Week 15 is upon us Addicts, and there is quite a lot going on in Chiefs Kingdom during this match up with the Oakland Raiders. The Chiefs have three different scenarios in which they can clinch a playoff berth today, their first since 2010.
The first scenario is if the Miami Dolphins lose in their contest to the Gronk-less New England Patriots. That game has a noon kickoff, so the Chiefs could already be a playoff team by the time their game starts at 3:05. In this scenario, the Chiefs get in, whether they win or lose.
The second — and most preferable — is if the Chiefs win. Flat out, this is the way they want to get in. If you remember, it was the Raiders who dashed the Chiefs playoff hopes in 2011 with two blocked field goals. While this is a very different team, the Chiefs will be looking for some revenge.
The final scenario is if the Baltimore Ravens lose on Monday Night Football to the Detroit Lions.
Again, it’s win and you’re in for the Chiefs. Along with that, by hitting 11 wins on the season, the Chiefs will have their highest winning season since the 2003 campaign in which the team went 13-3.
Here’s the specifics for the game:
Time: 3:05 PM. CT
Where: Oakland, CA. Oakland County Collesium
Radio: FM 101.1 The Fox. You can listen to it live here.
DirecTV Sunday Ticket: 713
Live Stream: You can watch the game after it’s done at https://gamerewind.nfl.com (subscription required)
Point Spread: Kansas City -6 (Bovada.lv)
Chiefs Player To Keep an Eye On: Junior Hemmingway, WR
With Dexter McCluster out for today’s game and not even in Oakland with his team due to an ankle injury, fan favorite reserve wide receiver Junior Hemmingway is sure to see more snaps in today’s contest. While #88 is a much different receiver than McCluster, he has made quite a name for himself as a guy who catches everything thrown his way, including two touchdowns on the season. Many would like to see his role expanded and a good showing today could do just that moving forward into the post season.
Chiefs Player Who Must Step Up: Alex Smith, QB
I’ve said it before and I will continue saying it; while running back Jamaal Charles is the most talented player on this offense, the production rises and falls with the arm of Alex Smith. He must continue to perform at the level we’ve seen over the last three weeks. Even though the Raiders aren’t quite the Denver Broncos or San Diego Chargers, the Chiefs will still have to put up points. And that starts and ends with Smith.
X-Factor: Pass Rush
The last time these two teams met, the Chiefs defense got to the quarterback a ridiculous ten times. Granted, that was nine weeks and a different quarterback ago, but that shouldn’t change anything. For the most part, this is the same offensive line that the Chiefs pass rushers will be going against. Linebacker Justin Houston is still out with an elbow injury, but Frank Zombo has filled in nicely for him. Tamba Hali and even Dontari Poe could have a great game today. This is another inexperienced quarterback who could be watching the game from his back.
Prediction: Chiefs: 38, Raiders: 7
At the end of the day, this Raiders team is in shambles and this Chiefs team is firing on all cylinders. I’m thinking it’s a blowout by the third quarter.