The Examiner breaks down the Raiders-Chiefs game, including what it will take to win, the matchups, a word about the coaches, our humble predictions and broadcast information.
THREE KEYS TO A VICTORY
1. In Week 6, the Raiders committed eight penalties, and seven came from the offensive line. The worst offender? Guard Robert Gallery, who racked up a clipping penalty, a false start, and did some good-old fashioned holding, too, meaning he personally accounted for 30 yards from infractions. The Raiders are going to have to play a far more disciplined game against Kansas City to even stand a chance.
2. What happened to the rushing attack? After averaging 194.3 yards per game before facing San Diego, they put up just 53 yards in Week 6. Will Dominic Rhodes be more of a factor this time?
3. The Raiders must know that their run defense was exposed last week by LaDainian Tomlinson (198 yards, four TDs) and the Chargers. Bad time for that, as the always-dangerous Larry Johnson comes to Oakland. Same as before, stopping the big RB will be the key to the game.
DAUNTE CULPEPPER vs. JARED ALLEN
Culpepper: After big game in Miami, QB struggled in Week 6. Can the Raiders get any kind of passing attack?
Allen: Defensive end from Los Gatos is tied for second in the NFL in sacks with six. Watch out.
MICHAEL HUFF vs. TONY GONZALEZ
Huff: Strong safety will have a tough time bringing down massive target in Gonzalez.
Gonzalez: Former Cal star and all-time TD leader at TE position creates matchup problems against anyone.
NNAMDI ASOMUGHA vs. DWAYNE BOWE
Asomugha: Leader of Raiders’ secondary will have to pay close attention to former LSU star.
Bowe: Rookie receiver already has a 164-yard day under his belt and is turning into a solid pro.
With the Raiders having been served a big slice of humble pie by San Diego, Lane Kiffin has a big motivational job to do. Wanting to snap a 16-game losing streak against AFC West foes should be the right tactic.
Herm Edwards didn’t think it was going to be this tough with the Chiefs. The second-year coach has questions about his QB, offensive line and run defense. But this is a chance to fix those problems.
THE EXAMINER PREDICTS …
Although the Chiefs possess one of the best running backs in Larry Johnson, he has only broken the 100-yard barrier twice this year and has only scored one rushing TD. The Raiders should be able to keep the scuffling Chiefs offense in check. Raiders 23, Chiefs 21
CHIEFS at RAIDERS
Sunday, 1:05 p.m.
TV: KPIX (Ch. 5)
Radio: KSFO (560 AM)