There are many NFL circles that claim the AFC West is the tightest division in football. So its only natural that half of the division opens with a pretty sour losing records, including The Oakland Raiders at 2-4. Thursday night they square off against The Kansas City Chiefs, a rival that sits at the top of the league at 5-1. But after last weeks loss to The Pittsburgh Steelers, their grasp on the leagues best record should continue to be loosened.
Kansas City – -3(-120)
Oakland – +3(EVEN)
Kansas City – (-165)
Oakland – (+145)
Over/Under – 46.5
Over – (-110)
Under – (-110)
A lot accounted for The Chiefs loss to The Steelers on Sunday. The Steelers boxed up The Leagues Leading Rusher rookie Kareem hunt for under 30 rushing yards, though he did have 85 yards through the air. When we wrote on The Chiefs when They faced The Redskins in a Monday Night matchup, the key point was The Redskins would win if they could contain Hunt. They couldn’t and lost a tight one.
That note stands more than ever now after Alex Smith (career Average Quarterback) threw for his second-lowest yardage total on the season. As of now, he has the 3rd most yards in the League, and he owes that to Kareem Hunt tiring out defenses.
However, Facing Hunt is a talented defense that just got better. The Raiders just signed Navorro Bowman, one of the best Linebackers in recent memory, to join the likes of All-Pro Khalil Mack. If there were any two men you wanted getting after any Runningback and putting pressure on the Quarterback, it’d be these two.
On the offensive side, The Raiders are struggling. Quarterback Derek Carr was a favorite for MVP consideration before the season started, but he hasn’t thrown for 200 yards in 3 straight games. Star Receiver Amari Cooper went 3 straight games of less than 10 yards with his lone touchdown coming in Week 1. And whether you could see it coming or not, aging Marshawn Lynch isn’t dominating the way everyone hoped he would when he came out of retirement to play for his hometown, on pace for 685 yards on the season.
Still, the talent is all there. Most of Kansas City’s defensive force comes on the pass rush, and Oakland has arguably the second best Offensive line behind The Cowboys. Last week Amari Cooper totaled over 65 yards that were all negated by penalties, proving that they are still dangerous. They’re facing a Chiefs secondary that is more accustomed to creating turnover than they are shutting down receivers.
Kansas City Chiefs 21 – 27 Oakland Raiders
Oakland will get clicking, they’re too talented top to bottom not to. While its hard to argue against the best record in the League, The Raiders have the perfect Defense to make Alex Smith beat them, which we don’t believe he can do.
Look for Oakland to cover 3 points (EVEN), take the win (+145), and the Over to hit (-110).Bet Now!
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