Las Vegas Raiders vs Kansas City Chiefs Betting Predictions

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Las Vegas Raiders vs Kansas City Chiefs Betting Predictions

A crazy week ended in victory for the Kansas City Chiefs against a handicapped New England squad that was missing its starting quarterback. The Las Vegas Raiders lost to Buffalo in a tight contest at home last week to fall to 2-2 after a strong start to the season. The Raiders’ defense won’t provide the same challenge for Patrick Mahomes that New England’s did, so the Chiefs will continue to roll in their title defense with another AFC West victory.

Las Vegas Raiders vs Kansas City Chiefs Betting Odds

Las Vegas started off the season strong, but it has faltered the last two weeks against better opponents in Buffalo and New England. Derek Carr has been fantastic for the Raiders through four weeks with a 73.6 completion percentage, eight touchdowns and zero interceptions. Josh Jacobs has added a strong running game with 300 yards and three scores in the first four weeks. The larger offensive issue is that so many of Carr’s targets are for Jacobs or tight end Darren Waller, so there isn’t as much going on down the field for the Raiders in terms of explosive passing plays. The defense is an issue as well for Las Vegas as it is allowing 30 points per game, which is not good enough for the Raiders to consistently win in this league.

It felt like Kansas City was getting its offense going the past few weeks, but then New England did an excellent job keeping the Chiefs in check. The 323 yards Kansas City produced last week was a season-low as was the 94 rushing yards the Chiefs had against the Patriots. Patrick Mahomes has thrown 11 touchdowns without tossing an interception so far, but he is far from the best statistical quarterback in the league this year. Right now, he’s making all the winning plays, which is all that really matters, and what should concern the Raiders. Las Vegas, though, should be able to take advantage of Kansas City’s 28th-ranked rushing defense, even though the Chiefs have allowed the second-fewest points in the NFL this season.

I’m tempted to hammer the over 56.5 points in this game at -105 odds because this feels like a game in which both offenses can thrive. The Chiefs should easily be able to hit the 30-point plateau against the Raiders defense and Las Vegas has found ways to score on some very good defenses as well. I don’t know if I would classify this as a shootout as much as I expect both offenses to have a high-level of success in this game and the outcome will never be in doubt. The New Jersey online sports betting sites aren’t doing us much favor with other wagers, so we’ll stick with the over in this game.

Chiefs to win

The 13.5-point spread in favor of Kansas City is a bit ridiculous considering the situation surrounding this game. The Chiefs went through a stressful time with the COVID-19 scare surrounding last week’s game with New England and now they welcome a divisional rival who has been playing well. The Raiders have scored at least 20 points in each game and the offense has an ability to give Kansas City some trouble. If not for Brian Hoyer’s errors in the red zone, last week’s game with the Patriots would have been far closer for the Chiefs. Kansas City will win the game, but I doubt it can do so by two touchdowns. So I’m going to bet on Kansas City to win by 1-13 points for +155 odds at the NFL betting sites in New Jersey.

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Josh Walfish is an award-winning journalist who has been covering college and professional sports in the United States. He holds a journalism degree from Northwestern University and his work has appeared in the Miami Herald, Chicago Sun-Times and Providence Journal. He most recently chronicled the UMass hockey teams rise to prominence over the last two years for the local newspaper

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