TALE OF THE TAPE

Week 15: Kansas City Chiefs At Oakland Raiders

Chiefs
Raiders
Minnesota Vikings v Kansas City Chiefs
Oakland Raiders v San Diego Chargers
Quarterback
It’s all gone wrong for the Chiefs and Brady Quinn is not the answer. The Chiefs are a 2-11 football team this year and it’s not because head coach Romeo Crennel made a mistake with his personnel and hand Quinn sitting on the bench behind Matt Cassel. Quinn is just an ordinary player who lacks accuracy and big-play ability.
Winner Carson Palmer has given a great effort this season but the Raiders don’t have the talent to win consistently. Palmer has to be considered a failure because the Raiders are 3-10, but he has thrown for 3,805 yards and he has completed more than 60 percent of his passes with a 22-14 TD-interception ratio. With a better supporting cast, Palmer’s performance could have his team fighting for a playoff spot.
Offense
The Chiefs have a solid running game but it has not been enough to allow them to turn the corner. Jamaal Charles opened the game with an 80-yard TD run in Week 14 vs. the Browns and he has rushed for 1,220 yards this season. While Cassel and Quinn have been lousy, so have the Chiefs’ receivers. Dwayne Bowe is talented but he plays when he wants to.
Winner Running back Darren McFadden runs with power and purpose. Injuries have forced him to miss four games, but he leaves it all on the field every time he plays even if he is only averaging 3.4 yards per carry. Wide receivers Denarius Moore and Darrius Heyward-Bey can’t always get open but they play with effort.
Defense
Winner The Chiefs have played much better defense than their record indicates. The Chiefs rank 16th overall in defense and 9th against the pass. Outside linebacker Justin Houston has the speed to turn the corner and has 10 sacks. Middle linebacker Derrick Johnson has a team-high 104 tackles and he has forced three fumbles.
The Raiders have struggled badly on defense, ranking 30th in the league. They can’t stop opponents on third downs and that’s been a major source of frustration for the coaching staff. Outside linebacker Philip Wheeler and strong safety Tyvon Branch have played with effort all season, something few of their teammates could say. The pair have combined for 185 tackles.
Special Teams
The Chiefs have not gotten much from their special teams this season even though they have a very speedy returner in Javier Arenas. He has not had a kickoff or punt return longer than 27 yards this season. Placekicker Ryan Succop has been adequate, making 25-of-29 FG attempts this season.
Winner The Raiders have a big edge with placekicker Sebastian Janikowski and punter Shane Lechler. Janikowski still has the most powerful leg for field goals in the league, while Lechler gets excellent height and is averaging 47.3 yards per punt.

The Winner Is

Oakland Raiders v San Diego Chargers
Winner Raiders
3 out of 4

The Raiders are struggling to play consistently, but they should have an advantage over a Kansas City team that has not figured out how to play consistent offensive football. The Raiders should have a good chance to register a convincing win at home over Kansas City.

MORE TALES OF THE TAPE

  1. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
    Tale Of The Tape: Indianapolis Colts At New York Giants

    The Colts are going to have to shake off last week’s pounding at Pittsburgh, and that’s going to be one more test for Andrew Luck.

  2. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
    Tale Of The Tape: Baltimore Ravens At Pittsburgh Steelers

    Joe Flacco was not at his best in the Ravens’ Week Eight loss at Cincinnati, as he completed 17-of-34 passes for 195 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions.

  3. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
    Tale Of The Tape: Oakland Raiders At Seattle Seahawks

    It’s been a difficult learning process for rookie quarterback Derek Carr, and the problems have been exacerbated by the lack of talent surrounding the signal caller.

See All Tales of the Tape
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 2,461 other followers