There’s a reason why Al Davis loved to draft the fastest guys: no one can catch them. Some of the picks haven’t panned out and others have taken time, but one thing that cannot be taught is pure athletic ability and the Oakland Raiders have it in spades. Receivers like Denarius Moore, Darrius Heyward-Bey and others make it hard on opposing corners to keep up with them, and with the strong arm of quarterback Carson Palmer, things could get interesting for the Chiefs defense today.
Josh Looney writes, "Since Carson Palmer made his initial start with the Raiders in Week 9, Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers is the only quarterback to have thrown for more pass plays of 20+ yards. Rodgers has connected on 33 long-balls while Palmer has tossed 32.
“Palmer also owns the second-most passing yards (1,983) of any AFC quarterback since Week 9, trailing only New England’s Tom Brady (2,232). Thanks to a consistent pass rush and a clock-controlling offense, the Chiefs didn’t allow Rodgers to connect on a pass play of more than 20 yards until midway through the third quarter of last week’s win. With Oakland’s potent rushing attack (138.3 yards per game) and speedy wide receivers, the Chiefs defense has another big job in front of it on Saturday.”