Breakdowns And Predictions: Week Two

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Taking a look at each game of the Chiefs 2019 schedule.

Last week we delved into the the Week One match-up between the Chiefs and the Jaguars. This week we look at the (laughable) meeting between Kansas City and the Raiders!

Listen, last week I tried to debut a weekly feature that got about as much traction as a glazed donut down an ice luge. While that may seem like a weird analogy, keep in mind that I’m starving … regardless, I don’t feel the need to include a bunch of research information in an article comparing a great team to a mediocre-at-best team, so if you’d like to see any pertinent roster information on this one, go ahead and waste your life by clicking here. In the meantime, let’s get to the meat:

How The Kansas City Chiefs Win

I almost left this column alone with the phrase, “because we entered the stadium.” However, I’m fairly certain you all would like to hear something a smidge more in-depth, so I guess I’ll be your Jason Statham and deliver.

Let’s start with the venue. O.Co. is a terri-bad environment, not just for the opposing teams, but for anyone who values sanitation and cleanliness. Both physically and morally, this arena is one that is rivaled only by construction site port-a-johns on an exceptionally hot July day and Afghanistan wadis (the smell is similar). I wouldn’t wish this locale on my worst enemy, even if that’s a Raiders fan. There is some sympathy here.

The teams? Well, it couldn’t get much farther apart. One team has the league MVP quarterback, one of the top offensive minds in the game, and multiple offensive and defensive skill position game-changers.

The other has Derek Carr, Jon Gruden, a wide receiver who Roethlisberger’d his way from his last team, and a fanbase who is growing ever more wary that their ‘team’ is about to move to a location that will basically satisfy their owners’ need to afford a better haircut.

Seriously … how do you even leave the house with this??

During the last draft, the Raiders essentially reached on players as if they thought there was a team actually worse at drafting than themselves. They stocked their pantry with ‘meh’ players everywhere (excluding AB, who may have already quit at this point in the season), and continue to treat Carr like a Dead Man Walking whose job is to just not completely self-destruct this particular season. After all, they need to sell tickets in Vegas next year …

When it’s all said and done, once again, it should be rampantly apparent that the Raiders will not be ready to face the Chiefs for two years minimum. The lack of ability Derek Carr presents mixed with what is sure to be an awkward team dynamic and a head coach that is quick to pull the plug on any player he sees as under-performing … the Raiders will continue the longest “re-building” process the League has ever seen.

How The Oakland Raiders Win

Ummmmm ….

Seriously, though, I’m fairly certain Mahomes could pass left-handed the entire game and still do enough to beat this hapless organization.

Add in what could absolutely be a solid running back corps and other offensive skill pieces and I can see this Raiders defense getting smoked like good brisket to the tune of four touchdowns in the first half just to force them into a horrible position offensively.

Again, everyone, I’m not saying anything you don’t already know. I’m just tasked with putting the words out there. This will be a slaughter of Jonestown proportions. Ghengis Khan will be proud.

I hesitate to ask if you even think anything different, but I’m sure there’s a dissenting opinion somewhere. Hell, I almost went the other way on this just to see them, but I couldn’t bring myself to lie to you even if for the sake of conversation. Instead …

What are your score predictions for this game? Anything I may have overlooked to sway your opinion a certain way?

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Tyrone
Tyrone

Score prediction:
KC: All – OAK: None

ArrowheadRed
ArrowheadRed

Since I believe Gruden will #TankforTua with 8 years left on his $100 million contract, I don’t think there’s any possibility the Raiders beat the Chiefs in 2019. KC wins 42-16.

Oakland to me is proof the NFL story of worrying about player safety in Mexico City last November wasn’t true. That field wasn’t any worse than Oakland.

MidKan Chiefs Lifer
MidKan Chiefs Lifer

I think it’s more likely the NFL wanted a Primetime Big Time football game in LA with the backstory of the fires going on at the same time to boot.

Team Player
Team Player

For Raider weeks it should be retitled

(Carr’s sobbing) Breakdowns and (Chiefs’) Beatdowns

CHIEFSandSABRES

Yes!

stjoechief
stjoechief

It should be an easy win, but the Raiders always seem to put up a bit more of a fight than expected. Chiefs 28-21 with the defense actually making a stop on the Raiders’ last drive of the 4th quarter.

CHIEFSandSABRES

Would be huge for the Defense and Spags! I still prefer blowouts though.

sydenham
sydenham

Seriously? I mean, I understand where you’re coming from re past games, but I’m expecting these Chiefs to have serious killer instinct, the time is now and the Vags will be stomped like shit patties under an elephant stampede.

CHIEFSandSABRES

shit patties under an elephant stampede.

