|Last 3 Games||1-2||-1.5||1-2||3-0||37.0||24.3||398.0||(6.5)||1.3||28.7||11.3||427.7||(6.7)||1.3|
|Offense (All Games)||26.4||14.9||20.3||31:57||28-129||(4.7)||21-36||59.6%||209||(5.9)||63-338||(5.3)||(12.8)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||26.1||12.7||21.1||31:43||28-113||(4.1)||22-36||61.9%||249||(6.9)||64-362||(5.7)||(13.9)|
|Offense Road Games||27.5||16.8||19.2||32:39||29-136||(4.6)||20-34||57.6%||187||(5.5)||64-323||(5.1)||(11.8)|
|Defense (All Games)||17.2||8.7||18.4||28:03||25-113||(4.5)||20-37||55.3%||245||(6.6)||62-358||(5.8)||(20.8)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||24.1||11.8||20.7||30:41||27-115||(4.2)||22-37||61.4%||249||(6.8)||64-364||(5.7)||(15.1)|
|Defense Road Games||14.2||7.5||19.0||27:20||27-141||(5.2)||19-39||48.9%||209||(5.4)||66-350||(5.3)||(24.7)|
|Stats For (All Games)||0.5||0.5||1.0||1.2||14-5||34.8%||1-0||25.0%||2-73||(30.5)||4-49||(11.7)||7-47|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||0.9||0.6||1.5||1.9||14-5||39.2%||1-0||46.2%||2-60||(24)||24-2||(10.4)||6-52|
|Stats For (Road Games)||0.3||0.3||0.7||2.0||14-3||25.6%||1-0||20.0%||2-60||(32.9)||4-57||(12.6)||6-44|
|Stats Against (All Games)||1.2||1.0||2.2|| ||14-4||30.6%||1-0||40.0%||3-65||(24.2)||2-16||(6.5)||7-55|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1.1||0.7||1.8|| ||14-5||38.5%||1-0||52.1%||3-62||(23.4)||18-2||(8.2)||7-58|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||1.5||1.2||2.7|| ||14-4||28.7%||1-0||22.2%||3-67||(23.8)||2-13||(5.4)||7-44|
|Last 3 Games||0-3||-3||1-2||2-0||23.3||11.0||347.0||(6.1)||1.7||30.3||13.3||376.7||(5.9)||0.7|
|Offense (All Games)||20.3||12.3||16.8||30:21||28-135||(4.8)||18-31||58.7%||201||(6.5)||59-335||(5.7)||(16.5)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||25.2||12.7||20.7||30:19||27-114||(4.2)||22-36||61.5%||249||(7)||63-363||(5.8)||(14.4)|
|Offense Home Games||20.0||14.0||18.0||30:54||30-156||(5.1)||19-31||60.2%||199||(6.4)||61-355||(5.8)||(17.7)|
|Defense (All Games)||25.9||12.5||19.9||29:39||27-106||(3.9)||23-35||66.4%||250||(7.1)||62-356||(5.7)||(13.7)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||23.4||11.2||20.3||30:00||27-112||(4.2)||22-36||61.3%||241||(6.7)||63-354||(5.6)||(15.1)|
|Defense Home Games||23.3||8.3||20.0||29:06||24-77||(3.3)||27-39||68.6%||298||(7.6)||63-376||(6)||(16.1)|
|Stats For (All Games)||1.1||0.5||1.5||-0.2||14-5||33.9%||1-0||62.5%||3-68||(21.5)||2-15||(8.7)||7-57|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||0.8||0.6||1.4||2||13-5||38.2%||1-0||47.9%||3-63||(23.7)||24-2||(10.2)||6-53|
|Stats For (Home Games)||1.0||0.7||1.7||-0.3||14-4||31.8%||0-0||33.3%||3-64||(21.3)||2-15||(8.9)||6-50|
|Stats Against (All Games)||0.6||0.8||1.4|| ||14-6||40.9%||0-0||20.0%||2-38||(21.5)||3-30||(10.6)||5-40|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1.2||0.6||1.8|| ||14-5||38.4%||1-0||44.5%||3-66||(23.8)||19-2||(8.8)||6-54|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||0.8||0.5||1.3|| ||14-6||39.1%||0-0||33.3%||2-41||(20.4)||2-20||(9.5)||6-49|
|Average power rating of opponents played: KANSAS CITY 17.8, OAKLAND 17.5|
|12/15/2013||@ OAKLAND|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/22/2013||INDIANAPOLIS|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/29/2013||@ SAN DIEGO|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|11/10/2013||@ NY GIANTS||20-24||L||7||W||41||O||25-107||11-26-106||2||38-133||12-22-118||3|
|12/8/2013||@ NY JETS||27-37||L||3||L||39||O||26-150||20-36-233||1||32-143||16-25-209||1|
|12/15/2013||KANSAS CITY|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/22/2013||@ SAN DIEGO|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/29/2013||DENVER|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|KANSAS CITY: New head coach Andy Reid will bring his West Coast offense to K.C., but unlike in Philly, his personnel with the Chiefs will force a more run-heavy approach. Jamaal Charles will be the focal point of the offense, as the Chiefs will incorporate a lot of zone blocking and stretch plays outside the tackles. They'll also use a lot of shotgun and spread formations to create space for Charles. Reid rode LeSean McCoy hard in Philly, and Charles is looking at a similarly huge workload. Rookie Knile Davis is coming off a rough season at Arkansas, but could emerge as the thunder in the Chiefs' backfield.
