Fresh off a week of seemingly endless saga, the Oakland Raiders dominated in their 24-16 win over the Denver Broncos last Monday. Oakland will look to make it two in a row against the Kansas City Chiefs this Sunday at the Coliseum.
Kansas City have scored 25-plus points in 22 straight games, the longest stretch in NFL history, behind current NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes.
Oakland’s defensive end Benson Mayowa, who had a team high two sacks and a forced fumble last Monday, said it will take a team effort to try to slow down Mahomes and company:
“We all have to get pressure on him. We need the inside push and we need the two edges collapsing the pocket. Both of my sacks [last Monday] were accredited to the defensive line.”
The Raiders will try to stop Mahomes without safety Johnathan Abram, who was put on the injured reserved list with a shoulder injury and surgery. He will most likely be out for the rest of his rookie year.
In a corresponding move, head coach Jon Gruden announced the team signed defensive back Juston Burris to their 53-man roster:
“He’s played nickel, he’s played safety and he’s played corner and he’s a potentially a hybrid type player who can do a lot of things and help on [special] teams.”
Reinforcements for Oakland in the secondary will arrive as well, with cornerback Gareon Conley cleared to play after he was carted off with a neck injury in the third quarter Monday.
Conley was holding onto Denver running back Royce Freeman when Abrams came in to finish the tackle. Conley took a blow to the head that appeared to compress his neck into his body. Conley said:
“It was scary, but like I told them earlier I knew I was going to play this Sunday.”
Mahomes threw for 378 yards against the Jacksonville Jaguars under the Chiefs high-flying usual offense, which fueled a 40-26 victory on the road.
From Conley’s perspective, the offense changes:
“It changes a lot. He’s one of the most explosive players in the league, but they still have a lot of pieces around them.”
One of those pieces is veteran wide-out Sammy Watkins, who exploded for nine catches, 198 yards and three touchdowns.
Carr completed 22-of-26 passes with 259 yards along with one touchdown last Monday against Denver, which included a perfect opening drive that ended with an eight-yard touchdown to new No. 1 pass catcher Tyrell Williams.
Williams stepped up after Brown was released and went off for six catches for 105 yards and one touchdown. Williams is capable of being a No. 1 receiver in Gruden’s eyes:
“Well he had 1,100 yards a couple years ago. We looked at him last year when we played him as a number one type guy. We pay him like a number one guy, so he is viewed as our number one guy.”
After a tough test against Kansas City, the Raiders will be the away team for six weeks, including a trip across the Atlantic to play the “home” Chicago Bears in London.