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Oakland Raiders Prepare For Thursday Night Football Clash With Kansas City Chiefs

Posted Oct 16, 2017

Here is this week's game preview, presented by 95.7 The GAME.

The Oakland Raiders will turn around on a short week and finish up a three game homestand as they play the Kansas City Chiefs at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on Thursday, Oct. 19 at 5:25 p.m. PT. This is the first meeting of the year for the AFC West rivals, with their second matchup coming in Kansas City on Dec. 10. This will be the Raiders second primetime game of the year, having played the Washington Redskins in Week 3 on Sunday Night Football. After previously playing the Chiefs on Thursday Night Football in 2014 and 2016, the two teams will have played each other on Thursday night in three of the past four seasons.

Here is this week's Game Preview, presented by 95.7 The Game.

THE SETTING

Date: Sunday, Oct. 19, 2017
Kickoff:
5:25 p.m. PT
Site:
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum (1966)
Capacity/Surface:
56,057/Overseeded Bermuda
Regular Season: Chiefs lead, 60-51-2

Postseason: Chiefs lead, 2-1

The Raiders dropped another close contest on Sunday, suffering a 16-17 loss at the hands of the Los Angeles Chargers. QB Derek Carr returned to action after sitting out in Week 5 with a back injury and threw for 171 yards on 21-of-30 passing with one touchdown and two interceptions. Carr’s touchdown pass came on a 23-yarder in the first quarter to WR Michael Crabtree, who led the team in receptions (six) and receiving yards (52). The Raiders racked up 109 rushing yards on the day, with RB Marshawn Lynch leading the way with 63 on 13 carries. WR Cordarrelle Patterson scored his second rushing touchdown of the season, as he took a handoff and raced 47 yards for the score in the fourth quarter. On defense, LB Bruce Irvin recorded his second sack of the season, and CB Dexter McDonald came up with a big play to force a turnover, forcing a fumble that was recovered by CB David Amerson. P Marquette King turned in another strong outing, punting four times for 226 yards and pinning the Chargers inside their own 20- yard line all four times.

Following a short break after the Thursday night game, the Raiders will head out on a two-game road trip, facing the Buffalo Bills before spending a week in Florida leading up to their game in Miami against the Dolphins. The Chiefs will have another primetime game in Week 8 against the Denver Broncos on Monday Night Football.

PRIMETIME AT THE COLISEUM

Over the last three seasons, the Raiders have played three primetime games at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, winning all three. The three game winning streak in primetime began with a win in 2014 over this week’s opponents, the Kansas City Chiefs, on Thursday Night Football in what was QB Derek Carr’s first NFL victory. After beating the San Diego Chargers on Christmas Eve in 2015, Oakland took down the Denver Broncos on Sunday Night Football last year. The Raiders and Chiefs have now played each other on Thursday night in three of the last four years.

* - The Raiders played a “home” primetime game last season on Monday Night Football against the Houston Texans in Mexico City. The Silver and Black won by a final of 27-20.

CHIEFS SNAPSHOT

BROADCAST INFORMATION

TELEVISION

CBS/NFL Network

Play-by-play: Jim Nantz
Color Analyst: Tony Romo

Sideline: Tracy Wolfson, Jay Feely

NATIONAL RADIO

Westwood One Sports
Play-by-play: Tom McCarthy
Color Analyst: Tony Boselli

RADIO

Raiders Radio Network (33 Stations)

Flagship: 95.7 The Game
Play-by-play: Greg Papa
Color Analyst: Tom Flores
Sideline: Lincoln Kennedy

Spanish Radio

Flagship: KSOL 98.9 FM (Radio Estereo Sol, 98.9 y 99.1)
Play-by-play: Fernando Arias
Color Analyst: Ambrosio Rico

Overview: In his fifth year with the Chiefs, Head Coach Andy Reid leads a team that has won 15 out of their last 18 regular season games with back-to-back appearances in the postseason from 2015-16. Kansas City enters Week 7 following their first loss of the season against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Chiefs sit at 5-1 and in first place in the AFC West heading into the Thursday Night showdown against the Raiders.

