Oakland can illafford setback in KC

Conventional wisdom suggests that if San Diego's LaDanian Tomlinson did a number on the Raiders' defense so will Kansas City's Priest Holmes. Tomlinson helped send Oakland to its second straight loss, 27-21 in overtime, with a 19-yard touchdown run to cap off a 39-carry, 153-yard day. Holmes torched the Raiders in a 28-26 loss for 277 total yards (168 rushing, 109 receiving) last December.

 

Conventional wisdom suggests that if San Diego's LaDanian Tomlinson did a number on the Raiders' defense so will Kansas City's Priest Holmes.

            Tomlinson helped send Oakland to its second straight loss, 27-21 in overtime, with a 19-yard touchdown run to cap off a 39-carry, 153-yard day. Holmes torched the Raiders in a 28-26 loss for 277 total yards (168 rushing, 109 receiving) last December. Oakland can ill-afford another setback Sunday in Kansas City. Tomlinson (785) and Holmes (766) are 1-2 among the NFL rushing leaders.

            This game has all the makings of a potential Arena Football-like score. Oakland has the NFL's top-rated offense followed by Kansas City. Defensively, the Raiders are ranked No. 19 while the Chiefs are dead last at No. 32.

            "They have a very potent offense," Raiders outside linebacker Eric Barton said. "Priest Holmes is a different runner than Tomlinson. He may not have as many moves but he's more powerful and is a good receiver."

            One way to perhaps slow down Holmes is to control the ball and score early in the contest. The Raiders started the season by winning four straight games and scoring on their first possession in three of them. The last two games, however, Oakland had a good opening march but could not finish the drive. In a 28-13 loss to St, the Raiders reached the Rams' 3-yard line but failed to convert a fourth-and-one play. St. Louis then marched 97-yards for a touchdown.

            In last week's loss to San Diego, Sebastian Janikowski hit the right upright on a 27-yard field goal on Oakland's first series. On the Raiders next possession, they reach the San Diego 11 but Rich Gannon and Charlie Garner miscommunicated on a shovel pass that lead to a Charger inception. Those two instances could have produced a potential 10-0 lead. Instead both teams eventually took a 14-0 lead on Oakland.

            "We always stress the need to start fast," Gannon said. "The last two weeks we've done that but haven't finished what we started."

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