A big AFC West matchup is on the menu Thanksgiving weekend as the Oakland Raiders head to Arrowhead to face the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs currently have a one game lead over the Raiders in the AFC West.
The Raiders enter play at 6-5 and one game back of the Chiefs in the AFC West. Oakland is one of four 6-5 teams vying for the final Wild Card spot that is currently occupied by the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Kansas City is currently occupying the top spot in the AFC North and can extend their lead to two games with a win Sunday. The Chiefs have the same record as third place Houston, trail Baltimore by two games for the second seed and the Patriots by three games for the top seed in the AFC.
Below is my best bet for the Oakland Raiders at the Kansas City Chiefs. All lines are from FanDuel Sportsbook
Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs (-9.5): O/U 51.5 points (-110/-110)
The Oakland Raiders three game winning streak came to a screeching halt with a 34-3 road loss at the hands of the New York Jets. This game was so bad that the Raiders benched most of their starters in the third quarter to ensure no one got hurt ahead of this big divisional battle. The Raiders are 1-3 on the road this season with their lone win coming in Indianapolis early in the season. Oakland is 6-5 against the spread and the over has hit in six of their 11 games this season.
The Kansas City Chiefs won a game they had no business winning as they went to Mexico City, played terribly, and came away with a 24-17 win as they head into their bye week. It was a needed win as the AFC West was getting very tight, but Kansas City’s win over the Chargers makes this division a two horse race. Kansas City is 2-3 at home this season with impressive wins over Baltimore and Minnesota, but surprising losses to Indianapolis and Houston. Kansas City is 6-5 against the spread and the over has hit in seven of their 11 games this season.
Series History: Kansas City has won four straight meetings and now leads the all-time series 67-53-2.
Game Prediction: Andy Reid off a bye is always money, so I am backing Kansas City -9.5 Sunday.
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