Johnnie Lee Higgins is a game time decision on Sunday. If he plays he will only return punts. If I had to guess, he wont play. He hasn’t practiced and getting crushed on a punt return could cause ball security issues. The shoulder is very important to how you hold the football.
This means Hiram Eugene will return punts for the first time in his NFL career. Cross your fingers.
Michael Bush will backup Darren McFadden this weekend with Justin Fargas healthy. Most people expected Fargas to be phased out as the season went on, but it looks like it may happen earlier than expected. With Louis Rankin as the kick return man, wouldn’t be surprised if Fargas is inactive for the game.
It will be interesting to see what kind of game the Raiders put together on the road after a tough loss. They also are working on a short week after having a lot of time to prepare for San Diego for the opener. If the defense comes out as strong as it did against the Chargers, the Raiders should have a very good chance to win. The Chiefs offense is no where near the caliber of the Chargers defense, which should give JaMarcus a chance to be more successful.
The good thing is the Chiefs didn’t have any tape of the Raiders to study until Tuesday, so they really didn’t get much of an advantage.
This will be Matt Cassell’s first start as a Chief. Is he any good? Was he just a product of the system? The Chiefs were able to put up decent numbers against the Ravens defense with Brodie Croyle at quarterback, although seven points came on special teams.
Playoff teams don’t usually go 0-2. So this is a very important game for the 16 teams which are 0-1 going into this weekend.