Denny Medley-US PRESSWIRE
No team has been more disappointing than the Kansas City Chiefs this year, although the Oakland Raiders are giving them a run for their money.
It's been a miserable year for both teams. Kansas City comes in with two wins while the Raiders can claim only three. The Chiefs had high expectations coming into the season, only to watch everything fall apart from the start. The team has gone through just about everything this year, from benching Matt Cassel to the tragedy involving Javon Belcher.
Oakland has endured tough times of its own, with head coach Dennis Allen losing his father last week. The Raiders have been just as brutal as Kansas City on the field, aside from the game in which they beat the Chiefs in Arrowhead Stadium back in October.
Meet the Oakland Raiders
Many experts thought the defense would be the Achilles heel coming into the season for Oakland, and that has turned out to be the case.
The Raiders haven't been able to stop either offensive strategy, ranking 28th against the pass and 26th versus the run. It's been just about impossible to watch the secondary, which will have a different look this week after starting corner Ron Bartell was released.
One bright spot has been the play of Carson Palmer. While Palmer certainly doesn't remind anyone of Tom Brady, the USC product has thrown for 22 touchdowns and 3,805 yards. However, he has committed 21 turnovers, including 14 interceptions.
Meet the Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City is 2-11 and currently looking at the No. 1 overall pick. With three more losses, the Chiefs will lock up the selection as they would win the tiebreaker against the Jacksonville Jaguars due to strength of schedule.
At this point, it would be about the only thing that Kansas City can look forward to. With a desperate need at quarterback, the Chiefs would have a chance to draft a player like Geno Smith should they so choose.
In the mean time, it's up to Brady Quinn and Romeo Crennel to lead Kansas City to a win or two. Given that, the Chiefs are assured the top pick.
Local Takes: Oakland Raiders
Levi Damien from Silver and Black Pride says this about the Raiders game plan to stop Chiefs' running back Jamaal Charles:
Last time the Raiders played he Chiefs, they handed the ball to Charles just five times and he had a total of four yards. With the Raiders keying on stopping him, the Chiefs went away from their star back to try and get their yards. The result was one of the Raiders three wins on the season.
Local Takes: Kansas City Chiefs
Joel Thorman from Arrowhead Pride remembers Todd Haley being fired a year ago this week and asks are the Chiefs better off? Hardly:
Romeo Crennel was eventually hired. The Chiefs brought in a few free agents. They picked up their players in the draft. And they have played into December this year at 2-11.
Follow the Fun
The Chiefs lost Dwayne Bowe for the season last week, which means their passing game has been completely taken away. Despite Oakland's defense being a disaster, even the Raiders can stop Kansas City.
Jamaal Charles can only do so much against 8-man fronts geared on stopping him without any fear of a passing attack. Brady Quinn certainly isn't going to make teams back off the line, especially without an elite receiver to pose a threat.
Offensively, Oakland should be able to score enough to earn its fourth victory of the year. The Raiders haven't proven to be overly effective with the ball, but luckily for them the Chiefs haven't shown the ability to stop anybody on a consistent basis.
The pick: 20-6, Raiders
The Raiders are favored by three points, according to Oddsshark.