NFL Gridiron Gab Week Nine Preview: Kansas City at Oakland

Raiders Game Plan on D: “Let Cassel Lose It”

“We want to win the game.  It’s a must-win.  But if we don’t win, it’s not the end of the world.”

– Raiders cornerback Stanford Routt, covering all bases heading into Sunday’s game against the division-leading Chiefs

First sell out in 11 home games, opportunity to go over .500 for the first time since 2004, 3-0 record in the division, so, anyone else think this game is big?

The Kansas City Chiefs come into this game just as hot as the Raiders and with first place on the line; this has “Game of the Week” potential written all over it.  Let’s see how the Raiders can take sole possession of the AFC West:

  • Win the Line of Scrimmage Battle

KC is #1 rushing offense, the Raiders are the #2 rushing offense.  KC is #7 rushing defense, the Raiders are #26 but have allowed 122 total rushing yards in the last 2 games.  This game will be decided in the trenches, whoever is more physical, limits their penalties, and forces their will wins this game.

  • Limit the Mistakes

The Chiefs are playing mistake proof football, 0 turnovers in the last 3 games.  Last time the Raiders had a “big” game (49ers), they had 3 turnovers that cost them the game.  Understanding that this game is big, the Raiders need to come out and hold onto the ball.  Specifically Jason Campbell.

  • Let Cassel Lose It

The Raiders safeties are a big weakness to their team, so why not do something different?  Put 1 of the safeties into the box and challenge the Chiefs to make Matt Cassel beat you with the pass.  He is not that good.

  • Rolando McClain: Are you Ready for your Closeup?

First home game on TV, will garner a lot of national attention.  With that said, Rolando McClain is going to have all the opportunity in the world to have the nation talk about him after this one’s all said and done.  For the Raiders to win, this has to be his “Coming Out Party”.

The Raiders are 1 point favorites and the over/under is 40.5 points.  I’ve been thinking about this game all week, and see the “49ers game” from Week 6 coming back into play.  Both teams will go in with the same mindset: Conservative offensive game plan, try to prevent turning the ball over, while playing the field possession game; waiting for the other team to blink first and make the game’s first mistake.  What concerns me is that when the game matters most, the Raiders special teams have failed them.  I’ll be rooting that I’m completely wrong on the following score, and hope that the Raiders drop another 30 points this week, but I’m going with my gut feeling, and not my heart’s decision.

Chiefs 16 Raiders 13

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