NFL Thursday Night Football heads to the West Coast for a battle between two AFC West rivals when the Kansas City Chiefs travel to play the Oakland Raiders.
The current line at Bovada and sportsbook.com has Kansas City favored by 7 points. The point total on topbet and betonline is currently sitting at 43.
The Raiders are 0-10 on the season and Kansas City is 7-3.
The Chiefs were able to defeat the Seattle Seahawks last week 24-20 as a favorite at home by 1 point. Kansas City now is 5-0 SU and ATS over its past 5 games played and 7-1 SU and ATS in its past 8 games.
Oakland on the other hand has not scored over 17 points in 4 of its past 5 games. On Sunday, the Raiders lost to San Diego 13-6 but were able to cover as a 10-point road ‘dog.
In Kansas City’s last visit to Oakland, running back Jamaal Charles had 215 total yards from scrimmage while scoring 5 touchdowns in a 25-point rout by the Chiefs.
The Chiefs are 9-2 SU as well as ATS in their last 11 games in Oakland. In this rivalry, the visiting team has won 18 of the past 22 games against the spread dating back to the 2003 season.
Kansas City is allowing 17.5 points or fewer per game to lead the NFL, while Oakland is one of three teams scoring 17 points or fewer per game.
Kansas City is 6-0 against the number coming off a non-conference game the past two years. The Chiefs are also 11-3 against the spread in road games over that period.
A number of players from both teams are injured.
For the Chiefs Donnie Avery, A.J. Jenkins, Anthony Fasano, Jamell Fleming and Chris Jenkins are all questionable.
The Raiders four players questionable are Carlos Rogers, Jonathan Dowling, Gabe Jackson and David Ausberry.
Kansas City is one of the league’s hottest teams thanks to a tough defense. The Chiefs are No. 1 in passing yards allowed at 201.5 yards a game. Kansas City should have little trouble causing problems for Derek Carr the rookie quarterback for Oakland.
The Kansas City offense is not the most prolific in the NFL but Alex Smith has made very few mistakes with 11 touchdown passes and 4 interceptions. Charles has rushed for 693 yards and 8 touchdowns.
The Oakland offense with Carr under center has not been able to put the ball in the end zone. Carr has 13 touchdown passes and 9 interceptions.
The Chiefs will wear down the Oakland defense with Charles rushing and receiving out of the backfield and the Kansas City defense will pressure Carr all night.
I like a lean toward the UNDER and the Chiefs.