The Kansas City Chiefs host the Oakland Raiders in a Week 13 game at Arrowhead Stadium. Because of its importance in the division race, the game has been flexed from its original start time of noon to 3:25 p.m. Arrowhead Time. The game will be carried by CBS — locally on KCTV/5.
The Chiefs are leading the AFC West with a 7-4 record. Now coming off their bye week, the team’s last game was a 24-17 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City a week ago Monday. After starting the season 4-0, the Chiefs have only won three of the last seven games. But with a victory against the Raiders, the Chiefs will be in a position they could clinch a playoff berth as early as Week 14.
Just one game behind the Chiefs in the AFC West with a 6-4 record, the Raiders are coming off a 34-3 road loss to the New York Jets last Sunday. Just 2-2 to start the season, the Raiders have won four of their last seven. For the Raiders, this matchup represents a factor of two: a win will force a tie for the division lead — and more than double their chance to make the postseason. But a loss will halve their already-thin chance to play in January.
The Chiefs are led by reigning NFL MVP quarterback Patrick Mahomes. After missing two games with a dislocated kneecap — and being nagged with an ankle injury that limited his effectiveness during the first half of the season — he is now healthy. Three weeks ago, he threw for 446 yards and three touchdowns in a loss to the Tennessee Titans. But he was less effective against the Chargers in Week 11, completing just 59% of his passes for only 182 yards, a touchdown and his second interception of the season.
Derek Carr leads the Raiders offense. Now in his sixth season as the team’s starter, he has compiled a solid record featuring a career passer rating of 90.1. His passer rating for this season is 101.1 — a career-best — but against the Chiefs in Week 2, he was sacked three times, threw a pair of interceptions and only one touchdown pass in a 38-23 loss. In 11 career games against Kansas City, Carr has been sacked 30 times, completed just 59% of his passes and thrown 11 interceptions to just 14 touchdowns. His career passer rating against the Chiefs is only 74.8.
The two head coaches know each other well. As head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, Chiefs head coach Andy Reid faced Raiders head coach Jon Gruden during Gruden’s first stint with the Raiders — and also during his time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The two men saw each other often during Gruden’s intervening broadcast career. Early in their coaching careers, Gruden had the edge against Reid — winning three of their four games against each other — but with the Chiefs, Reid has won all three matchups against Gruden.
Both teams were original AFL franchises and have been in the same division since their founding. To say the least, their rivalry has been... colorful. At different times in their history, each team has enjoyed periods of domination over the other. But in recent years, it has been the Chiefs’ turn to be the alpha dog. Since Reid’s arrival in Kansas City, the Chiefs are 11-2 against the Raiders — and have won the last four games by a combined score of 139-61.
Nuts and bolts
Location: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
Playing surface: Natural grass
Game time: 3:25 p.m. Arrowhead Time, Sunday, December 1, 2019
Parking lots open: 10:30 a.m. Arrowhead Time
Stadium gates open: 1:30 p.m. Arrowhead Time
Road construction note: The Missouri department of Transportation has commenced a multi-year construction project on sections of I-435 and I-70. Be advised that there will be detours on game day at the I-435 and I-70 Interchange for travelers on southbound I-435 toward Arrowhead Stadium. Complete information regarding detours and construction plans can be found at modot.org/node/16145 and modot.org/i-435-and-i-70-interchange.
Matchup history: 64-52-2 Chiefs (regular season)
Odds: Chiefs -8.5
Officials: Referee John Hussey (35), umpire Alan Eck (76), down judge Kevin Codey (16), line judge Carl Johnson (101), field judge Allen Baynes (56), side judge Jabir Walker (26), back judge Brad Freeman (88), replay official Terri Valenti and replay assistant Jamie Nicholson.
Arrowhead Pride Tailgate: with Pete Sweeney and Kent Swanson, 1:25 p.m. (Arrowhead Time) on 610Sports and 610Sports.Radio.com.
Arrowhead Pride Post-game Show: with Pete Sweeney and Jay Binkley, immediately following the game on 610Sports and 610Sports.Radio.com. Also available after its conclusion on the Arrowhead Pride Podcast Channel.
Online Stream: Fubo.TV
Chiefs Spanish radio broadcast: with Enrique Morales, Oscar Monterroso and Hannah Bassham on La Mega 100.5 FM and 1160 AM (Tico Sports)
Raiders radio broadcast: with Brent Musburger, Lincoln Kennedy and Chris Townsend on KCBS (760 AM-San Francisco) and Raiders Radio Network affiliates
Enemy SB Nation site: Silver and Black Pride
Twitter: Arrowhead Pride
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Regular Season Schedule
|@Jaguars||TIAA Bank Field||Won |
|Ravens||Arrowhead Stadium||Won |
|@Lions||Ford Field||Won |
|Colts||Arrowhead Stadium||Lost |
|Texans||Arrowhead Stadium||Lost |
|@Broncos||Broncos Stadium |
at Mile High
|Packers||Arrowhead Stadium||Lost |
|Vikings||Arrowhead Stadium||Won |
|@Titans||Nissan Stadium||Lost |
|@Chargers||Estadio Azteca |
|Raiders||Arrowhead Stadium||3:25 PM |
|@Patriots||Gillette Stadium||3:25 PM |
|Broncos||Arrowhead Stadium||12:00 PM |
|@Bears||Soldier Field||7:20 PM |
|Chargers||Arrowhead Stadium||12:00 PM |