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It’s the 14th day of November, 2021. Which also happens to be Gameday for the Kansas City Chiefs as they travel to Sin City to take on the Las Vegas Raiders in an AFC West Primetime Showdown. Tonight on Sunday Night Football! Are you ready? Join AG to discuss…

Are you ready Arrowhead Guys? I’m going to assume that your answer is a resounding yes! As we have all waited a very Kyle Long time until week 10 in the NFL! Just for the Kansas City Chiefs to finally take on the Las Vegas Raiders. Can you believe it’s already week 10? The season is flying by at a frantic pace and while it’s been a roller coaster ride for Chiefs Kingdom and their 5-4 record. One can only imagine what it’s like to be a member of Raiders Nation and their 5-3 record. While the Chiefs struggles are well documented, any NFL fanatic truly has to stand in awe at the Raiders and their NFL saga this season. I’m not going to get into all the gory details (I’ll let the coinciding Raiders Wikipedia links do that), but just listing three of the Silver & Black stories is enough: Jon Gruden, Henry Ruggs III, and Damon Arnette. Three losses on the NFL gridiron; three losses outside of the Las Vegas Black Hole. Nevertheless, today is the day these two teams are set to do battle on Primetime NFL Sunday Night Football! All troubles aside, this is a must-win game for both teams and I expect to see nothing MOAR than an old school rivalry game where the penalty flags are flying. The football is smash-mouth. The passes are hurling, heaved and heavy as both teams bring their A+ games. Are you ready?

It’s the Kansas City Chiefs vs. the Las Vegas Raiders!

Did You Know?

The Kansas City Chiefs have gained 230 first downs this season. While thus far the Raiders only have acquired only 168 first downs. I know, I know… the Raiders had a bye week and haven’t played quite as many games as the Chiefs. But in my defense, I don’t care and I like to (Deron) Cherry pick stats, so I’ll point out that the Chiefs have 62 more first downs than the Raiders this season. I’d also like to point out that while the Raiders do have 21 sacks and a nice pass rush in comparison to the Chiefs woeful pass rush, did you know that the Raiders also only scored 21 TD’s and that our struggling Chiefs offense has scored 27 TD’s. Additionally, did you know the Raiders just lost to the New York Giants and if you spell this paragraph backwards, it clearly spells: F-U-C-K-T-H-E-R-A-I-D-E-R-S. I knew that! But did you know that? Fascinating! Did you also know that despite the stats the Kansas City Chiefs need to figure out a way to win this game? Because they do! This is absolutely a must win game for the Kansas City Chiefs!

The AFC West is wide open like Travis Kelce!

The Kansas City Chiefs will visit the Las Vegas Raiders for a battle between AFC West teams trying to find consistency on Sunday Night Football. The AFC West is wide-open, with all four teams boasting five victories and the Raiders and Chargers already through their respective bye weeks. Las Vegas has struggled with off-the-field issues, while reigning AFC champion Kansas City has been turning the ball over at an alarming rate. The Chiefs (5-4) have won two games in a row, including a gritty 13-7 victory last Sunday against the Packers, who were missing reigning league MVP Aaron Rodgers. The Raiders (5-3) were surprised by the Giants in a 23-16 setback in Week 9, and both teams are trying to gain some momentum with a big victory on Sunday Night Football.

CBS Sports Staff

People named Ellen are (closet) Raiders fans. . .

Ellen Mathis

It’s RAIDERS WEEK in Las Vegas after the Raiders suffered an embarrassing loss to the Giants. The Chiefs still aren’t clicking on offense. Even with all the off-the-field stuff the Raiders are dealing with, I think they pull this one out to avenge last week’s loss (and because they want to do another victory bus lap…this time around their stadium). The game will be close, but the Raiders ultimately win, thanks to a certain someone’s coverage issue. Raiders 27, Chiefs 24.

Matt Conner – Fansided

Classic Rivalry = Instant Classic

This game really has all the makings of an instant classic. The AFC West is completely gridlocked with every team at five wins and looking for an edge. When the Raiders and the Chiefs play each other, though, you can throw the records out the window. These games are fueled by a hatred that has persisted for generations, and it’s anyone’s game when you step out on the gridiron.

