KANSAS CITY, Mo. – It’s a windy day at Arrowhead Stadium, but the Raiders still seem to expect the Chiefs to come out throwing.
Defensive end Josh Mauro is inactive for today’s game at Kansas City. Mauro has mostly been a run defender for the Raiders, who figure to play primarily in their nickel defense against Kansas City and its second-ranked passing attack (301.7 yards per game).
The defensive end will be a rotation of Clelin Ferrell, Maxx Crosby, and Benson Mayowa – with Dion Jordan another possibility to line up outside. Jordan has mostly lined up the inside in the nickel front but could spell the previous three. Terrell McClain is active today, which gives the Raiders another interior rusher.
Forecasts call for gusts as high as 40 mph today, which could affect both teams’ passing games and kickers. The Raiders (6-5) can pull even with the Chiefs (7-4) atop the AFC West today but have to win at Arrowhead Stadium for the first time since 2012.
The Raiders will have nickel cornerback Lamarcus Joyner back from a two-game absence due to a hamstring injury. When the Raiders played the Chiefs in Week 2, they started the game using four cornerbacks and safety – and it seemed to work at first with the Chiefs going scoreless in the first quarter. Of course, Kansas City scored 28 points in the second quarter of a 28-10 win.
Receiver Rico Gafford, who was promoted from the practice squad last week, is inactive. Keelan Doss or Zay Jones could play in the slot in place of Hunter Renfrow, who is out with a rib injury.