The Las Vegas Raiders (5-3) will welcome the Kansas City Chiefs (5-4) to Allegiant Stadium for a primetime matchup between two AFC West foes in week ten of the NFL. The Chiefs moved their winning streak to two after winning against the Packers at home 13-7, while the Raiders look to get back in the win column after dropping a game to the Giants 23-16.
All eyes will be on this matchup, with both teams vying for first place in the AFC West. Every team is above .500, so there is a lot to play for. The Chiefs hope to start finding a rhythm with their offense, while the Raiders look to put all their drama behind them. Let’s check out how these two teams stack up come Sunday.
Kansas City Chiefs Betting Preview: Chiefs Looking for Third Straight Victory
The Kansas City Chiefs are back over .500 for the first time since week one and finally showed some life on defense in their win against the Packers. The Chiefs rank 26th in the league in total defense while allowing 25.7 points to opponents. The Chiefs got a huge takeaway on an interception from L’Jarius Sneed, who picked off Jordan Love in the fourth quarter handing the Chiefs their tenth takeaway and the win.
On the offensive side of the ball, the Chiefs have been miserable, with Patrick Mahomes tied for third in interceptions (10), while the offense has mustered an average of 12 points over their last three contests. Mahomes played well against the Packers, not allowing an interception for the first time since week one.
The problem has been too many dropped balls for Kansas City while also not having a stable running game. This season, chiefs pass-catchers have dropped 11 balls, ranking in the top ten in the league for that category. In addition, the running game managed just 77 yards on the ground against the Packers without their top running back, Clyde Edwards Helaire. They’ll look for a more balanced attack against the Raiders.
Las Vegas Raiders Betting Preview: Raiders Dealing with Off-Field Issues
The poor Raiders can’t catch a break with ugly news coming in back to back to back weeks. It was Gruden, then Ruggs, and now Arnette and the Raiders are hoping to put all of that aside to capture a win against the Chiefs.
Their resilience will continue to be tested after the offense struggled against the Giants. Derek Carr tossed two interceptions and has six interceptions in his last six games. The offense turned the ball over three times, including an ugly pick-six from Carr. Overall, the offense has been one of the best in the game, especially when passing the ball. The Raiders are sixth in the league in total offense (394.5) and second in passing attack (305.1).
The defense has been the biggest surprise so far in 2021. The defensive unit only allows 23.6 points per game and comes into week ten ranked tenth in total defense. The Raiders did allow 23 points to the Giants while not forcing a takeaway. They’ll look to get back on track with Maxx Crosby’s five sacks on the year.
Betting Lines & Odds
You can grab the Chiefs at -3 as the road favorite, while the point total is at 53.5.
Moneyline: Chiefs -150 | Raiders: +135
It’s important to note that Kansas City is 2-7 ATS in their last nine games, while the Raiders are 4-4 ATS.
Free Betting Pick
I like the Chiefs in this matchup simply because the Raiders are dealing with a ton of adversity. They got absolutely dominated by one of the worst teams in the league last Sunday, and Derek Carr did not look like himself.
By the same token, the Chiefs are playing really well right now. Although they mustered just 13 points against Green Bay, they were able to move the ball against a strong defense. Although they will have their backs up against the wall, I think the Chiefs are starting to come together on both sides of the ball. Take the Chiefs.