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Raiders Vs. Chiefs: Carson Palmer Needs Michael Bush To Have Big Game

The last time these two teams faced off, the Kansas City Chiefs did a number on Carson Palmer. The same could be said for back-up Kyle Boller. The two combined for six interceptions and the Raiders were mortified at home 28-0. If Carson Palmer is going to execute much better this week, he's going to need the running attack of Michael Bush to keep the defense honest.

Doug Kretz writes, "Quarterback Carson Palmer didn't join the Raiders until after the first third of the season and is still getting used to his receivers -- how they run their routes and make their post-release adjustments. Until he's completely on the same page with them, he needs a strong ground game to take some pressure off the passing attack. The Raiders do a better job of moving the chains when the ground game is dominating."

The good news is that Bush is a strong fall back option for a team that's lost Darren McFadden. He's ran 214 times for 841 yards and 7 touchdowns this season so far for a 3.9 option. He's likely to need a half yard better than that if the Raiders are to free up Carson Palmer enough to win on Sunday.