After an atrocious Thursday Night Football game, we thankfully have a game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Las Vegas Raiders to cap off the Week 5 slate.
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Getting 7.5 may still feel light to some when comparing the Raiders to the Chiefs, but they are coming off a game against the Denver Broncos, where they scored 32 points.
The offense primarily came from running back Josh Jacobs, and they’ll look to get him going again in this one.
However, the Chiefs run defense is incredible. They allow a league-low 65.8 rushing yards per game.
The Raiders have a solid passing attack, with wide receiver Davante Adams leading the charge. They rank 13th in the league at 243.3 passing yards per game.
The Chiefs are rolling and finally have a rushing attack working in their favor, leaning on rookie back Isiah Pacheco. He had 63 rushing yards on 11 carries against another stout run defense in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
By eliminating the run game, the Raiders can pass and catch up potentially, but becoming one-dimensional could put the Chiefs in a position to bracket Adams and look to eliminate him, too.
The Raiders may be getting on track offensively, but it came relying too much on the running game, which we don’t foresee as being a big part here.
With the Raiders run game looking like it’ll be involved but stifled, this puts the Raiders in a tough spot to score enough points to help this total.
This is a divisional game, and these tend to play closer to the vest than we’d like. Still, the Raiders defense doesn’t have enough answers for the multiple options the Chiefs have. No, they don’t have wide receiver Tyreek Hill anymore, but they still have tight end Travis Kelce and plenty of other receivers and backs to look to.
If the Raiders can’t get tight end Darren Waller or the returning slot receiver Hunter Renfrow going, it will be tough to rely solely on Adams here.
It’s easy to see the Chiefs come out to a commanding lead with the Raiders trying to chip away, but we’re not too confident in how successful that will be.
This could be a close call, but we like the Chiefs to win this one, 30-20.
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After graduating from the University of New Hampshire with a BA in Journalism, Richard Janvrin has been covering iGaming and sports betting since December 2018. Richard has covered betting at Bleacher Report, Gambling.com, The Game Day, Forbes, and more.More info on Richard Janvrin
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