THE EXAMINER PREDICTS … Although the Raiders have lost games in every way possible this season, we can’t see Brodie Croyle, Kolby Smith and Tony Gonzalez being enough to beat a team that has been in almost every game. If the Raiders can’t stop this offense, who can they stop? RAIDERS 20, Chiefs 16
1 Kirk Morrison leads the Raiders in tackles (78), tackles for loss (5.5) and is tied for second on the team with three sacks. Against a poor Chiefs offense, can he lead the team to a shutdown defensive effort? The Raiders have had a much tougher time stopping the run than the pass, and considering the Chiefs will be missing Larry Johnson and Priest Holmes has retired, Morrison and Co. should be grateful. The Raiders know they can stop the Chiefs, as they did when Kansas City managed 12 points in Week 7. Unfortunately, Oakland dropped that one 12-10, which shows you the defense can’t do everything.
2 Speaking of the Chiefs’ running backs, the virtually unknown Kolby Smith should shoulder the load on Sunday. His numbers on the year? Ten carries, 19 yards. Yes, that’s a 1.9 yards per carry average. Suffice it say, the Chiefs should throw the ball. A lot.
3 The Raiders’ wide receiver corps had a great day in Week 11. Ronald Curry, in particular made a couple of show-stopping catches and racked up 120 yards
to boot. Can the team’s leading receiver keep the momentum going?