An all AFC West clash on SNF as the back to back AFC champion Chiefs travel to Sin City to face a Raiders side who have been through some turmoil in recent weeks. Can Mahomes & Co build off a win over the Packers last week, or will Derek Carr and the Raiders bounce back from a disappointing loss to the Giants to stay atop the West? 

The Chiefs can thank their lucky stars that Aaron Rodgers has a more than laissez-faire attitude to COVID-19. With AR12 missing, the Chiefs knew they’d be able to play a risk-free game and leave Arrowhead with the win. Fair play to them for doing what was required, but I’m not going to crown them for that. I’ll be keeping a close eye on what their offense can do today, and of course, on their defense to see how they handle a Raiders offense that ranks second in football in passing yards per game. 

The Raiders stumbled last week against a Giants side that’s quietly getting hot. This is a great opportunity for the Raiders to get going again on offense, and put some distance between themselves and the Chiefs atop the AFC West. Derek Carr has thrown for over 295 yards in six of eight games this season, and against a below-average Chiefs secondary, I like his chances of doing so again. Hunter Renfrow has been Carr’s best friend so far this season, and the sneaky good route-runner has six or more receptions in four of his last five outings. I also like the TD scoring chances of Josh Jacobs & Darren Waller. Jacobs has scored five TDs in six games this season as well as in both games vs KC last season, and whilst Waller hasn’t been so free-scoring this season with only two TD’s to his name, he also scored in both games vs KC last year. KC’s defense has already given up six TDs to the TE position in their last six games, as well as six TD’s to RB’s on the season. 

Spread: Raiders +2.5

Total: 52.5

Game Prediction: Raiders 30-27 Chiefs

Best Bet: Derek Carr over 286.5 passing yards, Hunter Renfrow over 5.5 receptions and both Josh Jacobs and Darren Waller to score a TD @ 14/1 with Bet365 Bet Builder. [0.25]

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