Countdown to Paydirt: at Kansas City Chiefs

It was just three weeks ago that the Oakland Raiders secured their first victory of the season by shocking the Kansas City Chiefs in a 24-20 victory on Thursday Night Football at O.Co Coliseum.

Now it’s the Chiefs turn to host the rivalry game, as the Raiders head to Kansas City looking for their first winning streak of the season after defeating Bay Area-rivals San Francisco 49er’s last week.

The Chiefs are coming off of two hard-fought losses after dropping to the Raiders, including a late loss against the Arizona Cardinals last week.

One of the reasons the Raiders found so much success in their last matchup is the fact that they did a great job of stuffing the Chiefs rushing attack. They Raiders held star running back Jamaal Charles to just 80 yards rushing on 19 carries, Charles leads the team with 172 carries for 898 yards (5.2 yards per carry).

Charles is battling injuries this week after hurting his knee and ankle in the Chiefs’ game last week. Despite battling the tender knee and ankle, Charles will likely receive a large piece of the workload. Charles is a speedy back that the Raiders defense will have to keep an eye on, especially in the passing game.

Kansas City’s passing game hasn’t exactly been potent, still not having a reception touchdown by a wide receiver yet… 14 weeks into the season. Veteran Dwyane Bowe does lead the team, having hauled in 48 receptions for 598 yards.

Tight end Travis Kelce has become a big part of the Chiefs offensive gameplan, leading the team with 51 receptions for 688 yards and four touchdowns. Kelce provides rare athletic ability for a tight end, giving veteran safety Charles Woodson a tough matchup.

Second-year running back Latavius Murray had a breakout game in the teams’ first matchup, carrying the ball just four times but rushing for 112 yards and two touchdowns. Murray left the game early with a concussion. It will be interesting to see how the young back can do against the Chiefs defense that is allowing 136.8 rushing yards per game (second worst in the league).

The Raiders offensive line is coming off of a great week against a potent San Francsco 49er’s defense and it won’t get any easier this week with the Chiefs. Linebacker Justin Houston is tied for the league-lead with 16.0 sacks on the season, helping the Chiefs reach their mark of 34.0 sacks on the season. The Raiders offensive line will need to find a way to slow down Houston and company if they want to be able to attack the second-best pass defense in the league.

The Raiders will return home next week for their final home matchup, taking on the Buffalo Bills.

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