The Las Vegas Raiders play the Kansas City Chiefs tonight. Back in week five, the Raiders beat the Cheifs 40-32 in Arrowhead stadium. Kansas City will be looking for revenge, so Las Vegas must be ready to play. The Raiders are coming into the game on a three-game winning streak; the Chiefs are on a four winning streak. Here is what the Raiders must do to win the game:
Run The Ball
Las Vegas will need to run the ball well to beat Kansas City. In the week five victory, the Raiders ran for 144 yards. They will need to run four more yards on Sunday. The Raiders will need a running performance like they had last week against the Denver Broncos when the Raiders ran for 203 yards. Josh Jacobs ran for 112 yards, and backup running back; Devontae Booker rushed for 81 yards. Running the ball well will help the Raiders control the clock and keeps the explosive Chiefs’ offense on the sidelines.
Score Touchdowns in the Red Zone
The Raiders come into the game 23rd in red-zone scoring. They score a touchdown 58.82% of the time in the red-zone. Against Kansas City, Las Vegas needs to score touchdowns in the red-zone. You can not leave any points on the board against their high powered offense. Las Vegas must do an excellent job at attacking the end-zone and putting pressure on the Chiefs defense.
Las Vegas is the best team in the NFL, converting on third downs. Las Vegas completes 50% of the third downs. Winning first and second down leads to third and short; those are easy to convert than third and long. If the Raiders can get good yardage on early downs, it will have manageable third downs. Converting keeps the clock moving and tires out the opposing team’s defense.
Play Physical on Defense
When you play against the Chiefs’ offense, you have to be physical with their receivers. Their receivers are too good to give them a free release. In the week five match-up, the Raiders did a great job mixing up coverages taking away the deep ball, and cornerbacks did well-passing off receivers to safeties. One critical adjustment was on third downs; the Raiders went to a three-person rush with a quarterback spy. In the first half, Patrick Mahomes would get out of pocket and make plays down the field. It kept him contained with the spy, and the Raiders pass rush was able to get pressure. Look for Kansas City to be prepared for that, but the Raiders must try to duplicate it and adjust.
Last but not least, do not turn the ball over. When you play the Cheifs, you can not turn the ball over. Giving them extra possessions could be dangerous. Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has done an excellent job this year, only throwing two interceptions so far this season. But he has been stripped sack a few times this year. The offensive line must keep up their outstanding play, and Carr must have sound awareness in the pocket not to get stripped sack.