It was never very likely that any team was going to go 16-0 this regular season, but that’s officially an impossibility as the Kansas City Chiefs were the last team to lose. They look to avoid a two-game skid when they visit AFC West rival Oakland on Thursday night set as 3-point underdogs on the NFL odds board.
Kansas City Chiefs vs. Oakland Raiders
When: Thursday, 8:25 PM ET
Where: Oakland Coliseum
Point Spread: Chiefs -3
Thursday Night Football Point Spread and Betting Analysis
Kansas City has won five straight against Oakland and covered in four of those. Last year in Week 6 at Oakland, the Chiefs won 26-10 coming out of their bye and as 1-point favourites. The Raiders were down just three at the half but didn’t score again. Alex Smith had only three incompletions in 22 attempts, and Spencer Ware (out for this season injured) rushed 24 times for 131 yards and a TD. In Week 14 in Kansas City, the Chiefs were 3.5-point favourites and won 21-13. Tyreek Hill returned a punt 78 yards for a touchdown and had a 36-yard TD catch. Oakland managed just 244 yards of offense.
That sweep was the tiebreaker in Kansas City winning the AFC West in 2016 as both teams finished at 12-4. The second meeting was a Thursday night and the Raiders are just 3-7 ATS in their past 10 playing on a Thursday. The Chiefs have covered nine in a row following a game scoring 15 points or fewer as they did in Week 6. Early betting at Sports Interaction has Kansas with a lean of more than 80 percent on the spread so this could climb to 3.5.
Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs (5-1 SU, 5-1 ATS) were -3.5 on Sunday and upset 19-13 at home by Pittsburgh – Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger has never lost a regular-season game to Kansas City and also beat the Chiefs in last year’s playoffs. The 13 points were easily K.C.’s fewest of the season. Rookie sensation running back Kareem Hunt was held to 21 yards rushing on nine carries. Meanwhile, the Chiefs were gashed by Pittsburgh’s Le’Veon Bell for 179 yards and a touchdown on 32 carries. Hill had to leave the game late with a head injury; the team has determined he doesn’t have a concussion but it still might be tough for him to play in this quick turnaround. The Chiefs are 3-2 in Thursday night games under Coach Andy Reid.
The Raiders (2-4 SU, 2-4 ATS) were a chic Super Bowl pick by some but are sitting last in the AFC West after being upset 17-16 at home by the Chargers on Sunday, Oakland’s fourth straight loss – it has scored 17 points or fewer in each of those. QB Derek Carr returned from a one-game injury absence (back) but threw for only 171 yards and was picked off twice. Nick Novak kicked a 32-yard field goal on the final play of the game to win it. A missed PAT by Oakland’s Giorgio Tavecchio proved to be a killer. It is the first four-game losing streak for the Raiders since dropping 16 consecutive from Week 12 of the 2013 season to Week 11 of 2014.
Chiefs vs. Raiders Prediction
All the trends favor the Chiefs, but it’s desperation time for Oakland. Raiders win 24-21.