▪ Opponent: at Kansas City
▪ Time: 10 a.m.
▪ Line: Chiefs by 3
▪ Records: Raiders 2-11, Chiefs 7-6
▪ TV/radio: Ch. 13 (Spero Dedes, Solomon Wilcots), 1140
FIVE THINGS TO WATCH
PROTECTING THEIR QB
The Raiders rank fifth in the league in allowing just 20 sacks this season, which is a huge help considering Derek Carr is navigating through his rookie NFL season. In last week's win over the 49ers, the Raiders allowed just one late sack and five hurries.
GETTING TO FOES’ QB
The Raiders sacked 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick five times. When the Raiders beat the Chiefs in November, Oakland sacked quarterback Alex Smith just twice. However, in the past two games, the Chiefs’ offensive line has allowed 11 sacks.
Arrowhead Stadium is one of the loudest stadiums in the NFL. In fact, Kansas City fans set a Guinness World Record last season for loudest outdoor stadium when the Chiefs beat the Raiders 24-7. Carr needs to block out the crowd – especially on third down. In the past three visits to K.C., the Raiders converted just nine of 38 third-down attempts.
The Raiders can’t come in overconfident – odd to say considering the team has only two wins. But those two victories have come in a three-week period and the Raiders are playing a team that has lost three straight games – the first of those in Oakland. But the Raiders must remember it was just a year ago this weekend when Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles scored five touchdowns on 195 yards in receptions in a 56-31 blowout win over the Raiders. Charles will play with a swollen knee Sunday after being limited in practice this past week.
Before Latavius Murray raced 90 yards for a touchdown in the Week 11 win over the Chiefs, most Raiders fans had to look at their game-day program to figure out who the lightning bolt wearing No. 28 was. Murray had 10 previous carries for 11 yards. Against the Chiefs, he rushed for 112 yards on four carries and scored twice.
▪ Out: S Larry Asante (shoulder, quadriceps), TE Brian Leonhardt (concussion), WR Denarius Moore (knee, ankle), LB Sio Moore (hip), T Menelik Watson (foot, ankle).
▪ Questionable: CB Tarell Brown (foot, ankle), DT Pat Sims (shoulder).
▪ Probable: CB Chimdi Chekwa (shoulder), WR Andre Holmes (shoulder), CB Neiko Thorpe (hand).
▪ Out: DE Allen Bailey (concussion).
▪ Doubtful: CB Phillip Gaines (concussion).
▪ Questionable: LB Tamba Hali (knee).
▪ Probable: S Husain Abdullah (foot), WR Donnie Avery (groin), RB Jamaal Charles (knee, ankle), TE Anthony Fasano (knee), WR Junior Hemingway (concussion), LB James-Michael Johnson (back, knee), LB Joe Mays (knee), CB Chris Owens (knee), CB Sean Smith (groin).
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