The Chiefs head out west to attempt to get again within the profitable column towards the Raiders.
As a Chiefs fan, I hate the bye week.
As a ridiculously busy individual with three jobs and a household to boost, the bye week was a pleasant strategy to spend some much-needed time with the spouse and youngsters. However now we’re again to enterprise as regular and the Chiefs will face off towards the Raiders on Sunday.
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Now that we’ve gotten by way of all of that, let’s head to the predictions!
- 1 Shawn Barber, Chiefs 54-24
- 2 Aaron Borgmann, Chiefs 42-13
- 3 John Dixon, Chiefs 31-20
- 4 Matt Lane, Chiefs 48-18
- 5 Gary McKenzie, Chiefs 42-10
- 6 Matt Stagner, Chiefs 49-28
- 7 Craig Stout, Chiefs 45-10
- 8 Kent Swanson, Chiefs 40-13
- 9 Pete Sweeney, Chiefs 49-21
- 10 Joel Thorman, Chiefs 42-14
- 11 Aly Trost, Chiefs 45-17
- 12 Dane Van Why, Chiefs 38-13
- 13 Contributor Rankings
Shawn Barber, Chiefs 54-24
This week’s prediction for #RaidersWeek:
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three. Remember for gadget and trick performs in all conditions. #RaidersWeek
Four. Did I point out it’s #RaidersWeek?
Timing is every part. That is the primary recreation of the fourth quarter of the common season. Finish the season on a scorching streak to ship a press release. That is the Chiefs’ season to win all of it. The seven-game win streak begins Sunday.
Aaron Borgmann, Chiefs 42-13
In 12 years within the NFL, I discovered no away recreation journey to be worse than going to Oakland. I didn’t need to do it a lot as an intern with the Eagles, however yearly with the Chiefs, I dreaded it. Until you stayed in downtown SF, the resorts have been horrible, there was nothing to stroll to see or eat, the stadium is a cesspool, the locker room is constructed for baseball, the coaching room is the dimensions of a pea, the showers all the time ran out of scorching water and the followers are terrible. The one amusing factor concerning the journey is when the Raiders rating and a mysterious cloud and odor overcome the sidelines. I gained’t ever miss that place.
That being stated, we usually all the time had good success there and really feel like this would be the similar. Individuals need to name this a lure recreation and I discover that laughable. Nice groups don’t get trapped, in the event that they lose, it’s to a different nice staff.
Some need to make this out to be a Gruden/Reid factor, however that may solely go thus far when one group is thus far forward of the opposite. I could also be within the minority, however I truly like what the Raiders are doing to construct the factor again up, however that being stated, they’re a LONG LONG LONG means away proper now.
This recreation gained’t be shut, in all probability completed by half. Hopefully, it’s injury-free as the house workforce preps for the stretch run.
Oh, by the best way, verify Andy Reid’s report after a bye additionally.
John Dixon, Chiefs 31-20
After many years of watching AFC West video games, I can’t convey myself to foretell a blowout on this recreation. Yr-in and year-out — no matter how they do towards the remainder of the league — when AFC West groups face one another, they are typically robust outs. On paper, there’s no cause for the Raiders to be something however a pushover for the Chiefs. However Jon Gruden and Andy Reid know one another nicely. They have been assistants collectively at Inexperienced Bay within the early 1990s, and Gruden is Four-1 in video games they’ve coached towards one another. I feel Reid picks up his second win towards Gruden on Sunday, however I feel it’s going to be nearer than many consider.
Matt Lane, Chiefs 48-18
On the AP Laboratory podcast, I jokingly stated that the Raiders actually don’t have an opportunity to beat the Chiefs. Basing it primarily round the truth that the Chiefs put up 50 factors on the Rams in a recreation they turned the ball over 5 occasions and turnovers being the one actual probability for Oakland to hold within the recreation. Now with the Kareem Hunt information/distraction, nothing modifications. The Chiefs can nonetheless play a recreation that might utterly destroy different offenses and nonetheless rating 40-plus factors, it’s occurred twice now towards higher defenses than Oakland. Primarily, this recreation is a full-contact apply however being a rivalry recreation the Chiefs have to take it significantly.
When the Raiders have the ball, very merely strain Carr and he falls aside. Their offensive line was golden, however now they’ve as many points as anybody else. Each OTs are rookies and neither are prepared for the hurricane of a move rush that’s Dee Ford and Justin Houston. Chris Jones has oddly had his approach with Gabe Jackson and Kelechi Osemele extra than simply about anybody else and that was when each have been enjoying higher. Oakland will probably attempt to set up the run with Doug Martin however the Chiefs have slowly been enjoying the run higher every week and this isn’t a vaunted dashing assault.
