Raiders key matchup No. 3: Moore vs. Routt

October 26, 2012, 4:56 pm
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EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the first part in a series that spotlights three Raiders-Chiefs matchups to watch Sunday, 1:05 p.m. (CBS), at Arrowhead Stadium.Raiders WR Denarius Moore vs. Chiefs CB Stanford RouttTale of the tape
Moore (17): 6-foot, 195 pounds, second season, Tennessee
Routt (26): 6-foot-1, 195 pounds, eighth season, HoustonALAMEDA -- As Denarius Moore became a training camp star last summer, the fifth-round draft pick had to victimize someone, right?More often than not, Moore was beating Stanford Routt on his daily highlight film.So guess who figures to line up across Moore on Sunday, and really, how weird will it be for Moore to see Routt lining up directly across from him?"Normally I would say, 'Just take it as it is at practice,'" Moore said. "But now, he is on the other side of the ball, he is in a different uniform but I'm still going to take it play by play and try to compete and win the battle."In fact, Moore, who has 21 receptions for 323 yards and a team-high three touchdowns, insisted there is no muscle memory from going against Routt last year."It doesn't matter, because at the end of the day I really don't rememberhis technique, what he liked to do," Moore said. "He probably changed since then so I've just got to line up and compete."After being cut in a cost-saving move by the Raiders on Feb. 9, Routt, a man-to-man specialist playing right corner, visited Buffalo and Cincinnati before signing a reported three-year, 20-million deal with 4 million guaranteed with Kansas City.His "burn rate" of 58.1 percent (18 of 31 for 328 yards and a touchdown) thus far is much higher than his previous two rates, 39.4 percent in 2010 and 47.4 percent in 2011. And after having a career-high four interceptions last year, Routt has one this year, picking off New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees in Week 3. Routt also has 17 tackles, 16 solo, with two passes defensed and a forced fumble."Well, you know, Stanford has been learning our system," said Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel. "Hes been coming on. I think he had an interception. He had a rough outing the last time. He was in position to make plays, and we didnt make them. The opponent made them. Otherwise, hes been working well."Moore will test Routt to see exactly just how well his transition is going.