The Oakland Raiders will finish up their season on the road this weekend as they take on the Kansas City Chiefs on Jan. 3, 2016 at 1:25 p.m. PT at Arrowhead Stadium. Sunday's game will be the fourth divisional match-up in the last five weeks for the Raiders, and the second contest against Kansas City since Dec. 6. The Raiders are 3-2 against the AFC West and 2-0 on the road against divisional opponents so far in 2015. They are looking to go perfect on the road against their AFC West rivals for the first time since 2011. After falling to the Chiefs in Week 13, the Raiders have won two of their last three, with victories coming against the Denver Broncos and San Diego Chargers. Kansas City, riding a nine game winning streak, has not lost since Oct. 18. Last week, the Raiders beat the Chargers at home on Thursday Night Football, 23-20, while the Chiefs beat the Cleveland Browns at Arrowhead, 17-13.
In a tight match-up between the two rivals in primetime, the Raiders were led one last time at home by S Charles Woodson, as he helped lead a defensive effort that limited the Chargers to 343 yards of total offense. LB Malcolm Smith paced the team with 14 tackles and came up with a huge play in the fourth quarter, forcing a fumble that was recovered by DE Benson Mayowa and returned deep into San Diego territory to set up a touchdown. DL Denico Autry produced the team's only sack, bringing down QB Philip Rivers for a safety. RB Latavius Murray eclipsed 1,000 rushing yards for the season in the game, as he led the team with 79 yards on 19 carries and one touchdown, a 22-yard score. WR Michael Crabtree hauled in his team-leading eighth touchdown of the season in the fourth quarter, giving the Raiders the lead. QB Derek Carr threw for 204 yards and one touchdown, also leading Oakland on a 15-play, 67-yard game-winning drive in overtime that culminated with a 31-yard field goal by K Sebastian Janikowski. The Raiders' defense held on the ensuing possession, sealing the win.
3,000, 1,000, 1,000
In last week's victory over the San Diego Chargers, RB Latavius Murray eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark for the season, making him the first Raider to do so since Darren McFadden in 2010. Murray's 1,000 yards also marked the first time the team has had a 3,000-yard passer (QB Derek Carr), 1,000-yard receiver (WR Amari Cooper) and 1,000-yard rusher (Murray) in the same year since 2005, and only the fourth time in franchise history. With 112 receiving yards this Sunday, WR Michael Crabtree will reach 1,000 receiving yards, making the 2015 Raiders the first team in franchise history with two 1,000-yard receivers, a 3,000-yard passer and a 1,000-yard rusher.
An exclusive look at the rivalry between the Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs through the years.
Date: Sunday, January 3, 2016
Kickoff: 1:25 p.m. PT
Site: Arrowhead Stadium (1972)
Capacity/Surface: 79,541/Natural grass
Regular Season: Chiefs lead, 57-51-2
Postseason: Chiefs lead, 2-1
Play-by-play: Kevin Burkhardt
Color Analysts: John Lynch
Sideline: Pam Oliver
Producer: Pete Macheska
Director: Artie Kempner
Raiders Radio Network (23 stations)
Flagship: 95.7 The Game
Play-by-play: Greg Papa
Color Analyst: Tom Flores
Sideline: Lincoln Kennedy
Flagship: KSOL 98.9 FM (Radio Estereo Sol, 98.9 y 99.1)
Play-by-play: Fernando Arias
Color Analyst: Ambrosio Rico
• 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 Neiko Thorpe played in nine games for the Chiefs in 2012.
• Raiders LS Thomas Gafford played seven seasons for the Chiefs from 2008-14, appearing in 105 games.
• Chiefs S Tyvon Branch played seven seasons for the Raiders after being selected in the fourth round (100th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft by Oakland. Branch record 355 tackles (106 solo), eight sacks, four interceptions, 19 passes defensed and 15 special teams tackles with the Raiders.
• 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 coordinator Doug Pederson played quarterback for the Packers from 1995-1998 and again from 2001-2004 and assistant secondary coach Al Harris was a cornerback on the team from 2003- 2009 when Raiders S Charles Woodson played there.
