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Game Day!!!!! Chiefs at Raiders. Come at me, Bro! Late start today, so plenty of time to tailgate at home before kickoff. I am about to head to the train station and into NYC to watch the game (probably Village Pourhouse). Get your morning reading in. Here is today's Kansas City Chiefs news. Go Chiefs !!

Four years of patience, and sometimes frustration, as a special teams player had finally paid off for Battle. He'd made the most of his opportunities 119-yards coming off 19 carries. He'd previously gained only 155 rushing yards in the past 37 games combined. Only on one occasion did he receive more than five rushing attempts in a game over that timeframe.

Out of obscurity, Battle has recently gained all the attention that comes with a breakout offensive performance.

Battle Aims For Encore Performance from The Mothership

Now 16 years after that draft, Jenkins represents what no first-round draft pick wants to become. The anatomy of a draft bust is often complicated, but many high picks fall short of what they could be. The Chiefs' top choice this year, wide receiver Jon Baldwin, has yet to play, more than nine weeks after breaking his hand in a fight with teammate Thomas Jones. It's too early to label Baldwin a bust, but Jenkins' path reveals that a No. 1 pick encounters many threats - some of his own doing, some circumstantial - while chasing his potential.

Trezelle Jenkins Is A Reminder Of How First-Round Picks Can Go Wrong from KC Star

KC Star Photo Gallery: The Chiefs-Raiders Rivalry Through The Years

KCTV5 Video: Former Chiefs Legend Uses Love Of Football To Help Others Video: Boller Likely To Start Over Palmer Video: Films Encore: Shootout In Kansas City

Today: Sunny, with a high near 78. Calm wind becoming west around 6 mph.

Game Day Forecast from The National Weather Service   

Amid uncertainty at quarterback and without their most consistent offensive weapon, the Raiders put the NFL's longest divisional win streak on the line Sunday at Coliseum.

Final preparations for facing the Kansas City Chiefs included no media access or announcements about whether Carson Palmer or Kyle Boller would start at quarterback.

The Raiders did confirm they had signed place-kicker Dave Rayner to the 53-man roster, meaning Sebastian Janikowski, their leading scorer, will be inactive to rest his ailing left hamstring.

There's also the matter of whether middle linebacker Rolando McClain will be able to play with an ankle injury.

It is hardly an ideal scenario for a team hoping to go into its bye week with a 5-2 record, not that coach Hue Jackson wants any sympathy.

Mum Is The Word On Oakland Raiders' Starting QB Against Chiefs from San Jose Mercury News

Bottom line

The matchups aren't favorable for the Chiefs in this one. They usually don't line up well against bigger, stronger opponents. But Oakland's change at quarterback could play in their favor. Whether they face Palmer or Boller or both, they should be able to do some things to take advantage. But enough of them to win? Probably not. Prediction: Raiders 23, Chiefs 17

Chiefs-Raiders Scouting Report from KC Star

The Raiders signed veteran kicker Dave Rayner on Saturday afternoon, which likely means he will kick instead of Sebastian Janikowski against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Rayner, 28, has played for six teams in his six NFL seasons. During that time, he converted 55 of his 75 field-goal attempts, including 13 of 16 last season for the Detroit Lions.

Oakland Raiders: Veteran Kicker Rayner Signs With Raiders; Janikowski Likely Out For Sunday's Game from The San Jose Mercury News

Oakland Raiders quarterback Jason Campbell was recovering from surgery to his collarbone early last week as the wheels began to turn on the Carson Palmer trade, a deal that installed Campbell's possible replacement only six games into the second season of what he had considered a "fresh start" to his career.

Campbell, speaking to Bay Area radio station 95.7 FM The Game on Friday, said he was kept out of the loop as the trade was conceived and proposed and didn't discuss it with Raiders coach Hue Jackson before it was completed Tuesday.

Jason Campbell: Trade Came Amid Haze from ESPN

Of the players we know that are playing tomorrow, I'll be looking closest at Raiders safeties Michael Huff and Tyvon Branch, because they're the ones who can take advantage of KC's prime weakness-throwing the ball.

The Chiefs are an awful passing team, let's just say it. Dreadful.

Raiders-Kansas City Set-Up: Circling Safeties Michael Huff and Tyvon Branch from The San Jose Mercury News

Kansas City at Oakland (-3½): I'm still on the Raiders. Even though quarterback Carson Palmer doesn't start, maybe he gets in there. But I was impressed with Kyle Boller when he stepped in last week. What I like about Boller is he's not awkward running the ball, unlike Jason Campbell. Boller plays within himself, and he can manage a game. The Chiefs just don't have enough offense.

Chargers Ready To Take Flight from The Las Vegas Review-Journal

 It looks like Kyle Boller will get the call against Kansas City on Sunday; he took all the first-team reps in the final day of practice. Apparently learning the Al Saunders playbook in one week was a little too daunting for Carson Palmer, as it would be for any mortal man. Boller is unstartable in any standard fantasy format, and I'm also going to tweak all the of the Oakland receivers down slightly for Week 7.

Injury Wrap: A Setback for Seabass; Carson Palmer Not Ready Yet from Yahoo! Sports

Thirty-eight-year-old Casey Wiegmann is still playing at an elite level for the Chiefs, which is the reason that rookie second-round pick Rodney Hudson has remained on the bench. According to a team observer, Hudson has been solid in practice and in his limited playing time rotating in for Wiegmann, and he's still seen as the center of the future for Kansas City.

Bengals' Improved Pass Rush May Improve More from ProFootballWeekly

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