For the Raiders to leave Kansas City with a share of first place in the AFC West, they need to play flawless on defense and Derek Carr needs to slay his cold-weather demons.
Here are three things to watch for as the 6-5 Raiders take on the 7-4 Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday.
The Raiders visit the Chiefs at 1:25 p.m. Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.
This game presents the biggest coaching challenge for Jon Gruden since he left the broadcasting booth. His team is young, and its confidence was badly shaken last weekend.
While slot corner Lamarcus Joyner is set to return on Sunday, the Raiders could be without right tackle Trent Brown against the Chiefs.
Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is still looking for his first win at Arrowhead Stadium. The Raiders have not won in Kansas City since 2012.
A week after allowing 34 points to the Jets, the Raiders defense has to counter the vaunted Chiefs offense.
The tight end has seen his numbers dip after a phenomenal start as defenses focus on shutting down the Raiders’ top target.
Hunter Renfrow and Derek Carr had uncanny chemistry, especially on third downs. Replicating that will be a challenge for the Raiders.
The NFL, understanding the importance of Sunday’s AFC West matchup between the Chiefs and Raiders, flexed it to the late afternoon time slot to feature it as the CBS national game of the week.