Raiders vs. Chiefs NFL Week 15 Preview

By Josh Walfish
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At this point the Oakland Raiders are going through the motions and trying to finish 2012 with some positive momentum. There’s no better time to start a winning streak than when you’re playing a 2-11 team, that happens to be a rival of yours. But something says this game against the Kansas City Chiefs will be a little bit harder than a simple walk in the park.

Quarterback: Kansas City has two below-average quarterbacks playing worse than below average. Carson Palmer isn’t great, but he’s been playing well this season. Advantage: Oakland

Running Back: The Raiders have Darren McFadden, who is still trying to regain his form after an ankle injury. The Chiefs counter with Jamaal Charles, who has run for more yards than the Raiders have combined.  Advantage: Kansas City

Wide Receiver and Tight End: If you take Dwayne Bowe off the Chiefs they wouldn’t have any decent receivers. Darrius Heyward-Bey and Denarius Moore, may not be elite receivers, but they’re decent at the very least. Advantage: Oakland

Offensive Line: Oakland can’t run the ball and can barely protect Palmer. Kansas City’s offensive line can open running holes big enough for a train, but they can’t seem to protect whoever is under center. Advantage: Kansas City

Defensive Line: The Oakland defensive line had some energy last week and is becoming the shining star of this otherwise pathetic defense. Kansas City’s front hasn’t done much to stop the run or get to the quarterback. Advantage: Oakland

Linebackers: Once a strength of the Raiders’ defense, the linebackers have regressed in recent weeks. Meanwhile, Derrick Johnson is lighting it up for the Chiefs at linebacker with more than 100 tackles this season.  Advantage: Kansas City

Secondary: Considering Kansas City is ranked seventh against the pass, this secondary must be pretty good. Oakland’s secondary on the other hand is just [insert synonym for embarrassing here]. Advantage: Kansas City

Specialists: The only spot where Oakland is continuously better than the competition because they use these guys way too much. Advantage: Oakland

Coach: The record may not show it, but Romeo Crennel has done a great job with the Chiefs, especially with the events of two weeks ago. On the other sideline, it is becoming clear Dennis Allen may be in over his head. Advantage: Kansas City

At this point in the year, Oakland should just be happy this season is slowly coming to a close.

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