Dec 14, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) prepares to throw the ball as Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Tamba Hali (91) and outside linebacker Justin Houston (50) defend during the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs won 31-13. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
On offense, the Raiders have converted about 44% of their third downs this season. That would have ranked them right there with the Chargers at about 8th in the NFL entering week nine.
On defense, the Raiders have allowed opponents to convert about 41% of their third downs this season. That would have ranked about 24th in the NFL entering week nine.
While the Raiders are much improved this season (especially on offense) there is still some hope for KC. Of the three “make or break” games that come after the Denver game, the Raiders defense is allowing the highest percentage of third downs to be converted against them. If Alex Smith and the offense can convert third downs and extend drives it’s huge for KC. It obviously makes scoring points more likely and it also keeps the Raiders offense off the field (as well as keeping the defense fresh). The Chiefs dropped the ball in Oakland last season, but they simply can’t afford to do that again this year if they want to have a shot at making the playoffs.
So what do you think Addicts? Do you think the Chiefs can get on a roll down the stretch this season? Is this team capable of ripping off seven wins in a row? Have you already given up all hope of making the playoffs this season? If not, do you agree with my assessment that the first three games after this week’s Broncos match up are the key to making it happen? I’d love to hear your thoughts on all these questions in the comments below.
As always, thanks for reading and GO CHIEFS!!!!!!!!!