Welcome to game day! The 9-3 Kansas City Chiefs will be hosting the 10-2 Oakland Raiders in one of the best Thursday Night Football games in recent memory. A Chiefs win will tie them with Oakland and give them first place in the AFC West with the divisional tiebreaker. A Raiders win would extend their AFC West lead and solidify them as the likely winner of the AFC West. There’s a lot on the line here.
This is the best Raiders-Chiefs game in a long, long time. It’s one of the best Thursday night games ever (going by records this late in the season). The Raiders come in winners of six straight and an MVP candidate in Derek Carr. A big game from him on national TV combined with a Raiders win would help his MVP candidacy.
The Chiefs come in sporting an opportunistic defense and an offense that has done just enough late in games this year to win. It will be freezing at Arrowhead with temperatures in the teens. Does this favor anyone? The Chiefs are hoping they can control the game with their defense and rushing attack, which went for a season-high 183 yards against the Raiders last time around, a game the Chiefs won in Oakland, 26-10.
The Chiefs are 3-point favorites. Let’s get to it...
Nuts and bolts
Location: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
Game time: Thursday, December 8, 7:25 p.m. (Arrowhead Time)
TV channel: NBC (Do I get the game? Yes you do)
Spanish radio: KCZZ 1480 AM (Tico Sports)
Matchup history: Chiefs lead 59-51-2
Prediction: Chiefs win 27-24
Announcers: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Heather Cox (sideline)
Enemy blog: Silver and Black Pride
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Chiefs 2016 schedule
Week 1: Chargers 27 Chiefs 33
Week 2: Chiefs 12 Texans 19
Week 3 Jets 3 Chiefs 24
Week 4 Chiefs 14 Steelers 43
Week 5: Bye
Week 6 Chiefs 26 Raiders 10
Week 7 Saints 21 Chiefs 27
Week 8 Chiefs 30 Colts 14
Week 9 Jaguars 14 Chiefs 19
Week 10 Chiefs 20 Panthers 17
Week 11 Chiefs 17 Bucs 20
Week 12 Chiefs 30 Broncos 27
Week 13 Chiefs 29 Falcons 28
Week 14, 12/8, 725pm: Raiders (nbc - Thurs night)
Week 15, 12/18, 12pm: Titans (cbs)
Week 16, 12/25, 730pm: Broncos (nbc - Xmas night)
Week 17, 1/1, 325pm: at Chargers (cbs)