This week’s Thursday Night Football matchup is actually worthy of a prime-time slot. The NFL schedule makers lucked out with a duo of AFC teams jockeying for their playoff positions. The 10-2 Oakland Raiders are the top seed in the AFC, while the 9-3 Kansas City Chiefs are the 5th-seed and one of the current AFC wildcard teams.
The Oakland Raiders look for their seventh straight victory to build on their lead in the AFC. The Oakland Raiders haven’t won 11 games since the 2002 NFL season. Their opponents, the Kansas City Chiefs look for their 10th victory of the season to get back in the AFC West title race. The Kansas City Chiefs have a shot at back-to-back double-digit winning seasons for the first time since 1992-93
Oakland Raiders Vs Kansas City Chiefs Spread & ATS Pick
The Week 14 NFL Oakland Vs Kansas City betting spread favors KC by a FG. Kick-off is this Thursday, December 8 at 8:25 PM ET on NBC from the Arrowhead Stadium, in Kansas City, Missouri.
What: Oakland Raiders (10-2) at Kansas City Chiefs (9-3)
When: Thursday, December 8, 2016
Start Time: 8:25 PM ET
Where: Kansas City, MO
Stadium: Arrowhead Stadium
Spread: Chiefs -3
Moneyline: Oakland +160 vs Kansas City -185
Game Total: 47
Stream: NBC Sports Live
Listen: Oakland vs Kansas City
Why Bet The Oakland Raiders To Beat The Chiefs
The Oakland Raiders have been unstoppable this season. They have won the last six in a row, including a come from behind 38-24 victory over the Buffalos Bills. They are 10-2 SU and 7-4 ATS this season. The Raiders average 28.8 points per game (3rd) and allows 24.9 points per game (23rd).
Oakland averages 277.1 passing yards per game (4th). QB Derek Carr (3375 yards, 24 TDs & 5 INTs) has thrown 11 touchdowns and just two interceptions in the last five games. He has been playing with a dislocated finger over the last two weeks.
"It’s an exciting time. It’s an exciting time in Oakland…we’ve come a long way so we’re enjoying it. But we have yet to do anything", Derek Carr said after beating Buffalo.
WR Amari Cooper (68 rec, 981 yards, 4 TDs) has only two receptions for 59 yards against the Bills, one of which was for a touchdown. WR Michael Crabtree (67 rec, 785 yards, 7 TDs) leads the team in touchdowns receptions but dropped a few key passes last week. The Raiders average 114.6 rushing yards per game (7th). RB Latavius Murray (140 rec, 553 yards, 11 TDs) is third in the NFL with 11 rushing TDs this season.
The Raiders have the 30th-ranked total defense in the NFL. They allow 265.0 passing yards per game (24th) and 124.8 rushing yards per game (29th). As a team, they have recorded 21 sacks this season (26th). Malcolm Smith leads the team with 72 tackles, and Khalil Mack has 10.0 sacks.
Why Bet The Kansas City Chiefs To Beat The Raiders
The Kansas City Chiefs are 9-3 SU and 6-6 ATS after beating the Atlanta Falcons 29-28 last week. They average 23.3 points per game (15th) and allow 20.2 points per game (9th).
Kansas City averages 234.8 passing yards per game (21st). QB Alex Smith (2567 yards, 11 TDs & 4 INTs) had prototypical Alex Smith game last week. He completed 24 of 25 passes for 270 yards and one touchdown. TE Travis Kelce (65 rec, 815 yards, 3 TDs) was the leading receiver against the Falcons, catching eight passes for 140 yards. The Chiefs average 98.8 rushing yards per game (25th). RB Spencer Ware (163 car, 734 yards, 3 TDs) scored a rushing and a receiving touchdown against the Falcons, but only averaged 2.1 yards per carry in that game.
The Chiefs have the 29th-ranked total defense in the league. They give up 263.0 passing yards per game (23rd) and 121.9 rushing yards (27th). Kansas City has sacked opposite quarterbacks 26 times this season (14th). Derrick Johnson has 89 tackles, and Dee Ford has 10.0 sacks.
Betting Trends for this matchup:
- Oakland is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
- Oakland is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
- Oakland is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
- Oakland is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
- Kansas City is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
- Kansas City is 1-7 ATS in its last 8 games at home
- Kansas City is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games at home
Expert ATS Pick & Final Score Prediction
KC beat Oakland on the road earlier this season and have won four straight against the Raiders overall. Making the odds worse for Oakland is that Carr is 1-4 against the Chiefs with a completion percentage of 57.7 and has five interceptions to six touchdown passes. There’s no team Carr has thrown more interceptions against.
Even with all of that, I am backing the Raiders in this tilt. The Oakland D will be the difference maker in this game and the Chiefs don’t have enough weapons to win this game.
My final score prediction is Oakland 28, Kansas City 27.