Chiefs vs Raiders… here we go! The Las Vegas Raiders had their jackpot moment of the 2020 season when they upended the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium in Week 5 of the NFL Season. They beat the former Super Bowl Champions 40-32. Derek Carr was sensational, going 21/31 for three touchdowns and just one interception. Henry Ruggs III had over 100 yards receiving and a touchdown while Carr also found Nelson Aghlor and Darren Waller. The running game was busy too with Josh Jacobs totaling over 77 yards and two scores while Devonte Booker rushed for 67 yards.
Things will be different this time around. It’s not like the Chiefs are a magically different team or they have gone from worst to first or anything like that. The truth just is that you don’t really beat the Patrick Mahomes/Andy Reid Chiefs twice in one season.
In the era of that head coach and quarterback, only one team has defeated the Chiefs twice in the same season and it wasn’t one of their divisional foes, the Broncos, Chargers or Raiders. It was the New England Patriots who got them once in the regular season and again in the AFC Championship Game. That team had Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and well…they were a fricken dynasty, so I’m not overly confident that the Raiders have that same manpower to accomplish the task.
The Chiefs are 6-0 in their last six on the road and they are 5-1 in their last six against the Raiders. They might be travelling to Las Vegas to play in Allegiant Stadium for the first time ever but I’m still not concerned about them being the road team. The Chiefs have had Le’Veon Bell for three games now but are coming off a bye week where they more than likely dove into the playbook with the running back and cleared up things that he may have been confused about in those first three games. I also assume they will have some more designed plays for Bell, so expect another high scoring contest between these two.
Chiefs vs Raiders Keys to the Game:
Las Vegas Raiders, Let them run: When I say “run” in that title, I am referring to Josh Jacobs and Devonte Booker. Those two are turning into quite the dynamic duo for the Raiders. Last week, Booker went for 81 yards and two scores while Jacobs rushed for 112 and two scores. Derek Carr didn’t even need to throw a touchdown for the Raiders to win that game. If they can establish the run and keep Kansas City on their toes, they’ll make this another shootout.
Kansas City Chiefs, Take Advantage: Most of the Raiders starting defense was placed on the COVID-19 list today. Seven players including Jonathan Abrams, Clelin Ferrell and four other defensive line starters will probably be out on Sunday. This should be kind of a no-brainer for the Chiefs to run the ball down their throats and go off.
Chiefs vs Raiders Prediction:
Given the practice squad roster for Las Vegas and the Chiefs dominance, this one is easy.
Chiefs 41 Raiders 31
By: Matt Lively CruelFan.com