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    The Kansas City Chiefs (10-3)



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    Weather forecast: Sunny, with a high near 61. Northeast wind 5 to 7 mph.

    Line: Chiefs -5, Over/Under: 41.5
    Trends:
    The Chiefs are 7-6 ATS.
    The Chiefs are 5-1 ATS away.
    The Chiefs are 6-4 ATS as the favorite.
    The Chiefs are 4-0 ATS as an away favorite.

    The Raiders are 8-5 ATS.
    The Raiders are 3-3 ATS at home.
    The Raiders are 7-4 ATS as the underdog.
    The Raiders are 2-2 ATS as a home underdog.

    Game Plans:
    Chiefs:
    The Chiefs are coming off their best overall performance of the 2013 season with a 35-point victory over Washington. They already own a 17-point decision against the Raiders back in October at Arrowhead Stadium in a game that was dominated by the Chiefs defense. They allowed Oakland just one touchdown and sacked quarterback Terrelle Pryor nine times, while giving up less than 300 offensive yards. That type of defense hasn't been shown consistently by the Chiefs in the last month and the Raiders provide a good opponent to keep pushing their defensive production forward.

    Raiders:
    The Chiefs under Andy Reid are similar as they were in the best years of Marty Schottenheimer in that they live and breathe with turnovers. The Raiders call plays designed to take occasional shots but most important have Matt McGloin avoid risky plays which could result in interceptions. They'll look to run the ball with Rashad Jennings and Marcel Reece to maintain good down and distance to avoid the kind of 10-sack disaster that doomed the Raiders in Kansas City. Defensively, the Raiders have looked like a tired team for the past two games, with little ability to generate either natural pressure or with the blitz. They'll continue to play as they have, mixing coverages and sending varying blitzes -- only they'll have to do it much better.

    Notable Quotables:
    Chiefs:

    "When you go through a three-game skid, that's not easy in the National Football League, even against good teams, explosive teams. You have to trust yourself and you have to trust the guys around you that you're going to fix the problems. I thought the guys did that." -- Chiefs head coach Andy Reid.

    Raiders:
    "We want a chance to measure ourselves against these guys." -- Raiders coach Dennis Allen on playing the playoff-bound Chiefs.

    Marquis Matchups:
    --Chiefs SS Eric Berry vs. Raiders QB Matt McGloin -- It has become a "Where's Waldo" story for opposing offenses that are trying to define the role of Berry in the Kansas City defense. When the Chiefs go to one of their defenses with five, six or even seven defensive backs, Berry becomes a linebacker, moving closer to the line of scrimmage, but sometimes standing between the tackles, other times coming off the edge. That's a lot for a rookie quarterback to identify in the few seconds where he can get a pre-snap read. Berry covers tight ends, he covers running backs, he rushes the passer and he plays against the run.

    --Chiefs PR Dexter McCluster vs. Raiders P Marquette King -- The rookie punter from Fort Valley State replaced long-time Raider Shane Lechler and King leads the NFL this week with a 48.8-yard average on 73 punts. Like Lechler, King sometimes outkicks his coverage and his net average is 39.5 yards and has him ranked at No. 19 in the league. He'll want to be careful with McCluster, who is averaging 11.7 yards a return and is the only punt returner in the NFL with two touchdowns. (or maybe not)

    --Raiders LT Jared Veldheer vs. Chiefs OLB Tamba Hali -- Hali terrorized Pryor in the first meeting between the two teams and returned to action after missing time because of injury to get a pair of sacks against Washington, giving him 11 for the season. This time, instead of Khalif Barnes, who has moved inside to left guard, Hali will most often be faced with Veldheer, who came back on Thanksgiving after missing 11 games due to triceps surgery. Veldheer has played well and shown no effects from the injury and if he is anywhere near top form, it affords the Raiders the opportunity to single-block Hali and worry about double-teams on other matchups.

    --Chiefs CB Brandon Flowers vs. Raiders WR Rod Streater -- Flowers has performed well against the Raiders as a cover corner, and he'll be running up against the team's hottest receiver. Streater has become the go-to receiver for McGloin, having caught 21 passes for 364 yards with an average per catch for 17.3 yards in four games. He also has two of his three touchdown receptions from McGloin. McGloin trusts Streater and has shown he is willing to throw "50-50" balls in one-on-one coverage, counting on his receiver to come down with the ball. It means Flowers will have the opportunity to make plays if he can jump and play with Streater.

    ESPN Game Preview:

    With their longest slide of the year behind them, the Kansas City Chiefs can now focus on clinching their first playoff berth in three seasons.

    The Chiefs can secure a postseason spot on the road Sunday while trying to hand the Oakland Raiders a fourth consecutive defeat.

    Kansas City (10-3) ended its three-game losing streak and regained some swagger with a 45-10 road rout against reeling Washington last Sunday.

