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Chiefs vs. Raiders: 5 Keys To Victory

The Kansas City Chiefs return to Arrowhead Stadium to take on the Oakland Raiders.

If the Chiefs are lucky, they’ll enter the day in last place in the AFC West and end the day TIED for last place in the AFC West.

“It’s a process.”

-Kansas City Chiefs GM, Scott Pioli

Anyway, things are going to be different at Arrowhead on Sunday. Matt Cassel will be on the bench and Brady Quinn will be in the game. Despite a poor performance against the Bucs*, Quinn should get a pretty warm reception from the Arrowhead faithful. He’ll also probably get a warm reception from the Raiders fans that are sure to be in attendance.

*There were actually some commenters the other day that tried to convince me that Quinn wasn’t “that bad” vs. the Bucs. Um…I love you guys and you’re right: 22 of 38 for 180 yards (4.74 yards per pass average), no TDs and two interceptions isn’t “that bad.” It’s horrendously bad. Quinn did not register a single pass over 19 yards. Quinn is surely rusty but even once the rust is removed, he still probably isn’t any good.

The fans will cheer, not because they expect brilliance from Quinn, but because he isn’t Matt Cassel.

I haven’t said much about the whole “Save Our Chiefs” movement. I’m pretty indifferent to the whole thing, to be honest with you. The fans are angry and they have a right to voice their anger any way they see fit, so long as the way they do so is legal. If Clark Hunt and Scott Pioli don’t want to see banners flying, “fire Pioli” signs or black instead of red in their stadium, they need only start winning games on a consistent basis.

But I do think the uprising is a clear sign that change is not only necessary for the Chiefs, it’s overdue. None of these fans protesting or shelling out dollars to fly a “fire Pioli” banner wanted the Chiefs GM to fail. They just want to root for a winner or at least not be embarrassed to be wearing a Chiefs jersey at their local sports bar.

In the end, it isn’t about Scott Pioli losing his job or Matt Cassel being benched. It is about fans wanting to root for a winner.

When Quinn trots onto the field Sunday, most KC fans will be hoping he does well. Even those of us in the camp that feels it would probably better for the Chiefs long-term to do more losing than winning down the stretch want Quinn to come out and shred the Raiders defense to, oh, I dunno, the tune of 500 yards and six TDs. It’s hard to think long-term when there is a maniac dressed up like an S&M dominatrix waltzing around your home team’s stadium wearing a Pin Head mask.

The benching of Cassel should, for now at least, satisfy Chiefs fans that the change they so desperately want, is coming. Even if it takes some time to find out exactly what those changes will be.

What will be will be. On Sunday, however, Quinn is our guy and we hope to hell he comes to play.

Here are my five keys to victory for the Chiefs vs. the Raiders.

1. Ball security is half the battle. Maybe 75 percent of the battle.

The Chiefs don’t just stink because Matt Cassel is a bad QB. They stink because the entire team is playing like crap. The crap play all starts with turnovers. The Chiefs are dropping the ball way too much. I don’t know why. Maybe it is just a run of terrible luck. The Chiefs are turning the ball over way more than average. That means, at some point, things should even out. We’ve had these players all play well enough to win in the NFL in the past (save perhaps Quinn) so they can do it again.

But only if they hold on to the football.

2. #Quinning

How does one Quinn with a QB that hasn’t done very much Quinning? Moreover, how does one Quinn with a QB who has hardly played any NFL football since 2009?

Keep it simple, stupid.

The Chiefs have a strength and that strength’s name is running the football Jamaal Charles. KC has done a nice job of running all season. The offense needs to start there and keep Quinn’s job as easy as possible. The Chiefs and offensive coordinator Brian Daboll don’t need to out-think themselves. Keep the play calling to things Quinn is comfortable with. Stick with high percentage play like slants and screens. Hope the receivers catch them.

3. Wait for the Raiders to screw it up.

Marty Schottenheimer was fond of saying that the key to beating the Raiders was to keep the game close and wait for the silver and black to screw it up.

Since the KC offense is unlikely to run away with anything, the Chiefs should bring back this strategy back. Both of these teams are bad. That means the one that makes the fewest stupid mistakes is likely to win.


The Oakland Raiders receivers aren’t studs per-say, but they are fast and physical. If a CB or safety misses a tackle on one of these guys one on one, they’re gone. The Chiefs defenders need to wrap these guys up because they’re very dangerous with the ball in their hands.

