In the first meeting between the Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders back in Week 6, Kansas City came away with the win at Arrowhead Stadium. The 24-7 score suggested a comfortable victory for the Chiefs, but Oakland was within striking distance until late in the fourth quarter.
The game was especially memorable for Kansas City fans that broke the world record for loudest crowd, saw Terrelle Pryor sacked nine times, and witnessed the Raiders fall into a fourth-and-48 situation.
Oakland would love some revenge after that defeat which snapped their six-game winning streak at Arrowhead, but it is not likely to come this Sunday. Despite a competitive game for the first 57 minutes last time out, the Chiefs should come away with a comfortable win, if not a complete beatdown.
Though rookie QB Matt McGloin has played competent football in his five games under center, Kansas City’s defense is back on track after a three-game slump. Expecting the terror the Chiefs caused Pryor in Week 6 may be a bit much, but McGloin should still have a pretty bad day.
Furthermore, Alex Smith and the Kansas City offense have been seeing a lot of progress, while the Oakland defense has been struggling. KC has put up 37 points per game in their last three contests, while Oakland has surrendered 30.3 per game over that span. The Chiefs also lead the NFL with a +15 turnover ratio compared to the Raiders’ mark of -3, and have the best special teams crew in the league.
Kansas City is moving in the right direction and Oakland has been heading the opposite way, and it should show on Sunday.
Prediction: Chiefs 34 — Raiders 16