Oakland Raiders vs. Kansas City Chiefs Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/15/13
Kansas City Chiefs (10-3) at Oakland Raiders (4-9)
NFL Football: Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 4:05 pm (O.co Coliseum)
The Line: Oakland Raiders +4.5 -- Over/Under: 41 See the Latest Odds
The Oakland Raiders and the Kansas City Chiefs face off on Sunday in Oakland in an AFC West rivalry game.
The Oakland Raiders have lost their last three games and five of their last six and look to be sitting in a pretty solid position in the NFL draft. The Raiders once again appear directionless and what looked earlier like it could be a promising season has gotten away from them. Matt McGloin has been starting of late and he has completed 57.1 percent of his passes with six touchdowns and three interceptions. Rashad Jennings and Darren McFadden both see action carrying the football, but neither has been overly effective this season and both have been banged up. Rod Streater leads the Raiders in receiving with 50 receptions and Denarius Moore has 37 catches and five touchdowns. Nick Roach has 98 tackles and 5.5 sacks to lead the Raiders defense, Kevin Burnett has 88 tackles, and Charles Woodson has 76 tackles. The Raiders are averaging 20.3 points and 335.3 yards per game, while defensively they are allowing 25.9 points and their opponents average 356.4 yards per game. The Raiders seem to be trapped as a franchise and they just can’t seem to maintain any kind of positive momentum.
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The Kansas City Chiefs are 10-3 for the season and after finishing with the worst record in the NFL last year, they are going to be a playoff team this season. The Chiefs need help to win the AFC West, but at worst they will be the first Wildcard team in the AFC. Alex Smith has completed 59.8 percent of his passes with 18 touchdowns and six interceptions and he has rushed for 387 yards. Jamaal Charles is having a big year rushing for 1,162 yards and 10 touchdowns and having 57 receptions with another three touchdowns. Dwayne Bowe has 49 receptions and five touchdowns and Dexter McCluster has 46 catches. Derick Johnson has 96 tackles to lead the KC defense, Eric berry has 64 tackles, and Tamba Hali has 11 sacks. The Chiefs average 26.4 points and 338 yards per game, while defensively they are allowing 17.2 points and their opponents average 357.8 yards per game. The Chiefs should be healthy when the playoffs roll around and they aren’t a team anyone hopes to see in January.
Oakland is 7-0 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the spread, 5-1 against the spread following a loss, and 1-3-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record. Kansas City is 5-1 against the spread in their last six road games, 2-5 against the spread in their last seven games, and 1-5 against the spread against the AFC West. Kansas City has covered the point spread in eight of their last 10 games in Oakland.
The total in this one is set on what appears to be the low side and even though this is a rivalry game, I expect to see scoring out of these two so my free pick is on the over. My stronger play is on who will cover the spread and I will post that in the Premium Area as well as make it available on the App.
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