My how times have changed. The last time the Kansas City Chiefs faced the Oakland Raiders they entered the game at 7-3 and we were legitimately talking about whether a first round bye was feasible. Now after the Chiefs lost to the Raiders on November 20, they are losers of three straight, a 7-6 record and currently on the outside looking in at the AFC playoff picture. The Raiders, meanwhile, have won two of their last three. Their loss was a 52-0 scrubbing at the hands of the St. Louis Rams. Yes, the Raiders are a weird team.
The difference this time around is that the game is at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs are heavy 10-point favorites in the game so they're obviously expected to roll. I do think the Chiefs will win because that last Raider game was so ... weird. That was only the second loss to a bad team under Andy Reid (the other being Tennessee in Week 1). The Chiefs are going to regret that game if they miss the playoffs because Kansas City is so obviously the better team.
The Chiefs need to win out to make the playoffs. That starts on Sunday against the Raiders.
Game time: 12 p.m. (Arrowhead Time), Sunday, December 14
Location: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
TV channel: CBS (Do I get the game?)
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Announcers: Spero Dedes, Solomon Wilcots
Injury report: DE Allen Bailey is out, CB Phillip Gaines is doubtful and the rest of the Chiefs, including Jamaal Charles who has been banged up, will play in the game. Full injury report here.
Odds: Chiefs are 10-point favorites.
Prediction: 28-13, Chiefs (full AP staff picks here)
Matchup history: Chiefs lead all-time series 57-52-2; Chiefs lead 29-24-1 at home.
Enemy blog: Silver and Black Pride
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Week 1: Tennessee Titans (L 26-10)
Week 2: at Denver Broncos (L 24-17)
Week 3: at Miami Dolphins (W 34-15)
Week 4: New England Patriots (W 41-14)
Week 5: at San Francisco 49ers (L 22-17)
Week 6: Bye
Week 7: at San Diego Chargers (W 23-20)
Week 8: St. Louis Rams (W 34-7)
Week 9: New York Jets (W 24-10)
Week 10: at Buffalo Bills (W 17-13)
Week 11: Seattle Seahawks (W 24-20)
Week 12: at Oakland Raiders (L 24-20)
Week 13: Denver Broncos (L 29-16)
Week 14: at Arizona Cardinals (L 17-14)
Week 15: Oakland Raiders (Dec. 14, 12 p.m, CBS)
Week 16: at Pittsburgh Steelers (Dec. 21, 12 p.m., CBS)
Week 17: San Diego Chargers (Dec. 28, 12 p.m., CBS)