Chiefs Invade Black Hole, Seeking a Win and Bragging Rights

Posted Dec 15, 2012

We’re roughly 30-hours away from another concluded chapter of the storied Chiefs-Raiders rivalry.

Both teams enter tomorrow’s game playing for a win, some pride and a bit of momentum to ride into the remaining-few weeks of the 2012 NFL campaign.

If games were played on paper, the Chiefs would have the upper edge on Sunday, simply because of location, location, location. Kansas City owns a 55-50-2 (.514) overall record against Oakland, including a 53-49-2 mark in the regular season. Despite the tight-series road record between the teams (25-25-1), Kansas City is 8-2 in its last 10 trips to the Black Hole.

To repeat the past-road success, the Chiefs will look to stop Raiders QB Carson Palmer, who threw for 209 yards and two TDs in Oakland’s 26-16 victory at Arrowhead this season, during Week 8.

“The guy throws a great ball,” Chiefs DB Javier Arenas said of Palmer.

“I don’t think he gets a lot of credit for what he does. He throws a great ball, so we have to be on our p’s and q’s, in terms of being the second line of defense and you have to stop the run as well. They’re a shot- team, they like to take big shots and make big plays; they thrive off big plays. So, we have to limit those, take them away.”

Chiefs DE Tyson Jackson knows the Raiders are talented, not just at the QB position, requiring disciplined-defensive play to succeed.

“They still have a balanced offense. They have receivers that have speed like no other. Carson Palmer’s doing a pretty good job at quarterback right now, so we’re going to have to be balanced in our defense and how they’re trying to attack us and understand the job we need to get done,” Jackson said.

Despite the six INTs earned during Kansas City’s last trip to Oakland, Chiefs CB Brandon Flowers is not overconfident; instead, he’s prepared for the blazing speed of the Raiders receivers. (Foto Friday - Brandon Flowers)

“Everybody knows Oakland has a track team over there,” Flowers admitted. “You have to be able to challenge them at the line and get a hand on them. We know those guys, at the end of the day, they know us, we just have to go out there and make plays (when) competing.”

Kansas City’s offense will look to strike early and often, but Chiefs QB Brady Quinn is well-aware of the challenges his team will face.

“Their strength is the guys up front, they do a good job getting pressure on the quarterback, stopping the run, making most teams a one-dimensional team,” Quinn said. “They make being able to push the ball down the field a little tougher, so we have to do a good job in our pass protection.”

One of the guys protecting Quinn, Chiefs T Eric Winston is expecting different looks from the Raiders defense and is hoping for a Week-13-like, victorious performance.

“(They’re) a tough, physical team,” Winston said. “They have a big front. We’re going to have to be ready for some of the gadgets that they’re going to throw at us and go out there and try to play a complete game like we did against Carolina.”

If the Chiefs play the way they did against the Panthers, winning 27-21, while committing just one penalty and zero turnovers and scoring three-offensive TDs, they could be flying home with win number three and rivalry-bragging rights to spare.


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