It’s Week 14 and the Kansas City Chiefs and Las Vegas Raiders are two teams heading in completely opposite directions. One team has won a handful of games in a row to reestablish themselves as the power they were believed to be all along. The other is watching yet another midseason collapse in a long line of them after leading the division as recently as midseason.
As we surveyed our writers here at Arrowhead Addict, it’s clear that no one is willing to back the Raiders and for good reason—there’s honestly not a single thing to believe in here other than the element of surprise. The Raiders have far less talent, are outcoached, are playing on the road, and have zero momentum. Yet they also can’t shock the Chiefs with a trap game, because K.C. used up all its margin with a poor first half of the season. They know they have to win each and every game from here on out.
Even though everyone goes with the Chiefs, we still wanted to offer up our writers’ predictions because it’s what we do. Read on and then sound off in the comments with your picks!
The Chiefs are playing great defense and the Raiders are in a tailspin. This is a game the Chiefs have to have and I think they will win easily. Chiefs 27, Raiders 16
The Chiefs are primed to embarrass Las Vegas once again, with quality victories against the Cowboys and Broncos since their 41-14 destruction of the Raiders back in Week 10. Since then, the Chiefs defense has only looked better and the Raiders provide another opportunity for the offense to go off. Chiefs 42, Raiders 10
The Chiefs and Raiders are proverbial ships passing in the night, teams with opposite trajectories and polarized futures. There’s just zero reason for anyone to predict a Raiders victory here unless they’re trying to be contrarian. Chiefs 24, Raiders 12
The biggest question for this week: “Are we finally going to see the offense return to form?” While I do not expect them to put up the numbers they did in the first matchup, I think we will finally see a surge on the scoreboard yet again from Mahomes & Co. All while the defense continues its dominant run against a suspect Raiders offensive unit that may (or may not) be without Waller. Buckle up Chiefs fans and enjoy the show! Chiefs 35 Raiders 10
This game won’t be quite as big of blowout as the first meeting, but the Chiefs offense will do enough and the defense will continue their elite play as the Chiefs complete their sweep of the Raiders. Chiefs 27, Raiders 16
The defense is humming and the the Chiefs offense put forth their best performance of the year against the Raiders. There’s no reason why they shouldn’t do it agin. Chiefs 31 Raiders 17
The Chiefs are on a roll as they head to Arrowhead for another divisional matchup. The Raiders are struggling and Carr historically struggles in the cold. I think the Chiefs take this one to complete the season sweep over the Raiders. Chiefs 30, Raiders 20
The Raiders up put a solid fight, but the Chiefs defense holds them under 17 points. The Chiefs offense starts clicking, putting into motion what will be a late season push for dominance going into the playoffs. The Raiders season comes to an end. Chiefs 31, Raiders 13
Las Vegas is beat up and dejected after their loss to Washington last week. Signs point to another Chiefs beat down, but only on the surface. It’s Raiders week. Gotta expect that they’ll hold up their end of the bargain. Chiefs 28, Raiders 21
While the Chiefs’ offense has gone through their own problems, it seems as though they’ll always put a clinic on the Raiders. The defense continues its dominance, and I see at least two forced turnovers in the near future. Chiefs 38, Raiders 14
The Chiefs defense has been on an incredible tear. The first time around, Kansas City held the Raiders to 14. Now, with Darren Waller likely being held out for another week, the Raiders may be in serious trouble offensively. For the Chiefs, the offense is shaky, but could get on the right track this week. Chiefs 31, Raiders 10
Yes, the Chiefs offense has been inconsistent. You could argue every game is different, but the Chiefs have to remind themselves going into Sunday that they put up 41 points on the Raiders just last month. Don’t be surprised if you see another blowout. Chiefs 35, Raiders 10