Chiefs Will Beat RaidersNovember 12th, 2009 by Lee Eldridge
The Chiefs are 1-7, but should be sitting here at the halfway point at 3-5 with wins against the Raiders and the Cowboys. While the Chiefs have proven they’re not a very good team this year, the Raiders are brutally bad.
JaMarcus Russell is the 32nd ranked quarterback in the NFL. In case you need a refresher, there are only 32 teams in the NFL. The only quarterback with enough playing time to qualify to be shown on NFL.com’s stats with a lower passer rating is Derek Anderson from the Browns. Russell has a quarterback rating of 48.3, has completed only 48.4% of his passes, and has thrown 2 TDs and 9 INTs. Russell will go down as one of the biggest busts in the history of the draft. The Raiders are ranked #31 in passing, and #26 in rushing the ball, which puts them at #32 for total offense.
The Raiders are only slightly better than the Chiefs when it comes to defense, where they’re ranked #27 in yards allowed. The Raiders defense is probably a bit better than the numbers suggest. Like the Chiefs, when your offense is inept, it continues to expose your defense. The Raiders have some good players on defense with Richard Seymour and Nnamdi Asomugha.
While the Raiders are 2-6, they should be 0-8 right now. They had no business beating the Chiefs earlier this year when Kansas City dominated them in almost every category. And for the Raiders to have beaten the Eagles is virtually unexplainable. Philadelphia was certainly looking past the Raiders, and it bit them.
The Chiefs badly need this win. They need to build some confidence. They need to establish their running game with Jamaal Charles and Kolby Smith. They need to start building an identity. And it all starts this week in Oakland.
Prediction: Kansas City 13, Raiders 10