    "We still have it," defensive end Tyson Jackson told the Chiefs' official website. "There's a long road ahead of us and we still have to get some wins, but it's good to have the mojo going into the rest of the season.

    "It's good for our confidence and we can build from the momentum to hopefully keep this going the rest of the season."

    A victory or tie at Oakland (4-9) would secure a playoff berth. The Chiefs could also punch their ticket if Miami suffers a loss or ties against New England on Sunday or Baltimore falls or ties at Detroit on Monday night.

    "It's a big deal," said receiver Dexter McCluster, who returned a punt 74 yards for a touchdown against the Redskins. "Having a chance to play in the postseason, you know, that's what we play for. Let the chips fall where they may right now."

    What Kansas City hopes to do is build on a solid all-around performance.

    The Chiefs allowed an average of 34.3 points and 371.0 passing yards while losing twice to Denver and at home against San Diego, but gave up 257 total yards to the Redskins and sacked Robert Griffin III five times.

    Jamaal Charles rushed 19 times for a season-high 151 yards with a TD and caught a scoring pass from Alex Smith, who has thrown half of his 18 touchdowns in the last four contests.

    In addition to McCluster's TD return, Quintin Demps took a kick back 95 yards for a score.

    "I think that there are ups and downs in the National Football League," coach Andy Reid said. "I think you need to learn how to handle them and you can't get too high for the highs and you can't get too low for the lows.

    "When you go through a three-game skid, that's not easy in the National Football League against good teams. You have to trust yourself; you have to trust the guys around you that you're going to fix the problem and that you're going to come to work with a purpose and I thought the guys did that."

    Charles has averaged 6.9 yards per carry while gaining 359 and running for four TDs in the last three contests.

    He recorded 128 total yards and ran for two scores as Kansas City snapped a three-game series skid with a 24-7 victory over Oakland on Oct. 13. The Chiefs had nine sacks on Terrelle Pryor and intercepted him three times, including one returned for a TD.

    Though Pryor saw relief time during last Sunday's 37-27 road loss to the New York Jets, Matt McGloin is expected to make his fifth straight start. Pryor, who has started eight games, could also see time.

    McGloin threw two TDs with an INT for a Raiders offense that came to life after trailing 20-3 at halftime last weekend.

    Though Oakland is in the midst of its 11th straight season without a winning record, the team feels confident it can at least avoid a second consecutive 4-12 finish.

    "I think we're a lot closer," embattled coach Dennis Allen said. "Obviously the record doesn't say so. We all recognize that at the end of the day this is a production business. We understand that you are what your record says you are. But I also know there's a lot of areas where this football team has improved."

    With Charles coming to town, the Raiders need to improve a rush defense that's allowed 287 yards on the ground to Dallas and New York in the last two weeks. They yielded an average of 99.1 in the first 11 contests.

    Oakland has also allowed Tennessee, the Cowboys and Jets to go 24 of 44 on third down during the three-game skid.

    "I do think the defense is worn down, but we have to go out and we have to tackle and we have to do the things we have to do to be able to get off the field," said Allen, whose team also is trying to avoid a third straight home defeat. "It'll be something that we'll continue to work on."

    It's uncertain if running backs Darren McFadden (ankle) and Rashad Jennings (concussion) will play after both missed last weekend's contest. Fullback Marcel Reese fared well in their place, rushing for a career-high 123 yards and a TD on 19 attempts against the Jets.

    McFadden ran 16 times for 52 yards at Kansas City in October after he gained 224 on 59 carries in the two 2012 meetings.

    Looking for its first season sweep of the Raiders since 2006, Kansas City has dropped two of three at Oakland since winning seven straight there.

    McCluster will sit out Sunday after a small cut on his ankle turned into an infection following last week's game against Washington. The Chiefs were concerned it was MRSA, but trainer Rick Burkholder said tests came back negative for the serious strain of staph infection. McCluster is being treated with antibiotics.
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    Chiefs Stats Leaders:

    Offense:
    Passing:
    Alex Smith

    275-460 for 2873 yds, 18 tds, 6 ints, QBR---85.5
    Receiving:
    Dwayne Bowe

    49 rec, 603 yds, 5 tds
    Rushing:
    Jamaal Charles

    238 carries for 1161 yds, 4.9 ypc, 10 tds
    Defense:
    Tackles:
    Derrick Johnson

    96 tackles (86 solo) 3.5 sacks
    Sacks:
    Justin Houston (inactive)

    11 sacks
    and Tamba Hali

    11 sacks, 1 int, 1 td
    Interceptions:
    Quentin Demps

    4 ints

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    Raiders Stats Leaders:

