NFL 2019 (Week 13): Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs

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NFL 2019 (Week 13): Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs

By Jordan Tribe

Special to Pro Football Guru

The Kansas City Chiefs look to continue their dominance of the Oakland Raiders as the teams meet for the second time this year.

This pivotal AFC West showdown was moved by the NFL into the late afternoon slot on CBS Sunday and will award the winner with first place bragging rights within the division. The 7-4 Kanas City Chiefs are coming off their much-needed off-week, with a relatively healthy squad and with head coach Andy Reid’s 17-3 career record in games following the bye. The week off gave last year’s NFL MVP, Patrick Mahomes, extra time to insure he’s 100 percent after dislocating his knee cap (yikes) against Denver in Week 7.

After three straight wins by a total of 16 points, the 6-5 Oakland Raiders head into Sunday looking to rebound following a shocking 34-3 loss to the New York Jets last week.

This matchup pits strengths against weaknesses for both sides, with the Chiefs second-ranked passing offense at 301.7 yards per game vs. a Raiders’ pass defense 28th-ranked pass defense, giving up 266.8 pass yards per game through the air. Conversely, Oakland and rookie running back standout Josh Jacobs have the 12t- ranked rushing attack in the NFL averaging 122.7 yards per game, facing a Kansas City run defense ranked 30th in the league giving up 143.1 yards per game.

Time of possession will be key with Oakland needing to run the ball effectively to keep Kansas City’s offensive playmakers on the sideline.

Raiders: Oakland will look to pound the rock with rookie running back Josh Jacobs, who is just 43 yards away from a 1,000 yard season and has run for seven touchdowns. Jacobs could be the front runner for NFL Offensive Rookie of the year.

Despite releasing All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown before the regular season even began, quarterback Derek Carr has a 101.0 passer rating, which would be the best mark of his career if it holds. Carr will miss wide receiver Hunter Renfrow and his 11 yards per catch due to a rib injury suffered last week. Oakland’s defense will also need to rely on some rookies. Rookie defensive ends Clelin Ferrell and Maxx Crosby have combined for 11 sacks and 14 tackles for loss on the season.

Chiefs: Kansas City will try to improve on their 2-3 record at Arrowhead this season. Mahomes will look to Travis Kelce, who had seven catches for 107 yards and a touchdown in the first match-up between these teams in Oakland week 2.

With 833 receiving yards on the year, Kelce could become the first tight end in NFL history with four consecutive 1,000-yard seasons. Add in a healthy Sammy Watkins and Tyreek Hill and rookie wide out Mecole Hardman averaging 19.6 yards per catch), and Mahomes will have a variety of explosive options to choose from.

The Chiefs’ run defense should be tested early and often, relying on defensive tackle Chris Jones and defensive end Frank Clark, who is coming off maybe his best game with the Chiefs.

Prediction: The Raiders will have a tough time keeping up with the Chiefs offensively, and with an improved run defense as of late for Kansas City, Oakland won’t be able to keep Mahomes & company on the bench long enough.

Kansas City Chiefs 34, Oakland Raiders 17

Jordan Tribe (@JordanTribe_) is an honorary member of the KC Star’s A-Team and has followed the Kansas City Chiefs for over 30 years. He loves spending time with his wife and his three daughters and his Doberman Pinscher named Moses. He resides in Colorado Springs.


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