'Thursday Night Football' tonight: Streaming, TV, why the Chiefs will throttle the Raiders
Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith has a 9-1 career record against the Raiders
The Chiefs have won the last five meetings, and seven of the last eight, dating back to October 2013, which was the first season Andy Reid and Alex Smith were in Kansas City. In fact, the only loss came in Oakland in 2014 -- on a Thursday night, no less -- and the Raiders came into the game with an 0-10 record.
Yes, the Chiefs are coming off their first loss of the season, which came at the hands of the Steelers. But here's the thing: Pittsburgh beat Kansas City twice last year too, including a playoff game in Arrowhead Stadium, which got us to thinking: Is the Chiefs' relationship with the Steelers similar to the Steelers' relationship to the Patriots? By that we mean, no matter how good these teams might be on paper, Pittsburgh can never seem to beat the Patriots and Kansas City can never seem to beat Pittsburgh.
The Chiefs obviously have no such problems with the Raiders, which brings us Alex Smith:
How good has Smith been? In his first five starts, his completion percentage was: 80.0, 75.0, 76.2, 73.0 and 78.5. He's graduated from game manager to legit NFL MVP candidate. In terms of value per play, he's the league's best quarterback who also happens to have the league's best running back, rookie Kareem Hunt, at his disposal.
Both Smith and Hunt had their worst games of the season against the Steelers, and that's something that will be rectified ahead of Thursday night's matchup, especially since the Raiders' offense is somehow worse now than it was a season ago.
"It's important to be a balanced football team on offense — you can't be one-dimensional," Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy said. this week, via the Kansas City Star. "Being balanced is one of the things I think we've done a good job at this year, and depending on the tempo of the game or score of the game, that may swing a little bit one way or another."
Meanwhile, the Raiders' offense is a mess after quarterback Derek Carr led them to a 12-4 mark in 2016. It's hard to explain the drop off in production, especially with the addition of Jared Cook and Marshawn Lynch, who joined Amari Cooper, Michael Crabtree, one of the league's best offensive lines and, of course, Carr.
But a year after leading the NFL's eight-ranked offense -- and Carr ranked seventh among all passers -- the Raiders' unit and Carr both rank 17th in their respective categories, according to Football Outsiders' metrics.
Perhaps the biggest issue is that Carr hasn't looked like the MVP candidate he was in 2016. And we're not talking about the back injury that kept him out of the Week 5 matchup against the Ravens but the cumulative effects of injuries dating back to the broken ankle he suffered last December.
The bad news for a Raiders team that is already 2-4. If they lose to the Chiefs, they then have back-to-back East Coast trips against the Bills and Dolphins. The season could effectively be over by their Week 10 bye.
Put another way: We like the Chiefs to win.
Our prediction: Chiefs 31, Raiders 17
How to watch, stream
- Kickoff: Oct. 19, 8:25 p.m. ET
- TV: CBS
- Streaming: fuboTV (Try for free)
It's Color Rush Thursday (again), y'all!
Every Thursday is Color Rush Thursday in the NFL. You're welcome.
The Chiefs haven't yet announced what their 2017 Color Rush uniforms will look like but here's what they wore during last season's matchup:
Just like last season, Color Rush will be a Thursday Night Football staple. In the meantime, here is every team's Color Rush uniform from 2016.
AFC Color Rush
NFC Color Rush
Thursday night schedule
- Week 7: Chiefs at Raiders, Oct. 19 at 8:25 p.m. ET on CBS and NFLN
- Week 8: Dolphins at Ravens, Oct. 26 at 8:25 p.m. ET on CBS and NFLN
- Week 9: Bills at Jets, Nov. 2 at 8:25 p.m. ET on NFL Network
- Week 10: Seahawks at Cardinals, Nov. 9 at 8:25 p.m. ET on NBC and NFLN
- Week 11: Titans at Steelers, Nov. 16 at 8:25 p.m. ET on NBC and NFLN
- Week 12: Giants at Redskins, Nov. 23 at 8:30 p.m. ET on NBC
- Week 13: Redskins at Cowboys, Nov. 30 at 8:25 p.m. ET on NBC and NFLN
- Week 14: Saints at Falcons, Dec. 7 at 8:25 p.m. ET on NBC and NFLN
- Week 15: Broncos at Colts, Dec. 14 at 8:25 p.m. ET on NBC and NFLN
'TNF' comes to Amazon
After Twitter hosted several "Thursday Night Football" games during the 2016 for live streaming, it lost a bid for the NFL's 2017 streaming package to Amazon, which will stream 10 Thursday night games during the season -- including the Pats-Bucs matchup -- for Amazon Prime members. You can read more about Amazon's deal here.
Here are the games available for streaming from Amazon:
- Week 7: Chiefs at Raiders, Oct. 19 at 8:25 p.m. ET
- Week 8: Dolphins at Ravens, Oct. 26 at 8:25 p.m. ET
- Week 10: Seahawks at Cardinals, Nov. 9 at 8:25 p.m. ET
- Week 11: Titans at Steelers, Nov. 16 at 8:25 p.m. ET
- Week 13: Redskins at Cowboys, Nov. 30 at 8:25 p.m. ET
- Week 14: Saints at Falcons, Dec. 7 at 8:25 p.m. ET
- Week 15: Broncos at Colts, Dec. 14 at 8:25 p.m. ET
- Week 16: Steelers at Texans, Dec. 25 at 4:30 p.m. ET
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