Week 11: Raiders (2-7) at Chiefs (5-4)

Last weekend at Miami, the Chiefs played in one of their ugliest games in recent history. Not only did they lose, but the Chiefs also lost one of their best players in Tony Gonzalez. It was a bad Sunday for Chiefs fans, but the season is not over. Kansas City's division title hopes are bleak right now, but they are in the thick of the wild-card race with New York, Jacksonville and Cincinnati.

Now, it's Raider Week, and the Chiefs are back home. The Raiders are 2-7, but they won't be a pushover.

Series History:

Kansas City owns a 49-43-2 edge over Oakland all-time, including postseason. The Chiefs are 25-8 overall against Oakland since 1990 and are 13-3 against the Raiders at home in the regular season since 1990. They have beaten Oakland in six straight games.



The Chiefs held Miami to only 13 points and remained in the top 15 in total defense at 14th overall (313). The Chiefs are currently 11th in pass defense (200) and 15th against the run (114). Kansas City is giving up 20.2 points per game, tied for 14th in the NFL. With key injuries to safety Greg Wesley and linebacker Derrick Johnson, rookie safety Jarrad Page and linebacker Keyaron Fox will need to step in again.

Against Miami, the Chiefs turned in one of the worst offensive performances in quite some time. KC dropped to 17th in total offense (316), 13th in rushing offense (117) and 18th through the air (200). It wasn't pretty, and the Chiefs were lucky to put even 10 points on the board. Kansas City is 13th, averaging 21.4 points per game.


If there is one positive about the Raiders this season, it is their defense. Oakland is currently seventh in total defense (293) and an impressive third against the pass (164). They aren't so hot against the run as they are 25th in the NFL, giving up an average of 128 yards a game. They allow 20.1 points per game, tied for 12th.

Oakland's offense is the absolute worst in the NFL. The Raiders are dead last in total offense (230), last in pass offense (131) and only 24th rushing (99). They are also last in scoring, averaging 11.7 points a game.

The Facts:

Art Shell owns an 0-6 record all-time against the Chiefs in Arrowhead. No coach has made more appearances in Kansas City without a victory.

• Kansas City has won 19 of their last 21 at home against quarterbacks making their first start in Arrowhead. Oakland is 0-4 in November games at Arrowhead dating back to 1990. Dating back to 1985, the Chiefs are 14-1 at Arrowhead when holding the Raiders to 21 points or less. Since 2002, the Raiders are 5-41 when scoring less than 21 points. And going back to Art Shell, every game he's coached in Arrowhead, his team has scored less than 21.

• The Chiefs have won 20 straight games at Arrowhead when holding opponents to 21 points or less.

• The Chiefs are averaging 29 points per game at home this year, and the Raiders are averaging only 7.3 points a game on the road this season.

• KC is 9-1 at home against division foes since 2003.

• The Raiders are 1-13 dating back to 2004 when allowing a 100 yard rusher. Oakland has only allowed four rushing touchdowns all season.

• The Chiefs haven't allowed a 100-yard rusher in 18 straight home games. Oakland hasn't produced a 100-yard rusher in Arrowhead in 27 straight games.

• The Chiefs own a 20-1 record at Arrowhead since 2002 when registering two or more sacks, including 10 straight wins. Oakland has allowed a league high 47 sacks this season.

Key Injuries:


OUT: linebacker Derrick Johnson (ankle), offensive tackle Kevin Sampson (foot), guard Brian Waters (knee). DOUBTFUL: tight end Tony Gonzalez (shoulder). QUESTIONABLE: defensive end Tamba Hali (hip), safety Sammy Knight (ankle), safetly Greg Wesley (shoulder).

RAIDERS: OUT: linebacker Isaiah Ekejiuba (foot), guard Barry Sims (abdomen). QUESTIONABLE: tackle Robert Gallery (groin), center Jake Grove (elbow).

Weather Report:


Forecast calls for sunny skies with a high of 51 degrees and a low of 29.

PREDICTION: Chiefs 24, Raiders 13

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