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{Module NFL Icon} The Kansas City Chiefs opened as 2.5 point underdogs against the Oakland Raiders this Sunday at the Coliseum according to Sportsbook. That was slightly surprising considering the Chiefs are 5-2 but the Raiders are starting to come alive with 73 points scored over the last two weeks.

Betting on sports, note that both teams are coming off consecutive wins in Week 7 and 8. We suggested that with the Raiders rise in recent weeks, and the Chiefs first place standing in the division, this was the biggest game in eight years for the Raiders. They're also trying to do something they haven't done in eight years which is to beat the Chiefs in their own place.  Indeed the Raiders have not beaten the Chiefs in Oakland since 2002.

Six of those seven Chiefs victories came by a touchdown or less which should tell you all you need to know about this rivalry.

The Trent Green/Dick Vermeil era dominated the Raiders at home as did the Herm Edwards/Damon Huard/Brodie Croyle/Tyler Thigpen era which in 2008 won only one other game outside of the road win at Oakland, and then there's the Todd Haley/Matt Cassel era who kicked things off right with a victory in Oakland last year.

Playing in the Black Hole is difficult but the Chiefs have mastered the art of it in recent years. It doesn't hurt that the Raiders have been, well, pretty terrible during that time span. If we're going to believe history, this will be a close game -- but a Chiefs victory.

Oakland Raiders rookie middle linebacker Rolando McClain briefly broke his long silence to the media to make a plea to Raiders fans to come out to this week's game, saying that if enough fans come out to sell out a game, then he will talk to the media. McClain has not done an interview with the local media since the season opener against Tennesee on September 12th. He has declined numerous requests since then. When asked Monday if he had time to talk, McClain said he wouldn't give an interview until the Raiders sold out a game.



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