The Kansas City Chiefs lost for the first time in Week 6 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. They hope to rebound in the short week versus the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders come in with a disappointing 2-4 record with the most recent loss coming on a last second field goal to the Los Angeles Chargers. Both teams want to get back to their winning ways. We checked in with Remarkable! to see what each team needs to do to claim victory…
Last week was the first week the Chiefs scored less than 24 points in a game this season. Expect the high powered offense to get back on track in this week’s matchup.
Alex Smith has led the way for the Chiefs. With better weapons around him, he has the highest passer rating (124.8) when not under pressure (League Avg: 93.0). In fact, he has thrown 12 touchdowns and no interceptions through six weeks, the best ratio among QBs. He is not the only successful offensive player out on the field for Kansas City.
Rookie Kareem Hunt is having one of the best rookie running back season in years. In his six games, Hunt has:
- Averaged 7.0 Yards from Scrimmage Per Touch (885 yards / 127 touches) this season (best of 35 Qualified RBs in NFL; League Avg: 4.8)
- Rushed for 10 or more yards on 18 of his 106 carries (17.0%) this season (2nd best of 34 Qualified RBs in NFL; League Avg: 9.7%)
- 21 receptions on 23 targets (91.3% Reception Pct) this season (best of 34 Qualified RBs in NFL; League Avg: 74.7%)
- Picked up 168 yards after contact this season (most among RBs in NFL)
With Hunt in the backfield it opens the passing game and Tyreek Hill is a huge target for Smith downfield. Tyreek Hill has gained 163 yards after the catch on plays under center this season, fifth most among WRs.
The offense has put up monster numbers this year, but the defense has held their own, too. The Chiefs defense has allowed a completion percentage of just 53.5 percent (108 completions/202 attempts) this season, best in the NFL. Despite the low percentage, they give up the highest yards per completion (14.5 yards). Opposing quarterbacks do not have much time in the pocket against the front seven. The Kansas City defense has hurried opposing QBs on 12.6 percent of dropbacks this season, second best in the NFL.
Derek Carr has stumbled out of the gate for the playoff-hopeful Oakland Raiders. Carr averages just 9.7 yards per completion (924 yards/95 completions) this season, fourth worst among qualified QBs. Despite the low yards per completion, Carr has completed 68.3 percent of passes (95 completions/139 attempts), fourth best among QBs. One of his biggest targets this season has been Michael Crabtree. Crabtree has:
- 25 receptions on 34 targets (73.5% Reception Pct) this season (8th best of 68 Qualified WRs in NFL; League Avg: 59.3%)
- Averaged a touchdown every 5.0 receptions (25 Rec/5 TDs) this season (tied for 3rd best of 68 Qualified WRs in NFL; League Avg: 13.1)
Amari Cooper is another big playmaker that just has not put it together in his third season. Cooper has just 18 receptions on 39 targets (46.2 percent) this season, seventh worst among WRs (League Avg: 59.3 percent) and the young wide receiver is only averaging 24.3 receiving yards per game this season, fifth worst among WRs (League Avg: 33.2).
On the defensive side of the ball the Raiders are also struggling. The Raiders defense has allowed a passer rating of 105.3 (184 pass attempts) this season, second worst in the NFL (League Avg: 88.0). On third down, Oakland has allowed a completion percentage of 79.0 percent (49 completions/62 attempts), worst in the NFL (League Avg: 59.7 percent).
The high powered Chiefs offense might have a field day against a struggling Raiders defense. Will Oakland and Derek Carr right the ship? Tune in tonight!
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