Kansas City (7-3) at Oakland (0-10), 8:25 p.m. on NFL Network. It’s a feud.

Capulets vs. Montagues.

Hatfields vs. McCoys.

North vs. South.

Tweety vs. Sylvester.

Raiders vs. Chiefs.

Throw the records out the window. These two AFC West rivals don’t just hate each other. They DESPISE each other. Even when both teams were bad, it was still Raiders-Chiefs football and such is the case Thursday night in Oakland. The two teams open play in week 12 in the National Football League.

Kansas City, sitting in second place in the AFC West and winners of seven of their last eight contests, took a 14-13 halftime lead against the defending Super Bowl champions at Arrowhead and then proceeded to outscore Seattle 10-7 to take the 24-20 win. Seattle’s Marshawn Lynch and Kansas City’s Jamaal Charles were the rushing stars in the contest in windy and chilly Kansas City last Sunday. Charles ran for 159 yards and a pair of TDs, while Lynch chipped in with 124 (the Seahawks outrushed Kansas City 204-190). As far as third down tries were concerned, Seattle ruled the roost, going 5-12 on third down conversions (0-3 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 35:57. The Chiefs? Despite the win, Kansas City struggled on third down conversions in the contest at Arrowhead, going 2-6 and held the pigskin for 24:03.

Running back Jamaal Charles rushed for 159 yards on 20 carries (8.0 average) with two touchdowns in the win. He now has nine career 150-yard rushing games, tied with Priest Holmes and Larry Johnson for the most such games in franchise history.

“The team is excited about the win,” says Kansas City head coach Andy Reid. “But they also know we are getting on a plane to fly out and play a good Oakland team on Thursday. We’ve got to make sure we enjoy this but we have to get ourselves back and ready to go quickly and we understand that.”

In his first two seasons as head coach of the Chiefs, Reid has led Kansas City to an 18-8 (.692) record in his first 26 games, on pace to be the top winning percentage in franchise history for a coach in his first two seasons with the team.

The coaches with the best winning percentage through his first two seasons in Kansas City Chiefs history:

COACH, YEARS (RECORD, WINNING PCT.)
Andy Reid, 2013-14 (18-8, .692)
Marty Schottenheimer, 1989-90 (19-12-1, .609)

San Diego continued the woes of the Silver and Black last Sunday at Qualcomm as they took the Raiders to task and came away with the 13-6 AFC West win. The Bolts led 10-3 at the intermission and the two clubs played even football in the final 30 minutes of action. Oakland was held to 71 yards rushing (San Diego ran for 120) and QB Derek Carr was sacked twice, with the Raiders only points coming on a pair of Sebastian Janikowski field goals. Chargers QB Phillip Rivers threw for 193 yards and had a hand in the game’s only TD when he connected with WR Malcom Floyd in the first quarter to open the scoring in the contest. The winless Raiders were 3-15 on third down tries (1-1 on fourth down) and kept the ball for 25:14, while San Diego was 4-15 on third down and held the pigskin for 34:46.

“It was a tough loss but you have to stay positive,” says Raiders safety Charles Woodson, who had a game-high 14 tackles against the Chargers. “We have another game on a short week this Thursday night against a division opponent, so we just put this one behind us.”

Now in his 17th season, Woodson currently leads Oakland with 74 tackles and two interceptions. He is tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer Emmitt Thomas (58) for 11th on the all-time interception list.

On offense, quarterback Derek Carr (Round 2, No. 36 overall) leads all rookies this season with 2,075 passing yards and 13 touchdowns, both of which are franchise rookie records.

The rookie quarterbacks with the most passing yards this season:
PLAYER, TEAM (GAMES STARTED)(PASSING YARDS-TOUCHDOWNS)
Derek Carr, Oakland (10)(2,075-13)
Blake Bortles, Jacksonville (7)(1,921-8)
Teddy Bridgewater, Minnesota (6)(1,479-4)

Kansas City leads the series (which includes contests when the Chiefs were in Dallas and known as the Texans and the Raiders played their home games in Los Angeles) 55-50-2, have outscored the Silver and Black by a 2,210-2,074 count and swept last year’s meetings with Oakland. (Oakland’s last win in the series came in 2012, when they swept the Chiefs.)

In the first meeting in Kansas City in week six, the Chiefs broke a 7-7 halftime tie and came away with the 24-7 win at Arrowhead. After a scoreless first quarter and the halftime tie, Kansas City shut out Oakland 17-0 in the final 30 minutes of action. Even though the Chiefs were outrushed 125-111, Kansas City did manage to sack Raiders QB Todd Pryor 10 times in the AFC West affair and picked off Pryor three times. Third down proficency? It was like the white tennis ball, dinosaurs and the Hula Hoop… extinct. Kansas City was 4-14 and kept the ball for 26 minutes, while the Raiders clung to the pigskin for 34 and went 4-15 on third down and 1-1 on fourth down.

If Raider fans thought that the week six meeting in the great Midwest was bad, then the week 15 meeting in Oakland was worse. Kansas City led 35-17 at half and was never really threatened as they completed the sweep in the series with a 55-31 win. The Chiefs outscored Oakland in their own backyard in the second half 21-14 to seal Oakland’s fate. Once again, the Raiders managed to outrush Kansas City in the second contest 130-78. That was the good news.

The bad news? Raider QBs Matt McGloin and Pryor combined to throw five interceptions, turning the ball over seven times in the matchup.

Oakland did a little better on third down tries in the second meeting, going 7-14 (1-1 on fourth down) and held the ball for 34:07, while Kansas City went 4-9 and 1-1 on third and fourth downs, keeping the ball to themselves for all of 25:53.

Kansas City covered the 9 point spread, winning by 17 and neither club achieved the 40 1/2 over/under, combining to score only 31 points. In the week 15 contest on the West Coast, Kansas City’s 25 point win allowed them to easily cover the 5 point spread and both teams surpassed the 41 1/2 over/under, scoring a whopping 87 points. In the Thursday night contest on the West Coast, the Chiefs are favored by 7 and the over/under is 42. Kansas City’s making a march to the post-season, while the Raiders are just trying to win, baby. Oakland will play the Chiefs tough for nothing else but pride because it’s a rivaly game but Kansas City pulls off the sweep and takes the win on the Left Coast, even though they might not cover the 7.

Injury Report

Kansas City
OUT: WR Donnie Avery (groin), WR A.J. Jenkins (shoulder), CB Christopher Owens (knee)
QUESTIONABLE: TE Anthony Fasano (knee), CB Jamell Fleming (hamstring)
PROBABLE: G Zach Fulton (ankle), CB Phillip Gaines (ankle, quadricep), LB Tamba Hali (knee), TE Travis Kelce (ribs, shoulder), G Mike McGlynn (knee), CB Sean Smith (groin)

Oakland
OUT: TE David Ausberry (foot), CB T.J. Carrie (ankle), S Jonathan Dowling (back), CB Carlos Rogers (knee)
QUESTIONABLE: G Gabe Jackson (knee)
PROBABLE: LB Miles Burris (hip), QB Derek Carr (quadricep)

Weather: Partly Cloudy with a 30 percent chance of rain and 57 degrees

Broadcast Information: 8:25 p.m. on NFL Network: Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter). Westwood One: Bob Wischusen, Dan Fouts, Anthony Becht (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood 1), 93 (Kansas City), 92 (Oakland). XM: 88 (WestWood 1), 225 (Kansas City), 226 (Oakland).

Broadcast information and injury report courtesy the National Football League, odds courtesy Don Best and USA Today, weather information courtesy The Weather Channel.

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