Chiefs vs. Raiders: Game Preview from The Mothership
Under first-year head coach Jack Del Rio, Oakland is looking to snap Kansas City's streak, and by doing so, clinch its first season at .500 or better since 2011.
"We're looking at it as an opportunity to play a division rival at their place," Del Rio said. "It's an opportunity for us to go after them and find a way to get a win, and really, we understand they've earned their way into the playoffs. We're going to have to wait until next year and we'd really like to give them a memory to take with them into the playoffs."
With the Raiders missing the postseason, Sunday will mark the final game of Future Hall of Fame defensive back Charles Woodson's career. Woodson actually began his career at Arrowhead Stadium in 1998.
Coming to the Game Sunday? Here's Some Information that You Need to Know from The Mothership
Fans can take advantage of the following options to stay warm on gameday:
Visit the Chiefs Pro Shops located throughout the stadium. They will be stocked with cold weather gear like hats, blankets, coats and sweatshirts.
Fans who need to escape the cold can visit the Draft Room located between Gate F and the Tower Club Gate. To access the Draft Room from inside the stadium, enter the doors located on street level of Spiral F. Fans can also warm up under the radiant heaters located at the bottom of the Hy-Vee Spiral.
Grab a cup of hot chocolate available for sale at all Chiefs Bar, Tailgater and Blaze locations on the Field and Upper Levels. Fans who pledge to be a designated driver at one of the Fans First booths will receive a coupon for a complimentary cup of hot chocolate.
Enjoy a warm bowl of Mac and Cheese at the Mac Shack or a bowl of soup at the Hot Spot located throughout the stadium.
Chiefs vs. Raiders: How to Watch and Listen from The Mothership
Play-by-Play: Kevin Burkhardt
Color Analyst: John Lynch
Sideline: Pam Oliver
Game Day Forecast from The National Weather Service
Today Sunny, with a high near 33. North wind 5 to 10 mph
Tonight Partly cloudy, with a low around 19. North northwest wind around 8 mph.
Chiefs-Raiders scouting report from The Kansas City Star
Bottom line: Chiefs 20-17
The Chiefs beat the Raiders by 14 a month ago, and this game will be at home. They also have plenty to play for, with the AFC West title still up for grabs. But you never know what to expect in the NFL, so a close, competitive game wouldn't be a surprise. Still, this Chiefs team probably deserves the benefit of the doubt due to the focus it has shown over the last 2 1/2 months. A win will give the Chiefs a franchise-record 10th win in a row.
OAKLAND AT KANSAS CITY
Oakland: The Chiefs have become a juggernaut. They've won nine games in a row and could win the AFC West in Week 17. The Raiders, of course, want to finish 8-8 and they have been good on the road, with a 4-3 record. But the Chiefs are the better team as they showed in a 14-point win in Oakland on Dec. 6. I expect the Chiefs to sweep the Raiders in another fairly competitive game. Chiefs 27, Raiders 17. -- Bill Williamson
Kansas City: The Chiefs are fourth in the NFL in creating turnovers (28) while the Raiders have turned it over 23 times, tied for 19th. The Chiefs have the knack for the big takeaway at the crucial moment and they took the ball from Oakland three times in the fourth quarter in a Dec. 6 win. Don't be surprised if it happens again. Chiefs 23, Raiders 19. -- Adam Teicher
How the Chiefs became ‘the team that people don't want to play' from The Kansas City Star
Because a conspiracy of favorable external context (top teams appearing vulnerable) and internal fortitude (one of the greatest in-season turnarounds in NFL history) has reshaped the way the AFC will be decided.
Going into week 7, the Chiefs were a 300:1 longshot to win the Super Bowl, according to Bovada. Only the Ravens, Bears, Browns and Jaguars had worse odds. Now, the Chiefs are a 14:1 bet. Only the Patriots and Broncos have better odds among AFC teams. Football Outsiders' leading metric has the Chiefs as second in overall team efficiency, and first among AFC teams.
This is more than a market correction. The closer you look at both the Chiefs and the teams they'll compete against, the better you feel about their chances to win a playoff game for the first time in 22 years, and possibly more.
While Reid wants his team to concentrate on Oakland, the AFC scenarios arguably give Sunday's game a postseason feel at Arrowhead Stadium.
Good thing the Chiefs are fully acclimated to that approach after reeling off a historic nine straight wins after a losing streak of at least five games.
"These last nine games have been playoff atmosphere because we've been behind the 8-ball," linebacker Derrick Johnson said. "When you get in the playoffs, it's the same type of deal. This game means a lot to us."
Chiefs' Dontari Poe is back to himself after offseason back surgery from The Kansas City Star
Earlier this week, Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton sidled up to nose tackle Dontari Poe in a meeting room at the team's practice facility. Sutton has been particularly pleased with Poe's play of late, and he wanted to tell him so.
