Looking to avoid an 0-3 start in the AFC West, the Oakland Raiders hit the road to face the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday afternoon at Arrowhead Stadium.
Brady Quinn was officially named the Chiefs' starting quarterback during their bye week, unseating the turnover prone Matt Cassel, and hoping to find a permanent home after stints with Cleveland and behind Tim Tebow in Denver last season.
Quinn has no shortage of weapons in rusher Jamaal Charles, and a receiver in his prime in Dwayne Bowe, but the Kansas City offense has averaged only 12 points in their three-game losing streak, and had 260 total yards in their 38-10 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week.
Charles gained 40 yards for his second lowest output of the season, and Quinn threw two interceptions, with one brought back 78 yards by Tampa Bay’s Ronde Barber for a touchdown in the third quarter.
Quinn finished 22-for-38 for 180 yards, but has completed 60 percent of his passes in two games.
A new starting quarterback adjusting to his role could be the gift Oakland needs to win back-to-back games for the first time this season.
The Raiders needed quarterback Carson Palmer to lead a fourth quarter rally, and the powerful leg of kicker Sebastian Janikowski to force overtime and eventually beat the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars 26-23 last week.
Palmer would go 26-for-46 for 298 passing yards and a touchdown, and rushed for one touchdown to move the game into overtime, as Oakland overcame three turnovers and were down by 14 points.
Running back Darren McFadden gained 53 yards on 19 carries, and so far this season is average 3.1 yards per carry. Still he could break out of his early season funk against the Chiefs, who have the 22nd ranked rush defense in the league, allowing 125.0 yards per game.
A loss for the Raiders would put them in dead last of the AFC West, and the Chiefs hope to avoid their third four-game losing streak in four seasons.
The game begins at 4:05 p.m. EDT and will be shown by CBS, or watch a live stream online by purchasing NFL Sunday Ticket Max.
Betting Odds: Kansas City is favored by 1 point
Over/Under: 42 points
Prediction: This is probably Quinn’s last opportunity to be a starter in the NFL. He will perform well, but Palmer is the more experience quarterback, and the Raiders will win.
Predicted Score: Oakland 24, Kansas City 21