Both of these teams have seen their fair share of offensive struggles lately, which probably means there will be a lot of offense in this game. I’m a little concerned about how the Chiefs will handle the Raiders’ pass-rushing duo of Maxx Crosby and Yannick Ngakoue. One way they’ll be able to do that is to run the ball and get themselves into short-yardage situations.

Charles Goldman – Chiefs Wire

Can the running game boost the Chiefs’ offense?

To be clear, Edwards-Helaire has only been cleared for practice, leaving the team up to three weeks to put him back on the active roster. But the need for better offensive balance has been clear, teams keying in on Mahomes as the quarterback suffers through the worst slump of his four-year career (those 10 interceptions put him third in the NFL). The offense is badly in need of a spark that takes some of the pressure off, and it would be prudent for them to activate Edwards-Helaire Sunday night.

The Raiders’ defense also has a soft spot against the run, ranking 28th in the league while allowing 153.3 yards per game in their three losses. The backs they allowed to run over them in those games? Austin Ekeler, Khalil Herbert, and Devontae Booker. Not exactly a Who’s Who of top-tier NFL ball carriers.

If Edwards-Helaire can’t make the lineup, the Chiefs will rely once again on Darrel Williams to handle the load. Don’t expect much; he’s averaging just 3.6 yards per carry and hasn’t scored a touchdown on the ground since Oct. 17 against Washington. The pressure will shift to Mahomes to crack the code and find a way through in the passing game, and lately, that’s not a good thing.

Tom Bowles – Athlon Sports

Ok, but what does Rodney Harrison think?

Well ok Rodney, but it’s still rivalry week!

But who’s playing RT & RB?

Is it Kyle Long or CEH?

No! Maybe! Yes!

As of this late night writing, I’m not sure whether or not Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Kyle Long will play or be active. There were some tweets out there claiming both sides of the argument, but I didn’t have any official word at this point. The Chiefs are going to be facing a Raiders team that can rush the passer at a high rate. Whichever player that they have filling in at RT needs to be able to keep Mahomes protected along with the rest of the line. As for CEH, I’m not in a huge hurry to see him back out there. If he is out there, great! If he is not out there, great! I’d still like to see the Chiefs give the ball to Derrick Gore a little more so that exemption isn’t going to be a big issue for me, plus I think that Darrel Williams can get the job done. For me, it’s the RT spot that is the big worry over the RB and CEH. As I kind of like these two backs and I think either can run on the Raiders.

Williams!

Either way, relish a laugh at Vic Tafur!

And Grab Your Chiefs Remote!

It’s Gameday!

Conclusion!

It’s no secret that the Kansas City Chiefs and the Las Vegas Raiders have both not quite had the years they were yearning for. Kansas City has underachieved and looked like something was missing, while Las Vegas has overachieved and started to lose important pieces in Richie incognito ways that are hard to predict. Even saying Raiders will Raider doesn’t fully encompass what happened in Vegas this season. Honestly, it’s a similar story with the Kansas City Chiefs. What happened? Was it the Super Bowl beatdown? Was it Britt Reid? Was it Patrick Mahomes getting older and finally facing reality mixed with a Madden Curse? Is it Steve Spagnuolo? Is it the lack of pass rush? Is it the Chiefs new offensive line and lack of dominant running game? Is the team just not having fun? What in Da Raiders type of production was the problem in Kansas City? The truth is that I don’t know! Also, the Kansas City Chiefs have won two games in a row but neither game was super impressive or reassuring to the fan base. Sure the wins gave us all hope, but they also highlighted some of the Chiefs woes. The saving grace for me has been the Chiefs defense, they’ve looked much better and if they bring that kind of heat to Derek Carr, we all know that he will fold like bad poker hands.

Winning Conclusion!!

The bottom line is the Kansas City Chiefs are taking on the Las Vegas Raiders in a must win game. Personally, I have faith that we’re going to see the Chiefs play their best game of the season and beat the silver and black off the Raiders like a witch speed beating a dirty rug. I’m gonna predict that Patrick Mahomes has his best statistical game of the season and that the Chiefs not only dominate the turnover battle but also get at least one pick six. Why? Because shenanigan the Raiders, that’s why, Upamtn. Ok, buddy, I tried. Why? Because fuck the Raiders, that’s why!!! This is one of the most storied rivalries in all of the NFL and it’s a must win game for the Kansas City Chiefs. They’ll show up. Patrick Mahomes will SHOWTIME! AND the Kansas City Chiefs will win this match-up 49-19 in the blowout we’ve all been waiting a very Kyle Long time to see. It’s time for a W Chiefs Kingdom! And now. . .

