Opponent: Oakland Raiders

2010 record: 4-4, second in the AFC West, two games in the loss column behind the Chiefs. They have victories by two points over St. Louis, eight over San Diego, 45 over Denver and 30 points better than Seattle. In their four defeats, they fell by 25 points to Tennessee, one point to Arizona, seven points to Houston and eight points to San Francisco.

Last year’s record: 5-11, third in the division, eight games behind AFC West champ San Diego.

Record for the last five seasons: 20-60, finishing third, third, fourth, fourth and fourth in the division.

Last appearance in the playoffs: Super Bowl XXVII, lost to Tampa Bay 48-21 in San Diego. Last victory in the post-season was 41-24 decision in AFC Championship Game over Tennessee. There are only two players left from that team – K Sebastian Janikowski and P Shane Lechler.

Owner: Al Davis is the team’s managing general partner, but how much the Hall of Famer actually owns is something that is not publicly known for sure. It’s believed to be 47 percent of the franchise. The Raiders list six people as “interest holders”, an unusual use of words to describe partners. However, two of the people listed have passed away. There are also three Wall Street investors who purchased 20 percent of the team in 2007. They remain nameless. The team is owned by A.D. Football, Inc. and when the day comes that Davis dies, the team will fall to his wife Carol and son Mark. There’s no information if the team has been set up so that the Davis family can keep the team despite estate taxes.

General Manager: No one in the organization holds that title with the Raiders. In essence, the GM is Davis. There is a three-person group that runs the franchise, Chief Executive Amy Trask, General Counsel Jeff Birren and Senior Executive John Herrera. 

Head coach: Tom Cable took over when Lane Kiffin was fired four games into the 2008 season. Cable had been the Raiders offensive line coach starting in 2007. The season before that, he was offensive line coach of the Atlanta Falcons. Other than the last five seasons, Cable’s coaching career was in college football with stops at Idaho, San Diego State, Cal-Fullerton, UNLV, Cal, Colorado and UCLA. He was head coach at Idaho (2001-03), finishing with a 6-20 record. His NFL head coaching record is now 13-23.

Coordinators: offense, Hue Jackson in his first season with the Raiders; defense, John Marshall, in his second year in Oakland; special teams, John Fassel, in his third season with the Raiders.

Roster overview: this week’s roster has 31 Raiders draft choices, a pretty high number compared to most teams; the Chiefs are built through the draft and they have 23 of their choices. In that group are seven first-round choices and 18 from rounds one through three. There are a total of 13 players on the roster that were selected in the first round. The rest of the roster has five college free agents, five street free agents, six unrestricted free agents, five players that came through trades and one claimed off the waiver wire. When they draft, the Raiders like big schools ad only three of the 53 come from Division 1-AA or II. The 2010 Raiders have 11 players who are 30 or older, and 23 that are 25 or younger, including 18 players who are rookies or in the first or second seasons.

Quarterback: Jason Campbell/Bruce Gradkowski. Both are 2-2 in their starts. The Chiefs will likely see Campbell, who opened the season as the Raiders starter but then lost the job in week No. 2 to Gradkowski, who then was injured his right shoulder in game No. 5 against San Diego. Campbell has opened the last three games. Campbell came over in a trade with the Redskins in the off-season. So far, he’s completed 56.5 percent of his passes, for 7.41 yards per attempt, six TDs and four INTs. Gradkowski was hitting on 52 percent of his passes, for 6.95 yards per attempt, four TDs and four INTs. Cable said this week that Gradkowski will be the starter as soon as he’s physically able.

Offensive threats: RB Darren McFadden is finally starting to flash the production that’s been expected of him since he was drafted in ’08 out of Arkansas. In his first two seasons he had 856 yards rushing on 217 carries and 530 receiving yards on 50 catches. Already this season, he’s run for 668 yards on 122 carries and caught 20 passes for 217 yards. He’s found the end zone six times. RB Michael Bush gets chances as well with 80 carries for 307 yards. The leading receiver is TE Zach Miller, who has 34 catches for 461 yards and four TDs.

Defensive stars: The Raiders have a pretty stout defense that has allowed 34 points in the last three games, and only three last Sunday to Seattle. The group’s strength is on the defensive line, with DTs Richard Seymour and Tommy Kelly, rookie DE Lamarr Houston and second-year DE Matt Shaughnessy. Those four have 15 sacks between them. No. 1 draft choice Rolando McClain has been very active and the defense’s leading tackler and they have five sacks out of OLB Kamerion Wimbley. In the secondary, few are better than CB Nnamdi Asomugha, but he suffered an ankle injury last Sunday and may not play against the Chiefs.

