Las Vegas Raiders X-Factors against Kansas City in Week 10
The scariest thing in the NFL is Tyreek Hill beating a team deep down the field, which should be the number one priority for the Raiders defense. And to the Raiders’ credit, they have been one of the best teams in the league in preventing big plays. They currently rank 5th best in the league when it comes to allowing passing plays of 20+ yards. There are multiple reasons the pass defense has improved, but rookie Trevon Moehrig probably isn’t getting enough credit.
You don’t always hear his name throughout the game because he plays that post safety position, but he has made a significant impact. The Patrick Mahomes to Tyreek Hill connection hasn’t been nearly as dynamic as in past years, but it is always lurking. And if the Raiders are going to keep them under control, Moehrig will be a huge reason why.
Speaking of All-pro, Casey Hayward has played at a level that earned him a spot on PFF’s midseason all-pro team along with Crosby. Hayward has still not allowed a touchdown this season or over a play over 21 yards. We talked about the importance of Moehrig protecting the backend of the defense, and Hayward also plays a role in that.
Containing Tyreek Hill is crucial to stopping the Chiefs, and the tandem of Moehrig and Hayward is about as good as it gets this season at preventing huge passing plays.
Mahomes is looking to attack down the field at all times, so you must be disciplined throughout the game. An intelligent player like Hayward will pay huge dividends on Sunday night, which the Raiders haven’t had in previous matchups against the Chiefs.