The Kansas City Chiefs are on top of the world as one of three remaining undefeated teams in the NFL. KC can’t afford to get too high on themselves because there is a monkey they need to get off their back. On Sunday, the Oakland Raiders will be looking for their seventh-straight win at Arrowhead Stadium, and the Chiefs cannot afford to take them lightly.
Never underestimate the power of a rivalry game. During their streak, some bad Oakland teams have been able to come into Arrowhead and beat Kansas City, including two teams that finished 5-11, and two that finished 4-12.
Another reason KC should be concerned is the play of Terrelle Pryor. Those who have his autograph should hold on to it, because he could turn out to be a special player some day. The 24-year-old QB is quietly having a very good season and he’s been getting better every week. In four starts, Pryor has completed 68.3 percent of his passes, compiled 1,074 total yards, with four TDs and two INTs.
The Chiefs’ defense showed a weakness for mobile quarterbacks in Week 3 against the Philadelphia Eagles when Michael Vick rushed for 99 yards on four carries. Kansas City would have been in a lot of trouble if it weren’t for Philly’s five turnovers. If Pryor can burn the defense when they get too aggressive, the Chiefs could be in for a much tougher fight than most are expecting.
KC may be undefeated, but their last four wins were very competitive contests deep into the second half due to a stuttering offense. The 25.6 points per game they’ve averaged has been fluffed up by non-offensive TDs in four of five games. Without those scores, Kansas City averages just 20 a game. Alex Smith and company have a lot of room to grow, and Sunday would be a great day for the offense to start reaching their potential.
As do all rivalry matchups, this weekend’s contest has the makings of a trap game, but I don’t think Kansas City will let that happen. Every time a reporter tries to praise the Chiefs, Andy Reid seems to steer the conversation to where they need to improve. Reid knows he needs to keep this team focused, and he’s going to everything he can to keep them grounded.
I’m going to say it — Kansas City has the best defense in the league. They’ve surrendered the fewest points per game, lead the league sacks and are tied for the lead in takeaways. Pryor might be able to bust a big play or two, but he will also be the victim of several big plays from the KC defense.
Even with another offensive performance hovering around mediocrity, I expect the Chiefs to win this game comfortably. Prediction: Kansas City over Oakland, 27-13.