If history is an indication, Sunday's game will probably come down to the last possession.
"The games were close games and that's what's great about your division," coach Herm Edwards said. "Your players know they're important games and the Raiders are going to come in here and play. Their record doesn't change anything."
Memorable finishes abound in the series. Twice in 2003 (both Chiefs wins), the game's final play decided the outcome. The first was the Chiefs defense stopping Oakland's Tim Brown on the one-yard line (a rare feat for that Chiefs defense). Later that season, Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski hit a game-tying field goal with 2:18 left, only to watch Morten Anderson kick the game-winner with four seconds left.
Last year, running back Larry Johnson scored with no time on the clock to beat the Raiders and in the other meeting, with the Chiefs protecting a six-point lead, S Sammy Knight deflected a fourth-down pass intended for Jerry Porter in the end zone.
KICKOFF: Sunday, 1:00 ET
TV: CBS, Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon
2006 RANKINGS: Raiders: offense 32nd (24th rush, 32nd pass); defense 7th (26th rush, 3rd pass). Chiefs: offense 17th (13th rush, 19th pass); defense 14th (15th rush, 11th pass)
PREDICTION: Chiefs 17-13
KEYS TO THE GAME:
The Chiefs expect QB Trent Green to be rusty in his first game since the season opener, but they're hoping they don't need to rely on him to win the game.
The Raiders' offense has been inept all season, its offensive line is beat up and coach Art Shell spent the better part of the week trying to decide between QBs Andrew Walter and Aaron Brooks, neither of whom has a passer rating above 58.0.
"I remember what Warren Sapp said, that this team has a good mixture of young and old," Brooks said. "I don't see anybody not getting along. I don't see cliques. I don't see cliquish people. I see a team. It's just a simple fact that a phase of our team isn't doing well."
Kansas City would be content to dominate a field-position game with RB Larry Johnson, especially with the Raiders' defense having allowed just 68 points and five touchdowns over the past five games.
The Chiefs will be without LG Brian Waters, TE Tony Gonzalez and possibly DE Tamba Hali, so they would be happy to squeak out any type of victory.
With Tony Gonzalez out of the lineup with a shoulder injury, the Raiders won't have to attach rookie strong safety Michael Huff to the tight end all game long.
Huff, a first-round draft pick from Texas, has been solid but unspectacular, in part because his job has been primarily to play man-to-man defense against tight ends.
With Gonzalez out, defensive coordinator Rob Ryan is free to utilize Huff on surprise blitzes and in more complex coverage schemes.
WR Randy Moss has at least one touchdown reception in all four career games against Kansas City. Allowing just 4.65 yards on first down, second in the AFC.
Have won the past six meetings. Are 20-1 since 2002 when recording at least two sacks.
--QB Aaron Brooks split the snaps with Andrew Walter in practice Thursday, and coach Art Shell said he has not made up his mind as to who will start Sunday against Kansas City. Brooks has been out since Sept. 17 with a pectoral strain.
--LT Robert Gallery practiced for the second consecutive day after missing the Denver game with a groin strain, and barring a setback, he should start against the Chiefs. If Gallery can't play, Chad Slaughter would start.
--LG Barry Sims, listed as questionable last week with an abdominal injury, was downgraded to out this week. The club could be faced with putting him on injured reserve if he doesn't show substantial progress.
--LB Thomas Howard, a rookie second-round pick who is fourth among NFL rookies with 62 tackles, plays his first game in Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday. Howard's father, Thomas Howard, was a starting linebacker with the Chiefs from 1977-83.
--TE Tony Gonzalez, though listed only as doubtful with a sprained left shoulder, was not able to practice Thursday and appears likely to miss at least Sunday's game with Oakland. He would have only a short week to recover if he hopes to play the following game, a critical Thanksgiving Night game with Denver.
--FS Greg Wesley, who missed last week's game with a shoulder injury, did not participate in a full workout Thursday and looks very questionable for this week's game against Oakland.
--DE Tamba Hali did only limited work in Thursday's practice because of a hip injury and is truly questionable for Sunday's game against the Raiders.
--G Brian Waters will not play for a second consecutive week because of a knee injury. Veteran G Chris Bober is expected to start in his place again.
--T Kevin Sampson will miss a third consecutive game with an ankle injury. Veteran Kyle Turley will start in his spot at right tackle.