Special teamers: Few teams have the type of kicking duo of the Raiders with K Sebastian Janikowksi and P Shane Lechler. This season, Janikowski is 19 of 25 on field goals, hitting from 54 yards for his longest FG. Lechler averages 49.8 yards per punt and is sporting a 42.8-yard net average. He’s been the AFC’s Pro Bowl punter five times, including the last three years. Returner Johnnie Lee Higgins has three punt return TDs in his career. This year, the Raiders are averaging just 8.1 yards on punt returns and 20 yards on kickoff returns.

By the numbers: The Raiders are No. 8 in offense with 366 yards per game. That’s No. 2 in the running game and 20th in passing yards. They are No. 9 on defense, allowing an average of 310 yards per game. That’s 26th against the run and fourth in pass yards allowed. They are plus-44 in points, plus-2 in the turnover ratio and minus-2 in the sack ratio. They lead the league in penalties with 76 for 657 yards.

Top ’10 draft picks: 1.) MLB Rolando McClain out of Alabama has started all eight games, 40 total tackles and a half sack. 2.) DE Lamarr Houston from Texas has played in all eight games, started seven and has 12 total tackles, two sacks and he forced a fumble. 3.) OT Jared Veldheer out of Division II Hillsdale College in Michigan has played in all eight games, with one start at center and two at LT. 4.) OT Bruce Campbell from Maryland has played in six games on special teams. 4.) WR Jacoby Ford out of Clemson has played in all eight games, starting one. He’s caught four passes for 37 yards and has four rushes for 48 yards. He’s also been the primary kickoff return man with 18 for a 20.9 average.

Familiar faces: On the playing roster is RB Michael Bennett, who was with the Chiefs for 17 games in 2006-07. CB Chris Johnson was on the Chiefs roster briefly in 2006. On the coaching staff is former Chiefs CB Kevin Ross, who is handling the defensive backs. Ross played 156 games with 144 starts with the team. Former Chiefs offensive coordinator Paul Hackett is the Raiders quarterbacks coach. Hackett spent five years (1993-97) with the Chiefs.

6 Responses to “Opponent: Oakland Raiders”

  • November 3, 2010  - Pat says:

    I’m so sad to see the Raiders doing well again. There are few teams in the league that I LOVE to see lose, and the Raiders are one of them. I really hope that the recent improvement in their team is just a fluke and the Chiefs can break their spirits this weekend.

    I know, I know. It’s petty of me to think that way, but the Raiders have a strange way of bringing out my less desirable attributes.

  • November 3, 2010  - el cid says:

    I am on your side, Pat, but the Raiders are not what they used to be. Maybe Al Davis is but that is about it. Remember when the Chiefs in the ’80s when a victory of the Raiders made the season because we did not have much else. Or Marty just waiting for they to self destruct? Not the same Raiders.

    Our rival is whomever is in first place in the AFC West. As we get better, we need to be the one hated by everyone else.

    Right now we need a win, plain and simple win the next game and the next and so on.

  • November 3, 2010  - aPauled says:

    Time to get revved up and make it “Hate the Raiders weeek” again. Enough of this just another game stuff. This is a rivalry and is a game that the Chiefs need. KC needs to get pumped and re-assert the Coliseum as Arrowhead West.

    I want to see emotion from Haley this week and a fired up team take the field on Sunday.

  • November 3, 2010  - Todd says:

    I agree.. it’s hate the Raider’s week. I may just have to wear red every day instead of only Friday.

    This game will be all about the run. We have to stop theirs and we have to take advantage of their poor run defense. The Chiefs can beat them by running right down their throats.

    Oh and it wouldn’t hurt my feelings much if they kept up their league leading rank of most penalized. They’ve “beaten themselves” so many times that way.

    6-2 after Sunday.

    Go Chiefs

  • November 3, 2010  - Joshua says:

    Some people are little wary of this Raiders team because of the stout D and he points they’ve been dropping these past two weeks, don’t forget- this is the team that lost to the 49er’s, a team we beat handily. Could this game be our “trap” game. I say we can’t think that way Chiefs fans! It’s Raiders week. Let’s kick some Silver & Black teeth in! We’re going to mop the floor with these bums and show the rest of the league what a facade these last two weeks have been for the Faiders. Time to seperate the contenders from the pretenders.

  • November 3, 2010  - Gerardo says:

    Paul Hacket QBs coach?I will like to know for how he has been with the faiders. He had a very enjoyale offense in the 90′s Chiefs

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