This week, the Kansas City Chiefs vs. Las Vegas Raiders Sunday night game is a crucial divisional clash in a tightly-contested AFC West. NFL betting lines currently have the Chiefs as a -2.5 favorite.
It seems like the whole league is trying to figure out who the Chiefs are this season. Despite what may have been on display against Green Bay last week, the Chiefs still have one of the best offenses in the league. However, they will face a significant test against the Raiders’ pass defense in Week 10.
Kansas City Chiefs Are Still One of the Best Offenses in the NFL
Even though they’ve lost twice as much this season as they did last year, not much has changed about the Chiefs’ offense. It’s still one of the best in the league. The Chiefs have 3,540 total offensive yards this season, 3rd only to Arizona (3,586) and the Rams (3,594).
In terms of passing yards per game, the Chiefs rank 6th, with 281 yards averaged per game. They are middle of the pack in terms of running the ball, however. They average 112.3 rushing yards per game, good for 15th in the league.
Chiefs Offense Sputters Against Packers Defense
Granted, Week 9 vs. the Packers was not exactly the best showing for the Chiefs on the offensive side of things. Patrick Mahomes had season lows in both completion percentage and passing yards in what should have been a laugher for them, considering how Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers-less offense looked. Instead, Mahomes went 20 for 37 and 166 passing yards.
Mahomes’ favorite target, Tyreek Hill, also had an off-week against Green Bay. He caught just four passes off 11 targets for 37 yards. Aside from his week two performance against Baltimore, that is the least impact he’s had on a game all season. Mahomes’ second favorite target, TE Travis Kelce, had five receptions on eight targets for 66 yards and one touchdown.
The Packers’ defense did everything they could last week to give Jordan Love a chance to shine in the QB role, but he couldn’t take advantage.
Las Vegas Raiders Defense
Unfortunately for Mahomes and crew, the Raiders have one of the better pass defenses in the league this season. However, they also struggle to stop opponents from running the ball.
The Raiders average the 5th fewest passing yards (206.5 per game) in the league. They also have a few guys who have been getting to the quarterback, namely Yannick Ngakoue (six sacks) and Maxx Crosby (five sacks).
Where the Raiders defense has sputtered is protecting against the run. They average giving up 133.5 rushing yards per game, which is better than only the Chargers, Texans, Vikings, and Lions.
With running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire likely still out for a few more weeks, the Chiefs will want to hand the ball over to Darrel Williams more than usual here, and that might not bode well for their offense.
A Good Time To Be Playing The Raiders?
Where do you even begin with the Raiders right now? First, Jon Gruden resigned last month after his email scandal. Then, Henry Ruggs III is off the team after a DUI resulting in the death of Tina Tintor and her dog. Then, just this week, 2020 1st round pick Damon Arnette is gone after a video surfaced of him issuing death threats. The toll might be adding up for the Raiders. They seemed off last week against the Giants.
Derek Carr, in particular, had his worst game of the year in Week 9. He threw two interceptions, fumbled the ball once, and seemed to be at his worst inside the red zone all game. One must wonder if all the problems off the field for the Raiders are finally catching up to them.
One reason to believe the Chiefs offense might have a better night than the trends are suggesting is that the Raiders seem like they could be on the verge of falling apart.
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