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by CK Rairden
Landmark columnist

A Oakland (0-0) at Kansas City (0-0)
Arrowhead Stadium: Noon Central.
Line: Oakland -3
STREAKS/RECORDS: Oakland has won three straight. Chiefs lead series 40-39-2.
LAST TIME WE MET: 11/5/00: Chiefs 31 at Raiders 49. Oakland QB Rich Gannon passes for 4 TDs, two apiece to WR Andre Rison and TE Rickey Dudley.
TV: CBS (12:00 PM CT): Kevin Harlan, Dan Dierdorf, Bonnie Bernstein (Field reporter)
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-Oakland had NFL’s top ground game last season (154.4 yards per) & AFC-most 23 TD runs.
-QB Rich Gannon is 20-12 in two seasons as club’s starter. Has 810 passing yards & 9 TD passes in past 3 vs. Chiefs.
-Ranked second in AFC last season with 29.9 points per game avg.
-RB Tyrone Wheatley has 345 scrimmage yards & 4 TDs in past 3 vs. Chiefs.
-Raiders had fewest giveaways (20) in conference in ’00.

-Chiefs have won 7 of past 10 at Arrowhead Stadium & 11 of past 12 home openers.
-WR Derrick Alexander had 217 rec. yards & 2 TD vs. Oakland in 2000.
-TE Tony Gonzalez has TD catch in 4 of past 5 vs. Raiders.
-Chiefs have NFL-high 141 takeaways since 1997.
-Chiefs held the ball for only 47:30 vs. Oakland in 2000.
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Injury Report:
LB Mike Maslowski knee Out; C Casey Wiegmann abdomen Out; WR Derrick Alexander ankle Questionable; LB Larry Atkins foot Questionable; LB Donnie Edwards ankle Probable; WR Chris Thomas calf Probable.
DT Rod Coleman pectoral muscle Doubtful; LB Greg Biekert hamstring Questionable; RB Terry Kirby hip Questionable; WR Jerry Porter shoulder Questionable.
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When the Raiders have the ball:
The Raiders have successfully run the ball against the Chiefs during their current three game win streak. They will attempt to do so again.
Keep an eye on the KC defense bringing up extra players near the line of scrimmage to defense the run.
When the Chiefs have the ball:
The Chiefs need to move the chains. They will use a short passing game and various formations to attempt to catch the Raiders defense out of position.
Keep an eye on the pressure Oakland tries to put on new Chiefs QB Trent Green.
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Time of Possession last year:
Raiders 72:30, Chiefs 47.30