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|Las Vegas Raiders||+13
|Kansas City Chiefs||-13
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It is a good idea to keep betting on Patrick Mahomes until he lets you down, and so far this season that hasn’t really happened, and it doesn’t look likely in this Week 5 slam dunk against the inconsistent Raiders, even with the hefty point spread.
Chiefs -13 -110
|Raiders vs Chiefs Information|
|What||Las Vegas Raiders vs Kansas City Chiefs|
|Where||Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, MO|
|When||Sun, October 11, 2020; 1:00 PM ET|
|How to watch||CBS|
The 2-2 Las Vegas Raiders have moments of brilliance overshadowed by game crushing mistakes and as a result, once again Jon Gruden’s bunch looks inconsistent and not capable of winning the big games, especially given all the questionable players due to injury they have going into Week 5.
On the other end of that spectrum is the Kansas City Chiefs, HC Andy Reid’s team that seems like a point-scoring machine led by brilliant QB Patrick Mahomes and now supported by an excellent run game and a satisfactory defense, a playoff-worthy team if ever there was one.
These two football franchises have played each other 122 times (including 3 postseason games), with the Kansas City Chiefs winning 67 games and the Las Vegas Raiders winning 53 games, plus they have also tied 2 times.
There are two starting receivers for the Las Vegas Raiders who are in their first NFL season, Henry Ruggs III and Bryan Edwards, with Ruggs a first-round pick and Edwards a third-round selection in the most recent draft.
So far, Ruggs has caught 4 balls for 59 yards and no touchdowns, plus he has carried the ball twice for 11 yards, production that has to increase if the Raiders passing attack is going to be considered at all effective.
Edwards has been slightly more productive than that, with 5 receptions for 99 yards but no touchdowns, numbers that will have to get better if the team is to depend on him and Ruggs instead of having to toss the ball to TE Darren Waller all of the time.
Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes is in one of those rare categories of players who are so good that if they have a ‘regular’ game, fans wonder what is wrong with them, the bar set so high that every week they have to bring it.
And bring it is what Mahomes does, so far with 4 wins off 101 completions for 1,134 yards and 11 touchdowns with no interceptions (gulp), on top 18 carries for 108 yards and a touchdown, proving again to be a strong passer with high football IQ with the speed and elusiveness to evade and avoid tackles.
How good can this kid get? That is something that his HC Andy Reid is doing his best to find out with unique game planning and strategies that put Mahomes in the position to show off his distinctive and impressive skill set.
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Last week in the Raiders lost to the Bills, TE Jason Witten reminded everybody of why he is predicted to go into the hall of fame, with decent blocks and soft hands, he’s a reliable check down a receiver for his QB Derek Carr.
Witten posted 2 key receptions in that game for 18 yards, averaging 9 yards a catch, with one of those resulting in a touchdown, something the Raiders should think about doing a lot more often.
For this team to measure up against the Chiefs strong pass rush, Carr will need a quick escape valve, and Witten can continue to serve that function for as long as he can stay upright and healthy.
This is one fast rookie, Chiefs RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire right now the sixth most productive running back in the league, an unfair advantage for a team that already has so many high-level playmakers on its roster.
Edwards-Helaire (his hyphenated last name is made up of his birth dad’s and step dad’s last names) has taken the league by storm, so far with 71 carries for 304 yards and a touchdown along with 14 receptions for another 129 yards in just four games.
It is not often a first-year player proves himself worthy of being selected in the first round, and even rarer for a running back, so Edwards-Helaire is breaking new ground daily, something that’s not all that uncommon on this 2020 Chiefs football team.
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