Raiders vs. Chiefs Game Day Analysis

Hey, what’s up everybody? It’s your boy B.Mims back for another week of my Raiders analysis. For those of you who have been anticipating this review like a check in the mail, i’m going to get straight into it. First off, the Raiders are coming of a much-needed win last week against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Although it wasn’t pretty, the Raiders managed to make plays when it counted most to pull out a 26-23 victory at the coliseum. It also worked in their favor that Jaguars starting RB Maurice Jones-Drew left the game early with a sprained left foot. The Raiders received additional favor whenJacksonlost their starting QB Blaine Gabbert, with an injury to his non-throwing arm, leaving backup QB Chad Henne to try and salvage what appeared to be an inevitableJacksonvillevictory. However, Henne looked visibly uncomfortable stepping in for Gabbert completing nine passes on twenty attempts, yielding a staggering 45.0 completion percentage. Sorry, but that’s never going to get it like a flaccid organ. Okay, Google the word “flaccid” and laugh later.

This week the Raiders fly through the friendly skies to take on the Kansas City Chiefs at the notorious Arrowhead stadium. Arrowhead is known for being one of the noisiest venues to play at in the NFL. I mean the place can sound like a Metallica concert sometimes. Anyway, some key match ups you want to keep your eye-beamers open for are as follows Willie Smith vs. Justin Houston. Willie Smith is the Raiders fill-in Right Tackle who has played sporadically well at best. Smith was initially signed by the Washington Redskins in 2011 as an non-drafted free agent. Smith was waived by the Redskins in 2012 and signed with the Raiders less than a week later. Smith has been starting in place for Oakland Raiders RT Khalif Barnes who suffered a groin injury in week 2 against the Dolphins. Smith will need to bring is “A” game as he will be facing K.C. pass rusher Justin Houston, who has already recorded six sacks for the season. Smith will need to find a way to slow downHouston, in order to give Palmer enough time to operate the offense. It will help ifOaklandis able to establish McFadden and get their ground game going, which has been a problem for them thus far. 

Another match-up you want to pay attention to is the Raiders MLB Rolando McClain vs. K.C. RB Jamal Charles. Charles is illusive, explosive and can flat outrun just about any defender on the football field. Although he only rushed for 40 yds on 12 ATT’s in his previous game, he also has a season high 233yds in an overtime win against the New Orleans Saints. I expect Charles to see plenty of touches since the Chiefs will be starting QB Brady Quinn against the Raiders. Chiefs Head Coach Romeo Crennel gave Quinn the nod earlier this week when he made the following statement.

“”My biggest deal was my gut (feeling) in telling me that I needed to impact the team by changing the dynamic – by having a different dynamic,” Crennel said. “Brady Quinn is the guy I want to go with.”

 However, Quinn is inexperienced as a starter in Crennel’s system and may not have a lot of chemistry with his receivers or offensive line. The Raiders front four should be licking their chops, salivating at the opportunity to go after Quinn. Their D-Line is the strength of their defense and if they can generate consistent pressure, it may be enough to expose Quinn and take advantage of his lack of the new kid on the block.

About Brian Mims

Brian Mims is an the Executive Writer for Brickhouse Talk. He is well known for his straight forward perspective on sports and all it's aspects. An avid sport fan himself, Brian is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the sports world.

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