Jan 3, 2016; Kansas City, MO, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) is pressured by Kansas City Chiefs inside linebacker Derrick Johnson (56) in the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. Kansas City won the game 23-17. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports
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It’s RAIDER week! For the first time in a long time this week’s game against the Raiders has pretty big divisional implications for the Chiefs.
Oakland is sitting at 4-1 and has started the season strong behind Derek Carr and their young playmaking offense. The Oakland defense however is struggling mightily and might be a big cause for concern if the Raiders can continue their play throughout the season. Oakland’s defense was supposed to be much better this year but they have yet to round into shape. Offseason acquisition Sean Smith has not been the corner that they were hoping he would be so far in his Raider career.
Smith and the Oakland secondary have been repeatedly beaten throughout the season and are on pace to be historically bad. Kansas City has the pieces they need to attack the weak secondary of the Raiders and they know Smith’s tendencies. Kansas City needs to run Tyreek Hill down the field multiple times early in the game against Smith to see how the Oakland defense is going to react to it.
Smith has shown he is willing to throw to Hill deep so set it up and air it out. Of all the players on the Chiefs team that played bad against the Steelers you have to think that Alex Smith is the one that wants this game the most. Smith has played bad consistently this season and has only really had a good half once this season against the Chargers. Smith wasn’t the cause of the loss to the Steelers but he definitely played a part.
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