The Oakland Raiders will host the Kansas City Chiefs this Sunday in an AFC West rivalry game. The Raiders are looking to reverse a home losing trend to the Chiefs. Kansas City has won eight of the last nine games on Oakland soil.
“They have played here in Oakland very well,” Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer said. “We have played there very well and they have played here very well. It kind of been the trend for it seems the past 10 years. Just knowing that, knowing they are getting off the plane and they have consistently played well here, we know we have to play our best game of football to beat these guys.”
The two teams played earlier this season with the Raiders coming out with a 26-16 win. Running back Darren McFadden set the pace for the offense with 29 carries for 114 yards. Palmer threw two touchdowns to wide receivers Denarius Moore and Darrius Heyward-Bey. Oakland was able to capitalize on big plays throughout the game. The Heyward-Bey touchdown was a 32 yard score. Moore caught a 58 yard pass and tight end Brandon Myers hauled in a 29 yard pass.
“They have really cut down on giving up big plays,” Palmer said. “It is a very solid and stout group, tough to run the ball against. We went back and forth with them last time and then at the end of the game we hit some big runs and finished in four-minute mode taking a knee and that’s what we want to do this time.”
Oakland will have a similar game plan this time around. The Kansas City defense is stingy against the pass allowing only 218.2 yards per game, good for 9th in the NFL. Palmer only completed 14 of 28 passes in the first meeting. Where the Chiefs are susceptible is against the run. They are ranked 27th in the NFL allowing 131.2 yards per game. However, the Raiders are 30th in the league in rushing at a measly 81.2 yards per game. McFadden, who re-injured his high ankle sprain last week, is on the practice field and poised to play.
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