Raiders Face Chiefs in Epic Division Showdown

Kirk Kern
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The heated rivalry that is the Raiders vs. Chiefs renews again this Sunday with first place in the AFC West on the line. The Raiders have some momentum but Kansas City has never been an easy place for Oakland to win.

Going into the final four-game stretch of the regular season, it was expected that the Oakland Raiders would be at or near the top of the division and positioned for a playoff run.

And that’s exactly where they are, although it just doesn’t seem like it. 

The Raiders are 6-6 on the season, but had to scratch out victories against pretty bad teams in the Broncos and Giants the past two weeks just to get there. Still, the Raiders are tied for first place in the AFC West with the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers.

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An early season MVP candidate, Chiefs QB Alex Smith has struggled along with his team.

This week, they face the Chiefs in a rematch of the classic game they played in week seven, when the Raiders scored 10 points in the fourth quarter (and a little bit longer) to beat the Chiefs, 31-30.

While the Raiders may have some sort of momentum having won two straight, the Chiefs are currently on a four-game slide. But the game is in Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, which is one of the toughest environments to play in for a visiting team.

“Big divisional game for us,” coach Jack Del Rio said. “Obviously, I heard the news from this morning that Andy [Reid] is going to suspend or has suspended Marcus [Peters]. We treat that a lot like we did last week with Eli [Manning]. A decision like that is similar to an injury occurring. We’re preparing Raiders versus the Chiefs. Nothing really changes in terms of us putting a plan together and making sure it’s about us going in and playing good football.”

Marshawn Lynch led the charge in a 24-17 win against the Giants last week with 101 yards rushing and a touchdown. He also caught two passes for 20 yards. Derek Carr had a good day as well, with 287 passing yards with one touchdown and no interceptions.

The Raiders get receiver Michael Crabtree back after a one-game suspension but Amari Cooper missed Wednesday’s practice with an ankle injury and Cordarrelle Patterson was out with a hip injury.

Others who missed practice on Wednesday because of injury were: defensive lineman Denico Autry (hand), center/guard Jon Feliciano (concussion), linebacker Cory James (knee) and running back Jamie Olawale (ankle). Cornerback David Amerson (foot) was listed as limited.

For the Chiefs, defensive end Allen Bailey (knee), linebacker Dee Ford (back), center Mitch Moorse (foot) and safety Eric Murray (ankle) did not participate in Wednesday’s practice.

Gametime is 10 a.m. The Chiefs opened as a four point favorite and have maintained that spread. The total is currently 48.5 points after opening at 47.5.