In the Raiders Week 2 win over Kansas City, Oakland held quarterback Matt Cassel to 241 yards passing and intercepted him twice but gave up 173 yards on the ground.
That was the old Chiefs team.
Kansas City (1-7) enters this Sunday's game looking vastly different. The running game underwent a drastic facelift when long-time Raider nemesis Larry Johnson was released by the team for derogatory comments he made and the passing game got a much-needed shot in the arm with the arrival of former Chargers wide receiver Chris Chambers.
With Cassel looking much improved over the last few weeks, the Chiefs no longer look like a pushover with the pass.
"They're still going to try to run the ball, but now they've got some guys that can actually go get the ball," said Raiders cornerback Chris Johnson, who figures to get tested the most by Kansas City's passing game on Sunday. "They're just boosting their arsenal right now."
The Chiefs already had one of the top receivers in the AFC with Dwayne Bowe, but having Chambers around gives KC a potent 1-2 punch. Chambers caught two touchdowns in his first game with the Chiefs last week against Jacksonville after getting just one in seven games with San Diego.
Teams have mostly stayed away from Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha and instead have gone more at Johnson, for obvious reasons. With Chambers and Bowe, however, Cassel might be tempted to open things up and challenge both corners.
As a result, the Raiders – who have been hesitant to blitz much – might want to bring the heat a little more on Cassel rather than letting him sit back against a four-man rush all afternoon.
"I see some things that they're trying to do," Raiders coach Tom Cable said. "I see some things that they were trying to do early in the season that they continue to work at. But I also see them expanding in their package, too, so they're still trying to find themselves much like a lot of teams in this league."
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