    Offense:
    Passing:
    Terrelle Pryor

    134-229 for 1579 yds, 5 tds, 10 ints, QBR---68.7
    Receiving:
    Rod Streater

    50 rec, 787 yds, 3 tds
    Rushing:
    Rashad Jennings

    126 carries for 588 yds, 4.7 ypc, 4 tds
    Defense:
    Tackles:
    Nick Roach

    98 tackles (73 solo), 5.5 sacks, 1 int
    Sacks:
    Nick Roach

    8.5.5 sacks, 1 Int, 1 td
    Interceptions:
    Tracy Porter

    2 ints, 1 td


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    Injury Reports

    Chiefs:
    Probable:
    Rodney Hudson (C)-Elbow
    Marcus Cooper (CB)-Back
    Anthony Sherman (RB)-Knee
    Nico Johnson (LB)-Ankle
    Sean McGrath (TE)-Knee
    Ron Parker (CB)-Shoulder

    Out:
    Anthony Fasano (TE)-Concussion
    Branden Albert (T)-Knee
    Justin Houston (LB)-Elbow
    Dexter McCluster (WR)-Ankle (Non Flesh-Eating Bacterial Infection)

    Raiders:
    Probable:
    Sio Moore (LB)-Neck
    Khalif Barnes (T)-Knee
    Nick Kasa (TE)-Concussion
    Jason Hunter (DE)-Foot
    Tony Pashos (T)-Foot
    Mike Brisiel (G)-Ankle
    Rashad Jennings (RB)-Concussion

    Questionable:
    Denarius Moore (WR)-Shoulder

    Doubtful:
    Vance Walker (DT)-Concussion
    Tyvon Branch (S)-Ankle

    Out:
    Darren McFadden (RB)-Ankle
    Jeremy Stewart (RB)-Ankle
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    Chiefs-Raiders scouting report from the Kansas City Star

    December 14

    When the Chiefs run
    EDGE >> CHIEFS
    [COLOR=#111111]The Chiefs have seriously cranked up the running game as Jamaal Charles is averaging 120 yards in his last four outings. The Raiders are 12th in the league against the run, but Charles still managed to rush for 78 yards and two touchdowns in 22 carries the first time they met, and he was far from full strength because of foot blisters. Look for the Chiefs to try to pound away here.

    When the Chiefs pass
    EDGE >> CHIEFS
    Alex Smith has been excellent the last three weeks, completing 66 percent of his passes for 724 yards, seven touchdowns and only one interception. He’s also been attacking downfield more, and it’s helped open up the run game. Meanwhile, the Raiders have a league-average pass rush and have allowed opponents to post a 98.8 quarterback rating, the worst in the league.

    When the Raiders run
    EDGE >> RAIDERS
    Fullback Marcel Reece proved to be a capable runner against the Jets, has he racked up 123 yards — 63 of which came on a touchdown. He’ll probably see his role diminished with the likely return of running back Rashad Jennings from concussion; but either way, the Raiders can run the ball. The Chiefs bottled up the Raiders somewhat the first time around, and with quarterback Terrelle Pryor — who gained 56 yards in the first matchup — splitting snaps, the Chiefs could do so again.

    When the Raiders pass
    EDGE >> CHIEFS
    The Raiders struggled mightily to protect Pryor in the first matchup against the Chiefs, yielding nine sacks. Several did not come on the kind of traditional passing plays new starter Matt McGloin will be running. Pryor, however, will still receive some snaps, and the Chiefs’ pass rush seemed reinvigorated against Washington, racking up six sacks after struggling for five games in a row.

    Special teams
    EDGE >> CHIEFS
    The Raiders used to trot out strong special teams on a regular basis, but times have changed. Sebastian Janikowski has only made 18 of 26 field goals, while Marquette King has had two punts blocked. Throw in a lack of return touchdowns — the Chiefs have four this year — and it’s clear the Chiefs have the edge here.

    Coaching
    EDGE >> CHIEFS
    Coach Andy Reid and offensive coordinator Doug Pederson have the Chiefs’ offense humming along recently, while defensive coordinator Bob Sutton’s unit got its mojo back against a Washington squad in turmoil. Oakland coach Dennis Allen hasn’t had much to work with the last two years, but his team has lost five of its last six games and will miss the playoffs for the 11th straight season.

    X-factor
    EDGE >> RAIDERS
    The Raiders have lost three straight but have generally played teams pretty tough at home. O.co Coliseum can be an intimidating place to play, and despite the Raiders’ 4-9 record, the game will be a sellout — the Raiders’ seventh of the season.

    Bottom Line: Chiefs 31-16
    Home-field advantage aside, the Raiders don’t have a ton going for them this week. Oakland has lost three games in a row and with Denver’s loss on Thursday, the Chiefs still have an outside shot at the AFC West title.

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    Go Chiefs!!!!
    Smells like a good day for clinching.
    A huge dose of Charles would be fantastic in reality,and in my fantasy lineup.

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