The Kansas City Chiefs are hosting the Oakland Raiders tonight on Thursday Night Football. The game is scheduled for an 8:25 p.m. start time and it will be televised nationally on NBC. The NFL Odds for the game have the Chiefs favored by a field goal to pick up the win.
Kansas City -3.5
Total: 45.5 points
Kansas City has been the model of consistency, Oakland is the up and rising team that nobody saw reaching 10 wins this season, but here they are. Between the two, we have a solid game on Thursday night.
The AFC West is the best division in pro football and the Raiders sit a game ahead of the Chiefs. Oakland is the rare NFL team that has not lost a game on the road yet this season, they join the Dallas Cowboys and New England Patriots as the only teams to accomplish that this season.
Derek Carr loves to throw the football down the field for big plays, which is the opposite of what the Chiefs do. Alex Smith is Captain Checkdown and the Chiefs look to move down the field five or six yards at a time with short passes and the run game. The opposites should make for a great dynamic tonight in this contest.
KC owns 18 victories the last 21 regular season games and they lead the league with 25 turnovers forced on defense. They’re plus-14 in the turnover differential as well which is the best in the NFL, but that doesn’t separate them enough from the Raiders, who are third in the league at plus-12.
Overall the Chiefs might have the better defense, getting a stop or two could be the difference here.
Free Pick: Kansas City
Free Picks: Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs (Thursday Night Football Betting)
Effect of cold weather plus and conservative play handicapped by Pro Bettor Steve Fezzik - with Brad Powers from the Pregame.com Studios in Las Vegas. NFL Pro Football Free Pick: Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday Night Football.
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