When and where: September 15, 2019, RingCentral Coliseum, Oakland, CA, 4:05 PM ET
The re-energized Oakland Raiders will be looking to pull off the massive upset on Sunday when facing All-Pro quarterback Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs. It was business as usual in Week 1 as the Chiefs picked right back up where they left off a season ago, demolishing what was left of the Jacksonville Jaguars defense.
However, perhaps the most impressive performance of the week should go to the Oakland Raiders, who emerged from all of the drama that recently departed wideout Antonio Brown brought and still defeated the Denver Broncos. Now, the true test begins with the 2018 AFC runners-up next on the schedule. Can the Raiders defense figure out a way to slow down Mahomes and the high-flying Chiefs offense?
How will the loss of Hill affect the Chiefs?
The Chiefs’ blowout win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in the season opener didn’t come without its losses. Tyreek Hill, the two-time All-Pro wideout that bedeviled opposing defenses, went down with a collarbone injury that could keep him out four-to-six weeks. Perhaps the only positive note is the team not putting him on injured reserve, which would have resulted in an eight-week absence.
However, that doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll return by Week 7, either. The team will take their time with Hill and continuously check back in to see when he’s ready to step back onto the field. So it’ll be an ongoing process.
As for the Chiefs, Mahomes will now have to move forward without one of his best weapons on offense. It didn’t look like it had much of an impact on him last Sunday as he continued to put up video game numbers on the Jaguars defense—25-for-33 passing for 378 yards and three touchdowns.
Receiver Sammy Watkins, a perceived first-round draft bust, also emerged out of nowhere with nine receptions for 198 yards and three touchdowns. Heading into a divisional game against the Raiders, the primary area that should concern the Chiefs is their defensive backfield, which was just carved up by rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew, who stepped in for injured Jaguars quarterback Nick Foles.
If Minshew could tear up the Chiefs’ first-team defense, imagine what Raiders quarterback Derek Carr will be able to do on Sunday. Mahomes has no other choice but to be spectacular on a weekly basis.