Chiefs must allow playmakers to create in space
By Nick Jacobs
If his first man is tightly covered, Smith will often not take the risk of throwing it, perhaps in fear that it will be intercepted. At this point, he will at times bail on the play, roll out of the pocket and land into the awaiting arms of an opposing defender. Maclin statistically had the best hands in football last year, Chris Conley has transformed into a more physical player, beating the press with ease this year and stands at 6-foot-3 inches, Travis Kelce stands at 6-foot-5 inches and has the speed to task corners and safeties with a hard cover.
These guys are built to haul in contested passes, put a little trust in them and allow them to make plays when they’re not there. The Chiefs will be traveling to Oakland, California this weekend to take on their arch nemesis, the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders look to be re-born this year and are on track to achieve their first winning season since 2002. While the Raiders have done some impressing things on offense this season, leading the surge behind their third year quarterback out of Fresno State, Derek Carr, they have been quite simply put, bad on defense.
Oakland has gave up an average of 452.6 yards per game, the worst in the NFL. Although the Raiders defense has been giving up yards in bulk, you must keep in mind that they have faced some high flying offenses in the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints.