When the Raiders roll into Arrowhead stadium Sunday morning, the 5-0 Chiefs aren’t going to be the only ones awaiting them. There will be a sea of red, so to speak– a sold-out crowd of 79,451 Chiefs fans with a purpose. There is a target on the Guinness World Record for the loudest stadium, set at CenturyLink Field in Seattle by the Seahawks in Week 2; and with a divisional rivalry game of this magnitude, the Chiefs believe that they have that target in their crosshairs.
The Raiders could care less about the record; what counts to them is that they give the fans at Arrowhead nothing to cheer about.
I believe FB Marcel Reece said it best:
“Once you jump on a team at home, when they’re at home when you jump on them quickly and stay on them often, it takes the crowd out of the game. And then the advantage goes to us.”
A fast start for the Raiders this Sunday is absolutely critical, and the crowd noise is just the beginning of that. The Chiefs’ defense is fierce- they have 21 sacks and 7 interceptions in their first five games. Case in point: this is not the defense you want to be playing from behind against. The offense is unspectacular for the most part, but highly efficient. This team is built to maintain a lead. However, they are not built to dig themselves out of a hole. Chiefs QB Alex Smith’s deficiencies throwing the deep ball are well documented, and the defense has allowed an average of 115 rushing yards per game; the unit’s most glaring vulnerability.
Oakland showcased it’s ability to put up touchdowns in rapid succession last week vs. San Diego. If the Raiders can repeat that sort of effectiveness in the 1st quarter this Sunday, they should be able to call upon their run game to devour the clock and cruise to a victory in sweet, sweet silence.