Raiders looking to hand Chiefs first loss of season
Las Vegas is heading into hostile territory when it travels to Arrowhead Stadium to do battle with Kansas City in a week five AFC West showdown.
Kickoff is set for 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 11 with the Chiefs putting it’s 4-0 record on the line against the 2-2 Raiders.
Vegas has lost two straight games since starting the season 2-0, most recently to Buffalo.
Kansas City on the other hand is coming off a 26-10 win over New England.
Whenever Kansas City is on the schedule, it starts with former Most Valuable Player quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
This year, he is completing 67 percent of his passes, throwing for 1,134 yards and 11 touchdowns with no interceptions. His quarterback rating is 114.1 through the first quarter of the season.
In his career, Mahomes is undefeated in four games against the Raiders with nearly 1,200 yards through the air and 11 touchdowns with just one interception.
The Vegas defense was tested last week by the Bills’ gunslinger quarterback, Josh Allen. Despite losing the game, the Raiders held Allen to his season low in passing yards while tying a season low in completions.
They will be looking to keep the fast pace offense of the Chiefs quiet. Defensive tackle Maliek Collins is listed as questionable (shoulder/illness).
In the case, Vegas’ defense can’t contain Kansas City, the offense will attempt to keep up.
Quarterback Derek Carr is completing 74 percent of his passes throwing for 1,095 yards with eight touchdowns and no interceptions.
In 2017, he led a come-from-behind win against an Alex Smith-led Chiefs throwing for 417 yards and three touchdowns. That marks the last win for the Raider franchise against its rival.
Tight end Darren Waller has been Carr’s favorite target reeling in 29 receptions for 247 yards and a touchdown.
Another bright spot for the offense has been wide receiver Nelson Agholor who has caught eight of his nine targets for 118 yards and two touchdowns.
Earlier in his career, he had been criticized in Philadelphia for dropping passes.
First round draft pick Henry Ruggs is also expected to be back after missing the last two games due to an injured knee and hamstring.
Also returning from injury is tackle Trent Brown, who will be playing in his first game since the season opener against Carolina.
Running back Josh Jacobs is looking to benefit from the reshaping of the offensive line, looking for his first touchdown since week one.
He has 300 yards and three touchdowns on 83 carries in four games this year.
Vegas is expected to be without rookie wide receiver Bryan Edwards (ankle), who will be missing his second straight game.
Kansas City leads the all-time series 65-52-5 with a 34-24-1 record against the Raider franchise at Arrowhead Stadium.
The Raiders will be looking for it’s first road win against the Chiefs since 2012.
Vegas’ center Rodney Hudskn was originally drafted by Kansas City, while Chiefs’ running back DeAndré Washington was originally drafted by the Raiders.