After dropping back-to-back games, things won’t get any easier for the Las Vegas Raiders as they fly to Arrowhead Stadium to take on the defending Super Bowl champions. Our staff at Silver and Black Today provide their predictions for the Week 5 contest.
The Chiefs-Raiders matchup is one Raider Nation always circles on its calendar. While those games in Kansas City have mostly come at the end of the season when cold weather proves to be a rather nasty host for the Raiders, game time temperatures project to be in the low-80s during an unseasonably warm fall at Arrowhead Stadium.
The Raiders, in the midst of a two-game skid, possess an abundance of ways to attack their opposition offensively, and given the injuries they’ve suffered at the wide receiver position, Las Vegas has done a quality job of moving the chains.
Although, one aspect that’s held the Raiders back so far this season is the team’s ball security. The Raiders offense has turned the ball over four times this season — all of which came near the end of games in the fourth quarter.
Defensively, the unit continues to struggle in holding up their end of the bargain, recording four sacks and forcing two takeaways throughout the first four weeks of the season. Those defensive efforts rank 30th in sacks and 31st in takeaways.
Friday’s injury report indicates the Raiders could be getting back some key contributors to their offense. Offensive tackle Trent Brown (calf), defensive tackle Maliek Collins (shoulder/illness), and receivers Henry Ruggs (knee/hamstring) and Rico Gafford (hamstring) are listed as questionable. The Raiders will still be without receiver Bryan Edwards as he recovers from a foot and ankle injury suffered in the Week 3 game in New England.
The Chiefs are relatively healthy given the surplus of injuries across the NFL this season. The lone player Kansas City will miss in the Week 5 matchup is defensive end Mike Danna (hamstring), who’s game status is listed as out after not practicing all week.
Here are our staff predictions ahead of the Chiefs-Raiders Week 5 matchup:
Scott Gulbransen, Founder/Publisher
While part of me wants to believe Derek Carr will vanquish the demons of Arrowhead Stadium that haunt him and the Raiders, the Kansas City Chiefs are the best team in the entire NFL and the offense just isn’t quite there yet. While the defense has been horrible upfront so far this season, I expect them to play their best game. Despite that, they don’t have enough to shut down the Chiefs’ offense in Week 5. The offense isn’t in sync yet and Henry Ruggs III should be involved and have a good game, but not good enough to beat the Chiefs at home. There are no moral victories but I do expect the Raiders to play better collectively, and in the red zone. Still, it won’t nearly be enough. While this matchup is one of the best historic rivalries in football, that won’t be enough for the visiting team to pull the upset. I’m picking the Chiefs in this one. Chiefs 38, Raiders 24
Moe Moton, Sr. Columnist
The Las Vegas Raiders will roll into Arrowhead Stadium with a little more offensive firepower assuming wideout Henry Ruggs III plays after two full practices. Nonetheless, coach Jon Gruden has to feed the ball to Josh Jacobs and the running backs to test the Kansas City Chiefs’ 28th-ranked run defense. On the flip side, guard Richie Incognito is still on injured reserve (Achilles), and right tackle Trent Brown (calf) says he’s a game-time decision, so the Chiefs underrated defense that features Chris Jones and Frank Clark could make Derek Carr uncomfortable in the pocket. Although the Chiefs-Raiders matchup gets a lot of hype each year, it’s been a lopsided affair for the past decade. With the Raiders giving up 30 points per game, you have to give the edge to Patrick Mahomes and Kansas City’s offense in this matchup. Chiefs 41, Raiders 24
Nick Cothrel, Staff Writer
Since Derek Carr entered the NFL in 2014, the Raiders have been outscored by the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium 176-70. Their games of late haven’t been all that competitive ever since the Chiefs inserted Patrick Mahomes into their high-octane offense. Offensively, the Raiders matchup much better than they have in years prior, but the Las Vegas defense still poses so many questions in how they’ll fare against arguably the NFL’s top offense. This is a game where coach Jon Gruden can take advantage of the Chiefs’ defensive front liabilities with a ‘ground-and-pound’ running attack led by Josh Jacobs. I expect points to be scored quite regularly, but ultimately the Cheifs appear like they’ll be too much for the Raiders to handle based on their first four games this season. Chiefs 41, Raiders 31
Noah Strang, Staff Writer
The Las Vegas Raiders enter Arrowhead Stadium attempting to end a two-game losing streak. While it looks like Henry Ruggs III and Trent Brown may be returning to the lineup, the Chiefs have too much firepower for the Raiders to keep up. I see the Raiders being able to move the ball on the ground but not being able to score at the same rapid pace that Patrick Mahomes and company seem to consistently do. This will be a big test for the Raiders’ young secondary and a good learning experience to see the level at which the truly elite NFL teams perform at. Chiefs 35, Raiders 21
Chris Engelage, Staff Writer
Is it possible for the Raiders to win at Arrowhead? As the old saying goes, “I’ll believe it when I see it.” It has been a difficult stretch over the last couple of weeks as Las Vegas has dealt with a myriad of injuries to key players. Even with starters like Henry Ruggs III and Trent Brown primed to return, it’s not enough to instill confidence to predict a win. I actually think it will be quite the opposite. And while this matchup is one Raider Nation would love to have, I believe Kansas City will cruise to victory as they defeat the Raiders. Chiefs 31, Raiders 10
Matt Fallon, Staff Writer
The Raiders have struggled to play a complete football game and that will need to change in order to pull off the week 5 upset. It’s no secret, the Kansas City Chiefs are a goliath in this league. They have won 13-straight games, including the playoffs, and do not look to be slowing down. The Raiders need to cut down on turnovers and penalties to compete and ride Josh Jacobs to victory. The Chiefs have the 31st ranked run defense, and the only way the Raiders can win is to exploit that. Keep Patrick Mahomes off the field and this game could end up closer than experts think. I still believe the Raiders aren’t there yet and the Chiefs will win. Chiefs 38, Raiders 24
Chaz Osborne, Staff Writer
Coach Jon Gruden’s ball-control offense will keep this game relatively close. The Raiders’ bend but don’t break defense won’t be able to hold down the Chiefs’ offense long enough to secure the Week 5 victory. I’m expecting a one-score game but ultimately the Raiders injuries and the complications that the Chiefs possess will just be too much for Las Vegas to overcome. Chiefs 31, Raiders 23
By the Numbers: Raiders & Chiefs in Week 4
Las Vegas Raiders
Passing Yards: 297
Rushing Yards: 86
Total Penalties: 7
Penalty Yards: 65
Time of Possession: 31:42
Kansas City Chiefs
Passing yards: 229
Rushing yards: 94
Total Penalties: 4
Penalty Yards: 38
Time of Possession: 28:26