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A look at the matchup between the Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs

A look at the matchup between the Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs

The Oakland Raiders look to continue their AFC dominance as they host the Kansas City Chiefs in their week 6 matchup, looking to stay undefeated in the conference.

Head coach Jack Del Rio saw his team win another close game in their first AFC West contest, beating the San Diego Chargers in a thrilling 34-to-31 victory to improve to 4-1. 

The Chiefs come into Oakland with a 2-2 record but did sweep the Raiders last year. Head coach Andy Reid is always dangerous coming off of a bye week as the Chiefs are this week. 

Reid brings in his west-coast offense along with veteran quarterback Alex Smith, who has eclipsed 3,000 yards in each season since joining the Chiefs in 2013. 

The 12-year veteran is completing 65 percent of his passes this year, throwing for 1,073 yards with five touchdowns. His top target has been his big, athletic tight end Travis Kelce, who leads the team with 22 receptions for 220 yards. The Raiders defensive struggles guarding the tight end have continued into the 2016 season, and Kelce will prove to be a tough matchup for the Raiders.

Cornerback David Amerson and the Raiders secondary will also have their hands full with wide receiver Jeremy Maclin who leads the team with 244 yards and one touchdown. The secondary will have to keep an eye on him and not let him get a clean release or else his speed will burn the Raiders secondary.

The Raiders will have to face a new (but familiar) weapon on the Chiefs as running back Jamaal Charles looks to have an increased role. Charles saw limited action in week 4 in his first time on the field since suffering a knee injury in 2015. Charles is a dangerous back that has the potential to take any play the distance. 

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr will have to protect the ball against an aggressive defense that leads the NFL with eight interceptions. Second-year Oakland-native cornerback Marcus Peters is leading the way with four of his own, and intercepted Carr once in Oakland last year.

It's undetermined if running back Latavius Murray will return to the field after missing last week, but the Raiders could very will be using their two rookie runners again. The Chiefs have struggled all season to defend against the run, allowing 129.5 yards per game (29th in the NFL). 

The Raiders will get back out on the road after Sunday's game, heading out for their Florida road trip as they take on Jacksonville and then Tampa Bay. The Raiders plan on staying in Florida in between the two games instead of flying back and forth. 


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