Oakland Raiders

Raiders visit Kansas City with playoff implications on line

The particulars

  • Opponent: at Kansas City Chiefs
  • Time: 5:25 p.m.
  • Line: Chiefs by 3
  • Records: Raiders 10-2; Chiefs 9-3
  • TV/radio: Ch. 3 (Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya), NFL, 1140

Three things to watch

WHICH TEAM IS READY?

After both teams won Sunday, the Raiders and Chiefs had to turn around and begin eyeing their next test. The biggest challenge with a short week? Recovery is limited with three full days between games. “I know late in my career, if you played on a Thursday, you’re going to take some soreness into the game,” Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said.

RAIDERS NOT THE ONLY COMEBACK KIDS

Like the Raiders, Kansas City has defied the odds en route to a 9-3 record. Andy Reid’s resilient group leads the NFL in come-from-behind wins and has a league-best 19-3 record since Week 7 of last season. The cardiac kids did it again last Sunday in Atlanta when Eric Berry notched an early pick-six and took a two-point conversion attempt 99 yards the other way, which gave Kansas City a 29-28 win. Six of the Chiefs’ wins have come by six points or fewer.

PLAYOFF IMPLICATIONS

This may be the biggest game in “Thursday Night Football” history. Kansas City beat the Raiders convincingly in Week 6, and an Oakland win at Arrowhead would give it the tiebreaker advantage for the division. Oakland is the top team in the AFC, followed by the Patriots (10-2), and if the season ended today, both of these teams would have a first-round bye in the playoffs. However, a loss in Kansas City would put Oakland behind the Chiefs in the division because of the sweep, and the Raiders would need to rely on Kansas City losing to still have a shot at the first-round bye.

East Bay Times

Injury report

RAIDERS

  • Out: DT Stacy McGee (ankle), S Karl Joseph (toe), LB Shilique Calhoun (knee).
  • Questionable: G Kelechi Osemele (knee), DT Darius Latham (ankle), LB Cory James (shoulder).

CHIEFS

  • Questionable: DT Dontari Poe (back), DE Dendall Reyes (knee).

Schedule

DATE

OPPONENT

OUTCOME

RECORD

Sept. 11

at New Orleans

W, 35-34

1-0

Sept. 18

vs. Atlanta

L, 35-28

1-1

Sept. 25

at Tennessee

W, 17-10

2-1

Oct. 2

at Baltimore

W, 28-27

3-1

Oct. 9

vs. San Diego

W, 34-31

4-1

Oct. 16

vs. Kansas City

L, 26-10

4-2

Oct. 23

at Jacksonville

W, 33-16

5-2

Oct. 30

at Tampa Bay

W, 30-24, OT

6-2

Nov. 6

vs. Denver

W, 30-20

7-2

Nov. 13

BYE

Nov. 21

vs. Houston

(Mexico City)

W, 27-20

8-2

Nov. 27

vs. Carolina

W, 35-32

9-2

Dec. 4

vs. Buffalo

W, 38-24

10-2

DATE

OPPONENT

TIME

TV

Thursday

at Kansas City

5:25 p.m.

Ch. 3, NFL

Dec. 18

at San Diego

1:25 p.m.

Ch. 13

Dec. 24

vs. Indianapolis

1:05 p.m.

Ch. 13

Jan. 1

at Denver

1:25 p.m.

Ch. 13

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