Raiders vs Chiefs Game Preview
|Oakland Raiders||Kansas City Chiefs|
|2-3||October 13, 2013, 01:00 | Arrowhead Stadium||5-0|
Yeah, Kansas City's Andy Reid looks a little like a mustachioed coaching Buddha; but is he a miracle worker? Whatever the case, Reid has his Chiefs, who went 2-14 last year, off to a 5-0 start this season heading into a home game Sunday against the hated Oakland Raiders (1 pm ET, CBS).
KC is not only, shockingly, tied for first place in the AFC West with the dynamic Denver Broncos, but is also a moneymaking 4-1 ATS on the season. And they have been raking in the money at KC, going 7-0 ATS in their last seven trips to Arrowhead.
In the early betting the Chiefs, who have actually lost three in a row and eight of the last 11 in this original AFL rivalry series, were favored by 9.5 points over the 2-3 Raiders, who themselves are 3-1-1 ATS, coming off a solid win over San Diego late Sunday night.
Oddsmakers at Bovada had the Chiefs as -7.5-point favorites in the game, while the betting total was sitting at 40.5.
The Power Rankings at OddsShark have the No. 21-rated Raiders taking on the No. 15-rated Chiefs in this contest. Handicapping models indicate a 31-16 win for the Chiefs on Sunday.
Oakland won its last outing, a 27-17 result against the Chargers on October 6. The Raiders covered in that game as a 5.5-point underdog, while the 44 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Jamaal Charles ran through the Tennessee defense for 108 yards in Kansas City's last game, handing the Titans a 26-17 setback on Sunday at LP Field.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Kansas City's No. 11-ranked offense (25.6 PPG) against a Raiders defense that ranks No. 13 at 21.6 PPG. The Chiefs passing attack has averaged 227.8 yards per game, less than the Raiders give up through the air (268.2 YPG on average).
Defensively, the Raiders feature the league's No. 31-rated road run defense, allowing 146.67 yards per game. Kansas City, meanwhile, ranks No. 18 in rushing offense at home.
A few Raiders at Chiefs trends to consider:
Oakland is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games
Oakland is 3-11 SU in its last 14 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Oakland's last 7 games
Oakland is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Kansas City is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Kansas City is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
Kansas City is 8-17 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Kansas City's last 7 games
Oakland at Pittsburgh, Sunday, October 27th
Kansas City at Houston, Sunday, October 20th