"He said ‘You're getting back to (being) the old Poe,' " said Poe, who agreed.
The moment actually meant a lot to Poe, a two-time Pro Bowler who missed all of training camp because of a herniated disk in his back and admits it has taken him a while to return to his normal dominant self.
"You love when the D.C. says that, because that's the point you're trying to get to," Poe said. "When somebody else notices, it means something."
Chiefs Husain Abdullah loses his father from KCTV5
A funeral for Abdullah's father will be held at the Islamic Center of Greater Kansas City Sunday afternoon.
The team hasn't announced if Abdullah will definitely miss the Raiders' game.
Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs Preview from The New York Times
In Kansas City's four December games, the offense was outgained by an average of just under 70 yards a game — including by 361-232 in a 34-20 win on Dec. 6 against Oakland. It probably hasn't hurt that the Chiefs have turned the ball over a league-low 13 times.
Raiders vs. Kansas City Chiefs at a glance from The Sacramento Bee
Record chasing: Carr needs three touchdown passes to match Daryle Lamonica's season franchise record of 34 set in 1969, while pass rusher Khalil Mack needs one sack to tie Derrick Burgess' team record of 16 set in 2005. "Guys that come in this league that have talent (and) work hard like he does, it gives him a chance to do special things," Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said of Mack.
Speaking of records: A win today would be the Chiefs' 10th consecutive, a franchise first. Kansas City has won nine in a row three times. "I think momentum's a real thing, and that stuff builds," Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith said. "These stages get bigger and bigger. That's why you've been doing all of that, for these moments. And it's embracing that."
Playoff scenarios for NFL's 14 teams with Super Bowl shot from The Toronto Sun
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS, 10-5 (vs. 7-8 Oakland)
— Already clinched playoff berth.
— Win: AFC West champ if Denver loses, and play next weekend as wild-card host and AFC's No. 3 seed. If Denver wins or ties, Chiefs earn wild-card berth and play next weekend on the road as AFC's No. 5 seed.
— Tie or lose: as wild-card team would play next weekend on the road -- as No. 5 seed (at No. 4) if New York Jets lose, or as No. 6 seed (at No. 3) if Jets win.
Chiefs' Reid grades low on dance moves from The Associatted Press via The Muskogee Phoenix
It was a moment of levity after a pressure-packed game, but also demonstrative of the culture change that occurred in Kansas City when Reid and general manager John Dorsey were hired.
The environment had grown toxic under former coach Todd Haley and general manager Scott Pioli, with players afraid to be themselves. The result was a pervasive feeling of dread that hung over the practice facility like a dark cloud, a big reason why the Chiefs struggled for wins.
Reid recognized the feeling almost immediately. And he quickly set about changing it.
Charles Woodson's career will end where it started from ProFootballTalk
And it didn't go well.
On the opening drive of the 28-8 victory by the home team, Chiefs quarterback Elvis Grbac went right at Woodson, completing a 14-yard pass to Andre Rison on the second offensive snap of the game. Two plays later, Grbac found Rison for another nine yards. Three plays later, Grbac targeted Woodson again, who didn't give up the reception but who was flagged for interfering with Rison, giving up 17 yards.
The Chiefs scored three plays later, and then the Raiders fumbled the kickoff. On the very next play Grbac threw at Woodson again, beating him for a 30-yard touchdown to Rison.
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The first meeting between two of the league's top rookies revealed what could be a great rivalry for years to come.
Cooper recorded four catches for 69 yards on the day, but Peters grabbed a key interception in the fourth quarter in the Chiefs' win. Kansas City is looking to close out the season on a 10-game win streak, and Oakland's passing game will be its biggest obstacle on Sunday.
It is a big weekend for the Chiefs as the team prepares for a possible last home game on Sunday.
In a city turned royal blue last year, another team is now once again putting Kansas City back into the national spotlight.
NFL predictions: Which coaches will be fired? from News OK
Raiders at Chiefs: Kansas City 27-17. Andy Reid has the keys to the KC franchise, especially after a nine-game winning streak. But Oakland should be equally thrilled with Jack Del Rio, who seems to have given the Raiders hope.
With AFC's top seed at stake, Patriots motivated to punish Dolphins from The Las Vegas Review-Journal
Oakland at Kansas City (-7): Winning streak or not, Kansas City has lost a bit of its edge in recent weeks. The Chiefs at least have a playoff bid secure, and any extra emotion to perhaps win the AFC West if Denver loses might be a bit artificial. The Raiders appear to be live 'dogs in this spot, as Derek Carr is still whipping the ball around the yard, and Oakland still is playing hard. The Raiders were in position to beat the Chiefs in early December before Carr threw three interceptions. Despite failing to cover their past two at Arrowhead, the Raiders are 11-4-1 ATS in their past 16 at Kansas City, and this is a road-oriented series with the visiting team 23-9-1 ATS in the past 33.