With just 5 weeks left in the regular season, the race for the NFL playoffs is beginning to heat up rather dramatically. There is only really a small collection of teams who look to be a lock to be in the postseason, with the rest of the teams stuck in a log jam that has the race for the 7 playoff spots in each conference very much up for grabs. Both of these teams are in the mix, but you do have to say that the Chiefs are getting hot ay just the right time, while the Raiders are heading in the wrong direction. There are serious playoff implications with this one, but it is probably the Raiders who need it more. The Chiefs are favored by 9 ½, with the point total for this one set at 48. Let’s have a look at both teams and how they arrive to this Raiders vs Chiefs matchup so you can bet against their NFL odds.
NFL Betting Analysis for Las Vegas Raiders at Kansas City
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- When: Sunday, December 12 at 1 PM EST
- Where: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City
- TV: CBS
Why bet on the Las Vegas Raiders
It wasn’t so very long ago that the Raiders were 5-2 and looking like a team definitely headed for the playoffs. They have now lost 4 of their last 5 and are sitting at 6-6, which has them sitting below the playoff line. One of the losses during that stretch came at the hands of the Chiefs, who won that one 41-14 in Las Vegas. A big part of their problem is that the offense has gone cold, save for the lone win in the last 5 when they dropped 36 on the Dallas Cowboys. All of that aside, the Raiders have been good on the road, winning 8 of their last 11 away from home. They have had very little joy versus the Chiefs, though, going 1-7 SU in their last 8 against them. They have also covered just 3 times in their last 10 games and have seen the OVER hit in 5 of their last 6 divisional games.
Why bet on the Kansas City Chiefs
At the time when the Raiders were hot and playing great football, there were some real concerns about the Kansas City Chiefs. The offense was misfiring, and Patrick Mahomes suddenly looked human, but you always felt that they would come out of it. That is exactly what they have done, winning each of their last 5 games ahead of this one. In 3 of those 5 wins, they have held opponents to 9 points or less, so the defense is also playing their part in getting the Chiefs season turned around. They are now at 8-4 and in the race for the #1 seed this season. You would not bet against them making that run in the final few weeks. As good as this team has been, they have not been a great bet against the spread, going 6-13-1 ATS in their last 20. The UNDER has hit is 5 of their last 6 games at home.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
Given the current form of both teams, it’s certainly easy to just go ahead and take the Chiefs to win this one straight up. That said, I also think they are a good bet to cover here. Let’s also take the OVER with this one.
Pick: Las Vegas Raiders 20 Kansas City Chiefs 35