The Kansas City Chiefs and the Oakland Raiders will do battle today in a battle of AFC West rivals. There is a lot on the line and the Arrowhead Addict staff are going on the record with their predictions for today’s outcome.
Chiefs 21, Raiders 20
This game scares me but I think the Chiefs can win it as long as they play focused, mistake-free football. I am counting on Romeo Crennel to shut down Darren McFadden like he did Adrian Peterson earlier in the year. I’m also counting on the KC DB’s to make their tackles, the special teams to hold and for Jackie Battle to keep running well to open up the pass for Matt Cassel.
If the Chiefs can do all of that, I think they’ll sneak our of the Black Hole with a win. The Raiders will be hurt by the loss of Janikowski.
Chiefs 24, Raiders 14
I’m going to shoot the moon on this one. Chiefs fire on all cylinders — running game, passing game, defense (Tamba ups his sacks stats on the rusty replacement QB(s?)) and kicking game. Everything looks good, and Haley buys a goat to complete his mountain man look.
Raiders 21 Chiefs 13
The Battleaxe is exposed as plastic and the Raiders pound the ball. The Chiefs need to stuff the run and pressure Bollar into rushed passes to win this game. I would love to see it, but it’s hard to make that call.
Oakland wishes they would have started Carson Palmer. The Chiefs defense has it’s best game of the season so far, creating two interceptions off Kyle Boller and one forces fumble on Darren McFadden. Dwayne Bowe and Steve Breason both get touchdowns as Matt Cassel has one of his better performances of the year. Todd Haley’s job is safe another week! Go Chiefs!!!
Chiefs 31, Raiders 14
The Chiefs play their best game in a year and mostly dominate their arch rival. The Chiefs passing game is a strong suit and Matt Cassel comes out successfully firing it to all of his available weapons. By the second half the Chiefs begin to establish the running game with Jackie Battle and the Raiders can’t compete. In the meantime, the Raiders running game is stuffed throughout the first half and they are forced to rely on their passing game which fails mostly because of the intense pressure the Chiefs are able to put on Boller and Pryor. Darren McFadden is finally able to get some good carries in the second half but, by then, it it far too late. Victory has never been more timely or sweet for the K.C. red hats.
Chiefs 27 Raiders 17
The Chiefs finally realize its okay to pass the ball in the first quarter and the offense has its first full game of success. The defense contains McFadden to minimal damage and KC gets back to .500.