Morning Huddle: Rivalry On!

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The Wiz is back! Schwartz and Taco are sent to the IR and Hardman is activated. Let’s go get some revenge! Grab yourself a cup o’ joe and get in the Huddle!

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Chiefs vs. Raiders odds, line, spread: Sunday Night Football picks, predictions from model on 114-74 run | CBSSports

  • Chiefs vs. Raiders spread: Kansas City -8.5
  • Chiefs vs. Raiders Over-Under: 57 points
  • Chiefs vs. Raiders money line: Kansas City -370, Las Vegas +305
  • KC: Patrick Mahomes ranks second in the NFL in passer rating (115.9)
  • LV: Josh Jacobs is fourth in the league in rushing yards (700)

Why the Chiefs can cover Mahomes is having another MVP-caliber season. The Kansas City quarterback and 2018 MVP has 25 touchdown passes, which ranks third in the league. He also has thrown only one interception, while his 25-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio leads the league. His passer rating of 115.9 is the second best in the league.

In addition, the pass defense, which has been a liability in the past, has been solid for most of the season. The Chiefs allow opposing quarterbacks a passer rating of just 81.4, which is the fourth-best in the league. They also give up just 6.64 yards per attempt, which ranks third. Their nine interceptions are tied for fifth-most.

Why the Raiders can cover Las Vegas already has beaten Kansas City this season. On Oct. 11, the Raiders piled up 490 yards of total offense, including 346 through the air, in a 40-32 upset win at Kansas City. Vegas safety Jeff Heath made a key interception in the fourth quarter, setting up the Raiders’ game-sealing score.

In addition, Las Vegas’ running game is on a roll. Over the last three games, the Raiders have averaged 190.7 rushing yards despite playing with an offensive line that was without two starters against the Browns and three against the Chargers and Broncos. Vegas faces a Chiefs run defense that allows 138.4 rushing yards per game, fourth-most in the NFL.

Chiefs opponent preview, Week 11: Scouting the Raiders | ChiefsWire

It is a run-first offense that uses multiple tight end packages. They are also one of the few NFL teams who still utilize the services of a traditional fullback. They prefer speedy receivers to get a jump on play-action-biting defensive backs. They drafted Henry Ruggs in the first round to be a deep threat in the offense. They brought in veteran tight end Jason Witten to form a trio with Darren Waller and Foster Moreau. The star and most vital position in the offense is running back Josh Jacobs.

DE Maxx Crosby The Las Vegas pass rush has been spotty in 2020 but a bright spot has been defensive end Maxx Crosby who leads the team with six sacks while the next guy has 1.5 sacks. Crosby was drafted in the fourth round of 2019 and so far has turned out to be a more promising player than the 2019 first-round defensive end, Clelin Ferrell.

S Johnathan Abram Abram missed almost his entire rookie season after suffering a season-ending injury in Week 1 of his 2019-rookie campaign. He has come back and is playing a big role in the Raider defense. He plays with a confidence and a swagger that is fitting of the traditional Raiders defense. He plays fast and is due to his playing style he is always on the verge of an injury. He is a big name to watch out for.

4 Chiefs players to watch in Week 11 vs. Raiders | ChiefsWire

Edwards-Helaire has been every bit as dominant as experts predicted when the Chiefs drafted him, and though he’s only been in uniform for nine games, he’s become a mainstay of Kansas City’s offense. This week could be a good excuse to get a better look at Le’Veon Bell, but fans will certainly be clamoring to see Clyde Edwards-Helaire as the team mounts a revenge game against their most bitter rival. The gameplan could also favor the ground game, with receiver depth looking depleted heading into the matchup.

This really feels like it could be a difference-making move for the Kansas City defense as Sneed was already on injured reserve for the Week 5 matchup. He has the speed to match up against and take away one of Raiders’ Henry Ruggs III or Nelson Agholor. His ball-hawking also could help the Chiefs steal a possession from Las Vegas, something that would have helped them close the gap and perhaps force overtime in Week 5.

The Raiders would likely resort to kicking the ball out of bounds with Hill lined up to return punts. The speedster notched his first career punt return touchdown against the Raiders back in 2016, taking it 78 yards to the house in Week 14, to give the Chiefs a commanding lead in the game. If Hill were to return punts it could open up some opportunities for a player like Byron Pringle on offense, with the team already short-handed at the position.

