In the wake of the death of longtime owner and franchise icon Al Davis, the Oakland Raiders went through a massive front-office overhaul during the offseason. They hired a general manager, Reggie McKenzie, from the Green Bay Packers and a head coach, Dennis Allen, from the Denver Broncos.
By ADAM TEICHER
The Kansas City Star
So the Raiders will bring a different look to Arrowhead Stadium for Sunday’s game against the Chiefs. On offense, the Raiders will still take their shots down the field with quarterback Carson Palmer, but they rely more on shorter throws.
Their top receivers are tight end Brandon Myers and running back Darren McFadden. Palmer is completing 61.4 percent of his passes and has one of the lowest interception rates in the league.
But Oakland is struggling to run the ball and is just 24th in the NFL in scoring at less than 19 points per game.
“McFadden’s still the big-play guy,’’ Chiefs linebackers coach Gary Gibbs said. “They still get him the ball (in) a variety of ways. They’re making a lot of plays down the field. They still have those big-play capabilities. It looks like they’re playing more consistent in terms of errors and turnovers and things of that nature.
“We need to affect (Palmer), no question about it. But he’ll surprise you. He’s got a little bit more escape ability than you think. He’s not looking to run but he’s got the ability to maneuver in the pocket and slide if you lose containment. He’s done that a couple of times this year.’’
The Chiefs could have all of their 53 players available to them when they trim their roster to the NFL limit of 46 for Sunday’s game.
For each of their first six games this season, the Chiefs went into the game knowing at least one player and usually more wouldn’t be available because of injury. But the Chiefs, who have six players on their final injury report, should be in their best physical shape of the season.
That means coach Romeo Crennel and his staff face some interesting decisions about the seven players they must deactivate for Sunday’s game.
“That’s a good situation to be in, that you’ve got all your guys,’’ Crennel said. “It makes for some tough decisions but that’s a good thing.’’
Running back Peyton Hillis (ankle), quarterback Matt Cassel (concussion) and wide receiver Devon Wylie (hamstring) are listed as probable for Sunday’s game. Defensive lineman Glenn Dorsey (calf), tight end Steve Maneri (ankle) and cornerback Jalil Brown (groin) are listed as questionable.
The Raiders have nine players listed as either out or questionable for Sunday’s game but the only regular in the group is defensive end Matt Shaughnessy.