Get Outta My Dreams Get Into My Carr: Chiefs vs. Raiders

Posted by: Charlie Smith
Kansas City Chiefs vs Oakland Raiders Odds and Preview

The Kansas City Chiefs got torched by Ben Roethlisberger before going on bye, and now they have to face another QB who is en fuego in the Oakland Raiders’ Derek Carr. These are the online NFL betting odds for the game on Sunday, October 16th at Oakland Alameda Coliseum:

Chiefs +1½ (-115) 46½ (-110)
Raiders -1½ (-105) 46½ (-110)

Chiefs’ running back Jamaal Charles returned from a torn ACL in a 43-14 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, and ran once for six yards. So at least it was a triumph of the human spirit. Kansas QB went 30 of 50 for 287 passing yards with two TDs that were the proverbial drops in a bucket. Jeremy Maclin had 78 yards on five catches, and Chris Conley had 70 yards on six receptions RB Spencer ‘Tupper’ Ware rushed for 82 yards but his first quarter fumble opened the flood gates for the Steelers onslaught – the most points the Chiefs have allowed since head coach Andy Reid took charge of the team in 2013. Kansas had eight TOs and allowed four sacks to a team that entered the game with a league-worst one. The Chiefs are 2-2.

Derek Carr had another Carr-ific performance against the San Diego Chargers, throwing 25 of 40 for 317 yards with two scoring passes – including a 21-yarder to wide receiver Michael Crabtree, and 64-yard one to Amari Cooper for his first score of the season. Additionally, Cooper added 138 yards on six catches, and Jalen Richard rushed for 31 yards on eight carries, and DeAndre Washington had 23 yards on nine carries. On defense, rookie safety Karl Joseph had one interception and recovered a fumble. However, the Raiders allowed more than 400 yards for the fourth time in five games. Oakland is yielding 452.6 yards – 272.4 passing and 122 rushing – and 27.4 points per game.

Things seem to favor the Raiders, online NFL betting-wise. But all is not as it seems. True, the Chiefs got the starch knocked out of them by the Steelers, but they have had plenty of time to regroup and lick their wounds. Moreover, Reid is 15-2 after a bye week. Additionally, Kansas swept Oakland 2-0 last season, and has won five of their last six meetings. The last time the Raiders defeated the Chiefs was on November 20th, 2014.

The Chiefs may be ahead in the all-time rivalry, but the Raiders have certainly been the better overall team this season. Oakland is in a three-game winning streak, and keeps finding ways to escape with the W. Also, the Chiefs have not won on the road this season. The Raiders are averaging 28.4 points and 391.6 total yards (272.4 in passing and 119.2 in rushing) per game, compared to the Chiefs 20.8 points and 338.5 total yards (248.2 in passing and 90.2 in rushing ) per game. Also, Kansas is allowing 23.0 points and 370.0 total yards (240.5 in passing and 129.5 in rushing) per game. All things considered, the online NFL betting odds are pretty close on this one at most football betting sites.