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The Raiders and the Chiefs face off in a game that lays the foundation for the AFC West. Go figure.
Jamaal Charles is running like a man possessed: Run-DMC is running over his opponents with ease, literally.
Oakland's secondary is beat up. Nnamdi Asomugha has a dreaded high ankle sprain, Chris Johnson is on the fence between healthy and inactive and Jeremy Ware has yet to truly prove his worth.
Dwayne Bowe and Matt Cassel both know that Michael Huff will most likely lock up in man coverage. If Dexter McCluster were healthy, the Raiders would be in a lot of trouble trying to defend the crossing routes.
The Chiefs have looked impressive in most of their games, most notably in Indianapolis, holding Peyton Manning to his worst offensively productive game all season (244 yards, 0 TDs, one INT).
Oakland's defense has been playing smash-mouth football. Eight sacks against the Seahawks was the latest entry for a recently inspiring Oakland Raider squad.
Cassel will have to prove himself this Sunday: No better way to do that than with the No. 1 cornerback in the game on the sideline.
Oakland wins the turnover battle, and in a game of hard knocks, the more physical team will prevail.
Raiders by three.