This game wasn't supposed to mean this much.
Based on pre-season expectations, Week 9 of the 2010 NFL season was to be a matchup between Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders squads that were on the rise, but not in position to win the AFC West.
Perhaps next season, most thought, the Chiefs-Raiders rivalry would resume its place among the best, most spirited and most important in the NFL. But things have changed more quickly than all anticipated, and these teams are both positioned for a potential run to the playoffs as the season's second half begins.
Following are 10 bold predictions in a battle for AFC West supremacy, as the Kansas City Chiefs travel west to take on the Oakland Raiders in Week 9 of the NFL season.