Ending a streak of 11 consecutive television blackouts, the Oakland Coliseum will be a packed house this Sunday.
Averaging a league-worst 41,000 fans per game, the Raiders continue to take baby steps in repairing their image over the past decade.
You've heard the match-ups. You know it's going to be a battle between the two top running teams in all the land. You may ask yourself, what other match-ups will define the outcome of this game?
Kansas City outside linebacker Tamba Hali against a young Raiders offensive line
Rookie linemen Jared Veldheer and Bruce Campbell have been solid in their transition to the quick NFL tempo. The underrated Kansas City defense will be yet another stepping stone in their rapid growth.
Samson Satele seems to be healthy, and if so, he will step in to play center, allowing Veldheer to be at left tackle. Mario Henderson takes a seat if this is the case Sunday.
Oakland has used this offensive line setup the last two weeks, resulting in a dominating 567 yards on the ground, and 92 points on the scoreboard.
The Chiefs aggressive 3-4 defense features OLB Tamba Hali, who comes into Sunday with seven sacks. Safe to say, the blitz pick-up will be something to keep your eye on when Jason Campbell is behind center.
KC also boasts relatively unknown role player, defensive end, Wallace Gillberry. Playing only on in the nickel package, Gillberry has racked up an attractive seven-and-a-half sacks over the last 22 games.
McFadden calls for fans to wear all black
In an ironic twist, Darren McFadden told a bay area newspaper he'd like for the fans to wear all black, even though the Raiders have already been doing a blackout--just on television, not in the stands.
Chiefs Player to keep in mind: Safety Eric Berry
Berry has interceptions in his last two games, most notably last week's pick to help seal the win against the Buffalo Bills.
He's an aggressive player, who lurks over the top and forces receivers to keep their head on a swivel if they want to avoid being knocked into next century.
Raider player to keep in mind: Fullback Marcel Reece
With tight-end Zach Miller missing every practice this week, Marcel Reece will be ever-so-important to Oakland's offense.
Penalties and turnovers
Historically, Oakland hasn't taken care of the rock. Kansas City, on the other hand, has been doing a fantastic job, losing only one turnover in the past three games.
Oakland leads the league in penalties...again. Avoiding penalties in the red zone will be crucial for Oakland, as that has plagued its efficiency all season.
As we prepare to watch arguably the NFL game of the week, fans couldn't ask for a better match up. Oakland sits at No. 20 and KC at No. 17 in red zone efficiency.
The fate of the game will rest on the quarterbacks, Jason Campbell and Matt Cassel. The quarterback who plays with fewer mistakes will likely be celebrating an undefeated division record.