The Raiders travel to Kansas City to take on the Chiefs at 1:25 p.m. Sunday. The Chiefs are coming off a loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Here are five things you need to know about the Raiders’ Week 17 opponent:
1. Post Mahomes
On Wednesday, Raiders coach Jon Gruden said that if he had a vote for MVP, he would pick Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Gruden witnessed Mahomes in Week 13. Mahomes threw for 295 yards and 4 touchdowns in a 40-33 win over the Raiders. Mahomes leads the NFL in passing touchdowns (48) and is second in the league for quarterback rating (114.0) and passing yards (4,842). The second-year quarterback has thrown for 31 touchdowns and six interceptions on the road as opposed to 17 touchdowns and five interceptions at home.
2. Travis Touchdown
Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce was a nightmare for the Raiders in their first matchup in Kelce’s best game this season. The Pro Bowl tight end had 12 catches for 168 yards and two touchdowns. Opposing defenses have kept Kelce out of the end zone the past two games, but is second on the team for TD receptions (10) behind wide receiver Tyreek Hill (11).
3. Paranormal Sack-tivity
The Chiefs have had no problem getting to the quarterback. Their 49 sacks are the second most in the NFL just behind the Minnesota Vikings (50). Defensive end Chris Jones and linebacker Dee Ford lead the team in sacks with 15½ and 12, respectively.
4. Watch the Thrown
Pass defense continues to be the Chiefs’ biggest hole. They have the NFL’s worst pass defense among playoff teams The Chiefs were able to get three-time All Pro safety Eric Berry back two weeks ago, and his snap count continues to increase as he gets back to game shape.
5. Chiefs three-peat?
The Chiefs can win their third-straight AFC West championship on Sunday. They’re tied with the Los Angeles Chargers at the top of thedivision, but hold the tiebreaker with a better division record. Kansas City can clinch the division with either a victory or a Chargers loss to the Denver Broncos.
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