After a poor start off their bye week, the Las Vegas Raiders will host a divisional rival on Sunday night in Week 10. All four teams in the AFC West have five wins, making NFL betting lines tight.
So after a loss to New York, the question remains how the team will rebound in the Chiefs vs. Raiders matchup. Keep reading for a closer look at how Derek Carr will score against their AFC West rival.
There is no question that the Las Vegas Raiders are a passing offense first. In eight games, Derek Carr has a 67.3 % completion rate for 2,565 yards and 13 touchdowns with seven INTs. The Raiders are 2nd in the NFL in passing yards and 6th in total yards per game.
But the Raiders are not big on running the ball until they get to the red zone. Averaging only 89.4 yards per game, Las Vegas is 27th in rushing. Yet in the last two games, they have rushed for over 100 yards.
Even before Henry Ruggs’ release the Raiders spread the ball around. Darren Waller’s 470 yards and Hunter Renfrow’s 448 yards are almost equal to Ruggs. Derek Carr likes to spread the wealth, with ten different players scoring touchdowns.
Waller is off his pace from last season, but now that he’s healthy again, he is a big part of the offense. But the Las Vegas Raiders didn’t waste time getting more help. This week’s signing of DeSean Jackson brings another weapon to the Raider arsenal.
The running team of Josh Jacobs, Kenyan Drake, and Peyton Barber share the load. Jacobs has been most relied on in close games, with five touchdowns this season.
Chiefs vs. Raiders
When it comes to scoring against the Chiefs, the Raiders show a consistent pattern. In their two meetings last season, Derek Carr threw three TDs in each game. He also made 31 pass attempts in each contest.
Carr passed for over 300 yards both times as well. Darren Waller and Josh Jacobs were both factors, with each scoring a TD in both games. The Raiders seem comfortable in their game plan against Kansas city.
In contrast, Patrick Mahomes put the ball in the air more than 40 times in both games last season, and the two teams combined for 138 points in total. But is a shootout a likely scenario again this year?
While the Raiders averaged 30 points over their last three games, the Chiefs averaged 20. Both are 2-1 for those games, so the points differential is significant.
The question remains whether these division rivals can match last year’s scoring. The Chiefs’ offense has shown a lack of scoring ability, and Derek Carr is passing to new receivers almost every week.
Las Vegas Raiders This Week
Several factors work in favor of the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 10. First, they play at home for the AFC West lead. Last year when these two met, the Chiefs were running away with the division.
Second, the Raiders have answered each challenge this season by bringing up new talent. The team activated rookie Dillon Stoner and signed DeSean Jackson for downfield speed.
The Las Vegas defense has also improved from last season. If DE Yannick Ngakoue can create havoc, as he did against the Eagles, the Chiefs are in for a long day.
Week 10 Picks
Games between these two AFC West rivals are always exciting affairs. The Las Vegas Raiders may finally be settling into a roster. But, if they needed more motivation, oddsmakers have made them 2.5 point underdogs at home.
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