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Chiefs vs. Raiders - 12/14/14 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Oakland Raiders (2-11) at Kansas City Chiefs (7-6)
Date & Time Sunday December 14, 2014, 1:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Kansas City Chiefs -10.5 -- Over/Under: 41.5
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NFL | Oakland Raiders (2-11) at Kansas City Chiefs (7-6)

The Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs play Sunday afternoon at Arrowhead Stadium.

The Oakland Raiders have won two of their last three games and are trying to build momentum heading into next season. Derek Carr is completing 60.5 percent of his passes for 17 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Carr has four touchdowns and two picks in his last three games, and the Raiders have 25 passing plays of 20 or more yards. James Jones and Andre Holmes have combined for more than 1,100 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while Mychal Rivera has 10 receptions in his last two games. The Raiders ground game is averaging 3.6 yards per carry, as Darren McFadden leads the way with 454 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, the Oakland Raiders are allowing 26.9 points, 350.8 yards, and they’ve forced 18 sacks and 10 turnovers. Charles Woodson leads Oakland with 95 tackles and Khalil Mack has 11 tackles for loss.

The Kansas City Chiefs have lost three straight and need a win to stay in the wild card hunt. Alex Smith is completing 65.3 percent of his passes for 16 touchdowns and six interceptions. Smith has five touchdowns and two picks in his last three games, and the Chiefs have 34 passing plays of 20 or more yards. Travis Kelce and Dwayne Bowe have combined for more than 1,200 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Anthony Fasano has a touchdown in three of his last five games. The Chiefs ground game is averaging 4.7 yards per carry, as Jamaal Charles leads the way with 898 rushing yards and nine touchdowns. Defensively, the Kansas City Chiefs are allowing 18.5 points, 335.8 yards, and they’ve forced 34 sacks and nine turnovers. Josh Mauga leads the Chiefs with 85 tackles and Justin Houston has 16 sacks.

The Raiders are 4-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 18-37-1 ATS in their last 56 games in December. The Chiefs are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games in December. The Raiders are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 meetings in Kansas City and underdog is 12-3 ATS in their last 15 meetings.

Both teams are heading in different directions and the Raiders are finally learning how to close games. Oakland just beat KC a few weeks ago and has owned the Chiefs against the number, especially in KC. Giving me a free 10 points is an offer I simply can't refuse. 

Oakland Raiders +10.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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