The Chiefs don't score against the Raiders with just their offense. Defense and special teams also get involved. The Chiefs have scored in four of the five games in the kicking game or on defense. They've scored on punt returns (De'Anthony Thomas 81 yards in 2014, Tyreek Hill 78 yards last season). They had an interception return for a touchdown in 2015 from Tyvon Branch. They scored a safety in 2015 when a blocked punt went out of the end zone. All of Oakland's points against the Chiefs have been supplied by the Raiders' offense, except for a pick-six in 2015. Even in the one game in which the Chiefs' offense scored all the points, in 2016, the Chiefs got one of their touchdowns from a defensive player. Nose tackle Dontari Poe scored a touchdown on a 1-yard run.
After losing four straight games to fall to 2-4, the Raiders must beat the 5-1, AFC West-leading Chiefs if they want to keep their playoff hopes alive.
To do that, though, the Oakland offense will have to come alive again after a month of sleepwalking through losses to Washington, Denver, Baltimore and the Los Angeles Chargers. In those four games the Raiders have averaged just 13.3 points per game.
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The most glaring difference between the AFC-leading Chiefs and the last-place Raiders is that the former have made a habit of moving the ball at will. The Raiders have not.
Piloted by Alex Smith, the Chiefs have stacked up the second-most yards per game. The Raiders check in at No. 30.
“Well, he’s good,” defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. said of Smith during his midweek news conference. “That helps. He’s very talented, mobile, smart [and] has really good talent and good players around him.”
The Kansas City Chiefs arrive in Oakland as they prepare to take on the Raiders for Thursday Night Football
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“We weren’t, like, physically getting handled –– we were just out of place,” Ford said. “You saw the holes. That makes you sick.”
"You want to go out there and beat one of the best teams in football," Carr said. "We have them coming to our place on a short week. So all the challenges are there. Everything is pushing our back against the wall, but one thing I know we're going to do is we're going to come out on Thursday night and fight."
1. It took the league's fourth-best defense (according to Football Outsiders' DVOA rankings), a late, well-timed appearance from James Harrison, a herculean performance from Le'Veon Bell and a bit of dumb luck (a clear Ben Roethlisberger interception bouncing off a defender's hands and into the arms of a sprinting Antonio Brown) for the Chiefs to finally lose a game last week. Those who say that the blueprint is out must believe that every team possesses the ability to control the clock and unleash a rolodex of top-tier edge rushers into the backfield on every snap. But what makes the Raiders an interesting opponent is that, on paper, they do have those ingredients. Which leads us to ask the following questions.
Through six games, the Raiders defense has yet to force an interception, and if they want to record their first of the year Thursday night, they’ll have their hands full trying to get one off Alex Smith.
“It was unfortunate, but it's part of ball,” Tomlin said Tuesday at his weekly news conference. “He should have been penalized. There is strict liability there and rightfully so. Player safety is big.”
Q: Is NaVorro Bowman up to speed to play tomorrow?
Coach Del Rio: “Probably.”
"He's a veteran," Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said of Bowman on Wednesday. "I mean, he understands ball. We've not tried to install the entire playbook but specific game plan things and he's had a good week. Even though it's a short week, we feel real good he'll play.