A string of great Thursday Night Football games continues in Week 7 when the 2-4 Raiders host the 5-1 Chiefs as underdogs in the Bay Area. Both teams are coming off losses but for the silver and black, it was their fourth straight. If the Raiders are going to end their losing streak on TNF, they’ll also have to stop a five-game skid against K.C.
Well familiar with each other, this will be the 117th all-time meeting between the Chiefs and Raiders, with the Chiefs holding a 10-win edge in the series. K.C. always seems to be one step ahead of Oakland but this season the Chiefs have widened the gap and have been pegged road favorites for good reason.
The main reason is that the Chiefs don’t lose consecutive games. Their last regular-season losing streak occurred in October 2015 and since then, they’re 5-0 straight up and against the spread after a loss. Andy Reid is one of the best head coaches in the NFL and you can guarantee he’ll have his guys ready to play in a short week.
Oakland, on the other hand, has been dreadful for four straight weeks, averaging just 13.25 points per game in that span. Derek Carr didn’t look like himself against the Chargers after suffering a fractured transverse process in his back and he’s got very limited time to get ready for Thursday night.
One of the keys for the Raiders – especially if Carr isn’t 100 percent – is stopping Kareem Hunt. When the uber-rookie has rushed for more than 80 yards this season, the Chiefs are 5-0 straight up and against the spread but with Oakland allowing 118 rushing yards per game, stopping Hunt might be out of the question.
For those not convinced by either side, you might want to take a look at the UNDER in a game that could have its share of punting. The last three in this matchup have all gone UNDER their total and this one doesn’t project as a barnburner either.
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Sportsbook Odds & Computer Pick
The Kansas City Chiefs opened as 2.5-point favorites in this one at most sportsbooks tracked here at OddsShark (including Sportsbook), while the total was hovering around 47.5 at most shops.
NFL prediction models run by the computers at OddsShark picked a 23-22 result in favor of the Chiefs earlier in the week. Watch matchup reports and the picks page for any changes due to injuries or suspensions this week. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NFL matchups here.
Kansas City Chiefs vs Oakland Raiders Matchup
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
This season the Oakland Raiders are 2-4 overall and 2-4 against the spread, while the Chiefs are 5-1 and 5-1 ATS. As for the totals, Oakland is 2-4 on the OU, and Kansas City is 4-2. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Oakland vs Kansas City injuries news.
The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Oakland Raiders rated this week at No. 21 and the Kansas City Chiefs sitting at No. 1.
Offensively, the game matches up the Oakland Raiders' No. 18-ranked offense (20.67 PPG) against a Kansas City Chiefs defense that ranks No. 13 at 21.67 PPG. The Raiders passing attack has averaged 184.67 yards per game, less than the Chiefs give up through the air (247.5 YPG on average).
Defensively, the Chiefs feature the league's No. 23-rated road run defense, allowing 124 yards per game. The Raiders, meanwhile, rank No. 11 in rushing offense at home.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
The Chiefs suffered a Week 6 loss against Pittsburgh in their last game, falling 19-13 at Arrowhead Stadium.
In their last game, the Raiders were Week 6 losers coming out on the wrong end of a 17-16 score against Los Angeles.
Next Betting Matchups
Kansas City home to Denver, Monday, October 30
Oakland at Buffalo, Sunday, October 29