With so many stories being made over the last week, from the singing of Carson Palmer, to Matt Shaunessey being placed on IR, to the unforgettable plays on Special Teams from Lechler to Boss to the 101 yard return by Jacoby Ford, the hype has gotten away from the Raider Nation and we have lost focus on the fact that its
102nd regular-season meeting. Chiefs lead series, 52-47-2. The teams, original members of the American Football League, have met twice every year between 1960 and 2010, with the exception of the strike-shortened 1982 season, when they met only once.
Now, I know a lot of you are probably saying, yeah so what? The Chiefs are 2-3 and in third place in the AFC West. What difference does it make? Well, that's why I wrote this little blog to let you know.
THIS GAME IS HUGE!!!!!!!
Kansas Shitty is coming off of a 2 game winning streak. Now, the teams they beat are not exactly something to write home about, beating Minnesota by five points and Indianapolis by four points, (Mom unless you are reading this), but they do play in the NFL the last time I checked. And they do get a pay check the last time I checked. So I do not discount them coming into our house and trying to steal any of our thunder right before the bye week, trying to send us home with a 4-3 record and one game further back from the Super Chokers.
I know, you don't wanna hear this, but here come the stats:
After losing three very important contributors, running back Jamaal Charles, tight end Tony Moeaki and strong safety Eric Berry, they started the season reeling, trying to find their equilibrium without their offensive engine in Charles and defensive leader in Berry. Things were ugly in the first two games, as the Chiefs were outscored 89-10 in the worst back-to-back beatings in franchise history
QB Matt Cassel has a 2-3 record against the Raiders as a starter. One of those victories came while he was filling in for Tom Brady with the Patriots during the 2008 season. Overall, he's completed 53.8 percent of his passes against Oakland for 1,006 yards and just 5.9 yards per attempt. He's thrown seven TD passes against seven INTs and has been sacked 15 times.
RB Thomas Jones has played against the Raiders five times over his career, running for 365 yards and two touchdowns on 89 carries. His best performance came in October 2008, when he ran for 159 yards on 24 carries in Oakland. He also ran for 121 yards on 26 carries in 2009.
WR Dwayne Bowe has played eight games against the Raiders since joining the league in 2007, catching 36 passes for 542 yards and two touchdowns. He's averaged 15.1 yards per catch. His best performance came in November 2009, when he caught six passes for 91 yards.
Tamba Hali has a streak of three consecutive games against the Raiders with at least part of a sack. Last year in two games, he had 3.5 sacks, and in a November 2009 game, he shared a sack. In 10 career games against Oakland, Hali has 35 total tackles and six sacks.
After reading these stats, it is easy to see why the games we have had against these guys have always been played so tightly, with the exception of last years season ender, where the Raiders Spanked the Quiefs 31-10. Simply put, we will have our way with their defense, so long as Palmer gets the protection he needs and can get the play book down. I dare the Chiefs to line up 8 in the box. Seriously. In addition to that, on defense, I need to see more blitzing, but manage it throughout the game from the 2nd to the 4th quarter. Hit Cassel early in the game, back off and manage the run defense and then hit him hard before the end of the half and at the end of the game to take his will. These guys will turn the ball over. They will play sloppy and the game may get a little testy at times. The key on our end is to control our tempers, minimize penalities that sustain their offensive drives, whoop their asses at the point of attack and go home for the bye week uninjured and with a 5-2 record.
Here are the current Season stats, Team Averages & NFL Ranks :
|TEAM OFFENSE||TEAM||PER GAME AVERAGE|
|TEAM DEFENSE||TEAM||PER GAME AVERAGE|
|Pass Yds Allowed||KAN||249.6|
|Rush Yds Allowed||KAN||119.6|
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