Enrique’s Magic Number – Oakland

(This year’s record: 3-1)

With Nnamdi Asomugha all but ruled out from the Silver and Black lineup, you can make a case that things could very well open up for Matt Cassel and the rest of the Chiefs’ passing attack this afternoon. But if the Arrowhead Ones aspire to extend their current winning streak in Oaktown to eight games, they’re gonna have to stick with the game plan that enabled them to get seven straight in the first place.

And one that Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones should relish.

Given the recollections of past confrontations, it’s easy to notice that the constant behind the Chiefs’ recent success in Oakland has been the commitment to the running game. Ever since ’03, the Chiefs have pounded the rock at least 31 times in every instance that they paid a visit to the Raiders, achieving totals of 31 (in ’03), 36 (in ’04), 36 (in ’05), 38 (in ’06), 32 (in ’07), 37 (in ’08) and 31 (in ’09) that have permitted them to control the tempo of those games. And by turning the tables on the pride of Al Davis, the Chiefs have been able to avenge the 60 carries that the Raiders rammed down their throats in the ’02 season finale – coincidentally, the last time that the Raiders beat the Chiefs in Oakland.

So, in conclusion, the Chiefs’ Magic Number to escape with a victory is 31, which would be the number of rushing attempts registered by the Red and Gold squad on Sunday. If Todd Haley and Charlie Weis approach the contest with a Baskin-Robbins mentality, they will win the game.

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