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Tips For Betting On Chiefs Raiders – Chiefs And Raiders Play For Pride, Rivalry Bragging Rights

Posted by Tony Bryant on 12/12/2012 5:54:40 PM

The Kansas City Chiefs and the Oakland Raiders are playing out the string this season, but while most of America will ignore this game, the Chiefs and Raiders will care. They heat each other.

Kansas City Chiefs @ Oakland Raiders – Sunday, December 16
Sport betting line: Oakland -2.5

Why Kansas City Will Win

If you want to make a winning bet on professional football, picking against the Oakland Raiders is certainly a reasonable play, to say the very least… even if the opponent is the Kansas City Chiefs. It's hard to express just how fully the Raiders have cratered over the past several weeks. Oakland has lost six games in a row.

First-year head coach Dennis Allen has not made positive strides with his players, and what has to be particularly discouraging for the Raider franchise is that Allen is a defense-first coach, having served as the defensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos before he took over the reins for the Silver and Black. Allen watched his team give up an average of 45 points per game in a three-week stretch against Tampa Bay, Baltimore, and New Orleans. In the Raiders' last three games, the defense has actually been serviceable, allowing an average of "only" 26.7 points per game, but the offense has failed to score more than 17 points in any of those contests.

Quarterback Carson Palmer is a dinosaur who is on the verge of becoming a fossil. The Raiders need upgrades at quarterback and just about every other position except for running back, placekicker and punter. This is a team with a terrible short-term outlook. Any hope for the future will be based on a long-term restructuring and patient, careful building.

The Chiefs have only two wins to their credit this year, but their victory over a talented Carolina squad two weeks ago shows that they are capable of quality on occasion. They could certainly beat the Raiders – after all, they're favored to lose by less than a field goal.

Why Oakland Will Win

When NFL betting students analyze this game, they have good reason to pick the Raiders. It's true that Oakland has been terrible over the past six games, but the Raiders know that in the form of the Chiefs, they are facing the one team they have an advantage against in the AFC West. Oakland's only above-average win this season was against Pittsburgh. Its other non-division win this season was against the truly lousy Jacksonville Jaguars.

The only salvation for the Raiders this season – the reason why they probably won't finish in last place in their division – is the Chiefs, who rode a crest of emotion to defeat Carolina a few weeks ago, driven to play well by the loss of teammate Jovan Belcher. Kansas City's offense is still a mess – the Chiefs' adrenaline rush evaporated last week against the Cleveland Browns, leading to a blowout loss against one of the NFL's other really bad teams. This is not a group that is likely to win another road game. It is remarkable in retrospect that the Chiefs were able to win in New Orleans this season against the Saints.

Who Will Win

It’s clear that Kansas City's win over Carolina was an aberrational event. The Chiefs are not going to be able to summon much of any excellence this week. Oakland will sweep the season series between the two teams.

NFL Football Betting Pick: Oakland


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