Kansas City Chiefs vs Oakland Raiders
10-19-17 Expert Betting Prediction

When: 8:25 PM ET, Thursday, October 19, 2017
Where: Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, California
Betting Line: Chiefs -3. O/U: 47
TV: 8:25 p.m. ET, CBS, NFL Network

Chiefs vs Raiders Betting Preview

The Oakland Raiders were a trendy preseason choice to make it to the Super Bowl. However, just six weeks into the 2017 NFL season they are in danger of falling out of contention in the AFC West. Losers of four straight the Raiders play the division-leading Kansas City Chiefs at home on Thursday night.

The Chiefs offense averaged nearly 33 points through its first five victories, but the offense was shutdown by the Steelers last week in Kansas City. More worrisome than one loss was watching the run defense get shredded for 194 yards.

Derek Carr returned to the lineup after missing one game with a fractured bone in his back, but the results were the same. The Raiders offense has two guys missing in action and they need to get them going if the Raiders are going to make the playoffs. Deep threat Amari Cooper has a total nine receptions for 51 yards during the four-game losing streak and Marshawn Lynch has rushed for only two TDs and is averaging 42.8 yards rushing. On defense only three teams in the league have fewer than the Raiders’ 11 sacks. Oakland may have helped improve its pathetic defense by signing of four-time All-Pro linebacker NaVorro Bowman. He was released by the San Francisco 49ers on Friday and he should bring leadership and the ability to stop the run. Two things the Raiders defense needs a lot of. The Raiders will look to turn around a five game losing streak to the Chiefs and improved linebacker play will help them.

Chiefs vs Raiders Betting Prediction

The Raiders are in trouble and a loss on Thursday could almost bury any hopes of making the playoffs. The Chiefs looked perfect until the Steelers rolled over them last week. Now they travel to Oakland on a short week to play a division rival. On talent alone the Chiefs should win, but this is a division game against a team with talent. This game has all of the look at a trap game. I love the Raiders not only to cover but for an outright win. As long as I can get 3 or more points I am taking the points. If the line drops below 3 then I will be on the Raiders money line.

Betting Pick: Raiders +3
Score Prediction: Raiders 27 – Chiefs 20

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