The 10-2 Oakland Raiders travel to Kansas City to take on the 9-3 Chiefs in this week’s Thursday night matchup. This will be a battle for the AFC West as the Raiders are in first place with the Chiefs just 1 game behind. Both teams had important victories last week with the Raiders beating the Buffalo Bills 38-24 while the Chiefs beat the Atlanta Falcons on the road 29-28. Each team is playing very well as Oakland’s victory was their 6th in a row and the Chiefs have won 7 of their last 8 games. These two teams last met in week 6 with the Chiefs defeating the Raiders 26-10 at the Oakland Coliseum.
Derek Carr was efficient against the Bills completing 19 of 35 pass attempts to go along with 2 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. His favorite target was Michael Crabtree who had 7 receptions for 74 yards and a touchdown. Amari Cooper also had a nice game catching 2 passes for 59 yards and a touchdown. Latavius Murray led the running game with 82 yards and 2 touchdowns on 20 carries. Murray is having a great season as he is tied for 3rd in the league with 11 rushing touchdowns. Defensively, they forced two turnovers and sacked Tyrod Taylor 4 times for a loss of 21 yards. They were unable to stop the rush as Buffalo gained 212 yards on just 30 carries, which is an average of more than 7 yards per carry. The defense has allowed at least 20 points in their last 5 games.
Alex Smith finished with a quarterback rating of 125 as he completed 21 of his 25 passes for 270 yards, 1 touchdown and 0 interceptions last week against Atlanta. His favorite target was Travis Kelce who had 8 catches for 140 yards. Albert Wilson led a balanced running game with 55 yards and a touchdown on just 1 carry. As a team they gained 123 yards on 22 carries. Defensively, it was their return of a 2- point conversion, which was the deciding play of this game. They were able to sack Matt Ryan twice for a loss of 7 yards and Eric Berry returned an interception in the second quarter, which gave the Chiefs a 20-13 lead. Over their last 5 games Kansas City has allowed their opponent to score and average of 21 points.
Oakland has gone 7-5 this year against the spread including 4-2 on the road. Kansas City has gone 6-6 against the spread this season including 2-4 as the favorite. The Chiefs will have home field advantage in this game and are favored by a field goal despite having a worse record and being behind the Raiders in the standings. Oakland has not lost since the week 6 home defeat to the Chiefs and will be looking to get some revenge. A win by the Chiefs would put them in a tie with Oakland but Kansas City would own the tiebreaker advantage, as they would have won both matchups this season.
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