Raiders face stiff test in KC's running backs.

The Raiders will have their hands full, literally, this Sunday when they face not just one but two of the NFL's strongest and toughest running backs in Kansas City's Priest Holmes and Larry Johnson.

The Chiefs' two-pronged attack in the backfield produced 195 yards and three touchdowns while splitting time in Kansas City's season-opening 27-7 win over the New York Jets in Week 1 and will be behind anything the team tries to do against Oakland.

''It looked to me they don't change a great deal depending on who's in there,'' Raiders coach Norv Turner said. ''They run the same plays. It starts with Kansas City with the offensive line. You have to handle their offensive line. You have to do a good job against them and then you have to tackle well. Both of the backs looked to me like they broke numerous tackles during the game (with the Jets).''

Holmes rushed 22 times for 85 yards and one touchdown against the Jets, while Johnson -- the backup in title only -- ran nine times for 110 yards and two scores.

Both Holmes and Johnson are powerful backs capable of running between the guards, but both are also quick enough to get around the corner. Holmes scored his only touchdown against the Jets while slipping around the left tackle while Johnson scampered in on a 35-yard run around the end.

''What we have to definitely master and do a darn good job of defending is how the blockers are getting up to our second level and things like that,'' middle linebacker Danny Clark said. ''That's how we're going to have to attack that team, is moving the line of scrimmage backward. Larry Johnson had a good coming-out party last year. Priest was hurt so he got an opportunity to grow as a young guy. I'm sure they're going to use both of their weapons. It makes sense.''

Oakland cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha says both running backs present unique challenges for defenses to stop. But, Asomugha pointed out, the Raiders are coming off a pretty solid effort in their season-opening loss to New England when they held Patriots running back Corey Dillon to 63 yards on 23 carries, an average of just 2.7 yards a carry.

''They seem kind of similar but Johnson seems like he's more powered and Priest Holmes seems like he has a little more shiftiness to him, a little more vision,'' Asomugha said. ''Johnson might have a little more speed.''

Johnson's playing status for Sunday's game could come into question. He was arrested by Kansas City police Monday after turning himself in and being cited for domestic abuse assault. The charge came from an incident Saturday night at a local bar in Kansas City in which Johnson and his girlfriend reportedly became involved in an altercation of some kind.

Johnson posted bond and was released. The Chiefs did not comment.


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