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Raiders at Chiefs
Jan. 3
1:25 p.m. (Pacific)
TV: CBS



THE SKINNY:
Kansas City (10-5) would clinch the AFC West with a win over Oakland and a Denver loss. A victory would give Oakland (7-8) a .500 record, equaling its best record since the 2003 season. The Raiders also went 8-8 in 2010 and 2011. Kansas City seeks a franchise-best 10th straight win after a 1-5 start. The Chiefs are 5-2 at Arrowhead Stadium this season while the Raiders are 4-3 in road games.

LAST WEEK:
The host Raiders beat the San Diego Chargers 23-20 in OT; the Chiefs defeated the visiting Cleveland Browns 17-13.

KEY MATCHUPS:

QB Alex Smith vs. Raiders pass defense — Smith has completed 65.7 percent of 446 passes for 3,330 yards and 18 TDs with only 5 INTs. The Raiders are 27th against the pass, allowing 266.0 yards per game. Smith is 6-1 as a starter against the Raiders, with 16 TD passes and one INT for a 110.5 rating.

QB Derek Carr vs. Chiefs pass defense — Carr imploded with three fourth-quarter interceptions that led to 20 points in the Chiefs' win at Oakland on Dec. 6. He has thrown for seven TDs with six picks the past four games. Kansas City is 12th against the pass, allowing 236.1 yards per game.

WR Jeremy Maclin vs. Raiders secondary — Maclin is the Chiefs first 1,000-yard receiver since 2011. He enters Kansas City's season finale with 84 cathes for 1,034 yards and seven TDs. Maclin had nine catches for 95 yards and two scores in the Chiefs' win at Oakland on Dec. 6.

Raiders O-line vs. Chiefs pass rush — Oakland has surrendered 13 of its 27 sacks the past four games. Kansas City is tied for fourth best with 41 sacks this season.

STATS OF THE WEEK:
Raiders safety Charles Woodson, playing in his 254th and final game before he retires, needs an interception to pass Ken Riley for fifth place on the career list. Riley finished his career with 65 interceptions. Charles Woodson only trails Dick "Night Train" Lane (68), Rod Woodson (71), Emlen Tunnell (79) and Paul Krause (81) on the NFL's all-time list. Woodson also is tied with Rod Woodson and Darren Sharper for most defensive TDs (13).


Derek Carr needs three TD passes against the Chiefs to tie Daryle Lamonica's single-season Raiders franchise record of 34 set in 1969. Carr and Lamonica are ther only Raiders to have at least 30 scoring passes in a season. The Chiefs are second in the NFL in pass defense, allowing 203.2 yards per game.

Carr also needs 207 yards passing for 4,000. That would give the Raiders a 4,000-yard passer, 1,000-yard rusher (Latavius Murray) and 1,000-yard receiver (Amari Cooper) for first time in franchise history. Rich Gannon and Carson Palmer are the only Raiders to throw for 4,000 or more yards in a season.


Kansas City is plus-15 in turnover differential, second in NFL to Carolina (plus-19). The Chiefs have 21 interceptions, second in the NFL to Carolina (22).
Oakland's Khalil Mack leads the NFL with 15 sacks. The second-year starter is trying to become the first Raider to lead the league in sacks. Mack needs 1.5 sacks to break the single-season franchise record of 16 sacks, set by Derrick Burgess in 2005.
Jeremy Maclin's 84 catches this season are seven more than all Kansas City wideouts had combined in 2014.
Chiefs' rookie cornerback Marcus Peters is tied for the NFL lead with eight INTs, two of which he returned for scores.

LAST MEETING:
Kansas City has three interceptions against Derek Carr during the fourth quarter as the visiting Chiefs rally to beat Oakland 34-20 on Dec. 6, 2015. Kansas City scores 20 unanswered points after interceptions by linebacker Josh Mauga, cornerback Marcus Peters and former Raiders safety Tyvon Branch, who seals victory with a 38-yard pick-six with 3:14 remaining.

RIVALRY REWIND:
Joe Nedney kicks a 33-yard field goal 3 minutes, 13 seconds into overtime to give the visiting Raiders a 41-38 victory over the Chiefs in their 1999 season finale on Jan. 2, 2000. Rich Gannon throws for 324 yards and three TDs while Tim Brown has 122 receiving yards on six catches for the Raiders, who prevent the Chiefs from winning the AFC West and going to the playoffs.

RECENT HISTORY:
The Chiefs have won four of the past five games against the Raiders after Oakland was victorious the previous three. Since 1990, the Raiders are 9-15 against the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. Kansas City leads the series, 59-52-2, including 2-1 postseason

DID YOU KNOW?:
Raiders safety Charles Woodson played the first game of his 18-year NFL career against the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on Sept. 6, 1998, a 28-8 Raiders loss.


The Chiefs have not won a playoff game since the 1993-94 season.
Raiders center Rodney Hudson was selected by the Chiefs during the second round (55th overall choice) of the 2011 NFL Draft. He signed with Oakland as a free agent after the 2014 season.

OPENING LINE:
Chiefs by 7

Updated: 12-31-2015

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