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Oakland 10 0 0 0 10
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RingCentral Coliseum, Oakland, California  Weather: 70°, Clear  Attendance: 52,748

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Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders

  1. The Chiefs are 10-2 against the Raiders in Andy Reid's tenure as Kansas City head coach, outscoring Oakland by 12.4 points per game. In the team's Week 17 meeting at KC last year, the Chiefs won, 35-3; the 32-point margin was the largest for either team in the series since 1975.
  2. KC's 40-26 victory at Jacksonville in Week 1 stretched the Chiefs' September winning streak to eight games; the team has scored at least 24 points in all eight games. Overall, Kansas City has a streak of 22 consecutive games scoring 24 or more points, the longest such string in NFL history.
  3. Following Monday night's win over Denver, the Raiders seek their second 2-0 start in the last three seasons -- prior to 2017, Oakland had not opened a season with consecutive victories since 2002, Against the Broncos, Oakland converted 10 of 14 third downs, allowed no sacks, and did not commit a giveaway.
  4. Patrick Mahomes has thrown multiple TD passes in each of his last 12 starts; in his last six games -- two of them against the Raiders -- Mahomes has 16 touchdown passes and two interceptions. In four career games in the month of September, Mahomes has 16 TD passes and no interceptions in 126 pass attempts, averaging 318.5 yards per game.
  5. Derek Carr has been intercepted only twice in his last 12 games; both of those picks came in last year's season finale at KC. In his last two home games versus the Chiefs, Carr has passed for 702 yards, six TDs and no interceptions. Carr's 417 passing yards against KC in the 2017 game in Oakland are his career high for a non-overtime game.
  6. The players on Kansas City's active roster have combined for 211 career offensive touchdowns and more than 31,000 scrimmage yards. Oakland's active players have 67 scrimmage touchdowns between them and just over 11,000 yards from scrimmage.
Team Comparison

Kansas City
 
Oakland
40.0 Points 24.0
378.0 Pass Yds 259.0
113.0 Rush Yds 98.0
2 Takeaways 0
(AP Photo/D. Ross Cameron, File)

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Tyreek Hill streaking downfield for big receptions from Patrick Mahomes figured to be a major part of Kansas City's passing offense this year.

The Raiders were counting on technician Antonio Brown to get open on intermediate and deep balls to provide a needed spark in Oakland.

When these two AFC West rivals meet Sunday in the second game of the season in Oakland, they both will need to figure out how to thrive without their most dangerous receiving options.

"I'm big on next guy up," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. "We've done that over the years and so I expect the next guys to step up and play. Nobody is alike, but most of the guys at this level have strengths, and so you play to their strengths and then you keep coaching them and teaching them to make their things that maybe they're not as strong better. But when you are putting your game plan together, you play to your strengths."

Hill was sidelined by a broken collarbone in a season-opening 40-26 win at Jacksonville. Sammy Watkins stepped up to fill that void last week with nine catches for 198 yards and three touchdowns.

Second-round pick Mecole Hardman also figures to carry a heavier load this week.

The Raiders did just fine in last week's 24-16 win over Denver two days after releasing Brown following weeks of turmoil and missed practices.

Tyrell Williams had six catches for 105 yards and a touchdown, showing he has the skills to be the No. 1 receiver the Raiders thought he could be when they made him their top target in free agency even before making the trade for Brown.

"It's definitely an opportunity I've been excited for," Williams said. "My second year in the league when Keenan Allen had gotten hurt, I kind of was the No. 1 receiver that year (for the Chargers). I kind of just went unnoticed I guess. Just getting this opportunity and being able to showcase this is exciting."

Tight end Darren Waller, whose career has been hampered by substance abuse issues, had seven catches for 70 yards and proved to be a matchup nightmare for Denver's defense.

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WORKHORSE BACK

One of the big questions surrounding running back Josh Jacobs after the Raiders drafted him 24th overall was how he'd handle the load of a featured back in the NFL after being a part-time player at Alabama. Jacobs had more than 15 carries in a game just twice in college but raced past that mark in his NFL debut when he ran 23 times for 85 yards and two TDs and caught a 28-yard pass. He became the first player since LaDainian Tomlinson in 2001 to gain at least 100 yards from scrimmage and score two rushing touchdowns in his debut.

"It was just something to show durability," he said. "That I can take 20 carries a game and still come out and be full."

OPPORTUNISTIC D

Since Reid took over as coach in Kansas City in 2013, the Chiefs lead the NFL with 26 defensive touchdowns. No opponent has been victimized more than the Raiders, who have given up four of those scores, including two thrown by Derek Carr in 2015 and last season. Carr has thrown nine career interceptions against the Chiefs, his most against any opponent.

BLIND SIDE

The Raiders saw big improvement from second-year left tackle Kolton Miller in the opener. After allowing an NFL-worst 14 sacks as a rookie, according to Sports Info Solutions, Miller completely shut down Denver's Bradley Chubb last week. He gets another tough test this week against Frank Clark, who had 2 1/2 sacks against Oakland last year when he was with Seattle and faced Miller on a gimpy knee.

"He's just stronger, he's more experienced, he's healthy," coach Jon Gruden said. "Those are three things that have taken his game to another level and he's got to continue to prove it every week."

END OF ERA

This game could be the final one played with infield dirt across the field. What once was a common sight in the era of multipurpose stadiums is now almost a relic as the Coliseum is the only remaining stadium used by NFL and baseball teams. The Raiders' next scheduled game in Oakland isn't until Nov. 3, after the end of the World Series, so the dirt will be gone for the final five home games of the season; they have a home game in London. The Raiders are set to move to Las Vegas next season, where dirt won't be an issue.

"It hurts. It hurts tackling and falling on that dirt," Raiders safety Karl Joseph said. "But that's part of who we are, the Raiders. I don't think I'll miss falling on that dirt too much.

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AP Sports Writer Dave Skretta contributed to this report

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Updated September 12, 2019

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