Dec 21, 2006

Game Day Preview


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NFL Network (KSHB-41 in Kansas City) – Bryant Gumbel and Dick Vermeil.
NATIONAL RADIO: CBS Radio/Westwood One – Joel Meyers and Kevin Kiley.
LOCAL RADIO: KCFX-FM (101.1) – Mitch Holthus, Len Dawson, Bob Gretz and Bill Grigsby.

Kansas City concludes a two-game AFC West road swing with a Saturday night contest at Oakland (12/23). The game will be telecast to a national audience by NFL Network with the color commentary coming courtesy of former Chiefs head coach Dick Vermeil. Kansas City is 8-1 all-time in Saturday night games, but hasn’t played in such a contest since registering an 18-7 win at Buffalo (10/5/68).

The Chiefs are still mourning the loss of Founder Lamar Hunt, who passed away on December 13th. As the founding father of the American Football League, no one reveled in defeating the Raiders more than Hunt. The last Chiefs victory Hunt witnessed in person was the club’s 17-13 victory vs. Oakland (11/19), a win that marked the Chiefs 50th victory in their longtime rivalry with the Silver and Black.

Both of these former AFL foes are seeking to get back on the winning track in this Saturday night contest. Kansas City is attempting to snap a three-game losing streak after suffering a 20-9 loss in a Sunday night contest at San Diego (12/17). Meanwhile, Oakland is currently mired in a seven-game losing streak after suffering a 20-0 setback vs. St. Louis (12/17).

Kansas City will be attempting to win its eighth straight contest against a Raiders franchise has never lost eight consecutive games to a single opponent. Although the Chiefs have won seven straight contests against Oakland, 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. Chiefs RB Larry Johnson has scored the game-winning points with under two minutes remaining in the fourth-quarter of the last two Chiefs-Raiders match-ups. Johnson currently ranks second in the NFL with 1,516 rushing yards. His 3,266 rushing yards in 2005-06 are the highest total in consecutive seasons in franchise history.

The Chiefs conclude the regular season with a home date vs. Jacksonville (12/31), while the Raiders finish their 2006 campaign with a contest at the N.Y. Jets (12/31).

Kansas City owns a 50-43-2 advantage over Oakland in regular and postseason play. The only team the Chiefs have defeated more frequently is Denver (51). The Chiefs own a six-game edge in the all-time regular season series between the two squads at 48-42-2 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 26-8 (.765) overall vs. the Raiders dating back to ‘90, including a ‘91 AFC playoff tilt. The Chiefs own a seven-game winning streak against the Raiders, the club’s longest victory stretch against the Silver and Black since winning seven straight from ‘93-96. Neither team has produced an eight-game victory string in this series.

Kansas City owns a 7-4 (.636) regular season record at Oakland since ‘95, including a streak of three straight wins. The Chiefs claimed a 17-13 victory in their most recent contest against the Raiders at Arrowhead (11/19). RB Larry Johnson plowed into the end zone from one yard out to give the Chiefs the lead with 1:32 left to play. The Raiders quickly drove downfield, but S Jarrad Page picked off a QB Aaron Brooks pass in the end zone to seal the victory.

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).