Oakland Raiders Week 8: It's Chiefs Week!

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Oakland Raiders Week 8: It's Chiefs Week!
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Janikowski booted Oakland past KC last Christmas in OT

It's that time of the schedule again. Of all of the Raider rivalries, real or imagined, none is more antagonistic than the one with the Kansas City Chiefs.

I normally like the color red. During Chiefs Week, I don't even correct papers in red ink. It's pro football's Hatfield's vs. McCoy's, but twice a year. Part one is this Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium where the Raiders have acted quite like the uninvited guests they are, winning their last five meetings there.

After pulling their season out of the fire, Oakland has a chance to really set themselves up to right the ship in this 2012 season. A win puts them at 3-4 and suddenly, a home game with a chance to reach .500 for the first time this season.

By contrast, a loss eliminates any of the good vibes from the schizophrenic, but ultimately pleasing win against Jacksonville. Make no mistake—Kansas City may not possess a good record, but you can bet they will give the Raiders their best shot. They always do.

So winning is not about just lining up and outplaying the Chiefs. It is about what the Raiders don't do just as much. The formula is not very complicated in my opinion, so let's get to it. These are the five keys to beating the Chiefs Sunday.

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