PFF Preview: Raiders @ Chiefs, Week 15
The Oakland Raiders (2-11) got their first win of the season three weeks ago when they hosted the Kansas City Chiefs (7-6). They’ve now won two of their last three and will get a chance to take another one from their division-rival this week. The Chiefs will look to avenge their loss in Oakland when they welcome the Raiders to Arrowhead this Sunday.
The last time these teams met the Raiders had a running back eclipse 100 yards rushing for the first time of the season, and he did it on just four carries. Latavius Murray was forced out of that game with a concussion after going 4-112 with two touchdowns but returned to the lineup last week against the 49ers and put together a solid outing as the main ball-carrier. Murray earned 54 snaps in that effort compared to the 11 that fellow back Darren McFadden played.
Justin Houston leads the Chiefs’ defense in both getting after the quarterback, and stopping the run. He tops the team in stops, and carries the highest run defense rating (+7.0). His 39 stops are second-most in the league at his position, while his run defense rating is the seventh best. The Chiefs will not want to see a repeat breakout from Murray, and Houston will be an important part in preventing that.
Kansas City Chiefs
Sean Smith – Smith ranks eighth in the league in passes defended with eight on the season. He allowed four receptions for 15 yards in the last meeting with the Raiders.
Alex Smith – He has a quarterback rating of 149.3 on passes over 20 yards downfield to the middle of the field, but a 53.1 and a 12.5 to the deep right and left, respectively.
Anthony Sherman - The fullback position may be used less than ever, but Sherman has been the best of those still doing it by leading the league in run blocking.
Khalil Mack – Mack has been responsible for a stop on 9.6% of the defensive run snaps he has played, a percentage which leads the league.
Antonio D. Smith – Smith has generated the most pressures on the quarterback of the Raiders defensive linemen and is currently seventh at his position in Pass Rush Productivity with 8.2.
Derek Carr – Carr is coming off the highest-rated game of his young career (+2.3), in which he performed well when under pressure completing 6 of 8 throws for 93 yards.
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