Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Stopping Carr, Murray Priority

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Stopping Carr, Murray Priority

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Here are the offensive, defensive and special teams keys for the Kansas City Chiefs (6-5) in Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders (5-6) starting at 3:05 p.m. at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, Calif.

Offense

Balance and ball security -- those have been the hallmarks of the Chiefs offense during the five-game winning streak. They'll need the same type of performance if they expect to beat the Raiders in Oakland.

Quarterback Alex Smith has been sensational in the statistical areas that seldom figure into the world of fantasy football. He's not thrown an interception in eight games. He's not fumbled the ball away in 11 outings. Smith is picking up important yards with his feet. In the winning streak, he's averaged five carries for 37 yards per game. The most important stat for Smith is five victories in five games.

KC's overall running game is ranked No. 6 in the league, with 124.3 yards per game. The passing game has not hurt the Chiefs, but it's not produced big results while averaging 227 yards per game, tied for No. 24 in the league. The Raiders have had trouble covering tight ends this season, giving up five games of more than 75 yards. It should be a big night for Travis Kelce. Overall, Oakland's defense is ranked No. 27 and its offense is No. 29 in passing yards allowed per game, giving up nearly 283 yards.

Defense

Latavius Murray was a relative unknown NFL running back until a rainy Thursday night last November. That's when he ran through the Chiefs, picking up 112 yards, including a 90-yard touchdown run in Oakland's victory -- its first winning performance of the season. This season, Murray has been the Raiders' run game, going for 765 yards on 179 carries and four touchdowns. That's 69 percent of the attempts and 72 percent of the yards gained by Oakland. …

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