Just awesome

sydenham
sydenham

Can’t let Dave have all the fun.

stjoechief
stjoechief

I’m trying to temper my offseason homerism. I fully expect the Chiefs to win, but the offense may not be quite as good and the Raiders are better on paper than they were last year. OTOH, of the twelve Raider games in the Andy Reid era, the Chiefs have won six of them by two touchdowns or more and only lost two. https://www.footballdb.com/teams/nfl/kansas-city-chiefs/teamvsteam?opp=23
So you may well be right.

MidKan Chiefs Lifer
MidKan Chiefs Lifer

I like a good close cardiac arrest type game sometimes, but for the Raiders I like the thorough ass whipping variety.

I’m going with 34-13 with 7 of the 13 coming in mop up time.

ChiefUdall
ChiefUdall

I like some of the players they drafted and believe the team on paper is improved. However they have Carr at QB and that is their limiting factor. Chiefs win it 34-17.

CHIEFSandSABRES

I’m saying 40-13 Chiefs. I enjoy this weekly addition, keep it, and the humor coming my friend!

Slayer0810
Slayer0810

I don’t know. The Raiders have Carr, Jon Gruden, AND Mike Mayock as GM. How could they possibly lose?

Anthony Stratton

My concern is that if Mayock was still on TV and he spent the last 3 months saying Ferrell was his favorite player in the draft…the moment the Raiders drafted him we’d have been all “oh no’s”…

He coulda killed that draft, who knows.

On the other hand, with Carr and Gruden steering the ship I still aint too worried about the rest of the team.

KCRowdy
KCRowdy

You treat EVERY game as if you could lose it, thus you play to win the game. The minute you go in thinking this is an easy win, you just might get kicked in the nutts.

Granted the Raiders were a super horrible team last year, but it is a Division game and there is just something hard about Division games regardless of how supposedly horrible a team is..

I’m still waiting for the shoe to drop on the Raiders thinking that at some point, they have to improve..

In other news, did you all see Joe Flacco’s comment about helping the new rookie along.. it isn’t his job.

I think its high time we that recognize just how much of a professional Alex Smith was to Pat’s development. It was huge!

CHIEFSandSABRES

The majority of Flacco’s comments were taken out of context and ran with, as he really didn’t flat out say he wasn’t going to help. Regardless I hate Denver and despise them so I am glad the media took it out of context and is helping to add fuel to that teams dumpster fire.

KCRowdy
KCRowdy

From what I saw, it wasn’t his responsibility to teach the youngster, but to win football games.

I understand that, but we all make statements sometimes that are taken out of context, but that one seemed just a little too bitter to me. He’s probably still a little sore over what happened in Baltimore. After all he did lead them to a SB victory.

Anthony Stratton

Question…if Joe Flacco was our QB in 2017 do you think Mahomes suddenly sucks in 2018?

MasterChief
MasterChief

I think it’s possible Mahomes would have been more of a gunslinger and less studious. Obviously Alex Smith didn’t give Mahomes his talent, but he supposedly gave him a lesson on proper study that probably did help him a lot. Assuming Flacco gave him the cold shoulder where Smith took him under his wing, there could have been some difference in Mahomes’ play.

Anthony Stratton

My whole point is that I don’t think the starter has a whole lot to do with the young QB being good or not. All we heard about was Favre being a dick to Rodgers and that didn’t seem to hurt him.

I think Mahomes 2018 season has much more to do with the player and person he is combined with Andy Reid’s system and the weapons we had on offense for him to utilize. I’m sure he learned a few things from Alex, but I don’t think its enough to really suggest the outcome wouldn’t be the same.

KCRowdy
KCRowdy

I don’t think he would necessarily suck as he is just too talented, however I agree MasterChief that he wouldn’t have been near as a student of the game and Reid’s system that he demonstrated last season.

Question for you.. Had Flacco ben our QB in ’17, you even think we would have gone as far as we did?

Just my two cents, but I think Flacco is overrated. He’ll be more successful in Denver than what their last QB was, who was nothing more than a one year fluke and it showed.

Anthony Stratton

Hard to say, I’m guessing Reid would have gotten the most of him, and having Reek as a deep threat? Flacco’s never really had the weapons we have here and he still managed to put a ring on it.

ArrowheadRed
ArrowheadRed

Flacco threw 22 TD that season and 11 more with 0 picks in the playoffs. I think he just got really lucky and Baltimore was too stupid to realize they were overpaying. Some of the bombs he threw required fantastic catches. He also was only sacked six times in four games.

MasterChief
MasterChief

Agreed. I don’t think the raiders got worse and most likely will improve. I can’t let myself think of any game, much less a divisional game, as a gimme. The Chiefs need to do their homework and come up with a good gameplan to win.

CHIEFSandSABRES

They will. I highly doubt Andy just starts tanking in the division.

ChiefArrowhead
ChiefArrowhead

I agree, never underestimate or overlook. that’s how fools get buster douglas’d. Lol. But for real this is still the NFL, and even if we overlook them and win, that’s how injuries happen. Come prepared for a scrap and let them roll over after a few Haymakers.