• Chiefs offensive line coach Andy Heck worked on Raiders Head Coach Jack Del Rio's staff with the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2004-2011.
• Raiders LB Ben Heeney and CB Dexter McDonald both played collegiately at the University of Kansas and grew up in the Kansas/Missouri area. Heeney hails from Hutchinson, Kan., and McDonald from Kansas City, Mo.
• Chiefs CB Marcus Peters is a native of Oakland, Calif., and he attended McClymonds High School.
• Raiders CB DJ Hayden 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).
Overview: After a 1-5 start, Head Coach Andy Reid has led the Kansas City Chiefs on a nine-game winning streak heading into Sunday's regular season finale. Last week, the Chiefs staved off the Cleveland Browns in a 17-13 win, which clinched the team's first postseason berth since 2013. With a 10-5 mark through 15 games, Kansas City will close out its season against the Raiders. So far this season, the Chiefs are 4-1 against the AFC West.
Offense: The Chiefs are captained by 11-year NFL veteran QB Alex Smith, who has started every game for Kansas City in 2015. This season, Smith has completed 293-of-446 passes (65.7 percent) for 3,330 yards with 18 touchdowns and five interceptions for a 96.7 rating. WR Jeremy Maclin has excelled in his first season in Kansas City and recently eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark for the season. Maclin leads the squad with 84 receptions and 1,034 yards with seven touchdowns. TE Travis Kelce is another dangerous weapon and has contributed five touchdown receptions on 71 catches for 865 yards. On the ground, the team's current rushing leader is RB Charcandrick West, who has recorded 600 yards on 147 attempts (4.1 avg.) with four rushing touchdowns. West has added 19 receptions for 216 yards with one touchdown.
Defense: The Chiefs defense has been stifling in 2015, holding opponents to only 18 points per game, the second fewest in the league. Opponents have a particularly difficult time running the ball on Kansas City's dominant front, as the team is allowing only 101.5 rushing yards per game. The Chiefs rank second in the NFL with 21 interceptions on the season, and rookie CB Marcus Peters has accounted for eight of them with 280 return yards and two touchdowns on the season. LB Justin Houston leads the team with 7.5 sacks, and LB Tamba Hali has contributed 6.5 sacks. LB Derrick Johnson leads the team with 106 tackles (87 solo).
INDIVIDUAL STATS VS. CHIEFS
QB Derek Carr
Career Totals: 76-of-139 passing (54.7 percent) for 679 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions for a passer rating of 68.6 in three career games (1-2).
• On Nov. 20, 2014, Carr earned his first career win when he orchestrated a game-winning drive and fourth-quarter comeback to defeat the Chiefs in the rain on Thursday Night Football. Carr finished that game with 174 yards on 18-of-35 passing and one touchdown, a 9-yard game-winner.
K Sebastian Janikowski**
Career Totals: 55-of-65 (84.6 percent) on field goals with four game-winners and 52-for-53 on extra points for 217 total points in 29 career games (13-16).
• On Dec. 16, 2012, accounted for all 15 of the Raiders' points in the 15-0 shutout win, connecting on 5-of-6 attempts, including 2-of-3 from 50-plus yards.
RB Latavius Murray
Career Totals: 36 attempts for 257 yards (7.1 avg.) with three touchdowns and six receptions for 28 yards (4.7 avg.) in three career games (1-2).
• On Nov. 20, 2014, became the first player in NFL history with at least 110 rushing yards on five-or-fewer carries in a game, rushing for 112 yards on four attempts with two touchdowns, including a 90-yard rush.
S Charles Woodson
Career Totals: 101 tackles (86 solo), one sack for 10 yards, six interceptions with 156 return yards and two touchdowns, four forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and 17 passes defensed.
• Made NFL debut against the Chiefs on Sept. 6, 1998, recording seven solo tackles and one forced fumble.
• In last meeting, recovered two fumbles including one he forced himself, totaling 39 return yards in the game.