AFC West stock watch: Chiefs rising, Derek Carr falling
The Oakland Raiders need Derek Carr to play well in chilly climate on the off chance that they need to disturb the Kansas City Chiefs this weekend.With the greatest seven day stretch of the period in the AFC West approaching, Week 12 was a flop in the division.With the Kansas City Chiefs and the Los Angeles Chargers on their bye week, the Oakland Raiders and the Denver Broncos both went out and hit a crash in New York with the Raiders’ misfortune at the Jets being especially awkward and concerning.Now, however, we proceed onward to Week 13 as the Raiders visit the Chiefs in a game that will go far into deciding the division title.Let’s take a gander at the risers and fallers in the AFC West headed into Week 13RisersInterest in the division: The AFC West isn’t as top-overwhelming as it was last season when both the Chiefs and the Chargers won 12 games (the Chiefs won the division on a sudden death round). Be that as it may, there is still late-season interest in the division. The Raiders-Chiefs game at Arrowhead Stadium was flexed from an early game to the evening space. There will be a great deal of national eyes on this fight for first place.Chiefs’ chance: If the Chiefs don’t win the AFC West for the fourth straight season, the current week’s down will be the defining moment. With Oakland losing to the Jets, the Chiefs are fit as a fiddle. They are 7-4 and stay a game in front of Oakland in the division. On the off chance that the Chiefs, who won 28- 10 in Oakland in Week 2, win this week, they will be two games up in the division with four games to go.They will likewise possess the sudden death round over the Raiders dependent on the season clear. In this way, it would essentially be a three-game lead. Be that as it may, if the Raiders win, the two groups will be tied with the Oakland having a simpler outstanding timetable. The Chiefs play at New England in Week 14.Chiefs’ passing game: The Chiefs will likely get Tyreek Hill back after he hurt his hamstring against the Chargers. Patrick Mahomes and Hill can cut Oakland up. The Raiders have permitted a group high 55 pass plays of 20 yards or more this season. An open door anticipates the Chiefs’ hazardous offense.FallersJosh Jacobs: The Raiders’ star new kid on the block running back had his least gainful game as an expert against the Jets, who have the No. 1 run safeguard in the NFL. Jacobs had 34 yards on 10 conveys. He currently has 957 yards hurrying this season and stays a most loved to win the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. Jacobs gets an opportunity to bounce back against a defective Kansas City run defense.The Raiders have won games this season by controlling the game on the ground and keeping the contradicting offense off the field. That will be their arrangement in this game. The principal hostile play of the last six Raiders’ games have been a Jacobs run. I wager we see it stretched out to seven games this week.Branden Allen: The damage substitution for Joe Flacco might be in his last days as Denver’s beginning quarterback. There have been reports that tenderfoot Drew Lock may get his opportunity to play very soon, maybe even this week against the Chargers. Subsequently, the Broncos’ metal will check whether maybe Lock is the future or on the off chance that they need to attempt to answer the position once more in the rough post-Peyton Manning era.Derek Carr in poor climate: The Raiders didn’t lose to the Jets by 31 focuses on account of Carr. He didn’t play well, yet nobody accomplished for the Raiders. However, it proceeded with the account that Carr doesn’t play well in poor climate as the Raiders battled in the downpour. Presently, comes a game in Kansas City where the temps should be in the 30s with wind and conceivable day off. Carr is 0-4 games played under 40 degrees. He likewise battles powerfully at Arrowhead Stadium. He should change those patterns or the Raiders could kiss their divisional possibilities farewell.