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Christmas Eve Game, Raiders and Chiefs: Fan’s Look at Injury Updates and Last Year’s Battles
The countdown to the Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs game is down to just minutes. I hope everyone in the Raider Nation is ready for this tough battle on Christmas Eve. First I'll take a quick look at the latest injury updates for both teams, and a recap of 2010's great games to get us in the mood and get that positive energy going.
As we already knew, running back Darren McFadden is out. A best case scenario would be a return in the final game of the season against the San Diego Chargers, and the only way that will happen is if the Raiders beat the Chiefs today and they're in playoff contention. McFadden wants to play, but if he does, he'll be playing through pain. He should probably call it quits for this season and not jeopardize his future.
Receiver Jacoby Ford is out for his sixth consecutive game, and Michael Huff will miss his second. That news is unfortunate, as we really could have used both players today. Huff was sorely missed last week against the Lions, still, I believe we'll persevere. John Henderson is also out and will be missed on the D-line.
Now that that's out of the way, let's take a look at the great games the Raiders gave us last year against Kansas City.
Just after the calendar turned to 2011, the Silver and Black gave us a good start to the New Year by blasting Kansas City 31-10 on January 2.
Though the Raiders were out of contention for the playoffs, the win made them the only team since the 1970 merger to go unbeaten in their division and still not make the playoffs. In that game, running back Michael Bush rushed for 137 yards. He had 25 carries and scored a touchdown. Though he was listed as questionable for today's game, it sounds like he'll be on the field today and he'll be counted on to come through once again.
Kamerion Wimbley had a big day back on January 2 as well, with three of the seven sacks against the Chiefs. Chaz Schilens was also key and grabbed a touchdown pass from Jason Campbell in the end zone.
On November 7, 2010, the Raiders gave us yet another wild game when they rallied to beat the Chiefs in overtime, 23-20. Though I'd prefer not to have such an anxiety ridden finish, I'll take a win however we can get it. In that battle, it was the Raiders' exceptional kicker, Sebastian Janikowski who was able to get the win for the Silver and Black, with the game-winning field goal kick in overtime. Let's hope the Polish Cannon does us just as proud today.
Yes, we'll be without Jacoby Ford who was the star of the show in Oakland last November against Kansas City, but we've got to believe we'll see another great performance by a Raider and make this game his time to shine. Darrius Heyward-Bey perhaps? However we do it, Just win baby, and give the Raider Nation an extra Merry Christmas this year!
K.C. Dermody grew up in the Bay Area of California, and has been an Oakland Raiders fan from the time she could walk. She has continued her loyalty to the team through its many ups and downs over the decades, and has been privileged to meet several of her favorite players, including famed quarterback, Jim Plunkett . Follow her at www.facebook.com/KCDermodyWriter or on Twitter @kcdermody.
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