Follow along in this NFL week 18 Chiefs and Raiders pick and preview to get our insight on to who will win and cover in Las Vegas.
Chiefs vs Raiders Pick & Preview- NFL Week 18
On Saturday, January 7th at 4:30 PM ET, the Kansas City Chiefs and Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, NV. ABC is carrying television coverage for the game. In a matchup between two AFC West teams, the Chiefs are -9.5 point favorites on the road.
Chiefs vs Raiders Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NFL
- Teams: Kansas City Chiefs at Las Vegas Raiders
- Where: Las Vegas at Allegiant Stadium
- Date: Saturday, January 7th
- Betting Odds KC -9.5, KC -461 | LV +347 O/U 53.0
Will The Chiefs Take Care Of Business As Heavy Road Favorites?
Going back to last week, the Chiefs picked up a win in the AFC West, as they defeated the Chiefs by a score of 27-24. Although the team came with the win, they were not able to cover the spread. Heading into the game, they were -12.5 point favorites. The teams combined for a total of 51 points, which surpassed the over-under betting line of 46.
Kansas City struggled to run the ball last week, finishing with just 46 yards on 16 attempts. Although Isiah Pacheco did not come away with a huge yardage total, he did pick up a rushing touchdown.
At the quarterback position, Patrick Mahomes ended the game with a passer rating of 106.1 on 328 yards through the air. Mahomes also managed to throw for 3 passing touchdowns. Leading the team’s passing attack was Kadarius Toney, who finished with 71 yards, including a yards per reception figure of 17.8. Kansas City throws the ball 39 times per game, ranking them 5th in the league. Going into the game, the Chiefs have thrown a total of 12.0 interceptions, coming on a passing completion percentage of 66.44% (10th).
Will The Raiders Take Advantage Of Playing At Home vs Kansas City?
Heading into week 18, the Las Vegas Raiders are looking to bounce back from a loss to the 49ers by a score of 37-34, giving them a loss over a non-conference win. Las Vegas entered the game as 9.5-point underdogs, giving them an ATS win despite the straight-up loss. Going into the game, the over-under total was set at 41 points, which the teams surpassed.
Offensively, Las Vegas found success in the run game, putting up 135 yards on 32 attempts. In addition to running for 69 yards, Josh Jacobs ran for 1 score.
Quarterback Jarrett Stidham had an excellent game through the air, finishing with 365 total passing yards, leading to a passer rating of 108.1. Stidham completed 3 passes for touchdowns. To go along with his 153 receiving yards, Davante Adams caught 2 touchdowns for Las Vegas. In terms of pass yards per game, on average, Las Vegas is the 11th-ranked team in the NFL. This season, 56.01% of the team’s offensive plays have come through the pass, placing them 10th in the NFL.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis for this NFL Game
Heading into the second meeting of the season between these two teams, the Chiefs already have a win over the Raiders. In the previous matchup, Kansas City won by a score of 30-29. Although the Chiefs came away with the win, the Raiders covered the spread as +9.5 point underdogs. Last season, the Chiefs and Raiders met up for 2 games, with Kansas City winning both matchups by scores of 48-9 and 41-14.
Looking back at the recent matchups between Kansas City and Las Vegas, the Raiders have taken 4 of the last 5 contests. The over-under record in these games sits at 5-0, with the average scoring total coming in at 61.8 points.
The Las Vegas Raiders have gone 3-2-0 vs the spread in these games. The Chiefs’ offense has averaged 37.2 points per game over the 5 most recent meetings with Las Vegas, compared to the Raiders at 24.6.
In their last 5 road games, Kansas City has averaged 32.4 points per game while allowing 25.8. The team’s record in this stretch was 4-1-0 while going 1-4.
In their last 5 games at home, the Raiders have a straight-up record of 3-2 while going 4-1 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 29.8 points per game in these contests.
Chiefs vs Raiders Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Chiefs -9.5
- Free Total Prediction: Over 53.0
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