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|Kansas City Chiefs||-8
|Las Vegas Raiders||+8
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Tough to ever bet against Chiefs HC Andy Reid and Mahomes, especially given that they are hungry for revenge after that Week 5 loss to these Raiders, so expect them to cover this spread to make a point.
Chiefs -8 (-110)
|Chiefs vs Raiders Information|
|What||Kansas City Chiefs vs Las Vegas Raiders|
|Where||Allegiant Stadium in Paradise, NV|
|When||Sun, November 22, 2020; 8:20 PM ET|
|How to watch||NBC|
The Kansas City Chiefs are 8-1 and in the first place of the AFC West, and they continue to be led by the offensive-minded head coach Andy Reid and his brilliantly talented quarterback Patrick Mahomes, the fifth most productive at his position in the league right now and always a threat to score.
Suddenly, these 6-3 Las Vegas Raiders are in second place of the AFC West and actually look like a playoff-worthy team led by quarterback Derek Carr who is having a typically productive season with some talented playmakers finally at his disposal.
These two AFC West rivals have met each other 123 prior times (including 3 postseason games), with the Las Vegas Raiders winning 54 of those games and the Kansas City Chiefs winning 67 of the games, plus 2 ties.
The Chiefs have some of the most powerful offensive weapons in the league, including receivers Sammy Watkins, Tyreek Hill, Demarcus Robinson, and star tight end Travis Kelce, so they can get on the board often due to their main orchestrator, QB Patrick Mahomes.
Head coach Andy Reid has figured out a way to game plan his team around Mahome’s special skill set, which includes a rocket arm and speedy legs and a football IQ that gives him the constant edge, especially on the run, which is often.
But the Raiders figured out how to neutralize enough of these playmakers to steal a win back in Week 5, so now the Chiefs must return the favor and give Las Vegas its first notch in the divisional loss column with their excessive amount of talent.
The key to stopping the Chiefs is limiting QB Mahomes, which of course is easier said than done since he seems to find a way to get the job done no matter what you bring at him, especially if it is the 25th ranked passing defense of the Las Vegas Raiders.
The Raiders currently allow opponents to throw for 265 yards per game and score almost 27 points per matchup, so going against a 1st ranked passing attack like what the Chiefs have is going to be an especially tricky problem to overcome.
The problem is that the Chiefs keep Mahomes safe – he’s only been sacked 12 times this season, 22nd most right now – so getting at him will not be easy but keeping him contained will be a key to a Raiders victory.
As good as Mahomes is, it is the newly charged up Chiefs rushing attack that is getting fans excited, and it has a lot to do with the addition of rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire, who is turning heads in his National Football League debut season.
So far this season, Edwards-Helaire has carried the ball 182 times for 700 yards and 8 touchdowns while also catching 23 passes for 149 yards, numbers that keep him on the field and defenses game planning around him, a key to Kansas City’s 2020 success.
The problem in Week 11 is that Edwards-Helaire is currently listed as questionable with a non-COVID illness and will most likely end up being a game-time decision, so the Chiefs run game might revert over to the team’s latest backfield pickup, RB Le’Veon Bell, a former star who would love a chance to prove on national TV he’s still special and capable of big runs.
The Raiders young running back Josh Jacobs is in his second NFL season and he will be a key to a Las Vegas Week 11 win since the team typically wins the games where he does well in.
The latest example of that was against the Broncos in Week 10 where he posted 112 rushing yards on 21 carries with 2 touchdowns on top of catching all four of the passes with which he was targeted, adding another 24 yards of offense to his total.
Jacobs will have to have a huge game for the Raiders to outscore the Chiefs, and another 100+ yard, the two-touchdown game would be perfect.
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