Chiefs host Raiders, cooking up vision of homefield

The Kansas City Chiefs were once in an envious position to obtain the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs.After two consecutive defeats, Andy Reid finds it necessary to remind everyone his team is still in a favorable position.”We aren’t playing for the first pick in the draft, that’s not what we are doing,” said the Chiefs coach. “We are playing for the number one seed in the playoffs. We have had a couple rough weeks, but we are going to bounce back out of that and get ourselves right.”Back-to-back losses to the Chargers and Seahawks leave the Chiefs 11-4 entering their last regular-season game, a home matchup Sunday against Oakland (4-11), a division rival Kansas City has defeated in seven of the last eight meetings.Concerns regarding the Chiefs defense escalated after Los Angeles rallied from a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit in Arrowhead Stadium and Seattle balanced big throws by Russell Wilson with a 116-yard rushing performance from Chris Carson.Wilson proved it is possible, especially when confronting a Chiefs defense ranked 31st in average yards allowed (413.1), to outperform Patrick Mahomes, the Kansas City quarterback who is among the frontrunners for MVP honors in the NFL.While he acknowledged “it is special for anyone to get that award or even be mentioned for that award,” Mahomes is also aware of what is at stake against the Raiders.”We want to make sure we get to stay here (at home) the rest of the way out,” Mahomes said. “We know that if we can come together and play like we know we can, then we can make a run at this thing.”Kansas City won the first matchup with Oakland, 40-33, but allowed 171 yards rushing and 17 fourth-quarter points. Since then, the Raiders have won two of three, earning their first division win by beating Denver 27-14 on Monday.Mahomes ranks second in the NFL with 4,816 yards passing and first with 48 touchdown passes.

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