THIS WEEK’S NOTABLE STORYLINES:
- The Raiders host the Kansas City Chiefs at O.co Coliseum Sunday, marking the Silver and Black’s final home game of the 2012 season.
- Oakland will be looking to snap a six-game skid, the longest losing streak for the Raiders since the 2007 season.
- On defense, with the release of CB Ron Bartell, the Raiders will be starting their seventh quartet in the defensive secondary.
Carson Palmeris recording one of the most prolific passing seasons in Raider history. With three games remaining in the campaign, Palmer already ranks fourth on the Raiders’ single-season list in attempts (533), third in completions (324), fifth in yards (3,805) and 14th in touchdowns (22).
Sebastian Janikowskihas booted 40 career field goal of 50-or-more yards, moving into a tie with Morten Anderson for third place all-time in field goals of 50-or-more yards.
Brandon Myersenters Week 15 with an NFL-leading 33 catches in the fourth quarter.
Phillip Adamshas recorded interceptions in two straight games, becoming the sixth Raider since 2007 to post picks in consecutive contests.
- The Raiders have scored an NFL-leading 79 points at the end of the half, including last week’s 6-yard touchdown reception by RB
Darren McFaddennear the end of the second quarter.
RAIDERS HOST AFC WEST RIVAL KANSAS CITY: The Raiders host the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday, marking the Silver and Black’s final home game of the 2012 season. Oakland will be looking to snap a six-game skid, while the Chiefs are coming off of a 30-7 defeat at Cleveland last week. The Raiders won the first meeting between the two AFC West rivals this season, posting a 26-16 victory at Arrowhead Stadium on Oct. 28.
THE SERIES: The Raiders and Chiefs have one of the NFL’s most storied rivalries, dating back to the formation of the American Football League (AFL) in 1960. The two teams have met 104 times in the regular season, with the Chiefs holding a 53-49-2 advantage in the series, and three times in the postseason. The series has tilted in the Raiders’ favor as of late, with the Silver and Black owning a 7-3 advantage in the last 10 meetings.
PALMER CLIMBING THE CHARTS: QB Carson Palmer is in the midst of one the most prolific passing seasons in Raider history. With three games remaining in the campaign, Palmer already ranks fourth on the Raiders’ single-season list in attempts (533), third in completions (324), fifth in yards (3,805) and 14th in touchdowns (22).
CONSECUTIVE PICKS: CB Phillip Adams had an interception vs. Denver last week, marking his second straight game with a pick. Adams is the first Raider to record interceptions in consecutive games since Matt Giordano did so twice last season. Adams is the sixth Raider since 2007 to record picks in consecutive games, and can become the first Raider since LB Thomas Howard to notch interceptions in three or more straight contests.
CARSON AT THE COLISEUM: QB Carson Palmer has produced some outstanding passing performances at O.co Coliseum this season, notching his fourth 300-yard passing game in seven contests with 351 yards vs. Cleveland on Dec. 2. Palmer is averaging 307.7 passing yards per game at the Coliseum this season.
LATE-SCORE LEADERS: RB Darren McFadden had a 6-yard touchdown reception with 1:59 left in the first half vs. Denver on Dec. 6, giving the Raiders an NFL-high 79 points at the end of the half.
STARTING LINEUP ANALYSIS: When the team made a flurry of roster moves prior to opening the regular season, the Raiders knew entering the season they would struggle if they sustained injuries at cornerback or offensive tackle. Before the end of the season’s second game, they’d lost both of their starting corners and their starting right tackle for an extended period due to injuries.
On defense, with the release of CB Ron Bartell, the Raiders in their 14th game Sunday will start their seventh quartet in the defensive secondary. Their projected starting four out of training camp played just 2½ series together this year, the first quarter-plus of the season-opener Sept. 10, until Bartell broke his scapula. Spencer then sprained his foot, a season-ending injury, in the third quarter of Game 2 at Miami Sept. 16, forcing the team to ask
Shawntae Spencer, Ron Bartell, Tyvon Branch, Michael Huff.
- Shawntae Spencer, Pat Lee, Tyvon Branch, Michael Huff.
- Pat Lee, Michael Huff, Tyvon Branch,
- Ron Bartell, Michael Huff, Tyvon Branch, Matt Giordano.
- Ron Bartell, Michael Huff,
Mike Mitchell, Matt Giordano.
- Ron Bartell, Michael Huff, Tyvon Branch,
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What’s more, injuries to WR
Notable connections: Raiders Head Coach Dennis Allen served as an assistant coach for the New Orleans Saints alongside current Kansas City linebackers coach Gary Gibbs (2006-08) and defensive assistant/assistant linebackers coach Adam Zimmer (2006-09)...Allen (2002-05) and offensive coordinator Greg Knapp (2004-06) were on staff with the Atlanta Falcons while Chiefs defensive backs coach Emmitt Thomas served as assistant head coach (2002-09)...Chiefs QB Matt Cassel served as a backup to both Raider QBs Carson Palmer and
Last meeting vs. Kansas City: Oak. 26, at KC 16 (Oct. 28, 2012): The Raiders posted their sixth straight win at Arrowhead Stadium behind QB Carson Palmer’s 209 yards passing and two touchdowns.
INDIVIDUAL HIGHLIGHTS vs. KANSAS CITY: T Khalif Barnes posted his first career touchdown reception on a 2-yard pass against Kansas City on Nov. 7, 2010...S Tyvon Branch recorded his first career interception at Kansas City on Sept. 14, 2008...DT
BIRTHDAY WEEK: S Tyvon Branch (Dec. 11), WR