Place: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
Kansas City Chiefs fans are getting what they want – a permanent switch at quarterback from Matt Cassel to Brady Quinn. Quinn will make his second straight start – and first since coach Romeo Crennel appointed him the quarterback for the foreseeable future – when the Chiefs seek to end a three-game losing streak against the visiting Oakland Raiders. The Chiefs were blown out 38-10 by Tampa Bay prior to their bye week, their fourth loss by at least 15 points.
Quinn, who was 22-of-38 for 180 yards and two interceptions in his first start in three years, will try to help Kansas City end a five-game home losing streak to the Raiders. Oakland rallied from a 14-point deficit to defeat Jacksonville for its second win last week. The Raiders have won six of the last nine meetings, including a 16-13 overtime victory last season.
Oakland Raiders (2-4): The Raiders, 0-3 on the road this season, overcame three turnovers and a 20-6 deficit to beat Jacksonville last week. Sebastian Janikowski kicked a 40-yard field goal after Cecil Shorts fumbled on the first possession of overtime. Carson Palmer finished 26-of-46 for 298 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
He also ran for a score. The Raiders’ new zone-blocking scheme hasn’t worked thus far. Oakland is 31st in the league in rushing (76.8 ypg) despite having one of the most electrifying tailbacks in the league in Darren McFadden. McFadden is averaging 2.6 yards per carry over the last three games. Meanwhile, Oakland is 27th in scoring defense (28.5).
Kansas City Chiefs (1-5): Kansas City fans distastefully cheered when Cassel suffered a concussion on Oct. 7 against Baltimore. Cassel has been cleared, but Crennel announced Monday that Quinn will be the quarterback the rest of the way. Quinn, who is 3-10 as a starter, needs Jamaal Charles (12 carries, 40 yards vs.
Tampa Bay) and the Chiefs’ third-ranked rushing attack (164.0) to rebound from a poor effort against the Buccaneers. The possible return of Peyton Hillis (ankle) may help. While the fans unmercifully boo the 29th-ranked scoring offense (17.3), there’s plenty of blame to go around: Kansas City is 30th in scoring defense (30.5).
1. McFadden has rushed for 199 yards in two games against Kansas City. He ran for 164 yards and a score on 21 carries in a 23-8 victory in 2008.
2. Charles is averaging an NFL-best 119.3 yards from scrimmage (591 rushing, 125 receiving).
3. Kansas City has lost four straight at home – its longest losing streak at Arrowhead since a 10-game slide during the 2008 and 2009 seasons.