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NFL Insights Chiefs vs. Raiders

As the final half of the 2014 NFL season winds to an end, teams are starting to play more division games, and we will get to watch one of the oldest rivalries in the league, when the Kansas City Chiefs go to Oakland to play the Raiders on Thursday Night Football.

Kansas City Chiefs (7-3) vs. Oakland Raiders (0-10), Thursday, November 20, 8:30 PM. ET. NFL.

The Chiefs will be going for their sixth straight win against the winless Raiders, but should be in for a tough fight against their old rivals. After being written off early in the season, Kansas City has suddenly become one of the best, if not the best team in the NFL. They have won seven of their last eight games, and have done so against some of the best teams in the league, which will make them a very tough opponent in the playoffs, especially if they have home field advantage, which looks very likely with the way they are playing.

The Raiders are 0-10, and will be hoping to get their first win of the year against the Chiefs, a team that they have defeated in five of their last eight meetings. The Raiders were swept by the Chiefs last season, for the first time since 2006, and will be trying to end their two game losing streaks to Kansas City on Thursday night. Despite the fact that they haven't won a game yet this season, the Raiders have been close to winning a few games, but just couldn't finish, and they are hoping the Chiefs, who haven't played very well on the road in their last two games will play poorly enough for them to get the win.

Kansas City was led by Jamaal Charles last season, but Knile Davis has turned out to be a very good change of pace running back, which has allowed Charles to get some additional rest, which he didn't have last year. The emergence of Davis has given the Chiefs a two headed monster at the running back position, which has made life difficult for opposing defenses.

The Chiefs also have one of the best pass defenses in the league, and are limiting their opponents to 201 yards in the air, and allow the second fewest points per game at 17.1. They also have the league's leading pass rusher in Justin Houston, who leads the NFL with 12 sacks, and will bring a lot of pressure against the weak Oakland offensive line.

With the exception of their blowout loss against Denver, the Raiders have played well in their last five games, but couldn't get over the hump, and they are hoping they will finally be able to do so against Kansas City. For them to have a chance to win this game, they need to get their running game going, because they have the worst ranked running game, averaging only 63 yards a game. Their lack of a running game puts all the pressure on their rookie quarterback, and also makes it very easy for their opponents to defend against them, and rush their quarterback. If they can run the ball successfully against the Chiefs, who have one of the worst run defenses in the league, they will have a good chance to win the game.

Game Line: The Chiefs are favored to win the game by 7.5 points, the Over/Under is 43.5 points.

Personal Pick: The Chiefs will win a hard fought contest in Oakland.

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