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Raiders DC John Pagano on how to stop Chiefs ‘game wrecker’ Tyreek Hill: ‘Pray’

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NFL: Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

We knew last season that Tyreek Hill was an electric athlete as a return man. The rookie had three return touchdowns for the Chiefs; two on punts — including one against the Raiders — and one on kicks. This season, along with his punt return abilities, he has emerged into the best receiver on the team as well.

In the Raiders first meeting with the Chiefs in week 7, Hill led the team with 6 catches for 125 yards including a 64-yard touchdown.

Last week against the Jets, Hill was a human highlight reel. Starting with the 79-yard bomb.

He made up two of the top five fastest touchdowns in the NFL this week.

Hill’s game totals against the Jets were 6 catches for 185 yards and 2 touchdowns. So, how do the Raiders go about trying to keep him from breaking the game open?

“Pray. Pray a lot,” said Raiders Defensive Coordinator John Pagano this week. “He’s fast. He’s fast. He’s what we call a true game wrecker. He’s got speed that gets over the top and we gotta go out there and we gotta defend him. We gotta eliminate those explosives. He’s an explosive, dynamic player that can change a game which we’ve already seen before and we gotta understand that and keep coaching those points and how these guys get downfield a certain way. So, we’ve gotta do a good job of defending it. He’s great at getting over the top of defenses.”

Hill had 593 receiving yards all of last season. He already has 911 this season. An appropriate number due to the extreme emergency it is for the Raiders to keep him from beating them deep.