In their only primetime game of the season, the Oakland Raiders try to get their 1st win of the season against the red hot Kansas City Chiefs.
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The Kansas City Chiefs visit the Oakland Raiders for a Thursday Night football matchup in Week 12 of the NFL season.
Since starting 0-2 with losses to the Tennessee Titans and the Denver Broncos, the Chiefs have won seven of their last eight games – including an overpowering win over the New England Patriots and a home upset win over the Seattle Seahawks. The Chiefs have gotten efficient football once again from QB Alex Smith, with 11 TDs to only 4 INTs, but none of those TDs have been to a wide receiver this season. While the team is red hot, the Chiefs will surely need to open the game up more on the outside in order to become a legitimate threat in the NFL playoffs.
In Oakland things have gone from bad to worse to downright embarrassing with the Raiders currently winless at 0-10, and losers of 16 straight dating back to 2013. Head coach Dennis Allen was fired earlier this season but interim head coach Tony Sparano has not had any more success, with Sunday’s 13-6 loss to the San Diego Chargers being the closest the Raiders have come to a win since September. Rookie QB Derek Carr is having his struggles with 13 TDs and 11 turnovers, but the running game has been just as ineffective with RBs Maurice Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden both averaging under 4.0 yards/carry.
Prediction: Chiefs – Kansas City’s offense may not be the most explosive, but its defense is the real key to victory. Head coach Andy Reid has all the personnel he needs to make the Raiders rookie QB struggle to move the ball – and ball control is all Reid needs to put the Raiders away and give them the win.