Time’s Yours!

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Maw423
Maw423
11/14/2021 1:25 pm

Don’t really care who catches them, but I’d love to see another 5 screens for TDs tonight!

zulu trader
zulu trader
11/14/2021 12:07 pm

Chiefs 28 – 24

63gump
63gump
11/14/2021 11:22 am

I’ve said it before…I hate night games! Nothing to do all day but drink, which isn’t an inherently bad thing, just too easy to end up totally shitfaced and down by the end of the game.

63gump
63gump
Reply to  Chief-Blinders-On
11/14/2021 11:41 am

I really liked that movie but hated that fucking name!! When I was still very active in softball(20 yrs ago), I always went with GUMP on my jerseys. Do you have any idea how many times I’ve heard “run Forrest’ run”? I’ve been Gump since 1971 when they couldn’t fit my whole last name on my football helmet. So yeah, I hated that movie(title)!

hmills110
Reply to  63gump
11/14/2021 3:19 pm

Speaking of drinking all day, there likely will be some tired drunks acting like asshats at this game.

probablyamistake
probablyamistake
11/14/2021 10:50 am

On a cruise down in ol’ Mexico, love the country, the coast and the people. Anywho, was eating breakfast this morning wearing my Chiefs hat for obvious reasons and a Seahawks fan came up to me gushing about our QB. I agreed but said he’s struggling right now and the guy cut me off. Said to me you guys don’t need to worry about that guy, great players always rebound it’s just a question of when. It was really nice to hear from an opposing fan. Too bad some around here don’t get that. Instead they take the opportunity to pile on Patrick. I went through the AlexWars in support of our QB. It was disappointing the grief he received, but at the end it was his playoff record that justified the criticism. That isn’t the case with Patrick, his playoff record is stellar. Lost some respect for a few around here. All I know for sure is that there is a Lombardi Trophy up for grabs and WE have one of the best QB’s to ever play the game. I say WE go get the fricking thing.

CHIEFS!!!!

Last edited 5 months ago by probablyamistake
rip58
Reply to  probablyamistake
11/14/2021 11:00 am

Good for you brother, have fun, stay safe.

Leaf
Reply to  probablyamistake
11/14/2021 4:39 pm

I can’t speak for others who have criticized Pat, but I’ve tried to make it clear I absolutely believe he will eventually figure his shit out. But in the mean time, I’m not going to ignore the fact that he has been part of problem with our offense. It is true, that this isn’t the Matty wars or the Alex wars (I hope this isn’t coming to screaming at fellow chiefs fans), but it’s been frustrating to watch him, because every game I hope it’s the day he pulls his head out, and every game up to this point I’ve left disappointed.

rip58
11/14/2021 10:29 am

The Raiders…in Vegas I’m betting on RED.. chiefs!!!!!!

Snafu
11/14/2021 10:14 am

Spell this paragraph backwards…
lol

Snafu
Reply to  Chief-Blinders-On
11/14/2021 12:57 pm

“Help” is generous…

upamtn
11/14/2021 9:59 am

ain’t nobody need to pump up the emotion with CBO around … good stuff, Brother … W or L should be a good game, unless it isn’t but one can hope … either way, just gonna have to wait for it cuz ain’t nothin’ else we can do ‘cept wait

no way to figure out which Chiefs team will show up, much less which Raiders team … either side could come out and play their best game of the season, or their worst, and that’s what’s so puzzling about this game (and these two teams) … do the Raiders fuhgeddabout all the off-field distractions and play quality football or do they implode as they so often do? do the Chiefs revert to the winning form that we fans know and love or do they continue to struggle, especially on offense?

stay tuned, sports fans … tighten the seat belts and hold on, because it’s liable to be a wild ride and then some

Geaux Chiefs

rip58
11/14/2021 8:52 am

49-19 love the score pick… only 10 hrs to go, i’m gonna have to pace myself today.
Home of the CHIEFS !!!!!!!!!!!!!

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