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Thursday, October 19, 2017 | 8:25 PM ET | Oakland-Alameda County Stadium | Referee: Craig Wrolstad
Week 7 begins on Thursday night (8:25 PM ET, CBS/NFLN/Amazon Prime) with an AFC West battle as the Kansas City Chiefs visit the Oakland Raiders at Oakland-Alameda County Stadium. The Chiefs and Raiders meet for the 117th time in series history (including the postseason), with Kansas City leading the all-time series, 62-52-2. The Chiefs have won five consecutive meetings against the Raiders.
Kansas City enters Week 6 atop the AFC with a 5-1 record. Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith leads the NFL with a 119.2 passer rating and has 12 touchdown passes without an interception this season, tied with Randall Cunningham (12 in 1998) for the most touchdown passes without an interception through a team's first six games of a season. Kansas City rookie running back Kareem Hunt leads the NFL with 885 scrimmage yards (630 rushing, 255 receiving) and is the only rookie in NFL history with at least 100 scrimmage yards in each of his team's first six games of a season. Oakland wide receiver Michael Crabtree had a touchdown catch in the Raiders' Week 6 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. Crabtree ties for third in the NFL with five touchdown catches this season and has 22 touchdown receptions since 2015, tied for the third-most in the league over that span. Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack, who had a sack and a forced fumble in the last meeting, has 30 sacks since 2015, the most in the NFL over that span.
|KANSAS CITY CHIEFS||OAKLAND RAIDERS|
|LAST WEEK||L 19-13 vs. Pittsburgh||L 17-16 vs. Los Angeles Chargers|
|COACH VS. OPP.||Andy Reid: 8-3||Jack Del Rio: 3-6|
|PASSING||Alex Smith: 140-192-1637-12-0-119.2||Derek Carr: 95-139-924-8-4-93.9|
|RUSHING||Kareem Hunt (R): 106-630-5.9-4||Marshawn Lynch: 70-257-3.7-2|
|RECEIVING||Travis Kelce (TE): 33-390-11.8-2||Michael Crabtree: 25-304-12.2-5|
|SACKS||Justin Houston: 5.5||Khalil Mack: 4|
|INTs||Terrance Mitchell, Marcus Peters: 2||-|
|TAKE/GIVE||+7 (8/1)||-2 (5/7)|
|PUNTING (NET)||Dustin Colquitt: 44.8 (39.2)||Marquette King: 52.7 (47.4)|
|KICKING||Harrison Butker (R): 36 (6/6 PAT; 10/11 FG)||Giorgio Tavecchio: 40 (13/14 PAT; 9/9 FG)|
LEADER: Chiefs lead all-time series, 60-51-2
STREAKS: Chiefs have won past 5
LAST GAME: 12/8/16: Raiders 13 at Chiefs 21
LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/16/16: Chiefs 26, Raiders 10
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TV: CBS/NFLN/Amazon Prime (8:25 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter), Jay Feely (Field reporter)
NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Tom McCarthy, Tony Boselli | SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 81 (KC), 83 (Oak) | XM: 88 (WW1), 81 (KC), 83 (Oak)
QB Alex Smith has 9-1 record (.900) with 19 TDs vs. 4 INTs for 105.9 rating in 10 career meetings. In 4 career games at Oak., has 9 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 129.9 rating. Aims for 3rd in row vs. division with 110+ rating. Leads NFL with 119.2 rating. Has 12 TD passes with 0 INTs, tied with Randall Cunningham (1998) for most TD passes with 0 INTs in team’s 1st 6 games of season.
RB Kareem Hunt (rookie) had 110 scrimmage yards (89 rec., 21 rush) last week. Leads NFL with 885 scrimmage yards (147.5 per game), 3rd most in NFL history by rookie in team’s 1st 6 games of season. Aims for 7th in row with 100+ scrimmage yards. Leads league with 630 rush yards. RB Charcandrick West had rush TD in last meeting.
WR-PR Tyreek Hill had TD catch & 78-yard PR-TD in last meeting. In 7 career games vs. division, has 9 TDs (4 rec., 2 rush, 2 PR, 1 KR). TE Travis Kelce had 101 rec. yards in last game vs. Oak. Has 100+ rec. yards in 3 of past 5 vs. division. Has 33 catches in 2017, 2nd most among NFL TEs. WR De’Anthony Thomas had TD catch last week. Aims for 3rd in row with rec. TD.
LB Justin Houston has sack in 3 of past 4 meetings. Has 15 sacks, 8 PD, 3 FFs & INT-TD in past 10 vs. division. Since entering league in 2011, ties for 3rd in NFL with 65.5 sacks. CB Marcus Peters had INT last week. Aims for 3rd road meeting in row with INT. Has INT in 5 of past 7 division road games. LB Dee Ford has 3 sacks in past 3 meetings.
QB Derek Carr has 1,503 pass yards (250.5 per game) with 14 TDs vs. 4 INTs for 106.6 rating in past 6 at home. Since entering league in 2014, has 89 pass TDs vs. 35 INTs (2.54:1), 7th best TD/INT ratio in NFL.
RB Marshawn Lynch had 124 rush yards in last meeting (11/16/14 with Sea.). Has rush TD in 2 of past 3 at home. Has 53 rush TDs since 2011, most in NFL.
WR Amari Cooper has 198 rec. yards (99 per game) in past 2 home meetings. WR Michael Crabtree had TD catch last week. Aims for 3rd in row with rec. TD. Has TD catch in 2 of past 3 vs. division. Ties for 3rd in NFL with 5 TD catches in 2017. Has 22 rec. TDs since 2015, tied for 3rd most in NFL. WR Cordarrelle Patterson had 47-yard rush TD last week. Is 1 of 2 NFL WRs (Tavon Austin) with 5+ rec. TDs (7) & 5+ rush TDs (6) since 2013. TE Jared Cook has 21 catches in 2017, tied for 5th among AFC TEs.
DE Khalil Mack had sack & FF in last meeting. Has 4 sacks in past 4 meetings. Has 30 sacks since 2015, most in NFL over span. LB Bruce Irvin has sack in 2 of past 3. Has 4 sacks in past 4 vs. division. CB TJ Carrie has INT in 2 of past 3 meetings. CB David Amerson had FR last week. Since entering league in 2013, has 63 PD, 3rd most in NFL. S Reggie Nelson has 35 INTs since entering league in 2007, most among active players. S Karl Joseph leads team & ranks 3rd among NFL safeties with 42 tackles.