5. Make em’ throw

Despite having versatile RB Darren McFadden, the Raiders are 31st in the NFL running the football. As a result of that futility, they are ninth in throwing. But their 2-4 record indicates that the one-dimensional offense isn’t working out for them. The Chiefs absolutely cannot let the Raiders balance their offense Sunday. If they let McFadden get going it is going to be a long, long day.

KC’s biggest strength on defense is their Houston/Hali combo. They need to force the Raiders into passing situations so these guys can do their thing.

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  • david schroeder

    Here here on the rebellion comments! I’m right there with you! As for the game, turnovers, penalties, and big plays allowed by our defense have to be kept to a minimum. We always have this habit sinking to the Raiders sloppy level when we play them. I think it might actually be part of their strategy to have the games/drives stopped by penalties to disrupt the rhythm. We must be disciplined to win this game, and Quinn has to be just good enough to win. That said a 4-1 run:pass ratio will probably get us beat so we have to be successful throwing the ball down field, at least a little bit.

  • tm1946

    Missed a 6th element – History lesson. Dawson, Bell, Taylor need to host a movie night for the parts that make up the Clarkie Chiefs. They desparately need to “have a clue” what the raiders mean to KC and the fans. Pioli and his minions think it is just another game, win or lose. Routt, former raider and current substandard starter, is quoted as it being just another game.
    I miss those days, the hate, do or die, sometimes only saving grace of another losing season. Marty understood and those of you who are not that old may not. We needed Al Davis and the black and silver to focus on and, year in and out, we came together, long before there was “red fridays”.
    This week is a microcosym of my extreme dislike of all things Pioli and the “right 53 “. They took something away from us, the raiders are just another team on another sunday. Real shame, not sure Winston, Routt, and the other 51 deserve us. I sure as hell feel we deserve better.


      I have so freakin’ had it with Pioli and his ilk who just don’t understand what Raider week is all about. Hell, they have probably never even heard of Red Friday! And I put this all on Hunt. He owns the Chiefs, but I can’t bring myself to call him a fan. Yeah, he wants the team to win. It’s in his best interest when they do well. But he has no passion for the Red and Gold. To Pioli, it’s a job,(one he hasn’t done very well with). This lack of passion and devotion to our beloved Chiefs is apparent, both in the ownership, management and to coaching. Crennel is just not the kind of head coach that can bring out the best in what was thought of as a talented roster when the season began. For the faults that Peterson had, one thing he didn’t do was keep the fans in the dark about what his immediate plans for the team were. As for Marty, he wore his feelings on his sleeve, and we followed. That’s not to say we had an unbreakable love-fest with either, but we knew that they had the fans and the teams best interests at heart. That is something that I am not seeing with the current regime. Hunt and Pioli had better get it together, and soon. Because just in case they can;t see it, the fan apathy is thick enough to cut. Let them loose to the hated Raiders, and there will be a half empty Arrowhead.

      • Jimmy T.


  • Priest4Prez

    I’m a forefront runner for Raider Hater( as well as Donkey Disser); when it’s Raider week I have a hard time keeping my mouth shut when I see those silver and black colors floating into my vision. It’s Raider Week!!! As Chief fans we should wish for one thing every year; to smash The Chargers, Broncos, and Raiders at Arrowhead each year and make them look like fools in their own house! There is a WHOLE LOT of Raiders fan where I live but my job is to let them know how utterly futile it is to play the Chiefs at home….now, if we can just get that old rivarly fueling through this new team!! Go Chiefs!!!!

  • Danny W

    Piss on the Raiders, that’s how you beat them.

  • Jimmy T.

    Looking forward to the crowd noise when Carson Palmer gets sacked. Quinn will do better this week hopefully they will trust him to go down field.more. We’ll see if he gets the blocking. Keys Chiefs need to score first and often if the defense doesn’t step up. I think the D will be fired up though obviously catching the passes and not turn ball over. Palmer will turn the ball over giving the offense more chances as well to score. I believe the Chiefs will be ready!

  • chiefridgy

    Smash them faiders in the mouth!!!

  • Chiefswatch

    Ah I give Quinn a pass. Not saying he is not shitty, because I think he is but to say he had a horrible game when compared to what Cassel would have done is a little off base. I just dont think there is any other descriptors after “horrible” and if Quinn was horrible what does that leave to describe the play of Cassel. Patrick the two interceptions were only half Quinns fault and we have to acknowledge he did not take one sack. He as well did not fumble the ball or make one Cassel-like memorable blunder in the game. Take into account he had not had starter reps all season and I think he just was not very good. Horrible should be reserved to fumbling at the one, missing wide open receivers in favor of Bowe in triple coverage, bouncing on your ass during a pointless TD over celebration, unable to secure a hat on your head kind of game……