Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders - 12/2/18 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Kansas City Chiefs (9-2) at Oakland Raiders (2-9)
NFL Football: Sunday, December 2, 2018 at 4:05 pm (Oakland Alameda Coliseum)
The Line: Oakland Raiders +14 -- Over/Under: 55 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders meet Sunday in NFL action at the Oakland Coliseum.
The Kansas City Chiefs are coming off a bye week and look for their 10th victory to inch closer to the top seed in the AFC. The Kansas City Chiefs have won four of their last six road games. Patrick Mahomes is completing 67.5 percent of his passes for 3,628 yards, 37 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Mahomes has three or more touchdown passes in eight of the 12 games this season. Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce have combined for 2,020 receiving yards and 18 touchdowns while Sammy Watkins has 40 receptions. The Kansas City Chiefs ground game is averaging 115.8 yards per contest, and Mahomes leads the way with 186 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Kansas City is allowing 26.7 points and 414.7 yards per game. Anthony Hitchens leads the Kansas City Chiefs with 86 tackles, Dee Ford has nine sacks and Steven Nelson has three interceptions.
The Oakland Raiders look to play spoiler at this point after losing six of their last seven games. The Oakland Raiders have lost three of their last four true home games. Derek Carr is completing 68.5 percent of his passes for 2,827 yards, 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Carr has one or less touchdown passes in eight of his last 11 games. Jared Cook and Jalen Richard have combined for 1,056 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Jordy Nelson has 25 receptions. The Oakland Raiders ground game is averaging 99.4 yards per contest, and Doug Martin leads the way with 384 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Oakland is allowing 29.7 points and 390 yards per game. Tahir Whitehead leads the Oakland Raiders with 87 tackles, Maurice Hurst has four sacks and Gareon Conley has two interceptions.
The Chiefs are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. AFC, 20-7-1 ATS in their last 28 road games and 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Raiders are 18-37-2 ATS in their last 57 games in December, 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 home games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Chiefs are 11-4 ATS in their last 15 meetings in Oakland and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings. The under is 13-5 in Raiders last 18 games overall. The over is 7-1 in Chiefs last 8 road games.
The Kansas City Chiefs have had extra time to prepare for this game, but you have to question how the loss of Kareem Hunt is going to impact not only the offense but also the team overall in terms of distractions. The Oakland Raiders continue to be a joke of a football team and each of their last six losses have been decided by double digits. The Kansas City Chiefs have failed to cover four of their last five games as a double-digit favorite. The Oakland Raiders have failed to cover five of their last seven games as a double-digit underdog. It's risky to lay this many points with a Chiefs team that just lost their only real running back, a guy who was going to the Pro Bowl for a second season. However, backing the Raiders at any point in their current form and with all the issues they have off the field isn't an option. So, if forced to pick, I'll take Kansas City in a beatdown.