Oakland Raiders-Kansas City Chiefs: NFL Odds Give Raiders Slight Edge

Who would have thought we’d be talking about who would gain control of the AFC West at this point in the season between the Oakland Raiders and the Kansas City Chiefs?

Better yet, who would be in the AFC cellar, San Diego or Denver?

However, that’s exactly what this game represents, as Oakland could gain control of the AFC West with a win in Sunday’s home match up against the Chiefs.

It would be the first time they have led the division in nearly a decade.

Kansas City has dominated the match ups between the teams, winning 12 of the last 18; last year KC beat the Raiders 16-10.

The latest NFL odds have Oakland as -2.5 over Kansas City with a game total of 40.5 points.

The Chiefs are coming off a thrilling overtime win against Buffalo, 13-10. The game was a relatively quiet one scoring-wise, until Kansas City broke it open in the second quarter when Matt Cassel issued a short pass to Dwayne Bowe with 1:28 on the clock.

Buffalo responded with a field goal in the third, and both teams scored touchdowns in the fourth. Steve Johnson scored on a four-yard TD reception from Ryan Fitzpatrick with 2:18 on the clock, tying the score 10-10. Ryan Succop’s 35-yard field goal won it for KC in the overtime period.

Cassel looked over matched in the game, managing to complete only 14 of 26 for 152 yards, while RB Jamaal Charles continued to represent the Chiefs ground attack, rushing for 177 yards on 22 carries and receiving another 61.

The Chiefs rank dead last in passing yards with 164.4 a game. Cassel has completed 105 of 179 for 1,196 yards while registering just 10 touchdowns. This offense is all about the ground attack, and it shows as the team ranks first in rushing with 190.4 a game, led by Charles with his 666 yards and two touchdowns. Thomas Jones has chipped in another 538 yards.

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