No Silver & Blackout

The Oakland Raiders and KGO Television Channel 7 (San Francisco's ABC affiliate) have partnered into a relationship that allow this Monday night's AFC Western Division contest against the Kansas City Chiefs to be shown locally.

The game will air 6 p.m. on KGO Channel 7 (as well as on KXTV Channel 10 in Sacramento).

"We are thankful to KGO Television for their support and commitment to our fans and the entire Northern California television market," said Raiders Senior Assistant Bruce Allen.

Tickets are still available for Monday's game—at the Coliseum Box Office and at tickets.com. However, all luxury suites for this game pitting original American Football league foes are sold out.

Strength vs. weakness

This does not appear to be a good week for the Oakland Raiders to improve on their woeful run defense.

The Raiders are one year removed from having the NFL's third-best defense against the run but enter Monday night's contest against the unbeaten Kansas City Chiefs ranked dead last in stopping the run.

With the exception of their season opening 25-20 loss at Tennessee, running lanes against the Raiders defense have opened up like a hospitality suite.

It will not get any easier this week. Kansas City's ground game features Priest Holmes. If Holmes is not the best running back in the NFL, he's in a very select group. Holmes has gained 564 yards on 123 carries and eight touchdowns. Holmes has added 27 pass receptions for 257 yards and one touchdown.

To further compound the problem, the Raiders are banged up along their front four. Defensive tackle John Parrella is listed as doubtful while running mate Dana Stubblefield is also not playing at full strength. Rookie defensive end Tyler Brayton has shown some promise but is still developing while one-time starter DeLawrence Grant has found his way to the doghouse.

From left to right, the Chiefs have an outstanding offensive line: William Roaf (tackle), Brian Waters (guard), Casey Wiegmann (center), Willie Shields (guard), and John Tait (tackle).

"Everyone has known for a long time that they've had a very good offensive line," Parrella said. "They work well together but I think we've got a very good defensive line that doesn't get enough credit."

Added Brayton: "They play really well together. They know their scheme. They believe in their scheme."


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