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Few might play with the Raiders in 2016, however the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs twice reminded the younger, up-and-coming Oakland squad that they are not able to relinquish the AFC West crown simply but.

The Chiefs beat the Raiders 26-10 in Week 6 and helped safe their first divisional title since 2010 by finishing the sweep with a 21-thirteen victory in Week 14. In each wins, the Raiders’ protection was picked aside by the Chiefs’ offense, with Kansas Metropolis topping four hundred yards of complete offense and not using a single turnover of their second matchup.

Targeted on enhancing their twenty sixth-ranked protection, the Raiders chosen Obi Melifonwu within the second spherical of the draft, and the tremendous-athletic security has little question his new staff has what it takes to topple the Chiefs this time round.

“I feel (we will cease them),” Melifonwu stated, based on NFL.com’s Conor Orr. “Like I stated, with all the blokes we have now this yr, with everyone that is coming again and with everyone we have added, our teaching employees, and everyone that is been actually for the trigger I feel we will cease them.

“Truly, I do know we will cease them.”

The Raiders’ struggles on protection after spending closely on that aspect of the ball in free company was one of many few negatives in what was in any other case a sensational yr for the Silver and Black.

With a second offseason to construct chemistry and the additions of Melifonwu and first-spherical cornerback Gareon Conley, the Raiders’ protection must be higher ready to grind out the robust wins inside what’s arguably the NFL’s greatest division.