When the playoff-bound Kansas City Chiefs (10-5) host the Oakland Raiders (7-8) at Arrowhead Stadium in Week 17, they’ll do so with an opportunity to win the NFC West for the first time since 2010.
Andy Reid’s Chiefs became the first team to qualify for the playoffs after starting 1-5. Now, one more win coupled with a Denver loss to San Diego would give Kansas City the division, a No. 3 seed and a home playoff game.
Kansas City clinched a wild-card spot with a 17-13 win over Cleveland in Week 16 for the ninth consecutive win. Alex Smith threw his second interception in three weeks but also tossed two touchdowns, bringing his total to 18 passing scores and five interceptions. Charcandrick West ran for 62 yards on 14 attempts as he continues to pace the Chiefs backfield since Jamaal Charles’ ACL tear in Week 5. West has accumulated 816 total yards and five touchdowns this season. West has carried the Chiefs to the No. 7 rushing mark in the league (123.7 yards per game).
Receiver Jeremy Maclin crossed the 1,000-yard threshold with 49 yards and touchdown No. 7 on the season. In a 34-20 win over Oakland in Week 13, moth and Maclin connected for 95 yards and two touchdowns while Smith accounted for three of his own.
The Raiders are coming off a 23-20 overtime win in Week 16 and hope to finish without a losing record for the first time since 2011. Derek Carr threw for 204 yards and touchdown No. 31 to just 12 interceptions. In the last meeting with Kansas City, Carr threw a season-high three picks, including one which was returned for a touchdown. The Chiefs defense has forced at least one turnover in every game since Week 4.
Amari Cooper closes out his rookie campaign after 70 catches for 1,050 yards and six touchdowns over 15 games. Cooper caught four balls for 69 yards in the Week 13 meeting with Kansas City.
The Chiefs’ No. 8 overall defense in the league held Johnny Manziel to 136 passing yards last week but gave up 232 rush yards, a season-high. Kansas City ranks No. 12 against the run, allowing 101.5 yards while Oakland averages 93.9 rushing yards per game.
Start Time: 4:25 p.m.
TV Channel: FOX
Betting Odds: Kansas City -7