Stage set for Sunday Night Football AFC West showdown
Sunday Night Football is setting up to be as big of a regular season game in November as it gets.
The Kansas City Chiefs are looking to fend off a season sweep at the hands of the Las Vegas Raiders as the rivalry swings into the Silver State and Allegiant Stadium, marking the first Sunday Night Football on it’s new home-field.
In week five, the Raiders were on the right side of a 40-32 win over the Chiefs in Kansas City.
It marked the franchise’s first road win against its rival since 2012.
Vegas will be in search of a sweep of Kansas City for the first time since that year as well.
Raiders quarterback Derek Carr threw for 347 yards and three touchdowns to just one interception out dueling Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes who threw for 340 yards and two touchdowns to just one interception.
Not only was that the first interception of the season for Mahomes but it remains the lone blemish on his 2020 stat line.
Carr found success with multiple targets including wide receivers Henry Ruggs and Nelson Agholor as well as tight end Darren Waller.
Ruggs racked up 118 yards on two receptions while Agholor tallied 67 yards on two receptions.
Waller added 48 yards on five receptions.
All three players recorded a touchdown on the day.
Running back Josh Jacobs also rushed for 77 yards on 23 carries, scoring twice.
That remains the only loss for Kansas City as the team sits in first place in the AFC West at 8-1 overall.
Vegas sits just below in second place at 6-3.
However, the Raiders are looking to stay undefeated in the AFC, hoping to improve to 4-0.
In his career, Carr has struggled against the Chiefs in a way that has been vastly different from any other team.
Carr has a 3-10 overall record in games played against Kansas City.
That mark ranks as the only team he has a losing record against with a minimum of four games played.
In those 13 games, Carr has completed 60 percent of his passes, throwing for over 3,000 yards with 18 touchdowns but 14 interceptions.
He has also been sacked 33 times.
On the other hand, the week five loss ranks as the only loss in the career of Mahomes to the Raiders.
Mahomes is now 4-1 against the Vegas franchise with over 1500 yards, completing 58 percent of his passes throwing 13 touchdowns with two interceptions.
Kansas City currently leads the all-time series against Vegas 65-53-2.
It’s worth noting that Vegas activated seven of the 10 players on its reserved/COVID-19 list.
Those seven players include safety Johnathan Abram, defensive tackles Maliek Collins and Johnathan Hankins, as well as defensive end Arden Key.
All players were placed on the list after possibly having contact with defensive end Clelin Ferrell who tested positive for the virus earlier in the week.
Defensive end David Irving is expected to be called up from the practice squad and added to the active roster ahead of the start of the game.
Defensive tackle Maurice Hurst Jr. (ankle) and running back Jalen Richard (chest) are both listed as questionable heading into Sunday Night Football.