Chiefs' Game Plan
• Keep it simple. The workload of Larry Johnson continues to be a barometer of the Chiefs' success. They have won 75 percent (15-5) of their games when Johnson has carried the ball 25 times or more in his career. With the Raiders' defense showing vulnerability against power runs, expect the Chiefs to keep it simple and hammer Johnson between the tackles.
• Eight is enough. The Chiefs will load up the box with eight defenders on most downs to stop the Raiders' vaunted running game. By bringing Bernard Pollard near the line of scrimmage, the Chiefs should be able to clog LaMont Jordan's cutback lanes and limit his effectiveness between the tackles.
Raiders' Game Plan
• Penetrate and dominate. Warren Sapp, Terdell Sands and Gerald Warren must dominate their interior matchups to thwart the Chiefs' running game. With penetration being the key to slowing Johnson, expect to see Rob Ryan keep his defenders in the backfield.
• Throw the ball down the field. The Chiefs reliance on eight-man fronts to stop the run leaves them vulnerable to play-action passes. And the Raiders will attempt to take advantage of single coverage by using more vertical routes off play-action fakes on early downs. Connecting on a few deeper throws will loosen up the Chiefs' defense and create running room for Jordan.