Despite COVID-19 clouding the NFL landscape for Week 5 and beyond, the Kansas City Chiefs are moving forward preparing for their first matchup of the season against the Las Vegas Raiders. The Chiefs dominated both matchups in 2019, outscoring the Raiders by 49 points combined (68-19).
Even the move from Oakland to Las Vegas can’t erase the one-sided history between the two historic franchises this decade. Kansas City has emerged victorious from the previous five matchups and has won 10 of the last 12 games dating back to 2014 when the Raiders drafted QB Derek Carr with the 36th overall pick.
During his media availability on Wednesday, Carr was asked about the matchup between the AFC West foes and shared a truthful, but hilarious opinion on the state of the rivalry — well, at least for Chiefs Kingdom.
"If we're being honest, to make it a rivalry, we have to win some games." Derek Carr says about the rivalry with the Chiefs #Raiders
— Adam Hill (@AdamHillLVRJ) October 7, 2020
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The three-time Pro Bowl signal-caller has had a mixed bag of results since entering the league seven years ago, accounting for a 41-57 overall record, 64.4% completion rate, 23,888 passing yards and a 151-62 touchdown-to-interception ratio. However, Kansas City has been the biggest thorn in Carr’s side. The 29-year-old has already tossed a career-worst 13 interceptions and 32 sacks taken against the Chiefs, and his 74.6 quarterback rating is the third-lowest mark versus any other team (minimum two games).
No New Positive COVID-19 Tests on Wednesday
On Tuesday, the Raiders became the latest team to publicize at least one player with positive coronavirus test results by placing DL Maurice Hurst on the reserve/COVID-19 list. This was not the news Chiefs fans wanted to hear as the team received a scare after Patriots CB Stephon Gilmore tested positive for the virus less than 48 hours after playing 100% of New England’s defensive snaps on Monday night.
However, Kansas City received some good news on Thursday morning when NFL Network reporter Tom Pelissero confirmed that the Chiefs, as well as the Raiders, did not have any positives returned from its latest round of testing on Wednesday. While neither team is in the clear yet, this marks five consecutive days of clean tests for the Chiefs and is an encouraging development ahead of kickoff on Sunday afternoon.
The #Chiefs again had zero positive tests, per source.
So did the #Raiders, who'd put one player on the Reserve/COVID-19 list earlier this week.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) October 8, 2020
Chiefs, Raiders Release First Week 5 Injury Reports
The reigning Super Bowl champions released their weekly injury report after practicing under increased safety protocols on Wednesday. The most notable takeaways for the Chiefs were fifth-round rookie DE Michael Danna (hamstring), who did not practice, and Pro Bowl DT Chris Jones (groin), who got in a limited session after being inactive in Week 4 against the Patriots.
Mike Danna did not practice today. Chris Jones was limited.https://t.co/xeQUe1V4OM
— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) October 7, 2020
For Las Vegas, the medical room appears to be a bit more crowded than usual leading up to Sunday, with a whopping 19 players listed on the week’s first update. Four players did not practice, however, two of which were veteran rest days for TE Jason Witten and C Rodney Hudson.
— Vincent Bonsignore (@VinnyBonsignore) October 7, 2020
Among the 11 Raiders who were limited on Wednesday, some key players to monitor in the coming days will be veteran OT Trent Brown (calf), rookie WR Henry Ruggs III (knee/hamstring) and standout TE Darren Waller (knee).