Game Scout: Chiefs at Raiders

Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

Kansas City Chiefs (10-3) at Oakland Raiders (4-9)
Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, o.Co Coliseum, Oakland - TV: CBS
*TV announcers: Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts
*Keys to the game: The Chiefs have outscored Oakland by a cumulative score of 24-22 in the past two meetings. Kansas City doesn't mind a low-scoring game, especially with two quarterbacks to prepare for; Matt McGloin can expect to give way to Terrelle Pryor for the occasional series, Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. FB Marcel Reece last week became the fourth player to top 100 rushing yards for the Raiders this season. Rashad Jennings will start Sunday, but Reece's versatility holds linebackers who have to respect Reece as a receiver on flat and wheel routes. The Chiefs lead the NFL with a plus-15 turnover differential and thrive by forcing turnovers and clock-draining drives. QB Alex Smith is 22nd in passer rating and 36th in yards per pass attempt (6.2 yards) in the lightweight West Coast hybrid offense. RB Jamaal Charles leads Kansas City in rushing and receiving and had a season-best 151 rushing yards last week.
*Matchup to watch - Raiders LT Jared Veldheer vs. Chiefs OLB Tamba Hali: Hali terrorized Pryor in the first meeting between the two teams and has 11 sacks after notching two last week. Veldheer came back on Thanksgiving after missing 11 games due to triceps surgery. He has played well and shown no effects from the injury to the point the Raiders will allow him to work solo against Hali.
*Player spotlight - Raiders WR Rod Streater: With a career game last week (130 yards), Streater is pushing to become the first 1,000-yard receiver for the Raiders since Randy Moss in 2005.
*Fast facts: If the Raiders lose their final three games, they'll end the season with a six-game losing streak and 4-12 record for the second consecutive season. ... The Chiefs are 5-1 on the road this season.
Oakland can run enough to make Kansas City sweat. If the Chiefs are dialed in defensively, the second half might well become an extended victory lap.
*Our pick: Chiefs 24-12