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Five Questions Heading into Raiders at Chiefs

The Oakland Raiders head to Kansas City to take on the Chiefs in the 2015 regular season finale. As always, Senior Editor Jerry Knaak posits five questions heading into the matchup.

1. Which milestones will fall?

Quarterback Derek Carr is close to 4,000 yards; wide receiver Michael Crabtree is approaching 1,000 yards; defensive end Khalil Mack needs one sack to tie the franchise single-season record; kicker Sebastian Janikowski needs one more field goal of 50 to set a new NFL record; and many more possibilities.

2. How will the Raiders close out the season?

Head Coach Jack Del Rio and the coaching staff has done a good job this season of getting the team ready to play each week whether it be after a win or a loss, or in the midst of a winning or losing streak. The Raiders did not play well at Kansas City last season but did play the Chiefs fairly well for three quarters this season. A win at the end of the 1999 season at Kansas City knocked the Chiefs out of the playoffs, gave the Raiders an 8-8 record and propelled the Silver and Black into the offseason. The team went 12-4 in 2000 and went on to win three straight AFC West titles.


  1. What kind of stamp will Amari Cooper put on his rookie season?**

Cooper has caught 70 passes for 1,050 yards and 6 TDs. He's already set franchise rookie marks for catches, yards and touchdowns. He has been dinged up with a foot injury. However, he caught 4 passes for 69 yards in the first meeting against the Chiefs. How will Cooper end the campaign?

4. How dominant has the Raiders defense become?

In the last five weeks, the Raiders defense has been suffocating at times. They've held their opponents to an average of 285.4 yards per game. The Raiders held the Chiefs to 232 yards of total offense. Three fourth quarter interceptions led to 20 Chiefs points in that game.

5. What's in store for Charles Woodson's final game?

Woodson played his first regular season game Sept. 6, 1998, against the Chiefs in Kansas City and he will end it 18 years later Jan. 3, 2016, at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City. In his home finale, Woodson played a little offense and was sent off in epic fashion as the Raiders won an overtime thriller. The Raiders will definitely do all they can to send Woodson out a winner. Will he get in the game on offense? Maybe return a punt? We shall see. It's been quite a show for 18 years and Woodson surely won't disappoint in his Swan Song.

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