After giving up 24 straight points in week 6, the Oakland Raiders allowed the Kansas City Chiefs to dictate the game and to destroy Terrelle Pryor at quarterback. Today rookie Matt Mcgloin will likely get the start and Oakland should have a better chance with a home field advantage and a more efficient offensive line while the chiefs are coming off of a 3 game losing streak before destroying the Washington Redskins last week. The Chiefs havent swept the season series with Oakland since 2006 and the Raiders are trying to keep that streak alive here today.
In week 6, Pryor was sacked 9 times and tossed three interceptions to the Chiefs Defense, including one for a score. Although Pryor is obviously more mobile, Mcgloin has taken much fewer sacks per game than pryor due to an improving offensive line and opposing teams giving more respect for the passing game. When Pryor is set to run almost every play, teams are going to bring the blitz more leading to more sacks, whereas teams have to respect Mcgloin’s arm and passing ability and have to hold back more plays. The passing game has also opened up the running game as even third string fullback Marcel Reece was able to gain 123 yards and a touchdown.
Darren Mcfadden is injured as usual and Rashad Jennings is also likely out for today’s game so Reece will likely start again, and the Raiders will need him to produce yards and open holes for the recievers. The Chiefs defense is nothing to mess with this season and you can expect the Raiders to make some mistakes this game but as long as the Oakland defense can keep the turnover differential close, they may have a chance.
The Raiders need to win one more game to have a better record than last year and possibly to save Dennis Allen’s job. Allen may survive this years list of firings, but after one more disappointing year, the team will likely have no choice but to fire the young coach and go a different direction, hopefully one with more experience.