NFL: Chiefs LB set for 'cat and mouse' with Carr

14 November 2021 21:42:00 GMTPlus11
Hitchens goes up against Carr on Sunday

Linebacker Anthony Hitchens says the Kansas City Chiefs defence will focus on stopping Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr in Sunday night's crucial matchup with their AFC West rivals.

The Chiefs are 4/6 on the Money Line to continue their resurgence against the 13/10 Raiders at Allegiant Stadium.

The former Super Bowl champions have won their last two games to join Las Vegas on five victories for the season, but QB Patrick Mahomes still hasn't shown his best form.

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Carr is outperforming Mahomes in yards per pass attempt and completion percentage with Hitchens aware of another statistic that suggests the Raiders triggerman is vital to their offense operating successfully. 

Key man

"He's the key," said the veteran linebacker, who will be playing his eighth game against the long-time Raiders starter on Sunday.

"When he's firing on all cylinders, they tend to win a lot of games. I think I've seen a stat where when he throws over 300 yards or so, they're 5-0. Under that, I think they're 0-3. He's definitely the guy that makes them go."

This week, Chiefs' defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo said Carr, more often than not, finds "the best play possible based on what you're showing", but Hitchens has warned that Kansas City have a few tricks up their sleeves.

Respected

"He's a great quarterback when he's playing at that level, man - he's one of the best in this league," he added, via Kansascity.com.

"So we've got some things [planned] for him - a little cat-and-mouse game between me and him - [and I'm] looking forward to it."

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