Oakland (10-2) at Kansas City (9-3), 8:25 p.m. on NBC, NFL Network and Twitter. They meet again. They STILL don’t like each other. Oakland at Kansas City. Football’s answer to the Hatfields and McCoys, the Capulets vs. the Montagues. North vs. South. Smooth peanut butter vs. chunky. You get the picture.

First place is on the line in the Show-Me State in a week 6 rematch at Arrowhead. Oakland, holding on to first place in the AFC West, takes on Kansas City, who is trying to catch the Raiders and prove to the Silver and Black that the first meeting was not a fluke.

Both teams are entering the opener of action in week 14 with huge wins in play last Sunday.

Oakland swept away a 3-0 defict in the first quarter against Buffalo last Sunday at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, coming away 38-24 winners over the Bills last Sunday. The Silver and Black trailed 10-9 at the half before outscoring the Bills 29-14 in the final 30 minutes of action. Buffalo did manage to outrush Oakalnd 212-139, with Bills RB LeSean McCoy doing much of the damage, rushing for 130 yards. Oakland’s Derek Carr threw for 260 yards and a pair of TDs, connecting with WRs Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper on both strikes, while the Raider defense sacked Bills signal caller Tyrod Taylor four times.

Kansas City avoided an upset in Atlanta last Sunday as they escaped with a 29-28 win over the Falcons in the Big Peach. Atlanta had reclaimed the lead with 4:32 left when Matt Ryan and WR Aldrick Robinson connnected on a 5-yard pass to take a 28-27 lead. Atlanta then proceeded to go for the two point conversion to make it a 3-point contest and forced the Chiefs to march down the field for a field goal try when Eric Berry picked off the Ryan conversion attempt and took the ball back down the field unchallenged. For Berry, it was his second scoring play of the contest, having picked Ryan off earlier for a 37-yard interception return. Atlanta managed to outrush Kansas City 128-123 and Ryan threw for297 yards, while Alex Smith, back from a concussion, threw for 270 yards.

They met in Oakland in week 6 and the Chiefs came away 26-10 winners at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. Kansas City led 13-10 at the half and proceeded to shut out the Raiders in the final 30 minutes of play. Kansas City outrushed Oakland 183-65 and the Chiefs’ Spencer Ware led all rushers with 131 yards and a TD.

In the week six contest, the Raiders were 1 point favorites at home and the over/under was 46 1/2. Kansas City covered the spread with their 16-point win on the road but both clubs missed the over/under, tallying only 36 points. This time, the oddsmakers like the Chiefs again, this time making them 3 point favorites at Arrowhead with aa 46 over/under. There’s a lot at stake here. Should the Chiefs win, they will not only be tied with the Raiders, they will have the tie-breaker with Oakland head to head. If Oakland wins, they will have an almost clear path to the AFC West. History has a way of repeating itself and those that forget the past repeat it. Chiefs complete the sweep in Arrowhead and wins the week 14 opener in the Show-Me State.

The 2016 Thursday Night Football Presented by Bud Light season continues with the Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs battling for first place in the AFC West Thursday, December 8 at 8:25 p.m. at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City on NBC, NFL Network, Twitter and NFL Mobile from Verizon.

Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth along with reporter Heather Cox call the action.

At 6 p.m. on NFL Network, TNF GameDay Presented by KFC previews the Raiders-Chiefs matchup from outside Arrowhead Stadium. Host Rich Eisen is joined by analysts Steve Mariucci, Marshall Faulk and Michael Irvin to provide news and analysis two hours before kickoff, along with reporters Heather Cox and James Palmer.

At 7:30 p.m., Football Night in Kansas City Presented by Mercedes-Benz airs from inside Arrowhead Stadium with Mike Tirico, Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison. Coverage continues at 8 p.m. with Tostitos Football Night in Kansas City providing the final say leading up to kick-off between Raiders-Chiefs.

Among the NFL Network pregame topics are:
How the Raiders built their roster from the ground up to become one of the best teams in the AFC
Feature on what Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith is doing off the field to help kids leaving foster care
Which team has more to prove: Raiders or Chiefs?
Raiders quarterback Derek Carr’s gameplan vs. Eric Berry and the Chiefs defense
What are the matchups that will decide the outcome?

At halftime, the Lexus Halftime show breaks down the first half of Raiders-Chiefs from Kansas City.

Immediately following the Volkswagon Postgame Show on NBC/NFL Network, the Mazda Postgame show airs live on NFL Network from Arrowhead Stadium with Eisen, Mariucci, Faulk and Irvin providing highlights, analysis and live interviews.

Twitter will stream NBC’s broadcast of Raiders-Chiefs, providing free, live streaming video on the Twitter platform on mobile phones, tablets, PCs and connected TVs. Fans can visit Twitter Moments or TNF.Twitter.com to view the live stream.

The entire 18-game Thursday Night Football schedule, including the live games and pre- and postgame shows, will also be streamed live on the NFL Mobile from Verizon app (NFL.com/mobile), the NFL app on XBOX, including interactive features from Microsoft, and through Watch NFL Network on tablets, PCs and various connected TV devices (NFL.com/watch), with participating television providers. Learn all of the ways to watch at NFL.com/TNF. An audio broadcast of the game is available on SiriusXM, TuneIn & Westwood One Radio Sports.

Watch TNF GameDay on NFL Network for a chance to win a trip to Super Bowl LI. Every Thursday, the TNF Big Heads will compete in weekly challenges. Tweet who won this week’s challenge using #BigHeadBlitz #Promotion for a chance to win a trip to Super Bowl LI. Visit bigheadblitz.com for details.

Last week’s Dallas Cowboys-Minnesota Vikings game on Thursday Night Football was the most-watched Thursday Night Football game ever with a Total Audience Delivery (TAD) of 22.2 million viewers across all platforms – NBC, NFL Network, NBC Sports Digital, Twitter and NFL Digital. Cowboys-Vikings also averaged 21.8 million TV-only viewers – also the best ever for Thursday Night Football.

Thursday Night Football is available in Spanish via SAP (Secondary Audio Program) with Roberto Abramowitz calling the action on NBC and NFL Network.

Referee – Terry McAulay

Broadcast Information – 8:25 p.m. Thursday night on NBC, NFL Network and Twitter: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Heather Cox (Field reporter). Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Trent Green. SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 83 (Oakland), 81 (Kansas City). XM: 88 (WestWood1), 226 (Oakland), 225 (Kansas City).

Injury Report

Oakland
OUT: LB Shilique Calhoun (Knee), S Karl Joseph (Toe), DT Stacy McGee (Shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Cory James (Shoulder), DT Darius Latham (Ankle), G Kelechi Osemele (Knee)

Kansas City
QUESTIONABLE: DT Dontari Poe (Back), DE Kendall Reyes (Knee)

Weather: Clear and 23 degrees.

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

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