But will they?
Hey, it’s Thursday Night Football and our Chiefs continue to be the featured NFL team this season with yet another national audience for tonight’s big game.
Truth be known, it’s really only big to Kansas City. Face it, Oakland is all but done this season already. The Raiders were the sexy pick to make the Super Bowl before it all began.
Because of Derek Carr their outstanding young quarterback.
And what looked like a much improved defense and three name wide outs. Never happened.
Carr never seemed completely healthy from last year’s leg injury. And former Seahawks mega star running back Beast had his moments, lately when it all fell apart after Carr got hurt again a few weeks ago.
The Raiders lost their fourth game in a row last weekend to the lowly LA Chargers.
So they’re 2-4 this season and a Raider loss tonight would pretty much end their hopes of even a wild card playoff spot.
The big question: Is Derek Carr – their expensive franchise quarterback who’s maybe a hit away from being placed on the bench for the rest of the season – be ready next year?
KC is on short rest, banged up badly and missing half its starting offensive line, They’re coming off their first loss this season and worried about a soft defense and a now questionable running game.
The Chiefs need to get well tonight with a solid win.
Their defense has been horrid against the run and their offense has been on vacation.
The Chiefs should win tonight even with all their problems.
A 6-1 start gets them just a handful of games away from locking up the division early.
A win by KC would really leave only Denver, who didn’t look good against the winless Giants last week to worry about.
And yes, we have another national spotlight game for KC next Monday night against the Broncos in KC.
If America didn’t know our guys, THEY DO NOW.
Normally you would look for the Chiefs to try and just run over the Raiders – get everyone involved – and try and run up the score a bit to make up for the bad loss Sunday. KC has so many games in such a short period and so many injured players that maybe just a good win tonight will suffice.
The key for KC tonight is Kareem Hunt getting his running game mojo going early and often. He’s not banged up, he just needs to get back into form after a no show last week.
QB Alex Smith could use a few nice throws to somebody in end zone from a distance and stay healthy himself. Most of all our defense needs to look like one! We need to prove to ourselves we can stop somebody’s running game.
I don’t think Carr is totally well and the Chiefs should be all over him.
I look for a Chiefs win tonight then everyone can sleep tight.
Kansas City 27 Raiders 13.
(Got that, boom boom, you stooped idiot?)
We are near the half way point in the season and still featured on ESPN and all the football talk shows as one of the teams to beat.
Do the commentators believe the Chiefs are Super?
My take is NO.
However with all their featured games on at night, their great record and a few good weapons – as well as Alex Smith’s elite season thus far – they’re still fun to talk about.
The experts are all well aware of the Chiefs horrid post season culture and most don’t really think our Chiefs can get to the big dance.
We shall see.