Point Spread: -10.00 | -105.00 Kansas City (Home)
For a number of different reasons I expect the home side to find a way to get the job done here and to pull away down the stretch for the comfortable ATS cover. Despite losing three in a row, the Chiefs are still very much alive in the AFC playoff hunt. That said, the team can't lose anymore and certainly will need to start building momentum if it has any chance of making a legitimate postseason run. Who better to face than the lowly Raiders then? This is also a revenge game after Oakland upset Kansas City for its first victory of the season a few weeks back. KC is one of five 7-6 teams still in the mix for the conference's two wild-card spots which are currently occupied by the Steelers at 8-5 and the Chargers at 8-5 as well. Note that the Chiefs visit Pittsburgh next and then close the season vs. San Diego, which obviously puts added emphasis onto today's contest. Oakland would promptly lose 52-0 at St. Louis after the victory over the Chiefs, but then rebounded for a 24-13 victory over the 49ers last week, but note that the Raiders are 2-20 away from home over the last three seasons and 0-6 so far this year. For me, this is simply a great situational play. After their win over KC, the Raiders immediately had a letdown in the loss to the Rams, I definitely am expecting the same thing here. KC is clearly motivated on a number of different levels, all signs do indeed point to the CHIEFS as the sharp move in this one.