NFL Week 7 – TNF – AFC West Rivals Face-Off: Chiefs at Raiders
We had a strong weekend, going 2-1 with the picks. Tonight’s game should be entertaining as two divisional rivals face off in the AFC West. Thursday Night football games have been breaking the mold lately and been a lot more exciting, let’s hope for another good one tonight and a winning wager.
Kansas City Chiefs -3 (-110) at Oakland Raiders +3(-110) Total: 46.5
The Chiefs were the NFL’s last undefeated team until this weekend. Pittsburgh came to town and handed them a 19-13 beating in a game that wasn’t as close as the scoreline indicates. Still, Kansas City is leading the AFC in record at 5-1 and tied with the Eagles for best overall record in the league. Other than losing Eric Berry early on, they’ve had no significant injuries.
Oakland has fallen to 2-4 after a stretch of four straight losses, most by narrow margins, including last week’s 17-16 defeat against the visiting Chargers. Much of that falls on Derek Carr being out for several games, but he did look rusty in his return against San Diego. Still, much like KC, the Raiders have their franchise quarterback and all their weapons healthy. They could be poised for a turnaround.
Oakland opened as a +3 underdog at home, but that was quickly bet down to -2.5 after the odds opened. It has swung back to -3 at most sportsbooks, however. Sports bettors have favored the Chiefs, with 70 percent of bets coming in on Kansas City so far.
Chiefs at Raiders Prediction
This is a spot I like Oakland, especially at +3. Kansas City’s defense is a bit more vulnerable than most think. They’ve had some holes in recent weeks, and since they only use Marcus Peters on one side of the field, which means, either Cooper or Crabtree will be running free.
The Raiders should come out with a strong gameplan after Carr suffered no setbacks last week but was reasonably rusty. Let’s also not forget that Kansas City is a much different team on the road. They are a far better team at home, and I expect Oakland to take advantage in this spot. Remember, they were a 12-win team last year that upgraded their roster.