Kansas City Chiefs vs. Oakland Raiders - 12/10/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Oakland Raiders (6-6) at Kansas City Chiefs (6-6)
NFL Football: Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 1:00 pm (Arrowhead Stadium)
The Line: Kansas City Chiefs -3.5 -- Over/Under: 47.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs meet Sunday in NFL action at Arrowhead Stadium.
The Oakland Raiders look for a third straight victory to remain in the thick of the AFC playoff race. The Oakland Raiders have lost three of their last four road games. Derek Carr is completing 64.4 percent of his passes for 2,731 yards, 17 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Carr has one touchdown pass in seven of his last nine games. Jared Cook and Michael Crabtree have combined for 1,048 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Amari Cooper has 42 receptions. The Oakland Raiders ground game is averaging 93.3 yards per contest, and Marshawn Lynch leads the way with 558 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, Oakland is allowing 23.2 points and 346 yards per game. Reggie Nelson leads the Oakland Raiders with 65 tackles, Khalil Mack has 7.5 sacks and TJ Carrie has five pass deflections.
The Kansas City Chiefs The Kansas City Chiefs Alex Smith is completing 67.9 percent of his passes for 3,239 yards, 23 touchdowns and four interceptions. Smith has two or more touchdown passes in four of his last eight games. Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce have combined for 1,782 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns while Kareem Hunt has 39 receptions. The Kansas City Chiefs ground game is averaging 112.6 yards per contest, and Hunt leads the way with 930 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Kansas City is allowing 22.8 points and 382.2 yards per game. Daniel Sorensen leads the Kansas City Chiefs with 78 tackles, Justin Houston has 8.5 sacks and Marcus Peters has three interceptions.
The Raiders are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 road games, 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. AFC and 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Chiefs are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. AFC West, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Raiders are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 meetings in Kansas City, the road team is 21-8 ATS in their last 29 meetings and the favorite is 7-3 ATS in their last 10 meetings.
The only reason to consider backing the Kansas City Chiefs here is because it's pretty much a must-win game, as they need to snap a four-game losing streak and take control of the AFC West. The problem is you can make the same exact argument for the Oakland Raiders, a team that's won three of their last four games. The Chiefs are falling apart and there's no other way to put it, as they've lost to the Giants, Bills and Jets, teams that have a combined record of 13-19. Kansas City had a 14-point lead over the Jets last week and still lost. There's just no getting behind this team right now. The Raiders are playing their best ball of the season right now, have shown improved ability to run the ball and are getting Michael Crabtree back. I'll take the free field goal with the hook even if it's more of a fade from Kansas City.