It’s Raiders Week on the K.C. Chiefs schedule, which means we’re feeling all kinds of bitter anger and hatred, but that could just be the frustrations that have played out this season so far given the preseason expectations. Perhaps there’s no better way to keep showing progress for Chiefs Kingdom, then, than a good divisional showdown in which K.C. can bully the Las Vegas Raiders on their home turf.
Last season, the Raiders split the season series with the Chiefs and delivered a tough loss at Arrowhead. Afterward they took a victory lap to celebrate the occasion on their way to another January of sitting at home.
This year, the Raiders have more hope than that but things are fading fast. Just a week ago, they were in first place in the division with some solid momentum, but a ton of player drama and subsequent releases to follow the firing of head coach Jon Gruden has turned that perception around. Can the Raiders straighten things out against the Chiefs?
We’ve got our writers’ predictions ready for Week 10 as we look forward to the Sunday Night Football showdown between the Chiefs and Raiders. We’d love to hear your own takes in the comments below.
I punched myself last week for picking the Chiefs to win by double digits over the Giants only to do it again against Jordan Love and the Packers. So, I cannot do it again this week against Vegas. I think the offense will wake up against a division opponent with a lot at stake but I do expect the defense to come back down to earth a little bit against a real opponent. Chiefs win a close one on the road. Chiefs 30, Raiders 26
Chris Jones and Frank Clark will make Carr struggle and the secondary will be nails again. Chiefs defense continues to come up big and since it’s the Raiders, they might have 5 more players in jail by gametime. Chiefs 24, Raiders 17
The AFC West is a crap shoot at this point in the season, and the Raiders have had a ton of distractions in the last couple weeks. The Chiefs capitalize on a Raiders team that has released both of its 2020 first round picks in the last two weeks, and squeak out another one. Josh Gordon catches a touchdown. Chiefs 30, Raiders 28
It’s RAIDERS WEEK in Las Vegas after the Raiders suffered an embarrassing loss to the Giants. The Chiefs still aren’t clicking on offense. Even with all the off-the-field stuff the Raiders are dealing with, I think they pull this one out to avenge last week’s loss (and because they want to do another victory bus lap…this time around their stadium). The game will be close, but the Raiders ultimately win thanks to a certain someone’s coverage issue. Raiders 27, Chiefs 24.
The Chiefs are bound and determine to light up the score sheet eventually. There’s no reason this team is being held back, and while facing the Raiders, they are going to have to make this a must win. Going down 0-2 against division rivals is not a good luck when your competing. This is their week. Chiefs 42, Raiders 38
All of the off-the-field drama finally catches up to the Raiders who come out and lay an egg against the Chiefs. Patrick Mahomes and the offense have a get right game and the defense holds “MVP Candidate” Derek Carr to less than 10 points. Chiefs 28, Raiders 7
The Chiefs will march into Vegas with a defense steadily improving. The trend will continue, and the offense will manage what they can and score enough for the Chiefs to become victorious. Chiefs 24, Raiders 17
The Chiefs must improve the pass rush as Melvin Ingram continues his stint with the Chiefs. Despite no turnovers, the offense remains a big question mark after several three-and-outs last week and averaging just 12 points per game in the last 3 weeks. Raiders 28, Chiefs 24
These Chiefs are turning at the right time just as the Raiders look to be falling apart. It’s just hard to imagine that the Chiefs don’t continue to turn the screws defensively and figure things out offensively against their hated division rivals. Chiefs 30, Raiders 20