After a slow start to the season, Oakland Raiders receiver Denarius Moore has emerged as the team’s leading receiver.
He has totaled 20 catches for 317 yards and three touchdowns, including four 20+ receptions, so far during his 2013-14 campaign.
He played well during the last three games in which he averaged a little over 91 receiving yards.
“I’m feeling confidence within myself and with the team,” Moore said to the media after a practice day via csnbayarea.com. “The coaches still trust me. Terrelle Pryor is getting honest with me. It’s just a matter of taking it to practice and letting it transfer to the game.”
While it was preferable to have already developed a good chemistry with each other before the regular season started, better late than
Both played well last week during a division win against the San Diego Chargers and hopefully they can build on it when they go on the road against the Kansas City Chiefs for the team’s second consecutive division clash.
Throwing against Kansas City will not be easy as its defense is ranked fourth overall in passing yards allowed, giving up an average of 198 passing yards during its first five games.
Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said, among other things, his team must find a way to negate the opposing pass rush and avoid third down and long situations to have a chance to win against the undefeated Chiefs.
“They’re 5-0 for a reason,” Allen said during a news conference via csnbayarea.com. “We know it’s a great challenge.”
The Kansas City defense features two very good sack artists in outside linebackers Tamba Hali and Justin Houston.
Houston, however, is questionable going into Sunday’s contest with a head injury and his absence surely would help the Raiders’ cause.
In any case, this will probably be a game in which Pryor will be running throughout the entire game to avoid pass rushers.
At the same time however, Pryor has been effective throwing while running out of pocket.
In addition, Moore has performed well in Arrowhead Stadium – he totaled nine catches for 190 yards and two touchdowns during his two career trips to Kansas City.
It will be interesting to see if Moore and Pryor will continue to grow together as they look forward to facing one of the more stout
defenses in the NFL.