• This will be the 102nd regular-season meeting between these original members of the American Football League. The Chiefs have won 53 of the previous meetings, holding a 53-47-1 record. The last meeting between the teams came on October 23 when the Chiefs defense pitched a 28-0 shutout of the Raiders in Oakland.
  • Although the Chiefs hold the edge in the series with the Raiders, Oakland has had no problems rolling into Arrowhead Stadium and going home with a victory. They’ve done it for four straight seasons, dominating the scores including a 31-10 victory in the final regular season game of the 2010 season. That’s the longest Raiders winning streak in Kansas City.
  • The Chiefs hold a 2-1 edge in post-season action against the Raiders. Oakland won in 1968, with the Chiefs coming back in 1969 to beat the Raiders in Oakland in the AFL Championship game. They met again in 1991 with the Chiefs picking off QB Todd Marinovich four times and pulling out a 10-6 victory
  • Dating back to 1990, the Chiefs are 31-13 against the Raiders, including a nine-game winning streak at one point. At home, Kansas City has a 14-7 record and in Los Angeles/Oakland, they led the series 17-6.


Get after Carson Palmer

In his prime, Carson Palmer was never a very mobile quarterback. The reason he wasn’t sacked more often was the fact he had such a quick release. He’s even slower now than he was during his best seasons in Cincinnati. Since he stepped into the starting lineup, he’s been sacked on average every 16 passing plays. That type of protection has been pretty good for the Raiders. Palmer has already thrown 13 interceptions and that pressure can force more bad decisions and throws, possibly more interceptions. The KC pass rush has produced 14 sacks in the last three games. They have to keep that type of rush active; they are getting a sack every 6.7 pass plays.


Hit Oakland in kicking game

The Raiders have the NFL’s best kicker-punter combo with Sebastian Janikowski and Shane Lechler, but what they can do is off-set a bit by the Chiefs duo of Ryan Succop-Dustin Colquitt. Oakland’s coverage teams have been so-so over the season; they’ve given up two punt returns for scores and a 77-yard kickoff return. This is where the Chiefs must strike and help their anemic offense with a return TD from the kicking game. It’s now been 30 games since they scored on a kick or punt return. The time is now.


Score touchdowns when given the opportunity.

Somehow the Chiefs beat Green Bay last Sunday despite the fact they scored just one TD on five trips inside the Packers 20-yard line. Inside the red zone they are the worst team in the league with 32 chances but only 11 TDs. Given the chance, they must improve on offense and put the ball in the end zone. Points, points, points – it’s where the Chiefs must make progress. They’ve won two of their last three games, but in those three they scored just 39 points, or 13 points per game. In fact, in the last seven games, they’ve scored 64 points, or 9 points per game.

No. 1

Control Raiders run game.

The Chiefs have struggled keeping the Raiders running attack from taking over the game, especially at Arrowhead Stadium. Over the last three years, Oakland averaged 174 rushing yards in K.C.’s stadium. Early this year in a Chiefs victory in Oakland, the Raiders ran for 155 yards. Over the last four games, the Chiefs have given up an average of 115 rushing yards per game, down from the 130 yards per game over the entire season. With the Raiders, it’s all about the man-to-man matchups along the line of scrimmage. It’s rock’em, sock’em football.

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