Oakland Raiders vs Kansas City Chiefs NFL Lines & Betting Picks

Posted by Aaron . on December 30, 2015 in

The Kansas City Chiefs and the Oakland Raiders meet Sunday for the 111th time in a rivalry that dates back to the days of the old American Football League. The Chiefs have won four of the last five meetings between the two rivals, both against the spread and straight up, but the Raiders have beaten the spread in seven of the last nine meetings in Kansas City. The Chiefs are favored by 6.5 points on Sunday’s NFL lines at MyBookie.lv, and the over/under total is 43.5 points.

Why should you pick the Raiders (+6.5)?

The Oakland Raiders have hung with the competition all year long. Last week they took down the Chargers at home in a game where they did not lead until the last five minutes and then held on in overtime to kick a field goal and stop the Chargers on downs. They have outrushed the opposition in four of the last five games, and a victory can send them to .500 for the first time in five years. The Chiefs have already clinched a playoff spot but cannot win a bye, so they may be inclined to rest some players this week.

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Why should you take the Chiefs (-6.5)?

The Chiefs can win the AFC West with a win and a Broncos loss this week. They have won nine games in a row, and even though the win last week was a close victory over Cleveland (17-13), it’s likely that Andy Reid will have fixed some of those focus issues that allowed the Browns to come back in the second half. The Chiefs did fail to cover last week, as they were 11-point favorites), but they are 7-1 ATS this season when they are giving nine points or fewer.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

The Raiders won an emotional game last week in what may be their last home contest in Oakland. The Raiders may be a little empty in the motivational gas tank this week, while the Chiefs still have the motivation of a division crown ahead of them. I’m taking the Chiefs to win and cover, 27-17.