Oakland Raiders-Kansas City Chiefs Preview: 5 Questions
By Chase Ruttig
October 28, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Oakland Raiders wide receiver Denarius Moore (17) catches a pass for a touchdown as Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Stanford Routt (26) defends in the second quarter at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
4. Who are three guys to watch on the Chiefs outside of Alex Smith and Jamaal Charles?
All of you should be fairly familiar with De’Anthony Thomas so I won’t ramble too much about him. Thomas is starting to see more snaps with every week and Reid is giving him more opportunity to make plays on offense. He might be a guy who sees quite a bit of action tonight if Anthony Fasano cannot play.
Allen Bailey, a defensive linemen, has taken ‘the leap’ sort of speak with his play. He’s manage to improve significantly against the run and that has put him on the field more to rush the quarterback. His presence has really been key for Dontari Poe, Justin Houston, and Tamba Hali seeing more one-on-one matchups than they saw a year ago. Bailey recently signed a $25 million deal to stay in Kansas City so I’d imagine will hear a thing or two about that on the broadcast tonight.
Travis Kelce is fun and you are going to hate him. Around here we refer to him as a mini-Gronkowski and I’m not entirely sure that’s hyperbole. He’s a great downfield as a receiver, is super athletic in the screen game, and is on a three-game streak where he’s absolutely destroyed somebody while blocking. Kelce’s got a celebration for just about everything, with his touchdown celebrations being some of the better ones from around the NFL this season. He’s a fun player to watch, but I’ll understand if he becomes the most hated Chiefs player in Oakland very soon.