The Las Vegas Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs have already played one game against each other this season, but they didn’t get enough of each other and are back for more this Sunday night. Their last matchup was during Week 5 when the Raiders stunned the Chiefs 40-32.
Both quarterbacks had solid outings in their Week 5 matchup. Derek Carr put up 347 yards through the air on 22-of-31 passing, including three touchdowns and one interception. Patrick Mahomes added 340 yards on 22-of-43 passing, including two touchdowns and one interception.
It was the Raiders’ running game that sparked them to victory in Week 5. They had over 140 yards rushing, opposed to the Chiefs’ 80 rushing yards. The Raiders also had three sacks (one each from Maxx Crosby, Chris Smith, and Nevin Lawson), compared to the Chiefs’ one sack.
Will the Chiefs get their revenge in Sin City?
The Chiefs have never played a game in Las Vegas, making this an exciting contest for them as they travel to Allegiant Stadium for the first time. They’re currently riding a four-game win streak, so momentum certainly isn’t an issue with this team.
If it weren’t for their loss to the Raiders earlier in the season, the Chiefs would be undefeated right now. At 8-1, they remain in first place in the AFC West.
They can’t get too comfortable because the Raiders are right behind them at 6-3. That’s what makes this game so important.
They’ll need everything and more from Mahomes, who currently has 2,687 yards, 25 touchdowns, and just one interception on the year.
His one interception came against this Raiders’ team, meaning Mahomes should enter with a chip on his shoulder.
After their upset of the Chiefs, the Raiders suffered a miserable loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday Night Football. Since then, however, they’ve won three straight games and improved to 6-3 last week with a 37-12 victory against the Broncos.
Carr is having an efficient year for Las Vegas, though he hasn’t put up the number of touchdowns Mahomes has. Carr has 2,156 yards, 16 touchdowns, and two interceptions this year.
He gets a lot of help from Josh Jacobs, who has a whopping 700 yards on the ground and eight rushing touchdowns.
The Raiders will certainly be tested on Sunday night, but they have the star power to get the job done if they play well defensively. Turnovers are key when you’re playing a team like the Chiefs, who are extremely stingy with the ball. Even one can make a world of difference, which they proved in Week 5.
Betting Odds & Lines
Do you think the Raiders have what it takes to pull off another upset against the Chiefs this year? The Kansas City Chiefs (-110) are eight-point favorites over the Las Vegas Raiders (-110). The over/under is listed at 56.5 total points.
Free Betting Pick
I hope you’re ready for a dominant game from Mahomes because I think that’s what’s coming to this Raiders’ defense. That’s not to say Las Vegas won’t put up a fight, but I do think it makes the Chiefs difficult to defeat here — even with Mitchell Schwartz and Taco Charlton listed as out.
The game is set to start at 8:20 pm ET on Sunday night inside Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. It’ll be the Raiders’ third primetime game this year and second Sunday Night Football matchup.
Final Score Prediction 34-24, Kansas City Chiefs.
Pick: Kansas City Chiefs (-8)