By Steven St. John
It’s Raider Week!
After the Chiefs wild 29-28 victory over the Falcons in the Georgia Dome on Sunday, all we have separating us from the much-anticipated AFC West showdown between KC and Oakland at Arrowhead is a few short days. Thursday night football at Arrowhead Stadium with the division lead on the line. What more could a football fan ask for? In anticipation of this divisional battle, here are five reasons why the Chiefs will beat the Raiders on Thursday night.
Berry is playing better than any safety in the NFL right now. The pick 6 against Carolina. The huge hits against the Broncos. The pick 6 and pick 2 against the Falcons. Leadership on and off the field. Eric Berry is a special player and a special person and he is leading the Chiefs on a mission the win the AFC West.
The Chiefs beat the Raiders in Oakland 26-10 because Andy Reid and his coaching staff put a clown suit on Jack Del Rio and his staff. It was a coaching mismatch and Del Rio won’t close that gap by Thursday night.
Under Dave Toub, the Chiefs have one of the best Special Teams units in the league. Returns by Tyreek Hill and De’Anthony Thomas. Kicking and punting by Cairo Santos and Dustin Colquitt. Making big momentum-changing plays while refusing to give up those kind of plays. That’s why Toub is the best in the business. His preparation and the team’s execution of his game plans have been the difference between winning and losing several times for the Chiefs. Expect more of the same on Thursday night.
Houston was a difference-maker in the Sunday night victory over the Broncos. Houston thrives in the spotlight. The Raiders will have no answer for him on Thursday night.
The Chiefs fans have made Arrowhead the loudest stadium in the NFL. Fans on both sides of this rivalry have been waiting years for this game to mean something big again. The crowd noise will be a huge factor on Thursday night. Arrowhead will be magic and the Chiefs will make the Raiders disappear with a loss.
Final: Chiefs 27 Raiders 20.
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