There will be a lot on the line this Sunday afternoon when the red-hot Kansas City Chiefs visit the up-and-down Oakland Raiders in northern California. Both teams are members of the West Division of the American Football Conference (AFC) in the NFL and each of these squads currently finds itself “in the playoff hunt” with just five games remaining in the regular season.
In truth, Kansas City has outscored its last five opponents and raised its Won-Loss record to 6-5. As things stand right now in the AFC, the Chiefs, on the strength of winning five straight games, own the first Wild Card and can guarantee themselves a spot in the playoffs by coming out on top in their remaining games. That makes this contest against the home tram Raiders critically important. Alex Smith has led the way for the Chiefs and has been very productive on offense.
And, as far as the “black and silver” is concerned, a Won-Loss record of 5-6 has is contending for a chance to continue playing in January, as well. Clearly, with so much to play for it seems likely that this game will feature hard-hitting performances from both defenses and offensive scheming that each squad hopes will lead to frequent visits to the end zone.
The Oakland Raiders will be relying heavily on their young and dynamic franchise quarterback, Derek Carr, a player who has the ability to beat the opposition with his strong right arm and with his feet. Athletically-gifted, Carr can turn broken plays into long gains by eluding would-be tacklers and rushing for big yardage.
The visiting Chiefs employ a solid offensive game plan that features long, downfield passes and a competent running game. Importantly, both squads are well-coached which leads to disciplined play and relatively few penalties.
Given this game’s importance to the visitors and to the home team, as well, it should take place before a packed house of energized and excited fans ready to “whoop it up” every time the home town Raiders complete a successful play.
The Raiders, a team with a proud history, have not performed well for many years and this current squad, filled with young, capable players on both sides of the ball, has given the fan base and the city a reason to support the team.
Kansas City, even though it will be playing this game “on the road,” presents the home team with a tough challenge. The Chiefs have become a top-level squad in recent seasons and with Head Coach Andy Reid running the program, they have become a formidable opponent and very difficult to beat.
This game is likely to be a real nail-biter and very competitive, too. It would surprise no one if the two teams are separated by just a few points when the game finally ends.
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