Raiders - Chiefs gameday

This is the 96th meeting between the Raiders and Chiefs. Kansas City leads the series 50-43-2 and has won the last seven matchups. The Chiefs won the last meeting in Arrowhead Stadium this season, with rookie Jarrad Page intercepting a pass in the end zone to secure a win.

================================================== KICKOFF: Saturday, 8:00 ET

GAMEDATE: 12/23/06

SURFACE: Grass

TV: NFL Network, Bryant Gumbel, Dick Vermeil

2006 RANKINGS: Chiefs: offense 17th (8th rush, 21st pass); defense 15th (19th rush, 14th pass). Raiders: offense 32nd (28th rush, 31st pass); defense 4th (26th rush, 1st pass)

PREDICTION: Chiefs 20-13

KEYS TO THE GAME: Coming off their third shutout loss of the season, the Raiders are well aware that they must play a high level of defense to even be competitive. With the strength of their pass coverage this season, expect the Raiders to utilize some run blitzes on early downs in an effort to contain RB Larry Johnson and create third-and-long situations. QB Trent Green has not been playing particularly well, and Johnson called out the play-calling this week as being too predictable. The Chiefs don't have to score much, because the Raiders' offense is in shambles with poor offensive line play and no running game. QB Aaron Brooks appears to be developing chemistry with WR Ronald Curry, but the vertical passing game still isn't an area that will scare the Chiefs.

FAST FACTS: Chiefs: Have won the past seven meetings. ... TE Tony Gonzalez needs one touchdown reception to tie Shannon Sharpe (62) for the most ever by a tight end. Raiders: DE Derrick Burgess has 27 sacks in 30 games with Oakland. ... Brooks is 1-15 in his past 16 starts.

Chiefs:

--RB Larry Johnson still has a shot at the NFL rushing title, though the 199-yard game the Chiefs allowed to San Diego's LaDainian Tomlinson was a substantial blow. With three games to play, Johnson trails Tomlinson by 110 yards.

--G Will Shields is, for at least the third straight year, a topic of discussion in the season's final weeks as speculation grows Shields will retire. He nearly hung it up after the 2004 season but OT Willie Roaf talked him into a return. Roaf retired this offseason.

--S Jarrad Page will make his first return as a player to his hometown of Oakland, Calif., since joining the NFL this season. Page played collegiately at UCLA.

--TE Tony Gonzalez will pass Shannon Sharpe for the NFL record for touchdown receptions by a tight end with two more. Gonzalez is also No. 2 to Sharpe in receiving yards and receptions by a tight end.

--LB Kawika Mitchell has opened up a sizable team lead in tackles. His 97 total stops beat No. 2 S Sammy Knight by 24.

Raiders:

--QB Aaron Brooks was added to the injury list with a sore neck. He missed practice Thursday and is listed as probable but said he expected to play.

--LT Robert Gallery, who returns Saturday night against Kansas City, never started more than six consecutive games this season.

--LB Sam Williams is the only Raiders linebacker other than Kirk Morrison to record a sack this season.

--PK Sebastian Janikowski is 2-for-6 on field goal attempts of 50 yards and beyond this season and 2-for-9 since the start of the 2005 season.

--RB Justin Fargas has 18 first downs in 142 rushing attempts, or one every 7.8 carries.


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