Oakland Raiders vs. Kansas City Chiefs Odds, Analysis, NFL Betting Pick

Federico Mansilla
Diciembre 8, 2017

The Kansas City Chiefs teased against the New York Jets before flatlining for the sixth time in seven games. That makes this a massive game for Oakland in terms of the division standings, because a sweep would win a tiebreaker.

Oakland has stayed the course, fighting back to.500 since that 2-4 start with that Thursday night win over Kansas City and then beating three teams they were favored to beat (Miami, Denver, the New York Giants).

While this game is important to the Raiders, it is more crucial to the Chiefs, who can not afford to lose with the Los Angeles Chargers also tied for the division lead and playing a weaker opponent at home this week.

Fantasy fallout: With Michael Crabtree serving a one-game suspension and Amari Cooper out with a concussion and left ankle injury, the Raiders' WR corps was depleted.

While the Chiefs now hold the top spot still due to their divisional record, they have the same record as both the Chargers and the Raiders. But in order to take it, they'll have to start this final quarter with a win against Kansas City.

Yes, the Chiefs might appear to be imploding before our eyes, but they still have the offensive efficiency and defensive playmakers to give the Raiders problems.

Add in the fact that the Raiders haven't beaten the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium since 2012, and you can see how this is a big contest for the Raiders. Irvin now has 5.5 quarterback sacks on the year.

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Per Football Outsiders, Oakland' pass defense is 25th in the NFL on the left side of the field, 28th over the middle, 31st on the right side, 28th on short passes, and dead-last in the league on deep passes (and almost twice as bad as the next-worst team). NY got a touchdown in the second quarter on a Orleans Darkwa one-yard run, and they pulled within three with under six minutes remaining, when Smith hit Evan Engram on a 10-yard strike.

Things haven't improved for the Raiders' secondary much (if at all) since the two teams met.

Yep, it's been a bit.

The Chiefs opened as four-point favorites; the total was 47.5 early in the week, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.

So the question is this: Do the Raiders have another gear? Now they have a chance to control their own destiny and win a division title.

If the Chiefs lose this one at home to the Raiders, then head coach Andy Reid should be on the chopping block.

Luck can only get a team so far. But it's on the Raiders to take it the rest of the way.

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