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Offense: Veteran QB Alex Smith continues to lead the offense in his fifth season in Kansas City while posting one of his best starts to a season. Smith has completed an NFL best 72.9 percent of his passes while tossing for 12 scores, 1,637 yards and no interceptions, earning a passer rating of 119.2, which also leads the league. Rookie RB Kareem Hunt has been explosive in the backfield, and leads the NFL with 630 rushing yards on 106 carries with four touchdowns. Additionally, Hunt has recorded 21 receptions for 255 yards with two touchdowns. TE Travis Kelce leads the team in both receptions (33) and receiving yards (390). After a successful rooking campaign, WR Tyreek Hill has recorded 30 receptions, tying a team-high 390 receiving yards with two touchdowns.

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Defense: The Chiefs’ defense has allowed 378.2 yards per game and are tied for 13th in the league with 21.7 points allowed. The secondary is led by Oakland native CB Marcus Peters who has two interceptions with 54 return yards. DB Terrance Mitchell has also added two interceptions through the first six weeks, helping the Chiefs rank tied for 13th in the league with five interceptions. Veteran LB Justin Houston is still pestering opposing quarterbacks in his seventh year, posting a team-high 5.5 sacks on the year, which is tied for seventh in the NFL.

NOTABLE CONNECTIONS

Pro Connections

• Raiders Head Coach Jack Del Rio played for the Kansas City Chiefs from 1987-88 and earned a degree in political science from the University of Kansas while playing for the Chiefs.

• Raiders running backs coach Bernie Parmalee coached tight ends for three seasons (2010-2012) for Kansas City.

• Raiders C Rodney Hudson was originally drafted by Kansas City in the second round (55th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft and spent four years with the Chiefs from 2011-2014, playing in 51 games with 35 starts.

• Raiders CB Sean Smith spent three seasons with the Chiefs from 2013-15, appearing in 45 games with 44 starts and recording 129 tackles with five interceptions.

• Raiders LB Tyrell Adams finished the 2015 season on the Chiefs’ practice squad, signing as a reserve/future free agent for the 2016 campaign before being waived at the end of preseason.

• Chiefs DB Ron Parker played in three games for the Raiders in 2011.

• Raiders General Manager Reggie McKenzie was in the scouting department of the Green Bay Packers when Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid coached the tight ends/offensive line (1992-1996) and quarterbacks (1997-1998).

• Chiefs offensive line coach Andy Heck worked on Raiders Head Coach Jack Del Rio’s staff with the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2004-2011.

College Connections

• Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid coached at San Francisco State as the offensive coordinator/offensive line coach from 1983-85. Chiefs tight ends coach Tom Melvin, who played on the offensive line under Reid, went on to begin his coaching career as a graduate assistant at San Francisco State from 1984-85.

• Chiefs wide receivers coach Greg Lewis held the same position at San Jose State in 2013.

• Raiders CB Dexter McDonald played collegiately at the University of Kansas and grew up in Kansas City, Mo.

• Chiefs T Mitchell Schwartz started all 51 games he played in at Cal, starting 35 games at left tackle and 16 at right tackle.

Hometown Connections

• Chiefs tight ends coach Tom Melvin is a native of Redwood City, Calif., and attended Cubberley High School in Palo Alto. His cousin, Bob Melvin, is the current manager of the Oakland Athletics.

• Chiefs CB Marcus Peters is a native of Oakland, Calif., and he attended McClymonds High School.

• Raiders DE Khalil Mack and Chiefs WR Albert Wilson played their high school football in the St. Lucie County District Florida. Mack attended Westwood High School in Fort Pierce, Fla. (class of ’09) and Wilson attended Port St. Lucie High School (class of ’10).

• Chiefs CB Terrance Mitchell is a native of Sacramento, Calif., where he attended Luther Burbank High School and earned Metro League Offensive MVP honors in 2009.