrowhead yet again”. Bit to long perhaps? Most fitting one might be. “K.C. Not as good as they thought, get checked by Raiders”. Me personally would use this one. “Pryor bitch slaps K.C. In the mouth in front of stunned arrowhead fans” with a picture of some clown wearing red paint with his O shit face and his sweaty hands crimping his face together. perfect!

  • ……ChiefsFan……

    I have a feeling I won’t hear anything out of you come Sunday afternoon.

    I seriously wonder where this unflappable confidence is coming from. You do realize we’re talking about the Raiders here right?

    Bwahahaha!

  • Chris Schroeder

    I usually don’t write smack talking post while I am basking in yet another upset victory. So… Probably not. I honestly feel a little bad considering you guys won’t even see it coming.

  • Cordell Ingram

    Did you just call the Chargers offense High Powered?

  • Chris Schroeder

    12th in points per game, 5th in yards per game, and 5th in passing yards per game. Out of 32 teams when your quarterback throws for over 1600 passing yards through five games and ranks 5th out of 32 teams. I would consider that a pretty good offense. Wouldn’t you? Also Philip Rivers is ranked the second best quarterback in the NFL only behind Peyton Manning. That’s not me talking that is his stat line. Don’t get me wrong, I hate fucking Philip Rivers and the only reason I’m emphasizing on that whole thing is because the Raiders just dominated him and took away everything he has been so great at this year.

  • sidibeke

    To the tune of 10 minute scoring drives in the 4th quarter. Yup, blows chunks.

  • Blake Molina

    Houston’s gonna tattoo Pryor. And don’t worry, he’ll do it free of charge, won’t have to ask for an autograph in return.

  • Cordell Ingram

    If you take how many games he has kissed on his own, all of that would go down the drain. Such as the likes of tony Romo.

  • Chris Schroeder

    The only way Houston tattoos Pryor is if he stands still. If he’s chasing him, it will be a long day for Houston. The average play take 2-3 seconds to develop, Pryor can stretch a single play out to 10 seconds. Lots of luck with that.

  • Blake Molina

    It doesn’t matter who it is, Pryor’s too young for the noise and pocket presence. Any rush that comes from the backside isn’t avoidable, can’t run away from what you don’t see

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  • Frank

    He did. -67 On sacks.

  • Frank

    And……… None of that. TP got slapped in the mouth 10 times. Coughed it up 3. Threw 2 TDs though. Although 1 was to us. Dude looked scared. Pretty sure he crapped his pants when H & H crunched him. Ha. Faiders suck!

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