NFL Preview – Kansas City Chiefs @ Oakland Raiders

NFL Preview – Kansas City Chiefs @ Oakland Raiders

NFL Preview – Kansas City Chiefs @ Oakland Raiders

Swiftly moving on to the first full week of NFL in December 2015 and it’s now week 13 of the regular season. This season is flying by, but despite that, this final quarter of the season begs more questions to be answered about who will be in the playoffs more than recent seasons than I can remember. With playoff implications on the line, these final five weeks will be fantastic. Switching fromone game taking place in California to another in California from the AFC West. Unlike the other game, this is another game with huge playoff implications. The Oakland Raiders welcome the Kansas City Chiefs into the Black Hole.

The Kansas City Chiefs have been rolling as of late and we think that continues in Oakland. We’re picking the Kansas City Chiefs -2.5 at odds of 87/100 with 888sport. You can Treble the Odds on your first £10 bet by signing up here or clicking the banner below!

The Oakland Raiders have been very efficient in drafting over the last few seasons. This was headed by the picks of Derek Carr to lead this team under center for many years to come and the defensive stud in Khalil Mack. This year they drafted Amari Cooper who is proving to be an elite receiver as a rookie. They’ve also added the likes of Justin Tuck, Charles Woodson and Aldon Smith, proving this team is to be watched carefully in future season after years of mediocrity. Shades of very good play has certainly been displayed this season. They hold a 5-6 record and a third place spot in the AFC West.

Derek Carr is really proving to be a wise pick for the Oakland Raiders. The Sophomore Quarterback is completing 63.5% of his passes for 2,895 yards. He had added 24 touchdowns and six interceptions. Latavius Murray has proved a huge addition to this Raiders program this season. The Running Back has rushed for 765 yards and has punched in four touchdowns. Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree have been Derek Carr’s weapons through the air, combining for over 1,550 yards and ten touchdowns. The Raiders defence have allowed on average 25.5 points per game and 391 yards per game.

The Kansas City Chiefs went into this season looking to address their obvious offensive issues of being the team with the longest no passing touchdown streak. This was because they largely had a roster with no big play receivers. They seeked to address that by adding Jeremy Maclin from the Philadelphia Eagles and by bringing big Tight End, Travis Kelce into the receiving game more. The start of the season was very bleak when Jamaal Charles went down for the season and Maclin not really living up to expectations. This changed at the end of October when a win over the Pittsburgh Steelers allowed the Chiefs to go on a five game win streak, which they’re still currently on, with the likes of Maclin and Kelce making plays and Charcandrick West filling the shoes of Jamaal Charles very well. They currently wield a 6-5 record and hold the second place in the AFC West.

Alex Smith is finally finding some passing success, completing 63.8% of his passes for 2,681 yards. He’s added twelve touchdowns and an incredibly low three interceptions. As mentioned, Charcandrick West stepped in for the injured playmaker, Jamaal Charles, and has done the job pretty well thus far. West has added 373 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. Smith is finding his success by throwing the ball to Jeremy Maclin and Travis Kelce. The WR-TE duo have combined for over 1,400 yards and seven touchdowns. The Chiefs defence has allowed on average 20 points and 335.4 yards per game.

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This again is another very close match-up to call, however the odds are in favour of the Kansas City Chiefs, likely because of the streak they’re on right now. The Chiefs are the favourites by two points and a half. The Oakland Raiders are 4-0 against the spread versus AFC opposition and 5-12-1 against the spread following a win. The Chiefs are 4-0 against the spread versus AFC opposition, 4-0 against the spread following a win and 7-2 against the spread versus opposition with a losing record. In the head-to-head between these teams, the favourites have covered the spread four of the last five times.

Not only is this a competitive game with playoff hops on the line, but it’s also a very heated divisional rivalry with two of the rowdiest sets of fans in the NFL. That often blends well to ensure that you will see a fantastic game. With all things considered, the Oakland Raiders are a very good team and the potential this teams boasts will be fruitful in the future. With that being said, the Kansas City Chiefs are the better team currently, riding a five game win streak and playing with a lot of swagger. Everything is clicking for the Chiefs right now. I’m going to sie with the team who have momentum on their side and that’s the Kansas City Chiefs. The Kansas City Chiefs to cover the -2.5 spread.

Dan Glozier.

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