The first thing we need to do during the Pioli Trinity era is re-establish our dominance over the Raiders. Looking at the two teams, I think the Chiefs can accomplish just that during the 2009 season. I really do.
The Raiders are bound to pick up a wide receiver, either Michael Crabtree or Jeremy Maclin, in the first round of next weekend’s draft, so quarterback JaMarcus Russell will likely have more than just Zach Miller to throw to. Additionally, I expect their running game to be decent given their stable of running backs. Center Samson Satele and tackle Khalif Bharnes were decent pick-ups as well. The big problem is that adding a target and bolstering the line might not make Russell significantly better. Half of me thinks he simply just doesn’t have the mental make-up of an NFL quarterback.
Defensively, I see a team that really hasn’t improved at all. This is where we have a big advantage over the Raiders, as we have an actual quarterback now in Matt Cassel. Our line will also be better as Branden Albert is a year older and the addition of Mike Goff gives us a good set of guards, something we’ve missed ever since Will Shields retired. As things stand pre-draft, their defense could be in trouble. They couldn’t stop Tyler Thigpen last Winter, so I don’t see them stopping Cassel and Co.
I think our defense will get a big boost from the home crowd. I can’t remember the last time we opened against the Raiders, but I expect the Sea of Red to be as amped up as its ever been. After all, this is the first home game of the Pioli Trinity era and its against the hated Silver and Black. The 12th man will give our Chiefs a huge lift, and the Chiefs will coast to a big victory.
CB Nnamdi Asomugha vs. TE Tony Gonzalez
Asomugha got eaten alive by Tony G in Oakland last season the last time these two clubs met. I doubt the NFL’s highest-paid corner can do any better in a rematch. Gonzalez is just too big.
Chiefs’ Front Seven vs. QB JaMarcus Russell
If the Chiefs can put the heat on fat boy, it will be a long day for the Silver and Black attack. With the home crowd worked into a frenzy, I expect FatMarcus to struggle mightily.
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Addicts, sound off on the home opener against the Raiders…