The Kansas City Chiefs (6-5) have won five straight and look to remain in playoff position as they visit the improving Oakland Raiders (5-6) in Week 13 AFC West showdown.
Kansas City extended their winning streak with a 30-22 win over Buffalo last Sunday, as Alex Smith threw for 255 yards and a score. Smith hasn’t thrown an interception since Sept. 28, setting a franchise record for the most passes without an interception (283). In place of an injured Jamaal Charles, Charcandrick West resumes his starting role in the backfield after missing last week. Spencer Ware rumbled for 114 yards and a score in his place, helping Kansas City has go over 100 rushing yards for a fifth straight game. Kansas City is continously bit by the injury bug on offense as they lose left tackle Eric Fisher (neck) and center Mitch Morse (concussion) for Sunday.
Kansas City ranks No. 15 in yards per game (351.3) and is tied for fifth in points scored (26.1), although the Chiefs have combined for 63 points the last two weeks.
Oakland has already surpassed its win total from last year as they fight for their first playoff berth in a decade. The Raiders ended a three-game losing streak with a 21-17 win over Tennessee last week that featured a Derek Carr touchdown pass with 1:21 remaining in the game. Carr tossed three scores while throwing for over 300 yards for the sixth time this season. In total, Carr has thrown 24 touchdowns and just six interceptions.
After catching one ball for four yards against Detroit on Nov. 22, rookie receiver Amari Cooper caught seven for 115 yards against the Titans. Cooper leads the team with 852 receiving yards but Michael Crabtree leads the way with 61 receptions. Oakland ranks No. 7 in passing yards per game (266.7) while Kansas City is tied for No. 11 in pass yards allowed (239.5)
Start Time: 4:05 p.m.
TV Channel: CBS
Betting Line: Kansas City -3
Over/Under: 45 points
Prediction: Despite their injuries, the Chiefs have played fundamentally sound football and got themselves back in a playoff race nobody expected them to be in. However, they are still a flawed team without the offensive line help to keep the Raiders out of Smith’s back pocket for the duration of the afternoon. Winning streak ends as Oakland wins at home, 24-23.