This Sunday afternoon Alex Smith and the 2-2 Kansas City Chiefs will travel to Oakland to take on Derek Carr and the 4-1 Oakland Raiders. The Chiefs are coming off a bye week, so they will be well rested. However, in week 4 they have smoked 43-14 from the Pittsburgh Steelers loaded crime. The Raiders are coming off a narrow 34-31 victory at home over the San Diego Chargers where Carr thew for 317 yards and two TD’s. We’ll see whether the Chief’s rejuvenated defense can put a halt to Oakland’s 3 game win streak, or if the Raiders can keep their offensive surge and conquer the Chiefs.
The Raiders have the 7th ranked passing attack in the NFL. They are tied for 3rd place in the league with 11 passing TD’s on the season. WR’s Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree have been leading the way with a combined 800 yards receiving, and 6 TD’s on the season. RB Latavius Murray was a bit banged up with a toe injury and has been held from practice this week. His week 6 return is questionable. However, Oakland still has Jalen Richard, and DeAndre Washington to tote the rock. Together they have scored 4 TD’s on the floor this season. The Chief’s defense will have their work cut out for them at a somewhat crazy home-game surroundings at Oakland Alameda Coliseum.
The Chiefs have no individuality
Kansas City Chiefs predictions looked great in week , winning 33-27 over San Diego. Alex Smith passed for 363 yards and two TD’s. Spencer Ware rushed for 70 yards and one TD, and had 129 yards receiving. But since then, both Smith and Ware have disappeared. Ware currently has 3 fumbles on the season. And Alex Smith has not thrown for 300 yards in one game since week . I honestly thought they had an opportunity to beat the Steelers in week 4, and was somewhat blown away by the way they were blown out of the water. Any Reid surely will concentrate on ways to set up things and play better defense. But coming back after a hiatus and running to a Victorian home team with weapons such as Oakland could be easier said than done.
The X Factor
Kansas city has an extremely talented D line, despite Tamba Hali. Men like Dontari Poe and Dee Ford are effective at getting sacks. As of this moment, KC has just 5 sacks on the season. But after a break, we will see if they are revitalized or just rusty. The Raiders pass rush is not much better, totaling just 7 sacks on the season. However, if Bruce Irvin and Khalil Mack can get pressure, it might be a very long day for Alex Smith.
Oakland gets an early lead on KC –17-3 at the half. Carr throes a pick. The Chiefs tie the score. But Oakland’s got more. Amari Cooper scores 2 TD’s and contains 150 yards receiving. Final score? 31-26 Oakland wins at home.