Can it be Thursday yet?
Hyperbole is the most overused aspect of sports: He’s the greatest player of all time, that was the greatest play/catch ever, etc. But it’s not in this case. Thursday night’s Chiefs vs Raiders matchup is the NFL’s best game of the year. Not just because of the playoff implications, but also because both teams have an historic hatred for each other. The Chiefs and Raiders will fight tooth and nail for every yard and point scored. Every drive will have drama. Every player will be battered and bruised. Whoever wins will have control of the AFC West, arguably the NFL’s best division, and the No. 2 seed in the playoffs, which has home-field advantage and an important first round bye.
In the last meeting between these two teams, the Chiefs traveled to Oakland and dominated the
Raiders in every aspect of the game — offense, defense, special teams, and coaching — winning 26-10. The Raiders have a lot to prove Thursday night, despite winning six games in a row. If they are to beat the Chiefs at Arrowhead (the loudest stadium in the world), every player and coach must execute a flawless game plan. Raiders quarterback Derek Carr and his high-octane offense will need to be completely in sync against a dominate Chiefs defense that features pro bowl players on every defensive level; DL Dontari Poe, LB Derrick Johnson, LB Justin Houston, CB Marcus Peters, and DB Eric Berry. The Chiefs, on the other hand, will need to exploit a weak Raiders defense. The only hitch is the Chiefs offense has played well below expectations this season, with most of the blame shouldered by quarterback Alex Smith. In order for Smith to improve, he will need to run the ball more and take shots downfield. The Chiefs have to score quickly and frequently if they are to beat the Raiders.
TickPick has experienced one of the steepest surges in ticket sales all season for this game. With a get-in price of only $39, ticket prices will continue to stay very affordable for the biggest game of the year. There is not a better deal for any NFL game right now. Ticket sales have increased over 20 percent in the last 24 hours alone and will continue to skyrocket up to kickoff. Both fanbases are desperate to see their teams take hold of the AFC West. It has been six years since the Chiefs won the division and 14 for the Raiders. It’s time for both teams to finally end their division-title drought. Tomorrow night’s game will more than likely feature the eventual AFC West champ. This game is a toss up. Do not miss it as two playoff caliber teams will battle for a shot at a their division.