November 30, 2019
By Fred Liggett
It’s “Raiders Week Number 2” for Kansas City Chiefs fans this week as the Chiefs return to the field on Sunday to host their AFC West Division rival Oakland. Thanksgiving week provides time for all of us to be thankful and enjoy fine food with family and friends. The NFL is serving up a mouth-watering dish that will see many people standing in line ready to enjoy the fixin’s.
Coming off a bye week the Chiefs are 7-4 and the Raiders come to town at 6-5. This matchup between the top two teams in the AFC West prompted CBS to move the game from a noon start to 3:25 p.m. so it could be shown to a majority of the United States. Lots of football fans will tune in for this football feast as two teams that don’t like each other much provide us with another edition of what has been a long and entertaining rivalry.
The Raiders head to Kansas City addressing issues they didn’t plan on as they suffered a stunning loss last week to the New York Jets 34-3.The Raiders might have got caught looking ahead to this week’s game in KC as the Raiders were looking to tie the Chiefs atop the division but instead lost to a three-win Jets team on the road. Not only did the Raiders lose the game but they lost a valuable asset in WR Hunter Renfrow to injury. QB David Carr commented Monday on the team’s abysmal effort last Sunday. Head Coach Jon Gruden called the Chiefs “fresh as daisies” as he referenced how the Chiefs enjoyed being off last week.
The Chiefs are just what Coach Gruden called them as the team gets set to start the final month of the regular season with three divisional games all played at Arrowhead starting with the Raiders. The last time the Chiefs took the field it was in Mexico City and the team’s original starting offensive line started the game together for the first time since a week two game at Oakland. Not only are they healthy at just the right time but WR Tyreek Hill who suffered a hamstring injury in Mexico benefited greatly from having a week off. Chiefs DL Frank Clark looked very good in the win over the Chargers as he is recovered from a pinched nerve in his neck.
Every year since coming to Kansas City the Chiefs love to mention the record Head Coach Andy Reid teams enjoy after a bye week. In addition to that great mark Coach Reid has owned the AFC West and looks to continue that this week. The Chiefs fell behind Oakland 10-0 before coming back to win 28-10 in the team’s first meeting this season. I would expect the Raiders to play better this week in KC but a healthy Chiefs team combined with a game plan that has been prepared for two weeks means another Chiefs win in this long running series. A real Happy Thanksgiving weekend for all Chiefs fans, that’s What I REID Into It for this week.
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