In just a few short hours, the First Place Kansas City Chiefs will take on the winless Oakland Raiders in what appears will be a rainy night in coastal California. The Chiefs are riding a 5 game win streak and the Raiders have not won a single game in over a year, but the wet conditions might make for an intriguing divisional matchup. Some notes about the game and the teams’ rivalry:
- Chiefs QB Alex Smith has a career record of 4-0 against Oakland, throwing 10 touchdowns to only 1 interception.
- The Chiefs and Raiders have not both had winning records in the same season since 1994. If the Chiefs win tonight, they will clinch at least a .500 record for the second straight year and the third time since 2010.
- Overall in their history, the Chiefs lead the Raiders 57-51 with 2 ties, one of just 3 teams with winning records against the Raiders.
- The Chiefs have won 2 straight games against Oakland after the Raiders won the previous three matchups.
- The Raiders backup QB Matt Schaub has a hilarious NFL losing streak: his team has lost the last 24 games with him on the roster (the Texans lost their last 14 games last season and the Raiders are currently 0-10). The last game the Raiders won was against, ironically, Matt Schaub playing backup QB for the Texans.
- The average margin of victory for Thursday Night Football games this season is 19.8 points. Only two games have been less than two touchdowns apart (NYJ vs. NE and IND vs HOU).
- The Chiefs have only played on Thursday nights 3 times, beginning in 2006 when Lamar Hunt requested a prime-time game on Thanksgiving that year. Their record is 2-1 on Thursday Night Football.
- Oddly, since 2000, the Chiefs are 0-3 against teams with a 0-10 record.
- The Chiefs’ Anthony Fasano and AJ Jenkins are listed as questionable and Donnie Avery is out for the game. The Raiders have listed G Gabe Jackson as questionable and CB Carlos Rogers is out.
- It is not known who former Royal Billy Butler, who recently signed a deal with the Oakland A’s, will root for in the game tonight, but he was seen wearing Chiefs gear when the Chiefs played New England on Monday Night Football earlier this season:
Hope the Chiefs make it 6 in a row! Go Chiefs!