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Palmer Era Starts in Oakland

Hated rivals clash again in Oakland as the Chiefs visit the Raiders with the Carson Palmer era beginning for Raider Nation.

The roadies have done very well lately, with Kansas City going 7-1 SU in its last eight trips to face their AFC West foes and going back to 1983 they are 15-4 ATS in 19 visits. But does that hold up in 2011 as the improving Raiders (4-1-1 ATS) host the struggling, injury-riddled Chiefs?

Oddsmakers are giving plenty of credit to Kansas City, which comes off its bye week, making them just 3.5-point underdogs. That factors the injury to Raiders QB Jason Campbell and the unknowns associated with a rusty Palmer arriving.

Of note, Oakland is 8-3 ATS in the past 11 seasons before a bye week.

View Kansas City vs Oakland Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Oakland opened as 3.5-point favorites , while the NFL total was set at 43 for over under betting. [ Best Raiders favorite line at 5Dimes ]

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to the Power Rankings here at OddsShark it's the No. 17-rated Raiders and the No. 31-rated Chiefs in this matchup. Predictive formulas point to a 26-10 win for the Raiders on Sunday.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Oakland's No. 8-ranked offense, averaging 26.7 PPG, against a Chiefs defense that ranks No. 32 this week at 30 PPG. The Raiders aerial game is averaging 212.8 yards per game, less than the Chiefs secondary allows through the air, 249.6 YPG per game.

Defensively, the Chiefs feature the league's No. 9-rated road run defense, allowing 94.7 yards per game. Oakland, meanwhile, ranks No. 1 in rushing offense at home.

In their last action, Kansas City was a 28-24 winner on the road against the Colts. They covered the 1–point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (52) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Last time out, Matt Cassel threw for 4 scores and 257 yards in leading his team past Indianapolis at Lucas Oil Stadium.

The Raiders were a 24-17 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Browns. They earned a push of the 7–point spread as favorites, while the total score (41) made winners of UNDER bettors. The Raiders grabbed a Week 6 victory over the Browns in their last game, winning 24-17 at O.co Coliseum.

Kansas City Chiefs Trends:
When playing in October are 5-5
When playing on grass are 4-6
After outgaining opponent are 6-4
When playing within the division are 3-7

Oakland Raiders Trends:
When playing in October are 6-4
When playing on grass are 7-3
After outgaining opponent are 4-6
When playing within the division are 8-2

A few Chiefs at Raiders trends to consider:
Kansas City is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Oakland
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Kansas City's last 6 games when playing Oakland
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Kansas City's last 6 games when playing on the road against Oakland
Kansas City is 11-5 SU in its last 16 games when playing Oakland
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Oakland's last 6 games when playing at home against Kansas City
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Oakland's last 6 games when playing Kansas City
Oakland is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Kansas City
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Oakland's last 7 games at home

Next up:
Kansas City home to San Diego, Monday, October 31
Oakland home to Denver, Sunday, November 6

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