The Raiders have lost six straight games and sit at 3-10 on the season, but finally get a favorable matchup against a Chiefs team that has struggled mightily to win games in 2012.
Kansas City sits at 2-11 on the season and is absolutely clueless on offense, which will have to change if they want to win and give themselves a chance to finish out of last place in the division.
Let's dive in and show you everything you need to know for this matchup.
Where: O.co Coliseum, Oakland, Calif.
When: Sunday, Dec. 16, 4:25 p.m. ET
Live Stream: NFL.com
Injury Report (via CBS Sports, as of Dec. 12)
Chiefs: Dwayne Bowe (out, rib), Abram Elam (unknown, quadriceps), Kendrick Lewis (unknown, shoulder)
Raiders: Michael Huff (unknown, wrist), Darren McFadden (unknown, ankle), Jack Crawford (unknown, toe), Richard Seymour (unknown, knee/hamstring)
What's at Stake?
It's safe to say that this game will have massive implications on next year's draft. With five combined wins between these teams, they'll both likely be picking in the top five.
With that said, it never feels good to end the season on a low note, even if it means the organization could get a better player next year. That often means little to the current players.
Each of these teams are well aware that they could likely end the season in last place in the AFC West if they lose on Sunday, which will be enough to motivate each player.
Raiders QB Carson Palmer
Even in a game against the Broncos that his team was heavily overmatched and was a likely flop game fantasy-wise, Carson Palmer still put up respectable numbers with nearly 300 passing yards and two touchdowns to go along with one pick.
While some may look at the win/loss record and think Palmer wasted his time coming back to the NFL, that simply isn't true as he's been able to show he's still a player of a starter's caliber. Nearly 4,000 passing yards and 22 touchdowns so far this season only proves that.
He'll prove it yet again Sunday against a hapless Chiefs team, and Palmer will have one of the best days of his season.
I would highly encourage starting Palmer, unless if your quarterback situation is untouchable.
Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles
Teams have been able to do whatever they want against the Raiders defense this season, and running the ball is no exception. They rank 26th in the league in run defense.
Unfortunately for Oakland, one of the NFL's most dangerous running backs comes to town. Jamaal Charles is one of the best combinations of speed, athleticism and elusiveness and is an easy mismatch for Oakland on paper.
Heading for another solid season with 1,220 rushing yards and counting, Charles will rack up a hundred yards on the ground and make him a reliable fantasy option Sunday.
What They're Saying
Things haven't been easy for the Chiefs offensively, and they're about to get much harder as they received some bad news on their top receiver. Dwayne Bowe is heading to injured reserve with multiple broken ribs, according to NBC Sports' Pro Football Talk.
Not that having Bowe in the fold for the rest of the season would have made huge amounts of difference, but they surely could've used his ability to help to stay in games down the stretch of the season. He'll be missed in Kansas City.
Key Matchup: Chiefs Running Game vs. Oakland Defense
In games that the Chiefs have had success, it's come on the ground through Jamaal Charles and big plays. It's rarely come through the air.
That's why it's imperative for Kansas City to pick up first downs and potentially touchdowns early with the run game. If they have to resort to the pass, things will be bad for the Chiefs and their chances of winning quickly diminish.
A sloppy run defense has been something that's kept Oakland from winning more games this season, and it could very well happen again if they aren't careful.
Neither of these teams are sound by any stretch, but the Chiefs are simply down on a level that not many teams are on at this point.
Carson Palmer will have a big day through the air for Oakland as he enjoys his many young, deep weapons.
Raiders 27, Chiefs 20
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