In the realm of NFL cornerbacks, it’s increasingly challenging to find a better duo than L’Jarius Sneed and Trent McDuffie, at least according to Kansas City Chiefs safety Justin Reid.
The Chiefs, fresh off a successful effort in containing the Philadelphia Eagles’ wide receiver duo of A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith, now face the formidable challenge of taking on three-time All-Pro Davante Adams of the Las Vegas Raiders.
This presents a new test for Chiefs’ cornerback L’Jarius Sneed, who has been consistently tasked with shutting down opposing No. 1 receivers this season.
In the recent Week 11 matchup, Sneed effectively limited A.J. Brown to just 8 yards on 1 reception, accompanied by an interception.
Facing Adams and the Raiders, the Chiefs’ strategy revolves around the confidence they have in Sneed and second-year cornerback Trent McDuffie.
Justin Reid expressed this confidence when discussing the upcoming matchup, stating, “LJ and Trent are the best tandem in the NFL. You can throw anybody in the mix with that; there is nobody better than what those two have done on the field this year.”
If Sneed and McDuffie deliver another stellar performance, the Raiders could find themselves heavily reliant on running back Josh Jacobs.
Despite the promising competence of rookie quarterback Aidan O’Connell, the Chiefs’ defense, led by Chris Jones, is well aware of the challenges Jacobs poses.
“He can outrun you, he can run you over,” said Jones of Jacobs, emphasizing the running back’s versatility and impact on the game.
With Jacobs as a focal point, the Raiders aim to disrupt the Chiefs’ dominance in the longstanding rivalry between the two teams.
Under interim coach Antonio Pierce, the Raiders have displayed increased energy and efficiency, winning two of their last three games.
Reid noted the positive changes, stating, “They seem a lot more energetic. He makes a conscious effort to get the ball to their playmakers.”
While the Chiefs currently enjoy a comfortable lead in the division, Reid emphasizes the significance of this matchup, especially after a recent loss.
“Normally I’d say these games are twice as important, but coming off of a loss, this game is three times as important,” Reid emphasized.
“We want to get back on track for us, but also, these divisional games are extremely important, especially as we start getting closer to the playoffs with how seeding works. This is a must-win for us.”
As the Chiefs look to maintain their divisional lead, the spotlight falls on their defense, which has been a driving force for victories this season.
If Sneed and McDuffie can successfully contain Davante Adams, they could once again be the linchpin to a Chiefs’ triumph.