TV Schedule: Sunday, Dec. 15, 4:05 p.m. ET, CBS
Stadium: O.Co Coliseum
Weather: High 61, Low 42
Line: Kansas City (-4.5)
After an abysmal 2012 season, the Kansas City Chiefs have rebounded nicely in 2013, winning 10 games through 13 after winning just two games all of last season. Alex Smith has been a difference-maker at quarterback for the Chiefs, passing for 2,873 yards and 18 touchdowns for the 24th-ranked passing offense in the league. Dwayne Bowe has been Smith’s favorite target this season, despite some struggles, catching 49 passes for 602 yards and five touchdowns. However, Jamaal Charles has been the top offensive weapon on the team, rushing for 1,162 yards and 10 touchdowns while catching 57 passes for 460 yards and three scores.
On the other side of the field, the Oakland Raiders have been somewhat better than people had expected they would be in 2013, winning four games through 14 weeks. Oakland is still trying to decide on a quarterback for week 15, however, as Matt McGloin has started the past few games for the team, but struggled a week ago and was replaced by Terrelle Pryor. It looks like Pryor might be the best option for the team at the moment as he leads the team in passing, 1,579 yards and five touchdowns, and ranks second in rushing yards with 508 yards and two scores. Rod Streater is the team’s leading wide out with 50 catches for 787 yards and two scores. Rashad Jennings has taken over the run game with 588 yards and four scores.
Defensively, the Raiders have been a bit below average this season. Oakland ranks 24th in points allowed per game as well as 18th in total yards allowed per game. However, the raiders have struggled against the pass, ranking 23rd in pass yards allowed per game. Kansas City began the year as one of the best defenses out there, but has since fallen off. The Chiefs rank 20th in total yards allowed although they do have the fourth-best scoring defense out there.
PREDICTION: Chiefs 24, Raiders 20
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