Most sportsbooks or online betting sites are listing the Kansas City Chiefs as 2.5 to 3 point favorites on the road against the Oakland Raiders.
The odds listed for the Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders upcoming game in the Bay Area for Thursday Night Football tells the story—no one is quite sure what to think of either team at this point. For now, fans are able to bet on the Chiefs being the favorites as they opened as 3-point faves over the home team. That said, it’s not quite the dominating spread you might expect for a 5-1 team going up against a 2-4 team.
The Oakland Raiders might be 2-4 and reeling after four consecutive losses, but they’ve also lost to some tough teams and have suffered some serious injuries, including being forced to play E.J. Manuel at quarterback while Derek Carr was out for a bit.
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Before the season, the Raiders were media darlings, predicted to not only win the division but to potentially win the AFC. Some of that promise is still clearly lingering with bettors despite the recent record. It’s also important to note that the Raiders losses have come to tough teams, including Washington, Denver and Baltimore.
The Chiefs, on the other hand, just lost for the first time all season, but they looked horrible for most of the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Many times this year, the Chiefs have failed to looked dominant despite their record, showing themselves to be sloppy (tons of penalties early in the year, etc.) or hurting due to numerous injuries.
Just how good are the Chiefs at this point? It’s hard to say given how many players will be missing on Thursday. The Raiders’ backs are against the proverbial wall, so the Chiefs will be met with fierce opposition in a divisional game that could mean a lot by season’s end.