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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Raiders and Chiefs are such bitter foes that not even a late-season game between losing teams with no hope of a division title or playoff berth would take away the importance of a matchup.Now, consider the stakes when they meet Thursday night.The Raiders are 10-2 and leading the AFC West, one of the surprise teams in the NFL, while the Chiefs are 9-3, with a win over Oakland already in their pocket. The winner of their prime-time matchup at frosty Arrowhead Stadium will have the inside track on ending a lengthy division title drought, not to mention the potential for a first-round playoff bye and a home game in the second round.We know the type of game it is, big game, Chiefs wide receiver Albert Wilson said. The Chiefs and Raiders have a long history against each other. You understand the importance and what youre playing for, but you have to treat it like any other game.Good luck with that.The Raiders are trying to win their seventh straight for the first time since 1976, when they later beat the Vikings in the Super Bowl. And theyre trying to reach the 11-win plateau for the first time since 2002, a season that also ended in the Super Bowl with a loss to the Buccaneers.The Chiefs have won seven of their last eight, a stretch that began with a 26-10 win in Oakland on Oct. 16, and have won four straight against their old AFL rivals. And while the Raiders are chasing their first division title since 2002 , the Chiefs are trying for their first since 2010 .Significant stakes, to be sure. Just like in the 1960s, when the Raiders and Chiefs were often in contention.We always have old players come in and talk to us and tell us how violent the games used to be, and how physical they used to be, Raiders quarterback Derek Carr said , and obviously, they talk about how the games changed and things like that, as all past players do. Thats really the main thing that sticks out -- how violent and physical the games were. They would always talk about that.Theres a good chance Thursday nights game looks similar.First, the Chiefs have ferocious linebacker Justin Houston back from the knee injury that sidelined him for the first matchup. And the Raiders counter with a defense led by Khalil Mack that shut out Buffalo for most of the second half last week, allowing Oakland to rally for a 38-24 victory.Then, consider the weather: The forecast calls for temperatures in the teens at kickoff, with a wind chill that could dip into the single digits by the fourth quarter.It should make for an old-school matchup with stakes that couldnt be much higher .You have to get ready for the team. You cant worry about all that, Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. You spend all your energy studying the team and getting yourself to know the game plan. Anything short of that I think youre short-changing yourself, if youre worried about magnitudes and all that stuff.As the Raiders and Chiefs prepare to meet for the 116th time, here are some key story lines:MACLIN IN THE SADDLE: Chiefs wide receiver Jeremy Maclin has missed four games with a groin injury, but hes been practicing the past couple of weeks and theres optimism hell be available. If thats the case, itll be an awesome addition, Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith said. Jeremy is a special player.SERIES DOMINANCE: The Chiefs have won six of the last seven in the series, Raiders coach Jack Del Rio is winless against Kansas City in three tries with the silver and black, and Smith is 8-1 against the Raiders in his career. I dont know if you can lump them together, Smith said. You try to play the chess game here in the rematch: what is different, what can we change?GIMMICKY? SURE: Del Rio took some heat from Chiefs fans for calling Smiths play gimmicky after their first meeting, but he intended it as a compliment. The constant shifts, unorthodox lineups and fake handoffs kept getting Oakland out of position. Those are effective plays. You can call it what you want, Del Rio said. If the word is something they dont like, too bad.DOUBLE TROUBLE: While Mack gets the attention on Oaklands defense with sacks in seven straight games, and back-to-back games with strip-sacks and recoveries, linebacker Bruce Irvin also must be feared. He has sacks in three straight games. We feed off each others energy, Mack said.SHOTGUN SNAPS: After hurting his pinkie two weeks ago while taking a snap, Carr has not gone under center. He worked exclusively out of the shotgun against Carolina, then the shotgun and pistol formations against Buffalo. We worked a lot on it in the offseason, Carr said of the pistol. Its cool to actually take it out there and use it.TAY TRAIN: After missing the first meeting with Kansas City with turf toe, Latavius Murray will be counted on to give the Raiders a big boost. He has six touchdowns in the past four games. 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After a first half in which he thought "the lid was on the basket," the Toronto Raptors coach watched his squad mount a second half surge to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers 98-91. Suspended Oakland Raiders outside linebacker Aldon Smith met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and other league staff Friday in hopes of being reinstated, a league source confirmed to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.Smiths yearlong suspension for violating the leagues rules on substance abuse ended Nov. 17. He applied for reinstatement Oct. 3.No decision on reinstatement will be made Friday, the source told ESPN. The NFL Network first reported that Smith was meeting with Goodell in New York.Smiths suspension fell under the collectively bargained substances of abuse policy, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in an email last month. McCarthy said many steps have to be satisfied within 60 days of the players application for reinstatement before it can be granted.Per a report by Schefter, Smith spent 120 days at a rehabilitation facility in Carbondale, Colorado, after a Periscope video was posted -- on an account purportedly belonging to Smith -- of an unidentified man and woman talkking about a hand-rolled cigarette.ddddddddddddmith has denied it was him in the video, which was posted over the summer. The NFL was going to investigate the video, according to ESPNs Ed Werder, since it may have violated the terms of Smiths suspension.Smith has had issues before, going to rehab in 2013 and serving a nine-game suspension in 2014 for violating the leagues personal conduct and substance abuse policies while with the San Francisco 49ers. The Niners cut him in training camp in 2015 after his fifth arrest since entering the league in 2011. He signed with the Raiders in September 2015 before being suspended that November.Although he was under suspension, and not allowed to have formal contact with the team as part of the suspension, the Raiders re-signed him to a two-year contract in April following his 3.5 sacks in nine games for Oakland. China NFL Hoodies Wholesale Nike NFL Jerseys Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys NFL Jerseys Cheap Cheap Jerseys Online Wholesale Jerseys 2018 Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale ' ' '

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