The Chiefs and Raiders rivalry is one of the most historic in NFL history. But as Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr said Wednesday, “to call it a rivalry we have to win some games against them.” Carr makes a good point, having never really shown to be a threat when visiting Arrowhead Stadium. More on that later. Also, the Chiefs entire dominance over the AFC West has become commonplace. So much, that you are led to believe the opponents treat playing Kansas City like it’s the Super Bowl.
As usual we will be taking a deeper look into the Chiefs opponent for this week. However, I will turn the answers over to Terry Biggs, FPC Raiders managing editor. I asked him questions about both the Las Vegas Raiders offense and defense. Let’s get it started.
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1) Josh Jacobs is 7th in the NFL in rushing yards. But his rushing attempts have decreased over the last two weeks. Do you expect the Las Vegas Raiders to commit more to the run game against the Chiefs?
Biggs: With Jon Gruden‘s proclivity for high-carry running backs, look for Josh Jacobs to touch the ball 20+ times again. While Jalen Richard is a third down back, and Devontae Booker is a backup, to slow the Chiefs offense, Vegas must own time of possession.
2) Derek Carr’s struggles at Arrowhead Stadium are well documented. In six games, he’s yet to throw for more than 225 yards and has three touchdown passes to seven interceptions. What must Carr do on Sunday to help reshape his experience at Arrowhead?
Biggs: Stop talking. Stop overthinking. Carr possesses a strong arm and mobility. Extending plays, allows the receivers to get open vertically.
3) If tight end Darren Waller is held to minimal production in this game, which receiver should Chiefs fans be aware of?
Biggs: Believe it or not, Nelson Agholor gives the Las Vegas Raiders big plays. Yes, the same washout in Philly, became a threat. Agholor’s route specificity gives Carr options in the intermediate part of the route tree.
4) Defensively, the production has been scarce for the Las Vegas Raiders. What has led to the slow start for the pass rush?
Biggs: A failed draft pick in Clelin Ferrell, overpaying Carl Nassib and Maliek Collins. Additionally, firing defensive line coach Brentson Buckner, in favor of Rod Marinelli backfired. Buckner generated more rush with less talent.
5) Rookie Damon Arnette had a solid start before being placed on injured reserve. Which defensive back is being viewed as the leader now, without Arnette?
6) How much of the Las Vegas Raiders defensive struggle is placed on the shoulders of defensive coordinator Paul Guenther? How about the players?
Biggs: All of it. Recently, Guenther defended his scheme by blaming the players. Good defensive coordinators adjust to the talent they have. Instead, Guenther embraces the square peg in round hole theory. Disaster.
7) Who is the under the radar x-factor that the Chiefs cannot forget about on Sunday?
Thank you to Terry for taking the time to answer those questions. Be sure to check out all of his work with FPC Raiders and the Black Tuesday/Perpetual Fights Podcasts. You can follow him and those accounts on Twitter here: @TeeBiggs, @FPC_Raiders, @TuesdayFight
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– Braden Holecek is the Kansas City Chiefs managing editor for Full Press Coverage. He covers the NFL. Like and follow on Follow @ebearcat9//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Follow @FPC_Chiefs//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js and Facebook.