After thinking about this game, and hearing all the hype, it all comes down to big plays. Or Stopping big plays. I was watching some highlight film on the raiders game at Seattle and saw many missed tackles by a defense that had been playing pretty good till this game. Many of those runs for big yards and TD's could have been checked with some basic football.
Remember the Texan game and in the second half how our team, The Chief's played? I seem to remember several missed tackles which ultimately cost us the game. Why ? I do not know because when all is said and done tackling is the single most important improvement on the Chief's this year. That breakdown was in the second half, which is usually when we see some good adjustments by the coaching staff and frankly, I was concerned then on how the team was playing after the half time break.
This game has a nasty old time feel, and the team that does the basics best should win. Dorsey has a chance to garner some All-Pro attention with this game and has been playing good ball. Unlike last year where he didn't get an opportunity to make a lot of tackles, he was the cog that allowed others to get tackles. This year Coach Romeo has everyone playing in positions that they know what is expected of them and it's giving Dorsey a chance to be a stud like he was supposed to be when drafted. Of course learning the 3-4 helps too.
The rest of the guys have played their line assignment pretty well , which has given our LB's lanes to fill and do the job of making plays which wasn't happening very regularly last year. This year we have LB's who are not only filling holes but putting ball carriers on the ground before they get 5 plus yards past the line of scrimmage. Now that we have seen them play ball like it is supposed to be played, maybe we are taking it for granted. Hopefully the team does not think they are great yet, and the way Haley keeps on them I do not expect that to happen.
Our secondary has been light and day different in their ability to tackle and stop big plays happening all the time. If it wasn't for some rookie mistakes, missed coverage assignments, we could really get on the bandwagon. Most knew there would be blown assignments cause that's what rookies do, but they seem to be getting the experience they need, and have been playing the run good.
The raiders, uncapitalized cause they don't deserve respect, have shown that on Defense they are getting better. Particularly on the front seven. But they will indeed need their A game as our RB's do not go down easily. Looking at the stats we should have an advantage here, but stats don't play on the field, players do. They have shown a propensity to jump offside and our QB needs to tease them with cadence calls to draw them off. It will help put them on their heels and give our line an edge.
All and All I feel good about this team winning this week if they continue playing good fundamental football. Making tackles on the raiders RB's will be the key for us, limiting if not eliminating big plays. GO KANSAS CITY!!!!!!