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Sundays’ live games open with another step in Kansas City Chiefs’ journey to the complete domination of the NFL.
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Over the past 12 months, Andy Reid’s charges have been putting anyone who has the temerity to try to stand in their way to the sword without hesitation. This week their sights are set on their AFC West rivals, the Las Vegas Raiders. Do the Raiders have enough about them to stand up to the juggernaut that is the KC Chiefs or will they fall like those before them?
Betpat NFL Betting:
Money line: Raiders 21/5 Chiefs 1/6
Points Spread: Chiefs -11
You probably need to find an outside the box bet for good value, nothing here is eye-catching. My gut feeling is this game will be closer than 11 points but I wouldn’t have enough conviction in that to put money on it. You can get 13/2 on Kelce and Ruggs to both grab a TD, which isn’t bad.
As per usual, weapons galore in the Kansas City offense and pin pointing which of them will provide the big numbers is the key. By now we should all know to expect another big outing from Patrick Mahomes regardless of who they play. Clyde Edwards-Helaire could be in line for a good day as he goes up against a defense that ranks in the bottom 5 in the NFL in Rushing yards allowed per carry. Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce, as usual, are the most likely to put up some big numbers out of the receiving corps but Watkins and Hardman are good pick-ups if you’re in a bind and are available in your league.
You definitely want to own Josh Jacobs for this game. Unfortunately, though not surprisingly, he is already owned in 100% of NFL.com fantasy leagues. If you are one of the lucky ones, make sure he starts. While, as I mentioned, the Raiders are in the bottom 5 in terms of yards conceded per carry, the Chiefs are one of the 4 below, coming in as the 31st ranked team. They are giving up 5.3 yards a carry and go against one of the hardest runners in the league in Jacobs. If the Raiders can find themselves ahead and in a good position to keep running the ball. Jacobs can light them up. Their passing attack will be helped is boosted by the return of Henry Ruggs, though Bryan Edwards is still out. LT Duane Brown is back to provide Carr a platform to get his receivers in play, which is vital against a potent Chiefs pass rush. Look for TE Darren Waller to be the volume target through the air for the Raiders.
Saying anything other than a Kansas City win is a brave call, and I’m not going to be the one to make that shout this time. I think the Chiefs are good for another win here. I don’t think it will be a blow out but I wouldn’t be expecting a nail-biter either.
Chiefs by 9