The Chiefs are finally back from their bye and healthier than they have been since week one. The Raiders come into this game after being embarrassed by the Jets a week ago and they are going to come out wanting to win this game. Mahomes hasn’t played in Arrowhead in nearly two months and he’s just as excited to get back home in front of the fans that love him so much.
The Chiefs only put up 28 points in week two against these Raiders but they were healthier then and at home. The Raiders will still try to play man coverage as it is their defensive preference. But Tyreek Hill wasn’t in that game which really changes things on offense for the Chiefs. This is going to force the Raiders to roll coverage to Hill and not pay so much attention to Watkins or Kelce in efforts to stop the big plays. This will likely open up the middle of the field. (embed tweet here)
This play works for the Jets because of Le’Veon Bell and the threat to run the football but play-action passes have been very successful for the Chiefs this year even without a great running game. The Chiefs have some serious speed at receiver and can simulate some of the same types of man-beating route combinations. Stretching the field is something this team has been doing the last two years and they should be able to attack the middle of the field without Vontez Burfict there for the Raiders.
We saw the Chiefs attack this team vertically in week two even without Hill in the game and with the wind possibly being a factor in this game they might look to keep the ground game going. But let’s not forget about what they did to the Raiders.
The Chiefs need a convincing win against the Raiders to remind everyone that they are still a threat in the NFL. What’s transpired this season has forced people to rethink this team but we’ve seen them at their best on both sides and that is the best team in the NFL. The Raiders are going to have to rely on their front four to generate pressure and get in the backfield to stop the run game that should feature Darrel Williams, in my opinion, with Damien Williams ruled out. The Raiders are pretenders in the league and this division and the Chiefs will exploit that on Sunday. What is your biggest Key in this game for the Chiefs on offense?