The Kansas City Chiefs made it look easy last week with a 40-26 win over the Jaguars in Week 1. Trap spot to open the season? The Chiefs were having none of that, as they carried on what they were doing last season. Last week didn’t come with all positives, though. The Chiefs will be without the services of wide receiver Tyreek Hill for at least 4-6 weeks.
That’s a dynamic weapon that isn’t going to be on the field for the Chiefs in this one or the next few weeks. He narrowly avoided getting suspended, but he couldn’t escape a shoulder injury. This isn’t an offense that relies on one guy in particular. Patrick Mahomes, yeah, but he likes to work the ball around to multiple receivers. They’ll him, though it’s not going to be the death of the Chiefs’ offensively.
Mahomes got a new weapon in the offseason in LeSean McCoy. He’s much more than just a running back and fits into this offense brilliantly. Look for Mahomes to hook up with him in the passing game throughout the season. McCoy rushed for 81 yards on 10 carries in his first session as a Chief. The real winner on the Chiefs’ offense last week was Sammy Watkins. Watkins reeled in 9 balls for 198 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Watkins’ performance overshadowed everyone else, but Travis Kelce had a nice afternoon as well. Kelce had 3 big receptions for 88 yards for an average of 29.3 yards per catch. So, don’t get too sucked into the absence of Tyreek Hill. Later in the season, yeah, Hill would be missed against a team like the Patriots.
Will it matter against the Raiders in Oakland in Week 2? I will say that the Raiders are going to have plenty of confidence after winning on Monday night. That said, they are preparing for the Chiefs on a short week. We’ll see if that impacts them on Sunday afternoon. Head below for our free Chiefs vs. Raiders pick.
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After enduring plenty of drama and rumors surrounding Antonio Brown, the Raiders finally stepped on the field and focused on football. They made sure to make the most of it and opened the season with a 24-16 win over the Denver Broncos on Monday Night Football. It was a nice performance at home and now they will try to do it all over again against the Chiefs at the Oakland Coliseum. I don’t really think it was a perfect performance, which they’re going to need to do against the Chiefs this week.
The Broncos moved the ball and played well enough defensively to stay in the game against the Raiders. However, the Broncos failed to finish drives and had to settle for field goals all game. Brandon McManus attempted 4 field goals last week against the Raiders. Flacco had a receiver wide open in the end zone near the goal line and it was simply dropped. The Raiders should not expect the Chiefs to miss those chances.
Mahomes and the Chiefs are one of the best in the NFL at converted drives. The Chiefs finished 2nd in the league with a 73.8% conversion rate in the red zone. As a comparison, the Broncos converted just 56.82% in 2018, so they shouldn’t expect the Chiefs to just lay down when they get close to scoring. If the Broncos completed their chances, then that game would have been really interesting. The Raiders’ defense should get some of the credit, but they’re going from one of the most basic offenses to most unique in less than a week.
The Raiders are deprived an extra day to prepare for the Chiefs’ high-octane offensive attack. That hurts a lot. Maybe if they didn’t have the Chiefs on tap it would have been fine, but expect it to impact them enough to give KC a decent advantage in that respect.
The one thing benefiting the Raiders here is the travel schedule for the Chiefs. They were in Jacksonville last week and the west coast in Oakland this week. Unlike the Colts, who have to do something similar, the Chiefs’ talent level severely outweighs the Raiders. Yeah, I know, Tyrell Williams, but the secret is out of the bag now with him.
The short week for Oakland evens things out a bit. Everyone watched the Raiders play pretty well in primetime last week and I see that causing people to take the 7 points on the home team. People love to overreact to what happens in Week 1. Despite that performance, I’m not too high on the Raiders yet. They fail to keep up Mahomes here and likely see a loss by 10-13 points.