First place is on the line on Thursday night on NBC as the Oakland Raiders visit the Kansas City Chiefs. These two long time rivals have met numerous times in the past 57 years but rarely have they both been battling for the AFC West title this late in the season. This matchup on Thursday at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City will take place at night and it will be cold with temperatures in the teens and a wind chill of 10 degrees. Let’s look at the contest and NFL picks.
The Raiders visit the Chiefs on Thursday, December 8th with a start time of 8:30 pm Eastern on NBC.
Thursday Night NFL Odds at the Best Sports Betting Sites
Kansas City -3, total 46
Raiders vs. Chiefs
The Raiders come into this game in first place in the AFC West with a record of 10-2 while the Chiefs are a game back at 9-3. The Chiefs won the first meeting back in October by a score of 26-10. The Raiders have not lost since that game, winning their last six.
“Both teams know each other,” said Chiefs head coach Andy Reid. “They’ve made changes defensively that have made them better on that side of the ball. They’re playing very good all the way around in the different phases. They were a little down on the defensive side early on but they’ve picked up in that area. They’re flying around and making plays.”
The Raiders are scoring about 29 points per game and giving up about 25 points per contest. They are 5-0 ATS on the road this season with four of the five going over the total.
The Chiefs have won six of their last seven games and they are 20-4 in their last 24 games overall. Kansas City is scoring 23 points per game and allowing 20 per contest. The Chiefs are just 1-4 ATS at home with four of the five going under the total.
It is never easy for teams to play on Thursday but Kansas City is ready. “The positive is you get a few days off afterwards,” said Reid. “Getting ready is a bit of a scramble drill, but you do it and you move on. It’s hardest on the players, especially the later you get in the year.”
This will be the 113th meeting in this series with the Chiefs leading 59-51-2 with the Chiefs winning five of the last six. The Raiders have not won at Arrowhead since 2012.
The Raiders are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 meetings in Kansas City. The Raiders are 10-1 ATS in their last 11 road games. The Raiders are 17-37-1 ATS in their last 55 games in December. The Chiefs are 2-5 ATS at the best sports betting sites in their last 7 Thursday games. The Chiefs are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 home games.
Looking at the total, the Over is 4-1 in the Raiders last 5 road games. The Over is 18-7-1 in the Raiders last 26 vs. the AFC. The Under is 6-2 in the Chiefs last 8 games overall. The Under is 36-15 in the Chiefs last 51 home games. The Under is 7-1 at sports betting sites for US players in the last 8 meetings in Kansas City.
I will take the points with the Raiders in this game.