Game Preview: Raiders Hope to Chop Chiefs in Oakland Finale

Kirk Kern
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After 60 years of a bitter and heated rivalry, the Raiders host the Chiefs for the last time in Oakland.

The Oakland Raiders took care of business last week in their home opener against AFC West rival Denver but now get a chance at a second divisional foe in the Kansas City Chiefs.

And while the Broncos provided a good test for the rebuilding Raiders, the Chiefs are an entirely different kind of challenge.

Kansas City is the defending AFC West champion and after breezing to a 40-26 win over Jacksonville last week, they look to be the favorite again.

The Raiders defense will face a stiff challenge behind a Chiefs offense led by Patrick Mahomes, even if he is hobbled a bit with an ankle sprain and will be without the dangerous Tyreek Hill (out with a broken collarbone).

Sammy Watkins filled the void with nine catches for 198 yards and three touchdowns for the Chiefs.

Raiders great Phil Villapiano is not a fan of the Chiefs.

While the Chiefs pose a major problem with their offense, their defense isn’t quite as troublesome. Raiders quarterback Derek Carr found a new No. 1 receiver in Tyrell Williams last week, connecting six times for 105 yards and one touchdown. 

Rookie running back Josh Jacobs rushed for 85 yards and two touchdowns last week and tight end Darren Waller caught seven passes for 70 yards.

On the injury front, safety Johnathan Abram has a shoulder injury and is on injured reserve. Guard Gabe Jackson (knee) and wide receiver J.J. Nelson (ankle) are out; and cornerback Gareon Conley, defensive tackle Corey Liuget (knee) and punter A.J. Cole (foot) are questionable.

For the Chiefs, wide receiver Hill (shoulder) is out and tackle Eric Fisher (groin) is questionable. It will be important to the Raiders defensive line, led by rookie Clelin Ferrell and Arden Key to get pressure on Mahomes.

Kansas City opened am 8.5 point favorite, but that number has since dropped to 7. The total hasn’t moved since it opened at 53.5 points.

Game time is 1:05 p.m. and will be shown locally on KLAS-TV (CBS) Channel 8.