The Kansas City Chiefs are headed to Oakland Raiders territory for Week 15, and are favored by three points to take the Raiders on their home turf. Though the Chiefs are 1-9 against their AFC West rivals, they currently boast a 5-1 dominance on the road and an 8-2 winning roll against Oakland. Keep in mind that the Raiders have taken four of their last five division games and are looking to take down Kansas City.
The Chiefs, who started out so impressively with a 9-0 record this season, after such a disappointing 2-14 season last year, hit a rough patch in three games against division rivals Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos (two games) and the San Diego Chargers (one), bringing them to 9-3. Kansas City responded to all the “I told you so’s” with a resounding 45-10 defeat on Sunday of the Washington Redskins, in the snow, on Washington’s home turf.
Granted, the Redskins aren’t the best in the NFL, but the Chiefs really showcased their offensive, defensive, special teams and coaching strengths in that game. They showed that they could come together as a team to get the victory. Quarterback Alex Smith and running back Jamaal Charles particularly shined, and the team, even without linebacker Justin Houston got six sacks against Washington’s offense.
Kansas City is virtually a shoo-in at this point for an AFC Wild Card spot, and only a game and a half behind the Broncos in their division championship. The Raiders have lost three games consecutively, and will be eager for a win against a division rival. They will be relieved to be back in their home stadium, after four of their five last games played on the road.
The Chiefs look like a team back from the abyss, but they really need to win against Oakland Sunday if they want to keep their momentum going.
If nothing else, they need to demonstrate that they are the real deal and not the fluke critics thought they were earlier this year.