Reid and new offensive coordinator Doug Pederson, most recently his QB coach with the Eagles, will run a classic West Coast offense. Alex Smith will work off play-action a lot and they'll move the pocket around for him. Dwayne Bowe will spend most of his time at flanker as the No. 1 receiver in this offense, with Donnie Avery stretching the field as a split end. The Chiefs are built for a lot of two-tight end sets, with Anthony Fasano in-line and more likely to stay in and block, and rookie Travis Kelce as the pass-catching H-back. Reid has talked up Dexter McCluster, but he figures to be only a part-time weapon. In the red zone, Smith will likely be put on a lot of sprint-outs on what are run-pass options.
No team forced fewer turnovers (13) than the Chiefs last year, who had just four takeaways over the final eight games. New defensive coordinator Bob Sutton will try to mix things up with his 3-4 base that provides multiple looks and will blitz more than last year. The Chiefs had only five sacks coming from their defensive line in 2012, but OLBs Justin Houston and Tamba Hali combined for 19 sacks. The team added free agent CBs Dunta Robinson and Sean Smith to give the front seven more time to apply the pressure.|
|OAKLAND: There's been much talk about tailoring the running game to Darren McFadden again. The Raiders were slowly fazing out the zone-blocking looks last year, but this year they figure to go back to a man/power system full time. New offensive coordinator Greg Olson has made McFadden his No. 1 priority, and they'll ride him heavily as long as he stays healthy. Rashad Jennings, despite a brutal year in Jacksonville, will likely be Oakland's No. 2 back. On third downs, they'll occasionally let Marcel Reese stay in as the lone back.
Matt Flynn will fit Olson's passing game well, as it's a West Coast offense similar to Green Bay's and Seattle's. They will use a lot more in the way of quick-hitters and catch-and-run stuff, which bodes well for big receivers like Rod Streater and Juron Criner. Denarius Moore remains their most talented receiver, but his greatest asset is his deep speed, which doesn't mesh well with Flynn's dink-and-dunk arm. McFadden will be used heavily in the screen game. There's no telling what they'll do with their tight ends, because they don't have a starting-caliber TE on the roster. While they'd like to go with McFadden near the goal line, the Raiders will likely have to do a good amount of throwing due to their overmatched line.
The Raiders didn't do anything to address their weak pass rush that had the second-fewest sacks in the NFL (25), and actually let DEs Desmond Bryant and Matt Shaughnessy (7.5 combined sacks) both walk. However, they did sign two key starters -- WLB Kevin Burnett and MLB Nick Roach -- plus rookie SLB Sio Moore. Oakland also added quality players in the secondary in rookie CB D.J. Hayden, CB Tracy Porter, CB Mike Jenkins and S Charles Woodson to prevent another season of allowing 28 passing TD with just 11 INT.|
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO FOOTBALL PREVIEW (KANSAS CITY-OAKLAND) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(UPDATES with McCluster sidelined)
*Chiefs-Raiders Preview* ========================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
With their longest slide of the year behind them, the Kansas City Chiefs can now focus on clinching their first playoff berth in three seasons.
