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GAME ESSENTIALS: Raiders (6-3) vs. Chiefs (8-1) at Allegiant Stadium on Sunday at 5:20 p.m. (PT). TV: NBC-TV, Announcers: Al Michaels (play-by-play), Cris Collinsworth (analyst), Michele Tafoya (reporter).
ODDS: Chiefs -8.5. OVER/UNDER: 56.5.
SERIES: Chiefs lead 67-54-2. LAST MEETING: Raiders won 40-32 at Kansas City on Oct. 11, 2020.
WHY RAIDERS COULD WIN: Derek Carr came up big in the Raiders’ win over the Chiefs in Week 5, throwing for 347 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Carr had four pass plays for 40 or more yards in the win, the most by a Raiders quarterback in 30 years. … The Raiders’ success passing the ball helped open things up on the ground, where the Raiders ran for 144 yards while possessing the ball for 35:18, 11 minutes more than the Chiefs. The Raiders, the league’s seventh-best running team with 139.2 yards per game, could continue to hold an edge over the Chiefs’ defense that’s given up 138.4 yards per game, the fourth-most yardage allowed.
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WHY CHIEFS COULD WIN: They’d never admit it, but the Chiefs were probably as surprised as most that they lost to the Raiders, who they’d beaten 10 of the last 11 times the teams played. Now, coming off a bye week, when coach Andy Reid has won 18 of those 21 post post bye-week games, Kansas City is no doubt looking to avenge its Week 5 loss. … Quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who threw his only interception this season against the Raiders, had one of his least productive games this season against the Raiders — he threw for 340 yards but completed a season-low 51.2 percent of his passes. … In tight end Travis Kelce and wide receiver Tyreek Hill, Mahomes has two huge weapons who can help him bounce back in a big way. Kelce has been deadly against the Raiders the last two years — he’s got 37 catches for 535 yards and four TDs …read more
Source:: The Mercury News – Sports