The AFC West has been dominated the past two seasons by the Denver Broncos. However, this season, the division has seen a resurgence of the Kansas City Chiefs and signs of life by the Oakland Raiders.
The two archrivals meet on Sunday in what could prove to be an entertaining game. Kansas City is 5-0 SU and 4-1 ATS, while Oakland is 2-3 SU and 3-1-1 ATS. The two teams are a combined 7-2-1 ATS.
The current line has Kansas City favored by 9 points on sites like sportsbooks.com, topbet and betonline with the over/under point total on 40.5.
The Chiefs opened last Sunday as 10.5 point favorites at home, but following Oakland’s upset on Sunday night over the San Diego Chargers the line on Monday reopened at 9.5 and has stayed between there and its current 9. The total opened on 41 and has been bet down just a half point, but be sure to check Bovada and the previously mentioned other sites for the latest in line and point total moves.
Last season, the Raiders won both meetings with Kansas City 15-0 in Oakland and 26-16 in Kansas City. The Raiders are 5-1 SU and ATS over the past six head to head meetings with Kansas City. However, Andy Reid was not coaching Kansas City for any of those six games.
Oakland overall is 5-0-1 ATS in its past six games, while Kansas City is just 1-5 ATS in their past six games versus divisional opponents.
Terrelle Pryor returned last week for Oakland following a missed week due to a concussion. He had 221 yards passing and two touchdowns in their 27-17 win against the Chargers.
Kansas City’s defense will be a tough match for Pryor and the Oakland offense. The pass rush from Kansas City is very strong and Pryor will be rushed in the pocket most of the game.
Justin Houston has 8.5 sacks for Kansas City and two other players have four apiece. Defensively, the Chiefs are the best in the league against the pass. This will make it even more difficult for the Oakland offense since their running game is nearly non-existent.
Oakland’s defense must look out for Jamaal Charles the Chiefs running back. Charles is averaging close to 80 yards on the ground and another 50 in the air per game.
This game is a tough call. The underdog has covered in 11 of the past 12 meetings between the two teams. The Raiders were underdogs against San Diego and won outright.
Kansas City is 4-1 ATS, but the Raiders with Pryor starting are 3-0-1.
I like the Raiders and the points, with the total cashing out on the UNDER.