KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- After catching eight passes for 195 yards and four touchdowns in one of last year’s games against Oakland, Jamaal Charles doesn’t need to apologize for his career performances against the Raiders.
It’s still interesting to note that the Raiders, that dismal failure aside, have done the best job of defending Charles of any frequent Kansas City Chiefs opponent. The Chiefs play the Raiders in Oakland on Thursday night.
Charles has topped 100 yards in a game just once against the Raiders. He rushed 18 times for 103 yards against the Raiders in a 16-10 win on Nov. 15, 2009, in Oakland.
Otherwise, Charles has had some ugly games against Oakland. Five carries for 4 yards in 2012. Nine carries for 10 yards, also in 2012. Even last season, in that huge receiving game in Oakland, Charles rushed eight times for just 20 yards.
Charles’ struggles against the Raiders (relatively speaking, of course) mirrors those of the Chiefs’ offensively when they play against Oakland. They scored more than 20 points just three times against the Raiders since 2008. They had 56 in that big game last year.
The other times the Chiefs topped 20 points against Oakland when Charles played for them, they returned at least one interception for a touchdown.
None of this is to suggest Charles won’t have a big game in Oakland on Thursday. But history isn't in his favor.