When the Chiefs have the ball, anticipate a very good dose of Mahomes spreading the Raiders out early on and getting the ball into area to his playmakers. The Raiders protection isn’t notably quick and struggles within the open subject so screens, slants and crossing routes over the center create issues. Hill ought to have the ability to get behind a protection vulnerable to giving up the vertical route whereas Kelce takes benefit of questionable LBs in protection. The most important factor to observe, not essentially key to the sport is the Chiefs use of RBs. Spencer Ware possible is the bell cow however is it going to be extra of a committee now. Will Darrel Williams lastly see greater than a single offensive snap? And can the Chiefs start utilizing Damien Williams to his contract’s expectations?
This recreation shouldn’t be shut and you’re all the time apprehensive a few staff popping out flat in a recreation like this which may spell hassle in divisional video games. The excellent news for the Chiefs is they’re coming off of the bye week and will get a bit of tune up after an enormous change within the offensive hierarchy earlier than the house stretch.
Gary McKenzie, Chiefs 42-10
Keep in mind how badly Bob Sutton used to beat up on Derek Carr when the Raiders have been truly good? Nicely, I feel this recreation goes to be horrible for the Raiders. Their offensive line can’t block, and Carr goes to have a nightmare of a time within the pocket.
Mahomes will shoulder the load on Sunday, carrying the Chiefs to yet one more spectacular victory.
Matt Stagner, Chiefs 49-28
I’ve been making an attempt to think about a purpose the Raiders might win this recreation. Chiefs once more have the QB benefit, HC benefit, cross rush benefit, higher particular groups, a lot better offensive talent gamers, and are getting more healthy. In need of catastrophic accidents or negative effects from smoke inhalation, the Chiefs ought to roll. The one purpose it could possibly be shut is that division video games are often shut. I feel Kelce places on a present, and this finally ends up being a cushty win.
Craig Stout, Chiefs 45-10
What do the Chiefs do higher than Oakland outdoors of consuming dinner at Four:30? Oakland is devoid of expertise, their schemes are poor they usually’re previous. This Raiders group isn’t even remotely in the identical realm because the Chiefs. Chad Henne will play on Sunday. Don’t overthink this.
Kent Swanson, Chiefs 40-13
If I set the O/U on the variety of occasions Chad Henne will see the sector towards the Raiders this yr at 1.5, I might take the over. Henne goes to play in rubbish time this week, after which will begin towards the Raiders in Week 17 with the one seed locked up.
The Chiefs are 15-point favorites in a street recreation. That is going to be a boring drubbing in Oakland. Jon Gruden will make $625,000 to teach this recreation. He has 9 pleasant (for Chiefs followers) years remaining on his contract.
Pete Sweeney, Chiefs 49-21
By no means has it felt just like the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs-Oakland Raiders rivalry has mattered so little, and it’s as a result of the disparity between the 2 organizations has by no means been so excessive. On the subject of these two groups, the Chiefs look like the higher group in each facet, although I did discover this little nugget fascinating: Based mostly upon yards per recreation, the Chiefs are the worst within the league at defending the cross (297.2 yards per recreation), whereas the Raiders are the worst within the league at defending the run (151.Four). For my part, the one attainable factor the Raiders can do to make this a recreation is to maintain the ball out of the palms of Patrick Mahomes and firm, which can be arduous to do with out Marshawn Lynch. The important thing for the Chiefs is strong run protection, curbing Doug Martin early, then profiting from a poor offensive line flanked on the deal with positions by rookie offensive linemen. Anticipate sacks for Dee Ford and Justin Houston, in addition to Chris Jones, who has an opportunity to make it eight video games in a row with at the least one sack. Give me the Chiefs in dominant trend, the Raiders scoring a pair touchdowns in rubbish time by recreation’s finish.
Joel Thorman, Chiefs 42-14
Joel’s on trip this week and hasn’t been in a position to answer my makes an attempt to succeed in him, however I’ve labored with him for 5 or so years now, so that is what I consider he’d decide.
Aly Trost, Chiefs 45-17
Rivalry apart, this can be a nine-win workforce (Chiefs) enjoying a nine-loss group (Raiders) — the result ought to be fairly apparent right here. Mahomes and the offense may have a day/see TD’s from (at the least) 5 totally different Chiefs gamers. This recreation will even be one other alternative for the Chiefs protection to proceed tending up. Derek Carr has been sacked a whopping 35 occasions this season (hiya Chris Jones and Dee Ford). Raiders will come out robust, however Chiefs will shut them down earlier than half and win it
Dane Van Why, Chiefs 38-13
The Raiders are usually not a very good workforce. The Chiefs are a great workforce. The Raiders hand over numerous factors. The Chiefs rating loads of factors. This one’s straightforward. I feel the Chiefs head into the dump that’s the Oakland Coliseum and hand the Raiders their 10th lack of the season.
After the Rams recreation, we noticed somewhat shuffling within the standings:
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