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Raiders rookie Obi Melifonwu: I know we can stop Chiefs

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The Raiders made it back to the playoffs for the first time since 2002 last year, but they didn’t end the year as the AFC West champions.

That honor went to the Chiefs, who had the same 12-4 record as the Raiders and took the tiebreaker thanks to a pair of wins over their longtime rivals. Defensive back Obi Melifonwu was not part of the Raiders roster in those losses and hasn’t faced the Chiefs yet, but said on NFL Network Monday that he is confident that the results will be different this time around.

“I think so,” Melifonwu said. “Like I said, with all the guys we have this year, with everybody that’s coming back and with everybody we’ve added, our coaching staff and everybody that’s been really for the cause I think we can stop them. Actually, I know we can stop them.”

The Chiefs had 729 yards (481 through the air) and 47 points in those two victories and they used their first three draft picks to bolster their defense. Melifonwu’s exact role in that effort remains to be seen, but the Raiders hope the 6’4″, 224-pound combine standout can be the kind of athletic playmaker that pushes them past the Chiefs and into the top spot in the division this year.

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21 Responses to “Raiders rookie Obi Melifonwu: I know we can stop Chiefs”
  1. jacktatumsforearm says: Jul 10, 2017 1:40 PM

    Love the confidence, but Obi… Shhh this is bulletin fodder for KC.

  2. gbatap says: Jul 10, 2017 1:48 PM

    Kid hasn’t played a down in the NFL yet so maybe he should cool it on the “i know” talk. He wasn’t there last year to know why they lost so there’s no way he knows anything about this year. The whole quote reads like he’s a player who’s been there through it all. You’re a rookie. Keep quiet and get to work.

  3. black59razorblog says: Jul 10, 2017 1:55 PM

    Raider fans are in for soooooo much disappointment this season. The reason? The defense sucks and will be exposed

  4. LOL IDC What You Think!!! says: Jul 10, 2017 1:55 PM

    jacktatumsforearm says:
    Jul 10, 2017 1:40 PM
    Love the confidence, but Obi… Shhh this is bulletin fodder for KC.

    If Obi can stop there TE then I say let him speak

  5. stoptrippn says: Jul 10, 2017 2:09 PM

    Bring Taylor Mays back

  6. silvernblacksabbath says: Jul 10, 2017 2:22 PM

    Maybe wait until you get the pads on! lol

  7. paulniner79 says: Jul 10, 2017 2:26 PM

    He knows that based on all his experience playing at this level. Oh, wait……

  8. araidersfan says: Jul 10, 2017 2:33 PM

    Carr was out with injury in the last regular season game against Denver. So notwithstanding the chiefs sweep there’s a better-than-even chance that that the Raiders would’ve beaten the broncos (who they dominated in in the 1st game) and won the AFCW at 13-3 if he hadn’t broken his leg

    Having said that, beating the chiefs has been very difficult for the Silver & Black since Andy Reid has been their HC. He seems to have the Raiders’ number in the same way that Marty Schottenheimer (who he resembles as a HC) did. It would be nice to see that change, but we’ll have to wait-and-see.

  9. honkeyt says: Jul 10, 2017 2:55 PM

    black59razorblog says:
    Jul 10, 2017 1:55 PM
    Raider fans are in for soooooo much disappointment this season. The reason? The defense sucks and will be exposed

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    Dude it’s been exposed. Trust me, we know.

  10. kcflake says: Jul 10, 2017 2:55 PM

    A rookie who hasn’t played a snap, somehow Knows they can stop the Chiefs. LOL.

    BTW Obi, Chiefs are 6-0 vs. the Raiders the last 3 years.

  11. kcflake says: Jul 10, 2017 3:00 PM

    Tyreek Hill would OWN Obi. Travis Kelce too.

  12. SidFarkus says: Jul 10, 2017 3:05 PM

    Chiefs suck so much it’s not even funny, 47 years without a title, pathetic

  13. oakraid says: Jul 10, 2017 3:15 PM

    kcflake says:
    Jul 10, 2017 2:55 PM
    A rookie who hasn’t played a snap, somehow Knows they can stop the Chiefs. LOL.

    BTW Obi, Chiefs are 6-0 vs. the Raiders the last 3 years.

    ______________________________________

    Point taken, but its actually 5-1.

  14. boknowsvt says: Jul 10, 2017 3:18 PM

    Has he even signed his contract?

  15. bighoser says: Jul 10, 2017 3:57 PM

    The Chefs are the Kings of the regular season in this century. The postseason? Not so much because, like the Cowboys, they can’t even appear in a conference championship, let alone win one!

  16. joetoronto says: Jul 10, 2017 4:03 PM

    The Raiders are trending up and the Cheaps are treading water.

    One nation, Raider Nation.

  17. papadoc24 says: Jul 10, 2017 4:19 PM

    6-0 ok ill accept that but you guys forget you have 1 playoff win in 17 years. Ill make sure im at a playoff game next time you guys make it, im a certified first responder. Ive mastered the Heimlich manoeuvre. So don’t worry chiefs fans ill save one of you when you guys choke!

    RN4L!!!!!!!

  18. r8rsfan says: Jul 10, 2017 5:02 PM

    He knows that a huge weakness has been covering TE’s and Obi was drafted specifically to address that. Actually it’s been a problem for the last several years.

  19. gbatap says: Jul 10, 2017 11:08 PM

    “6-0 ok ill accept that but you guys forget you have 1 playoff win in 17 years.”

    Last I checked 1 in 17 > 0 in 16

    Not sure how the Raiders fans are chirping so much.

  20. jbaxt says: Jul 11, 2017 10:31 PM

    Raiders finally break the .500 mark for the 1st time in 14 years. Baby steps losers, you just got out of the cellar.

  21. jjackwagon says: Jul 13, 2017 8:43 AM

    SidFarkus says:
    Jul 10, 2017 3:05 PM
    Chiefs suck so much it’s not even funny, 47 years without a title, pathetic
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    When your team is 33 years since its last title does that somehow make them less pathetic?
    Seems like you are arguing about being the tallest midget.

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