Sports Book Review has the opening line for the Chiefs and Raiders at 4.5 points in favor of the Chiefs as they prepare to host the game at Arrowhead Stadium. Home games will always give a team a 3-point advantage, but even then, Las Vegas oddsmakers are giving the Chiefs even more of an advantage based upon, well, something we apparently cannot see.
The Chiefs can particularly give the Raiders issues via the passing game — something they did in their Thursday Night Football loss earlier this year when Alex Smith had touchdown completions of 64 and 63 yards against the Raiders’ defense.
Raiders Head Coach Jack Del Rio played for the Kansas City Chiefs from 1987-88 and earned a degree in political science from the University of Kansas while playing for the Chiefs.
“This is the problem with the Chiefs right now: this body language stinks,” Baldinger says in the video. “And if you don’t think it can worse, it can a whole lot worse. Just look at Terrance Mitchell hanging his head. And until they stop hanging their heads, this tailspin will only get worse.”
I do believe it would help if the punishment was publicly obvious, but at the very least, it needs to be obvious to the rest of the locker room.
Reid has to walk a fine line, because Peters is an important player, and a popular teammate, but at some point the coach loses credibility if there are no consequences for bad behavior.
The fast start to the season had vanished after a fourth straight loss dropped the team’s record to 6-6. Fans ripped the defense, the coach, the quarterback and, well, just about everyone during the slide.
Sounds like the Chiefs, right?
But this actually happened to the 2011 New York Giants. As a Reddit user noted, the parallels between the Chiefs and the 2011 Giants are eerie. And Chiefs fans hope their team can duplicate the 2011 Giants and win the Super Bowl.
Oakland had four sacks in four games before Norton’s firing, but they have eight in the last two games, although those opponents (Broncos and Giants) are not known for their offensive prowess. But those teams have combined to score just 31 points against Oakland. The Raiders had allowed 30 or more points in five of their first 10 games.
The road ahead: The Chiefs and Alex Smith put the big play back into their offense, but their defense was a sieve and got taken apart by Josh McCown. A Thursday night loss to the Raiders started their downfall and can now put Chiefs back on track.
Despite the Raiders’ recent victories and ascension to first place in the division, fumbling has become a major concern for Oakland. Especially that there seems to be zero consequences for the players when they do fumble.
The Raiders have not had a stellar ground game, but they have gotten just enough from hard-nosed Marshawn Lynch and speedy Jalen Richard to take pressure off of Carr. The Raiders are relieved to get WR Michael Crabtree back for this game after his suspension was cut in half. Amari Cooper needs to step it up during the home stretch of the season.
The Chiefs defense has forced one turnover in the last four games. The Chiefs have obviously given up big yards under Bob Sutton. It was about the turnovers. The 2013, 2015 and 2016 seasons they were among the league’s best. The Chiefs are still plus-six in the turnover margin this year (tied for seventh in the league) but here are the number of turnovers forced recently: 0, 0, 1, 0, 5, 0, 1, 1, 1.