Raiders activate seven of 10 players on COVID-19 list but add Theo Riddick | ChiefsWire

Safety Johnathan Abram, defensive tackles Maliek Collins, Johnathan Hankins and Kendal Vickers, defensive end Arden Key and cornerback Isaiah Johnson are back on the 53-player roster. They were considered high-risk close contacts with defensive end Clelin Ferrell, who tested positive for COVID-19. Abram, Collins, Hankins, Vickers, Key and Johnson will play if their Saturday COVID-19 list comes back negative Sunday morning.

The Raiders also removed defensive lineman David Irving from the practice squad/COVID-19 list. He reverted to the practice squad before the Raiders elevated him to the active roster. On Friday, Las Vegas activated defensive back Lamarcus Joyner, who went on the COVID-19 list Tuesday.

Trent Brown, Cory Littleton and Ferrell remain on the COVID-19 reserve list. The Raiders added running back Theo Riddick to the COVID-19 reserve list Saturday. The Raiders also activated defensive end Chris Smith and linebacker Javin White from the practice squad to the 53-player roster.

Chiefs expected to sign OL Stefen Wisniewski to practice squad | ChiefsWire

According to Yahoo Sports’ Terez Paylor, the Chiefs intend to sign OL Stefen Wisniewski to the practice squad. Paylor’s report has since been confirmed by The Athletic and The Kansas City Star. Paylor says the team anticipates that Wisniewski will start on the practice squad, but is likely to be promoted to the 53-man roster for the stretch run.

That’s a familiar sentiment as Wisniewski provided crucial depth for Kansas City during the stretch run of last season, starting the final two games of the regular season and all three playoff games including the Super Bowl.

Wisniewski had his visit with the Chiefs today and is expected to sign to the practice squad once he clears his COVID-19 screening. That means he’ll be in the building next week if all goes well.

Chiefs Place Mitchell Schwartz, Taco Charlton on IR, Sammy Watkins OUT Sunday | SI.com

The Kansas City Chiefs made a flurry of roster moves on Saturday, placing right tackle Mitchell Schwartz and defensive end Taco Charlton on injured reserve, in addition to ruling wide receiver Sammy Watkins out for Sunday night’s game against the Las Vegas Raiders.

Schwartz has been out with a back injury that knocked him out early in the Chiefs’ game against the Buffalo Bills in Week 6 after dealing with the issue previously. Now, Schwartz will miss at least the next three weeks as he attempts to get healthier.

Kansas City Chiefs: Madden simulation for Week 11 vs Raiders | KCK

Similar to Week 5, the Chiefs take the lead early on, leading 21-14 at the half. The Raiders close the gap in the fourth quarter, but can’t quite tie the Chiefs up in the final seconds of the game to send things into overtime.

Madden thinks that Mahomes will continue toward an MVP title, throwing five more touchdowns this week with Hill catching three of those five touchdowns. While Edwards-Helaire doesn’t find the end zone, he rushes for 77 yards and gives the rushing attack some life.

As for the Raiders, Carr has another impressive game against KC, but the interception is a costly one. Ruggs only has one grab, but it’s for a 60-yard touchdown, causing Chiefs fans to pull their hair out of frustration. Final Score: Chiefs 35, Raiders 28

Chiefs activate Hardman, Sneed in flurry of roster moves | Fox4KC

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A day before the Kansas City Chiefs take on the Las Vegas Raiders in the desert, the team announced of number of roster moves, including activating wide receiver Mecole Hardman from the Reserve/COVID list and rookie L’Jarius Sneed from injured reserve.

Hardman’s return means that whispers of Tyreek Hill returning punts on Sunday night likely fade, but the offense does get a boost with the former Georgia Bulldog’s speed back in the fold. Hardman saw his highest usage Week 8 against the New York Jets where he caught seven of nine targets for 96 yards and a touchdown. He followed that up with three more catches against the Carolina Panthers for 48 yards, and will be leaned on absent Watkins in the lineup.

