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Andy Reid Says Preparation for Raiders Started Before Sunday

The Kansas City Chiefs have a short week to prepare for the Oakland Raiders

After the Kansas City Chiefs 24-20 victory over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, coach Andy Reid immediately mentioned there's not a lot of time for everyone to celebrate this win.

"[The players] are excited," Reid said. "But they also know we are soon getting on a plane to fly out and play a good Oakland team. So we've got to make sure we enjoy this today, but we have to get ourselves back and ready to go quickly so we understand that."

The Chiefs will travel on Wednesday to Oakland to prepare for Thursday night's matchup against the Raiders.

Reid explained the challenges of preparing on a short week and how they tried to get ahead in that preparation.

"You don't have quite as much time to think over things," Reid explained of the short week. "Sometimes that could be a good thing, sometimes it could be bad.

"We actually started before [Sunday's] game but I was able to get back over here after the game, sit down and knock out some things. We'll be able to get our base stuff in today with the guys."

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Reid went on to say that each of the coaches were able to peak ahead at the Raiders before the game on Sunday against the Seahawks.

"Brad (Childress) helped us quite a little bit in the passing game, part of putting that together," Reid said. "And then Andy Heck and Eugene (Chung) were able to look at some stuff for the run game and then, defensively, the guys took a peak at it also."

As important as it is for the game plans to be installed and for the players to feel comfortable with what they'll see from the Raiders, perhaps the biggest challenge on facing a short week is getting the players physically ready to play.

Reid mentioned the training staff led by head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder and the strength and conditioning staff led by Barry Rubin as two groups who will be a big key in a short week. 

"It's huge and the players, the trust that they have in them is very important," Reid said. "So those guys getting in and getting treatment when needed and getting their bodies back is huge. Getting their lifts in and getting the lactic acid out that's been built up from the game.

"Both those groups, your strength department and your training department are very, very important."


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