The Chiefs can secure a postseason spot on the road Sunday while trying to hand the Oakland Raiders a fourth consecutive defeat.
Kansas City (10-3) ended its three-game losing streak and regained some swagger with a 45-10 road rout against reeling Washington last Sunday.
"We still have it," defensive end Tyson Jackson told the Chiefs' official website. "There's a long road ahead of us and we still have to get some wins, but it's good to have the mojo going into the rest of the season.
"It's good for our confidence and we can build from the momentum to hopefully keep this going the rest of the season."
A victory or tie at Oakland (4-9) would secure a playoff berth. The Chiefs could also punch their ticket if Miami suffers a loss or ties against New England on Sunday or Baltimore falls or ties at Detroit on Monday night.
"It's a big deal," said receiver Dexter McCluster, who returned a punt 74 yards for a touchdown against the Redskins. "Having a chance to play in the postseason, you know, that's what we play for. Let the chips fall where they may right now."
What Kansas City hopes to do is build on a solid all-around performance.
The Chiefs allowed an average of 34.3 points and 371.0 passing yards while losing twice to Denver and at home against San Diego, but gave up 257 total yards to the Redskins and sacked Robert Griffin III five times.
Jamaal Charles rushed 19 times for a season-high 151 yards with a TD and caught a scoring pass from Alex Smith, who has thrown half of his 18 touchdowns in the last four contests.
In addition to McCluster's TD return, Quintin Demps took a kick back 95 yards for a score.
"I think that there are ups and downs in the National Football League," coach Andy Reid said. "I think you need to learn how to handle them and you can't get too high for the highs and you can't get too low for the lows.
"When you go through a three-game skid, that's not easy in the National Football League against good teams. You have to trust yourself; you have to trust the guys around you that you're going to fix the problem and that you're going to come to work with a purpose and I thought the guys did that."
Charles has averaged 6.9 yards per carry while gaining 359 and running for four TDs in the last three contests.
He recorded 128 total yards and ran for two scores as Kansas City snapped a three-game series skid with a 24-7 victory over Oakland on Oct. 13. The Chiefs had nine sacks on Terrelle Pryor and intercepted him three times, including one returned for a TD.
Though Pryor saw relief time during last Sunday's 37-27 road loss to the New York Jets, Matt McGloin is expected to make his fifth straight start. Pryor, who has started eight games, could also see time.
McGloin threw two TDs with an INT for a Raiders offense that came to life after trailing 20-3 at halftime last weekend.
Though Oakland is in the midst of its 11th straight season without a winning record, the team feels confident it can at least avoid a second consecutive 4-12 finish.
"I think we're a lot closer," embattled coach Dennis Allen said. "Obviously the record doesn't say so. We all recognize that at the end of the day this is a production business. We understand that you are what your record says you are. But I also know there's a lot of areas where this football team has improved."
With Charles coming to town, the Raiders need to improve a rush defense that's allowed 287 yards on the ground to Dallas and New York in the last two weeks. They yielded an average of 99.1 in the first 11 contests.
Oakland has also allowed Tennessee, the Cowboys and Jets to go 24 of 44 on third down during the three-game skid.
"I do think the defense is worn down, but we have to go out and we have to tackle and we have to do the things we have to do to be able to get off the field," said Allen, whose team also is trying to avoid a third straight home defeat. "It'll be something that we'll continue to work on."
It's uncertain if running backs Darren McFadden (ankle) and Rashad Jennings (concussion) will play after both missed last weekend's contest. Fullback Marcel Reese fared well in their place, rushing for a career-high 123 yards and a TD on 19 attempts against the Jets.
McFadden ran 16 times for 52 yards at Kansas City in October after he gained 224 on 59 carries in the two 2012 meetings.
Looking for its first season sweep of the Raiders since 2006, Kansas City has dropped two of three at Oakland since winning seven straight there.
McCluster will sit out Sunday after a small cut on his ankle turned into an infection following last week's game against Washington. The Chiefs were concerned it was MRSA, but trainer Rick Burkholder said tests came back negative for the serious strain of staph infection. McCluster is being treated with antibiotics.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 4:47:41 AM EST|