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rip58lovealways
rip58lovealways
11/22/2020 10:18 am
Severely Concussed
Severely Concussed
11/22/2020 9:29 am

Gruden remembers the old days.

larch
larch
11/22/2020 9:27 am

Wis and Witz added to the OL, a committee approach indeed. Go Chiefs![

rip58lovealways
rip58lovealways
11/22/2020 9:21 am

I bet the raiders can hear that train a coming…. all… aboard…….

probablyamistake
probablyamistake
Reply to  rip58lovealways
11/22/2020 9:36 am

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Warpath
Warpath
11/22/2020 8:39 am

“WORLD CHAMPIONS”

rip58lovealways
rip58lovealways
11/22/2020 8:08 am

GAME DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
As always fuck the raiders..

Warpath
Warpath
Reply to  rip58lovealways
11/22/2020 8:53 am

Yeah, what he said.

rip58lovealways
rip58lovealways
Reply to  Warpath
11/22/2020 8:59 am
Team Player
Team Player
11/22/2020 7:33 am
EAFOX
11/22/2020 7:05 am

KC 42 RAIDERS 21

BleedingRedAndGold
Reply to  EAFOX
11/22/2020 7:19 am

Raiders suffer a humiliating loss and the Chiefs…just drive back to the hotel, same as any other game.

Andy Reid’s a truthful man, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t have a sick burn in mind behind that truth when he said “that’s not how we roll”.

BleedingRedAndGold
11/22/2020 6:58 am

The bad news from me is that I’ve had a worse night after a really bad week. The good news is that I think I have tied down what I’m going through right now, but it is going to limit me some while I cope with the re-orientation. And yeah, in spite of those who have said here that PTSD is just an internet thing, this is a psychological process I cannot control, I can only strive to direct. This effect, unfortunately, will also apply to those physically around me, but as far as the internet goes, I won’t set out to do RL personal damage to anyone. And, perhaps ironically (pop quiz for the English students) enough, they don’t yet, and maybe can’t realize that I’m not the same person now. If and when I engage with a hostile, please get and stay clear of the combat zone. Defend me or defend them here, it doesn’t matter, I don’t want any collateral damage.

That said, with the rest of y’all, I’m still basically your friendly neighborhood editor-man! Only difference is that I might caution you at times you don’t expect. That’s expected, my triggers have shifted context in a serious way. I’m not on any kind of hair trigger, just asking y’aal to play ball if I need it, for the good of all of us. Because that’s what I believe in: All of us. The uncivilized vandals have opted completely out, and they are notable in how they lead with attacks calculated to wound, then pretend to have a reasoned case to present, so you’ll have to bear with me here, please. There ain’t no user’s manual for this ride.

Since I don’t know quite where I’m ending up, they can’t possibly how I will react to them from here forward, it’s completely outside their experience.

BleedingRedAndGold
Reply to  BleedingRedAndGold
11/22/2020 7:02 am

And in what is an actually ironic fashion, what they have done is put on lenses that produce results like fun-house mirrors, distorting their own perception of reality by deliberately choosing malice. Serves’em right, too, the termites.

MasterChief
MasterChief
Reply to  BleedingRedAndGold
11/22/2020 2:41 pm

Sorry again for throwing fuel on the fire the other night. I’ve been trying to take the high road more lately but let myself get dragged into engaging.

NovaChiefs
NovaChiefs
Reply to  BleedingRedAndGold
11/22/2020 8:05 am

Anyone who says PTSD isn’t a real thing isn’t worth the O2 they use up, so don’t let the bastards get you down. I know this place started because some people were banned by “the other place”, but maybe it’s time to let a few people go form their own little club. It’ll be a small, nasty place that I won’t visit.

larch
larch
Reply to  BleedingRedAndGold
11/22/2020 8:18 am

Chin up, take care of yourself (and your Mrs, hope the leg thing is healing though that’ll take time and adjustments).

3rdnlong
3rdnlong
Reply to  BleedingRedAndGold
11/22/2020 1:22 pm

Friend, if I can ever help you out or talk through things, I’m glad to do so.

Nasrani
Nasrani
11/22/2020 6:35 am

Are you ready for a fight?
Well then you’re in the right place tonight!
Get ready for a fight now, baby!
We strike first, we strike fast!

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