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Raiders seek second win over rival Chiefs


ALAMEDA, Calif. — For the Oakland Raiders, a second win over the Kansas City Chiefs could knock off a couple more firsts.

“There’s a lot of potential firsts for this group of players this week and we need to get some things done,” Sparano said of the Raiders road game Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium. “We need to win a game on the road. We need to win two games in a row. Those are important things.”

The Raiders have nine consecutive road losses and haven’t won back to back games since 2012. You could also throw in that the Raiders have lost 13 of their last 14 road games in the 10 a.m. time slot, which will be the case against the Chiefs.

On Nov. 20, the Raiders won beat the Chiefs 24-20 in Oakland for their first win of the season after starting 0-10. A 52-0 road loss in St. Louis followed — in the 10 a.m. time slot — before the Raiders, playing at home, stunned the 49ers, 24-13.

Kansas City comes in with four consecutive losses and is on the verge of being knocked out of the playoff race.

While the Raiders will be familiar with the Chiefs personnel, it’s tough for Sparano to predict how they’ll react.

“We have to look back and see some of the things they’ve done recently,” Sparano said. “We have to evaluate ourselves, what we did in that game and what we didn’t do well. There will be changes to the plan.”

For instance, Sparano said the Chiefs could radically change their mode of attack. Or perhaps they could determine that aside from a couple of bad plays, such as runs of 90 and 11 yards for touchdowns by Latavius Murray, the offense actually played well so they won’t change much at all.

Rookie quarterback Derek Carr, who drove the Raiders 80 yards in 17 plays and threw the game-winning touchdown pass of 9 yards to James Jones with 1:42 left to beat the Chiefs in the first game, will be playing his second rematch.

The first time Carr played the San Diego Chargers, he threw a career-high four touchdown passes in a 31-28 loss in Oakland. The second time, the offense was stagnant, getting only two field goals in a 13-6 loss.

“They’ll try and show something different and bring something different off it, or they’ll show you the exact same thing and bring something different off it,” Carr said. “You’ve got to trust your coaching and your veterans.

“But the nice thing is you’ve seen their personnel before. You know what match-ups are good, which match-ups might be in their favor. Those are good things you need to know so you don’t have to think that much.”

It’s a fact that Carr’s three best games — the loss to the Chargers and wins over the Chiefs and 49ers — have all come at home. His road numbers haven’t been pretty.

Sparano said that issue wasn’t solely related to Carr.

“All of us need to do better in those environments right now,” Sparano said. “We’ve played hard on the road in most instances. That hasn’t been in issue. It’s just been unfortunate, and that’s something we’ve talked about.”

In terms of getting the Raiders ready for an early start, Sparano has adjusted practice times to begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

“They’ll start earlier, get home earlier,” Sparano said. “Then they need to stay off their feet, get proper rest so that on Sunday, when that rolls around, that 7:30 a.m. wakeup call to go to the stadium we’ve already done that three times.”

Notes: Among those who did not practice Wednesday were wide receiver Denarius Moore (ankle), offensive tackle Menelik Watson (ankle, foot), and cornerback Tarell Brown (foot). . . . Linebacker Jamar Chaney, who played in nine games after signing in October, was waived. . . . Tight end Evan Wilson, who played in college at Illinois, was added to the practice squad.

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