Sunday Oct. 23, 2011 1:05 P.M.
O.Co Coliseum, Oakland Ca.
The Oakland Raiders will start their division rivalry with the Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday afternoon at the Coliseum in Oakland, Ca. This will be the Raiders second AFC West division game of the 2011 NFL Football Season. This marks the 104th game between the two long-time AFL rivals. Kansas City leads the all time series 55-46-2.
Carson Palmer is expected to make his Raiders debut after seven seasons in Cinncinatti. The number one pick of the 2003 draft, Palmer was part of the Bengals that brought their first division title since 1990. Palmer, but he has never won a playoff game.
Palmer will be provided with a fresh start in Oakland, who earlier in the week gave Cincinnati two early round draft picks (first round pick this season) to obtain the 31 year old quarterback out of University of Southern California. The Raiders are 4-2 this season, their best start since their last playoff appearance in 2002 the year they went to the Super Bowl. in this coming game expect the Raiders to rely on Darren McFadden rushing against the Chiefs defense that is giving up 120 yards per game through their first five games (2-3). Currently McFadden, leads the NFL in rushing with, 610 yards on 111 carries with four touchdowns this season. The Raiders are averaging 212 passing yards a game through the first six, but don't expect many of flashy plays from Palmer, who hasn't played in an NFL game in since a week 17 loss to the Ravens where he threw for 305 yards.
For Kansas City, their task will be to make Carson Palmer's life in the pocket, as miserable as possible. The key for the defense is to crowd the box, and try to stop Darren McFadden at all cost. They need to let Carson Palmer try to win the game for Oakland. On the offensive side of the ball, the Chiefs are averaging 304 yards a game. quarterback Matt Cassel and wide receiver Dwayne Bowe will key in on the Raiders that have given up 283.5 passing yards a game. The Raider defense however, has improved through the season, and will look to give Cassel nightmares in the pocket with the tandem of Richard Seymour and Tommy Kelly.
Look for the Raiders to keep the game-plan simple for Carson Palmer. If the Raiders are successful early, then look for them to open up the playbook later in the football game.
The Raiders are looking to win three straight from the Chiefs for the first time since 2001. Also the Raiders are looking for third straight win this season since loosing to the New England Patriots. Prepare for the Silver and Black to be ready to attack on all sides of the ball and be the element of surprise on field leading the team to another victory.
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