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Raiders-Chiefs Week 16: 5 things to watch

Keys to a Christmas upset victory at Arrowhead Stadium

Kansas City Chiefs v Las Vegas Raiders
Patrick Mahomes
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The Las Vegas Raiders are spending Christmas Day at the Kansas City Chiefs with a 10 a.m. PT kickoff.

Here some keys to a Raiders’ upset win:

Keep Mahomes from going crazy:

Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes has been a Raider killer. He is 10-1 against the Raiders since he became the Chiefs’ starter in 2017. His one blemish against the Silver and Black came at Arrowhead Stadium in 2020. Otherwise, he’s been brilliant against the Raiders. He earned the AFC offensive player of the week award against Las Vegas in a 31-17 Week 12 win at Allegiant Stadium.

Kansas City Chiefs v Las Vegas Raiders
Travis Kelce
Photo by Candice Ward/Getty Images

Force Chiefs’ receivers into making it a tough day for Mahomes, Kelce:

The Chiefs have been struggling lately and a big reason why is their receivers are struggling badly and it has put too much pressure on Mahomes and star tight end Travis Kelce. The Raiders’ secondary can’t allow the Chiefs’ receivers to have a good day. The Chiefs have had two games without committing a turnover. One is against the Raiders. That has to change.

Play another clean game:

The Raiders didn’t commit a turnover and weren’t penalized in the first game against the Chiefs. Usually, that is a recipe for a victory. It didn’t work out, but if the Raiders can duplicate that fact it could go a long way to a road upset.

Make plays in the second half:

The Raiders jumped out to a 14-0 lead against the Chiefs in November only to be outscored 31-3 for the rest of the game. Second-half play has been an issue for the Raiders for most of the season. if they are going to pull off the upset, the Raiders are going to have to play a full game, starting early and finishing strong.

Play with swagger:

After the previous loss to the Chiefs, Las Vegas cornerback Amik Robertson stated that the Raiders were a better team. They need to act like it. Look, it’s Christmas Day on the road, the country will be watching. The Raiders have nothing to lose and they can screw up the Chiefs season. They need to play free and loose. Coming off of a 63-21 win over the Chargers and playing for Antonio Pierce’s job, that’s exactly what I expect the Raiders to do.