The Kansas City Chiefs (1-0) travel to the Bay Area this weekend for an AFC West showdown against the Oakland Raiders (1-0). Kickoff is set for 4:05 PM EST on September 15th at Oakland-Alameda Coliseum and the game will be broadcast on CBS.
Oddsmakers opened this game up with the Raiders listed as 9-point home underdogs. That line has shifted by a full point after early betting, as Oakland is currently available at +8. The total for this matchup is 52 points. Click here for a full look at the Week 2 NFL odds and for more links to our individual game previews.
Raiders vs Chiefs Game Odds & Betting Preview
Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs started the regular season with a bang in Week 1, cruising to a 40-26 road victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Kansas City really brought the hammer down right out of the gate, scoring 17-points in an action packed first quarter. QB Patrick Mahomes played well despite losing his #1 receiver Tyreek Hill after he was forced to leave the game in the second quarter. It didn’t slow down the offense at all though, as WR Sammy Watkins hauled in nine receptions for 198 yards and two touchdowns. Newly acquired RB LeSean McCoy led the way on the ground, averaging over eight yards per carry on just ten rushing attempts. TE Travis Kelce was quiet by his lofty standards against the Jags, catching three passes for 88 yards and missing out on an easy touchdown after Mahomes threw the ball over his head after he slipped by defensive coverage. Overall, the offense gained more than 450 yards of total offense and scored four touchdowns.
The Chiefs defense had an average outing in Week 1, as Jacksonville managed to score three touchdowns despite losing starting QB Nick Foles to a broken clavicle. Kansas City really struggled to contain rookie WR DJ Chark, as he caught four passes for 146 yards and a touchdown.
The Raiders stunned the visiting Denver Broncos on Monday Night Football, rallying together after the Antonio Brown circus finally packed up and left town. Oakland looked like a team trying to make a statement, so full credit goes to Coach Gruden for having his team locked in and ready to play. QB David Carr played very well against a tough Denver secondary, going 22/26 for 259 yards and a touchdown. His two favorite targets were clearly Darren Waller and Tyrell Williams, who combined for 175 yards receiving and a touchdown. Rookie RB Joshua Jacobs was also a big story in Week 1, rushing for 85 yards and two scores on a game-high 23 carries.
The Raiders defense was extremely solid against Denver in Week 1, as Joe Flacco was 21/31 for 268 yards and just one touchdown. Oakland looked very strong against the run as well, limiting Broncos rushers to just over 100 yards and no touchdowns.
Free NFL Betting Predictions and ATS Pick: Chiefs -8
Both the total and the spread currently look pretty accurate to me, which means I’ll probably stay away from this game altogether. However, out of all the betting markets currently available for this matchup, I probably feel most confident taking the Chiefs against the spread. Kansas City should probably have beat Jacksonville by even more than two touchdowns on the road in Week 1, as Mahomes missed a couple of easy throws and the Jaguars found some success during garbage time. While I wouldn’t be surprised if the Raiders offense had a big afternoon on Sunday, there is some danger of this being a letdown spot after their emotional win on Monday night.
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It is also worth noting that Oakland is on short rest this week, which makes me like the Chiefs even more in this matchup. Carr should be able to post a strong stat-line with Jacobs, Williams, and Waller all factoring in against a somewhat shaky Kansas City defense. However, I do not expect the Raiders defense to have another strong game after a solid performance in Week 1. There is a huge difference between facing an aging Joe Flacco and a below average Broncos passing attack and arguably the most explosive offense in the entire league. With so many weapons at his disposal, Mahomes should easily at least match his three touchdown performance in Week 1. I hate laying this many points with a chalky road favorite, but I don’t feel comfortable taking an Oakland team that might come crashing back down to earth either. Give me the Chiefs!