TV Schedule: Sunday, Oct. 13, 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS
Stadium: Arrowhead Stadium
Weather: High 73, Low 54
Line: Kansas City (-8.5)
The Oakland Raiders weren’t expected to do much heading into the 2013 season and it was almost a lost season before it began as the team named inexperienced and unproven Terrelle Pryor as the starting quarterback. The move has paid off as the team is 2-3 and all Pryor needed was a shot at proving himself and he has done just that. Sitting out in a week four loss due to a concussion he had suffered in week three, the young quarterback came back in week five and guided the Raiders to victory. Oakland hasn’t been overly impressive this season, but his near-70 percent completion rate, 845 passing yards and 229 rushing yards are something to be proud of as he looks like the quarterback of the future for this team.
On the other side of the field, the Kansas City Chiefs were expected to be better than they were in 2012 — which isn’t too tough seeing as they went 2-14 last year. No one, however, expected the quick 5-0 start under new head coach Andy Reid and new quarterback Alex Smith. This team did all the right moves in the offseason to ensure a playoff berth would be possible. Smith has been a game-manager and on-field coach for the Chiefs this season. He has been the veteran presence that this team needed after a poor two-win season. Passing for 1,202 yards and seven touchdowns is a much bigger upgrade than people were expecting through five games. Jamaal Charles has stepped up as well in the run game, rushing for 397 yards and three touchdowns. If everyone can stay healthy, this team will be hard to stop.
Defensively, the Chiefs have been solid through the first five games. Allowing the least points per game of any team in the league, Kansas City also ranking seventh in yards allowed per game. Oakland has been a surprise on the defensive side of the ball as well, only struggling to stop the pass. The run defense is in the top-12 in the league.
PREDICTION: Raiders 13, Chiefs 27