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The history of the Chiefs’ dominance over the Raiders seems likely to continue


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The Raiders and Chiefs renew their rivalry on Monday Night Football to wrap up Week 5 of the NFL season. And there is good news and bad news for Raid gamers entering this match. The bad news is that no one expected much in Las Vegas in this game. That’s also good news: Raid gamers have nothing to lose and should feel free to go out and play.

Since 2013, Kansas City has beaten the Oakland/Las Vegas Raiders 15 of the last 18 meetings. All three of the Raiders’ wins came in the years they missed the post-season. For now, it looks like the Raiders will miss out on the knockout stages again, so… maybe they’ll take the sadness out of KC?

But based on how the season has gone so far, it will take a miracle to get it done in Kansas City. The Raiders enter this game 1-3, while the Chiefs lead 3-1, after a surprise loss to the Colts a few weeks ago. Sure enough, the Raiders studied the tape of Indianapolis’ 20-17 win over KC to see what they did to get ahead of the Chiefs in that game.

After reaching the knockout stages last year, Las Vegas was supposed to restart its place and compete seriously at the AFC West in 2022, but that didn’t happen. The Raiders started year 0-3 before returning to beat the Broncos last week. A victory over the Chiefs would go a long way towards saving what looks like a disaster of a season until last week. Improve to 2-3 with a win over Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs will take the Raiders in a KC game to lead the squad.

For the chiefs, it was simple. Andy Reid’s squad needs to keep doing what they’re doing. They have scored more than 40 points twice in their first four games. Mahomes and his boys placed 41st and 48th when sweeping the Raiders last season. As usual, the Chiefs are among the most serious offenses in the entire NFL, averaging 32.3 points per game.

Many thought this Chiefs attack would be difficult without Tyreek Hill, but Reid and offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy found another way to win. Mahomes is spreading the ball around more, except for Hill. Across four games, the Chiefs’ four receivers recorded double numbers.

While Raid players probably don’t want to engage in a gunfight with KC, they may not have many options. David Carr and Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels focus should be on keeping chiefs’ offenses out of the way. Ball control will be key for Las Vegas, as well as for any team playing Captain. Running the ball and making long shots make Mahomes lacking in the element. It’s the same strategy that teams have used against Peyton Manning or any of the all-time great passers, for that matter. Keep them out on the field for as long as possible, and you might have a chance.

In fact, this could end up being a problem. If the Raiders keep this game within two touchdowns, that would be an improvement over both games against the Chiefs last season.

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