Nov 17, 2006

Chiefs Game Day Preview


12:00 PM (CENTRAL)

TV: CBS Regional Coverage (KCTV-5) – Kevin Harlan and Rich Gannon.
RADIO: KCFX-FM (101.1) – Mitch Holthus, Len Dawson, Bob Gretz and Bill Grigsby.

Herm Edwards
Chiefs vs Raiders


The Chiefs and Raiders will renew their rivalry for the 95th time as Kansas City seeks to register its 50th all-time victory over the Silver and Black on Sunday. The Chiefs have won six straight contests against Oakland, but all of those games have all been decided by six points or less, with KC winning by an average margin of just 4.7 points per game.

The Chiefs have won five of their last seven games under head coach Herm Edwards. Sunday’s contest begins an important week for Kansas City, which hosts a pair of division foes in a five-day span at Arrowhead. Following the Oakland contest, Denver visits the Chiefs for the first-ever Thanksgiving Night clash at Arrowhead (11/23). The Raiders are in the midst of a three-game stretch against their AFC West foes and will visit San Diego (11/26) after facing the Chiefs.
Kansas City had a three-game winning streak snapped last week after losing a 13-10 decision at Miami (11/12). However, the Chiefs return home to Arrowhead where the club owns a 10-2 (.833) mark since the start of the 2005 campaign, including a string of three consecutive victories this season.

After registering back-to-back victories vs. Arizona (10/22) and vs. Pittsburgh (10/29), the Raiders are attempting to snap a two-game losing streak. Oakland suffered a 16-0 setback on Monday Night Football at Seattle (11/6) and lost a narrow 17-13 decision vs. Denver (11/12). Art Shell returns to the Arrowhead sideline as the Raiders head coach for the first time since ‘94 after posting an 0-6 overall record in Kansas City during his initial stint as that franchise’s field general.

Chiefs RB Larry Johnson has registered 492 yards of total offense and seven TDs in his last four outings against Oakland. Johnson scored the decisive points as time expired in last year’s meeting between these two squads at Arrowhead. After catching a 36-yard pass from QB Trent Green to get the Chiefs to the one-yard line, Johnson dove into the end zone for the game-winning TD on the game’s final play to give Kansas City a 27-23 victory (11/6/05).

Kansas City owns a 49-43-2 advantage over Oakland in regular and postseason play. The only team the Chiefs have defeated more frequently is Denver (51). The Chiefs own a five-game edge in the all-time regular season series between the two squads at 47-42-2 dating to the AFL’s inaugural season of ‘60. The Chiefs are 2-1 against the Silver and Black in postseason play.

The Chiefs are 25-8 overall vs. the Raiders dating back to ‘90, including a ‘91 AFC playoff tilt. The Chiefs own a six-game winning streak against the Raiders, the club’s longest victory stretch against the Silver and Black since winning seven straight from ‘93-96.

Kansas City owns a 13-3 (.813) regular season home record vs. Oakland since ‘90, including a streak of four straight wins. In their most recent contest against the Raiders, RB Larry Johnson plowed into the end zone as time expired to provide the winning margin in a scintillating 27-23 victory at Arrowhead (11/6/05). The Chiefs secured 10 straight home wins against the Raiders under Marty Schottenheimer from ‘89-98, the club’s longest home victory string ever assembled against a single opponent.

KC owns a pair of postseason wins against the Raiders, getting a 17-7 win in the ‘69 AFL Championship Game (1/4/70) and a 10-6 victory in the first postseason contest played at Arrowhead (12/28/91).