Oakland Raiders vs. Kansas City Chiefs: Breaking Down Oakland’s Game Plan

The Oakland Raiders took a step toward respectability with their Week 5 win over the San Diego Chargers. They can gain even more ground and make an even bigger jump in the AFC West, by doing something no other team has done so far: beat the Kansas City Chiefs.

Oakland has won five of the last six games between the two longtime division rivals, though the stakes haven’t been nearly as high as they are now.

Beating the Chiefs would give the Raiders back-to-back wins for the first time in nearly a year. It would also be more confirmation that the rebuilding process in Oakland is making progress.

It won’t come easily.

Kansas City coach Andy Reid has completely changed the attitude and culture around the franchise, transforming the Chiefs from a bottom-feeder into a legitimate playoff contender in his first season. At 5-0, they’re just one of three teams still unbeaten heading into Week 6.

Here are four ways the Raiders can get the upper hand in this classic matchup between former AFL rivals.


Run, run and run some more

Darren McFadden and Rashad Jennings both returned to the practice field Wednesday after missing parts or all of last Sunday’s win over the Chargers.

Although both were limited in what they could do during the workout, it was still an encouraging sign heading into a game against a team that Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor says has "one of the best defenses in the NFL," according to the team's official website. 

Kansas City has held three of its five opponents to fewer than 99 yards rushing. Only Philadelphia (264) and Tennessee (105) reached triple digits running the ball against the Chiefs, who have been much more aggressive and physical on defense this year.

The Raiders need to go right at the heart of Kansas City’s defense with the ground game, whether with McFadden, Jennings or e...

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