The Oakland Raiders will travel on a short week to play a primetime divisional game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 5:25 p.m. PT. Thursday's contest between the two long-time rivals pits the AFC West's top two teams, with the Raiders leading the division at 10-2 and the Chiefs in second at 9-3. The game begins a stretch run for the Raiders that sees them play three of their final four games on the road, with all three road games coming against AFC West opponents. The game will be the final matchup between the Raiders and Chiefs this year, as the Chiefs won the first game in Oakland back in Week 6. Last week, Oakland earned a win at home, coming back from a 15-point deficit in to beat the Buffalo Bills, 38-24. Kansas City won a road game against the Atlanta Falcons, 29-28.
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Date:Thursday, Dec. 8Kickoff:5:25 p.m. PTSite:Arrowhead Stadium (1972)Capacity/Surface:79,541/Natural GrassRegular Season:Chiefs lead, 59-51-2
Postseason:Chiefs lead, 2-1
Getting their sixth consecutive win, QB Derek Carr led the team to 29 unanswered points in the second half, turning a 15-point deficit into a 14-point win. Carr finished the day with a 97.3 quarterback rating, throwing for 260 yards on 19-of-35 passing with two touchdowns. WR Michael Crabtree led Oakland's receiving corps, posting 74 yards on seven receptions and one touchdown. RBs Latavius Murray (20 carries for 82 yards and two touchdowns) and Jalen Richard (nine carries for 53 yards) paced a strong rushing attack for the Raiders. On defense, DE Khalil Mack continued his torrid streak, notching his seventh straight game with a sack and filling up the stat sheet, posting seven tackles, one sack, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one pass defensed. Mack was also a factor in both Bills turnovers, disrupting QB Tyrod Taylor's arm to force an interception by S Nate Allen, and posting a sack-fumble of Taylor that he recovered. DL Denico Autry, LB/DE James Cowser (first career) and LB Bruce Irvin also recorded sacks on the afternoon. Next week, the Raiders will play the Chargers in San Diego on Dec. 18, and the Chiefs will host the Tennessee Titans.
RAIDERS ON THE ROAD
This season, the Raiders have come up big away from their home stadium. In six games played away from Oakland (five road games plus one home game in Mexico City), the Raiders are 6-0. Their start marks the first time since 1977 that the team has begun a season 5-0 on the road. The Raiders have not played a true road game since Oct. 30 at Tampa Bay.
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Overview: In his fourth year with the Chiefs, Head Coach Andy Reid has fielded a team who's won 19 out of their last 22 regular season games. Kansas City, who has won the last four contests against the Silver and Black, enters Week 14 following an emotional victory in Atlanta. The Chiefs now sit at 9-3 and in second place in the AFC West heading into the Thursday Night showdown against the Raiders.
Offense: QB Alex Smith has quietly put together another good season, completing 67.4 percent of his passes while tossing for 11 scores, 2,567 yards and only four interceptions, earning a passer rating of 92.5. TE Travis Kelce leads the team in both receptions (65) and receiving yards (815). His 815 yards receiving are first in the AFC and second in the NFL this season. Rookie WR Tyreek Hill has become a favorite weapon for the Chiefs, catching five touchdowns, recording a rushing touchdown as well as returning a kickoff for a score. The Chiefs have put together a formidable rushing attack in the absence of RB Jamaal Charles this season with workhorse RB Spencer Ware, who leads the team with 734 yards on the ground and three scores.
Defense: The emotional leader of the team is none other than AllPro S Eric Berry. Berry has returned two of his three interceptions for touchdowns this season and scored eight points to secure a victory in Atlanta last week. In addition to Berry, the secondary is patrolled by ballhawk CB Marcus Peters, as he leads the NFL with eight takeaways this season for a defense that also paces the NFL with 25 total takeaways. Pestering opposing quarterbacks are LBs Dee Ford and Justin Houston. Ford's 10 sacks this season are tied for third most in the NFL, while Houston recorded three in his Week 12 return.
An exclusive look at the rivalry between the Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs through the years.
• 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 released at the end of preseason.
• Chiefs CB 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 for 11 seasons from 2000-2011 with Chiefs General Manager John Dorsey. McKenzie served as pro personnel assistant (1994-96), director of pro personnel (1997-2007) and director of football operations (2008- 11), while Dorsey served as director of college scouting (2000-11) during those years. The two were also in Green Bay 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.
• 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.
• Raiders DT Dan Williams and Chiefs S Eric Berry were teammates for three years (2007-09) at Tennessee. Additionally, Raiders TE Mychal Rivera and Chiefs G Zach Fulton played at Tennessee together from 2010-12.
• Chiefs LB Dee Ford and Raiders LB Daren Bates played together at Auburn from 2009-2012.
• Chiefs CB Marcus Peters is a native of Oakland, Calif., and he attended McClymonds High School.
• Raiders CB DJ Hayden (I.R.) and Chiefs RB Knile Davis both played their high school football in the Fort Bend Independent School District in Missouri City, Texas. Hayden attended Elkins High School (class of '08) and Davis went to Thurgood Marshall High School (class of '09).
• 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)