Date: Sunday, October 14
Start Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Location: Kansas City, Missouri
Stadium: Arrowhead Stadium
Betting Favorite: Kansas City Chiefs (-10)
TV Info: CBS
Live Stream: Direct TV’s NFL Sunday Ticket and NFL Game Rewind following the game, but you can always grab a seat in the “First Row” if you want to break the law (we won’t tell)
Injury Statuses: Check back on JBB for the last minute inactives report, but we can confirm that Darren McFadden and Rashad Jennings will be active today.
Raiders put Arrowhead win streak on the line
Oakland has won six straight games in Kansas City, owning Arrowhead Stadium for the better part of a decade now. That record will be put to the test as the Chiefs have their best team in that span with Alex Smith and Andy Reid at the helm for undefeated Kansas City, but still 6-0 is a trend and a streak and the Raiders will be looking to extend that number this afternoon.
Crowd noise at Arrowhead aims to be loudest of all time
Arrowhead Stadium is looking to break Seattle’s crowd noise record this afternoon in a publicity stunt that will give the Kansas City Chiefs quite the advantage over the Raiders offensive line, which is still a M*A*S*H unit and is bound to give up more than a few false start penalties. How Pryor handles the noise at Arrowhead in his third road game of the season will be a huge factor in the result of this game, if the Raiders can find a way to stifle the noise coming from the Chiefs fans it will go a long way towards an upset.
Red hot Chiefs
Regardless of today’s result the Kansas City Chiefs are shaping up to be the playoff team that almost everyone expected them to be when they acquired Alex Smith and brought in Andy Reid over the offseason. Combined with playmakers on offense in Dwayne Bowe and Jamaal Charles and a strong defense, the Chiefs have finished each of their opponents off to stay undefeated into the second month of the season. Blessed with one of the best starts in franchise history, the Chiefs are favorites in this game and are somehow still in an AFC West race with the Denver Broncos. With Denver playing Jacksonville, Reid will be hoping that his Arrowhead’s can keep pace Sunday.
Turnover battle crucial
In their win over the San Diego Chargers the Raiders dominated the turnover battle, turning an Usama Young interception into a Terrelle Pryor passing touchdown before a Charles Woodson fumble return TD gave the Raiders a 24-3 lead. In the end the defense saved the day again, with D.J. Hayden catching an interception in the endzone to seal the Chargers defeat and Cwood adding one for good measure as the Oakland secondary broke open the game. If the Raiders are to win their secondary is going to have to force Alex Smith into the same mistakes that Phillip Rivers made.
Last but not least is the effect that Terrelle Pryor will have on this game. Against San Diego he was close to perfect, eliminating his turnovers and putting up enough first half points to allow the defense to hold onto the lead after a much slower second half performance. On the road he will need to be even better and his ability to buy time in the pocket is a must against a very good Chiefs pass rush that is going up against a very weak Oakland offensive line. Pryor will have to rollout and make connections with receivers Denarius Moore, Rod Streater and Brice Butler in the way he did against San Diego over four quarters for Oakland to stay in this one. His last AFC West performance on the road against the Broncos ended with a concussion setback, in his second divisional road test of the season expect him to be more poised and confident than in the MNF game against the Broncos.